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National Meeting for Democracy in Brazil

By Institute of Latin American Studies

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Date and time

Saturday, December 1, 2018 · 9am - 5pm EST


Columbia Law School (Jerome Green Hall room 101) 435 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027


Agenda for the National Meeting for Democracy in Brazil

December 1, 2018

Jerome Green Hall Room 101

Columbia University Law School

Given the new political situation in Brazil with the election of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, a group of academics and activists--Brazilian and non-Brazilian, living, working, and studying in the United States--are organizing a national meeting in New York City on Saturday, December 1, 2018. We are proposing the formation of decentralized, democratic, non-partisan national network with three objectives:

(1) Educate the U.S. public about the current situation in Brazil

(2) Defend progressive social, economic, political, and cultural advances in Brazil

(3) Support social movements, community organizations, NGOs, universities, and activists, etc., who will be vulnerable in this new political climate

This event has been made possible through the support of the Columbia University Center for the Study of Law and Culture and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS).

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9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:00 Opening

  • James N. Green, Brown University
  • Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, President, Brazilian Studies Association
  • Débora Diniz, University of Brasília
  • Sidney Chalhoub, Harvard University
  • Announcements

10:00-11:00 Small Group Discussions

  • Introductions
  • Why you are here?
  • What do you want a national network to do?

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 General Meeting

  • Reports from small group discussions on main themes and issues

12:00 Group Picture

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Task-forces on the following or other issues participants might want to include

  • Academic Freedom
  • Land and rural workers
  • Afro-descendants/Blacks
  • LGBTI+
  • Socio-environmental issues
  • Lula Livre
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Urban social movements
  • Labor and workers
  • Women
  • Fundraising
  • How to organize a group
  • Working with Congress
  • Media and outreach

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

3:15-4:00 Report back from task forces

4:00-5:00 Forming a national network

  • Main national campaigns
  • Name of the organization
  • Coordination
  • Other issues


Initial Sponsors*

Amy Chazkel, Columbia University/CUNY

Andreia Vizeu, Independent activist, New York

Barbara Weinstein, New York University

Benjamin A. Cowan, Uni. of California, San Diego

Brazilian Resistance Against Democracy Overthrow (BRADO)

Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice, Washington, D.C.

Bruno Martins Carvalho, Harvard University

Bryan McCann, Georgetown University

Carolyn Kazdin, United Steelworkers (USW)

Defend Democracy in Brazil/New York

Eduardo Vianna, LaGuardia, Brazilian Resistance Against Democracy Overthrow (BRADO)

Elias Salomão Helou Neto, Brazilian Resistance Against Democracy Overthrow (BRADO)

Erika Robb Larkins, San Diego State University

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, New York University

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Univ. of Wisc.-Milwaukee

Fábio de Sá e Silva, University of Oklahoma

Heloisa Galvão, journalist, Boston area

James N. Green, Brown University

Jeremy Lehnen, Brown University

Keka Marzagão, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY

Juliana de Moraes, American University

Leila Lehnen, Brown University

Luiz Gustavo Barreto, Coletivo Boston Contra o Golpe

Luiza Nassif Pires, The New School for Social Research

Marcelo Paixão, The University of Texas in Austin

Marcus Valéria, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY

Maria Luisa Mendonça, Network for Social Justice and Human Rights BR-USA

Misha Klein, University of Oklahoma

Monika Liborio-Walker, Coletivo Boston Contra o Golpe

Mulheres da Resistência no Exterior

Myriam Marquez, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY

Natalia de Campos, Defend Democracy in Brazil/NY

Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University

Rafael R. Ioris, University of Denver


Sean T. Mitchell, Rutgers University, Newar

Sidney Chalhoub, Harvard University

Sonia Alvarez, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Stanley Gacek, United Food & Commercial Workers Union

Stuart Appelbaum, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

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