The 2013 Uprisings in Brazil: Speaking Tour

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In hopes of fostering an exchange of tactics and momentum between liberation movements in North and South America, we have arranged a speaking tour of the East Coast for comrades from Brazil. In these presentations, they will explain the context of the new wave of unrest sweeping Brazil, tracing its trajectory and distilling lessons for anarchists and others organizing in the US. Don’t miss!

Friday, November 8: Philadelphia, PA at the Wooden Shoe
Saturday, November 9: Brooklyn, at the base
Sunday, November 10: Boston, at the Boston Anarchist Book Fair
Thursday, November 14: Baltimore, MD, 6:30 pm, at Liam Flynn’s Ale House (next door to the new Red Emma’s)
Saturday, November 16: Charlottesville, VA at the APOC house
Sunday, November 17: Richmond, VA, 7 pm, at the William Byrd Community House
Thursday, November 21: Atlanta, GA, 7 pm, at the The Mermaid Manor
Saturday, November 23: Chapel Hill, NC at the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair

Dates in Baltimore and Washington, DC to be announced. Keep an eye on this page for details. Email rollingthunder@crimethinc.com with questions or booking offers.

The 2013 Uprisings in Brazil

Last summer, Brazil exploded in protests unlike anything in living memory. At the peak, a hundred cities participated in fierce clashes with the authorities; a movement that began with demonstrations against public transit fare increases and became a veritable popular uprising. Yet as the middle class joined in, nationalist and reactionary narratives muddied the message.

Despite this, the movement succeeded in blocking the fare increases in many cities, demonstrating the effectiveness of new forms of struggle without parties or unions. Autonomous and horizontal groups forced other issues to the surface, including the consequences of the upcoming World Cup and Olympic games.

In this presentation, Brazilian anarchists will describe the context from which the events of 2013 emerged, and explain their impact on other ongoing struggles. What conclusions are Brazilians drawing from their experiences, and what can North Americans learn from them?

For more background, consult the features we published last summer on the revolt in Brazil.

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