Maria Luisa Mendonça and Tarso Luís Ramos will lead us in a conversation about the alarming and global rise of right-wing, racialized populist movements – from the parliamentary coup in Brazil to the election of Donald Trump.
Wednesday, April 5 from 6-8 PM
City Life/Vida Urbana, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain
How are communities organizing to respond to this increasing threat? How do we better connect local struggles to global movements?
Maria Luisa Mendonça is the director of Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos/Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil. She has a PhD in Philosophy and Social Sciences with a focus on Human Geography from the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and is currently a professor at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). In 2013 she was a visiting scholar in the Development Sociology Department at Cornell University. Her work focuses on agricultural systems, rural movements and geopolitical land and natural resource conflicts. She is the editor of the book Human Rights in Brazil, which has been published annually by Rede Social since 2000, and was one of the founders of the World Social Forum.
Tarso Luís Ramos is the Executive Director of Political Research Associates. He has been researching the US Right for over two decades, contributing numerous articles and reports on Christian Right, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and anti-environmental movements and campaigns. Ramos previously served as founding director of Western States Center’s racial justice program. Throughout the 1990s, Tarso worked in various western states to counteract anti-gay campaigns, right-wing militias, and other organized threats to social justice. As director of the Wise Use Public Exposure Project in the mid-’90s, he monitored the Right’s anti-union and anti-environmental campaigns.
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