Quick hit: #ChangeBrazil: Who was never sleeping, who just woke up, and why

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I’m over on my blog today talking about the movement that is taking place in Brazil and its implications for Brazil’s marginalized communities.

This movement was started by people who have been historically denied access to public space, including people of color, the poor, members of the LGBTQ community and women. But now, for the first time in decades, Brazilians of all classes, genders, races and sexualities are learning what these people have always lived with.

Black Brazilians have long known the results of police brutality, watching as their young men are systematically killed through police or drug-related violence. Brazilian women are all too familiar with the fact that their presence in public space is often dictated by the men occupying it at the time. Queer and trans* people in Brazil risk their safety every time they leave the house as out members of the LGBTQ community.

Change is coming to Brazil. But it’s up to us to change it into the Brazil we want. Will #changebrazil co-opt the movement into an attack on government corruption while ignoring the needs of the poor and marginalized who have been organizing for decades?

Because there are many movements in Brazil that were never “sleeping.” Perhaps Brazil as a unified country is waking up, but women, queer people, indigenous groups, Afro-Brazilians and landless workers couldn’t afford to take a nap.

For more on why this is also a women’s movement and how to be an ally in the movement, check out the full post. 

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Juliana is a writer, a speaker, and a consultant. Her blogging work focuses on feminist and racial justice movements lead by Latinas throughout the Americas, touching on issues such as environmental justice, immigration, colonization, land rights and indigenous movements. She has been a regular Contributor to Feministing since Spring of 2013, and also been published on the Huffington Post, Mic, and the Feminist Wire. Juliana studied Latin American and Latinx Studies at the University of California and is now based in the Bay Area where she has worked with various organizations on social media and communications strategy. In her free time, she likes to dance salsa and tango and practice Portuguese with her cousins via Skype.

Juliana is a Latina feminist writer and digital communications specialist living in California.

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