Fonte: Movimento Mães de Maio e Black Lives Matter Movement

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN “BLACK LIVES MATTER, BRAZILIAN LIVES MATTER!”

In Brazil, 160 people per day were murdered in 2015: one individual every 9 minutes (http://bit.ly/2eOOaZ7)!  A total of  58.383 lives were violently taken by homicide in the course of the last year. This situation was unveiled in the most recent annuary published by the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, based on official figures (http://glo.bo/2fdyU9p). If we consider that such figures are usually underestimated, as indicated by a recent study carried out by IPEA titled “Map of Hidden Homicides in Brazil”, we come to the conclusion that surely MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN BRAZIL IN THE COURSE OF 2015 (http://bit.ly/2fCikw0).

A comparison sheds light on the gravity of this situation: in the last 4 years, the Syrian War has violently killed a total of 256 thousand people. During the same period in Brazil almost 279 thousand people were murdered. In other words: THE NON-DECLARED WAR IN BRAZIL KILLS MORE THAN THE DECLARED WAR IN SYRIA        (http://glo.bo/2fCat1D).  Such Brazilian indices represent 11% OF ALL HOMICIDES AROUND THE WORLD, as the United Nation Organization (UNO) declared not long ago: out of every 100 homicides in the planet, at least 11 certifiedly take place in Brazil. (http://bit.ly/1UtR5RY)

Of this alarming total, an expressive number of murders is committed by police officers and/or paramilitary groups directly or indirectly linked to the Brazilian police. The figures attest that, at least, 9 PEOPLE A DAY WERE KILLED BY POLICE FORCES IN BRAZIL IN THE COURSE OF 2015, which amounted to 3,345 LIVES violently taken by police hands last year alone (http://glo.bo/2e3yVdp) . This means that the Brazilian police murders in 6 days what the British Police, for instance, takes 25 years to kill (http://bit.ly/2gdvljm). Yes, you are reading correctly: 6 days against 25 years.

Further studies point out that there is a racial, social and geographic bias in these epidemical violent deaths. According to the Final Report by the Brazilian Federal Congress Enquiry Comission (CPI) on Juvenile Homicides, recently published: 63 young black men are killed every day in Brazil – one black youngster killed every 23 minutes (http://bit.ly/2fCgknQ). The figures confirm, then, the alarming conclusions arrived at by the “Map of Violence 2016”, a yearly study coordinated by professor Júlio Jacobo Waiselfisz, who found out that between 2004 and 2014 there was a growth of 18.2% in homicides committed against  blacks, contrasted with a decrease of 14.6% against people who are  not black or mixed [parda] (http://glo.bo/25iOQIe). In other words, racism keeps killing (a lot) in Brazil. Alongside the social and economic condition, also are determinant in the making of preferential victims: the city zone of abode, of work or of study. The preferential victims are black youngsters, poor  workers, dwellers of peripheral neighborhoods.

Finally,  it must be said that policemen are not only the henchmen of this genocide. The number of police officers – most of them also black and poor – who are victims of homicide themselves, on-duty or off-duty, is very high. Last year, for instance, 393 policemen were killed in a violent manner. According to the FBSP annuary, Brazilian policemen are three times more likely to be killed off-duty than on-duty. But in 2015 there was an increase of 30.5% in the number of murdered policemen: 103 died during working hours and 290 off-duty, usually in situations of reaction to a theft (http://glo.bo/2e3yVdp).

IT IS AGAINST THIS EVIDENT GENOCIDE THAT WE ARE LAUNCHING THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN #BlackBraziliansMatter , #BrazilianLivesMatter.
The official launch will take place on  November 17th, along with the launch of the book  “Mothers in the struggle – 10 years after the Crimes of May”, organized by journalist André Caramante of Ponte Jornalismo, during the activities linked to the Black Awareness Month #NovembroNegro here in Brazil. This is a campaign and a set of activities created by the Mothers and Family Members of the Direct Victims of this Genocide, gathering individuals, families and their real stories, flesh and bone, struggles and mourning. For us, “Mothers of May”,  Mothers of Victims Without Frontiers, Mothers of Victims Have No Race, No Fatherland and No Boss: We are Mothers and Families struggling for the Life of our Sons and Daughters, with no distinction! This is why it will be a campaign organized together with many national and  international social movements, notably with the #BlackLivesMatter network in the USA.

With it we want to call out to the world, from the midst of this genocidal war in Brazil and suffering from all its terrible effects: IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCEPT THIS AGE OF MASSACRES AND THE CONTINUOUS BLOODY EPISODES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE DAILY FOR OVER 20 YEARS… The ACARI massacre (1990), the Candelária massacre, the Sonho Real  massacre (in Goiânia), the Crimes of May 2006, the Cabula massacre, the Manaus massacre, the  Messejana massacre (in Fortaleza), the Natal massacre, the Joinville massacre, the Costa Barros massacre in 2015;  all the Amarildos, Claudias and countless other victims, the daily summary executions around Brazil, up  until the most recent case of police barbarism here in the State of São Paulo: the kidnapping followed by cruel execution of 5 youngsters of the East Zone of São Paulo in November 2016 (denounced by the recent campaign #QuemMatouOs5JovensDaZonaLeste: Who killed the 5 youngsters of the East Side of São Paulo. And everybody already knows that were some police agents who killed).

Now our international campaign calls out for all to STOP THIS VERITABLE  GENOCIDE OF THE BLACK, POOR AND PERIPHERAL POPULATION OF BRAZIL!!!

We invite all those who embrace and agree with our cause to come to the LAUNCH OF THIS INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN, THIS THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 17th), 6 p.m., at SALA DOS ESTUDANTES IN THE LAW SCHOOL OF SÃO PAULO  UNIVERSITY (FADUSP – São Francisco). Here is the link for the event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/156836831450410/

This is the starting point for many other demonstrations and actions, here in Brazil and also in other parts of the World, to denounce this reality and calling out for an urgent transformation of this situation.

OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS MATTER!!!

Please share this call by using the 3 hashtags below, together:

#BlackLivesMatter  #BlackBraziliansMatter   #BrazilianLivesMatter

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