With Barbara Weinstein, Dylon Robbins, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Jens Andermann, Keila Grinberg, Michele Nascimento-Kettner, Wendi Muse, Alessandra Pio and members of the group Defend Democracy in Brazil/New York
Fifty years after the "coup within the coup" that suspended citizens' rights, dissolved Congress and ushered in a period of State terror, Brazilian democracy seems to be teetering once again on the brink of collapse. The impeachment of elected President Dilma Rousseff by a right-dominated congress in 2016 unleashed a murderous backlash against indigenous, Afro-descendent, GLTB and women's rights activists culminating in the recent assassination of Counselor Marielle Franco at Rio de Janeiro, on the watch of the armed forces currently occupying the city. The imprisonment on unproven charges of corruption of former president Lula da Silva, until recently the clear favorite in the run-up to this year's presidential elections, has further raised the stakes, making a democratic solution to the current crisis even more unlikely. What are the reasons for Brazil's current crisis, and what possibilities remain today for an emancipatory politics?
**The conversation will be in English.
This event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese