Marielle Franco PRESENTE!

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.