It is with a heavy heart that we write to you today to honor the life of Marielle Franco, a fierce Black, Queer, feminist leader from Brazil who was murdered last Wednesday, March 14th. Marielle Franco was a city council member representing the Maré Favela in Rio de Janeiro, where she grew up. She was outspoken against police brutality and the criminalization of poor and working class black communities in Brazil. She stood for women’s rights, worker’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and the rights of all marginalized peoples.
Grassroots Global Justice was honored to help coordinate an incredible delegation of grassroots leaders to COP23. Click here to see the powerful wrap up video made by Indigenous Rising Media.
Here are a few highlights:
We hope you'll be as inspired as we are by what our members have to say about the Feminist Organizing School 2017!
Esperamos que usted se tome tanta inspiración como nosotr@s sobre lo que tienen que compartir nuestros miembros de la Escuela Organizadora Feminista 2017!
Here’s what some of our members have to say, in preparation for the school:
Last night, The Majority organized a call to stand on the side of justice in the face of hate. We know that to combat hate, we have to build long-lasting, sustainable people-powered movements. That means growing the power of everyday people to build and defend vibrant and free communities.
On this International Women’s Day, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance celebrates women and the long fought legacy of women’s leadership in social movements, past and present. We know there is a long road ahead, but we remember the words of Berta Cáceres, who said so simply and accurately, “We have to wake up! We have to wake up, humankind! We’re out of time.” Berta aligned herself with indigenous peoples struggles, anti-mining and extractivism, and women’s and peasants movements. She was an unrelenting fighter for her peoples, a feminist, an internationalist, and a revolutionary.