Levante Popular da Juventude will hold in Niterói, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro, the national meeting of militancy that marks the 10th anniversary of the organization. Around 1500 young people are expected by the organization at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), between the 16th and 19th, for a series of activities with the objective of reaffirming the commitment of the social movement “in the fight for a Brazil for Brazilians”, as stated in the event’s motto.
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The program begins with an analysis of the situation carried out by the vice-president of the National Union of Students (UNE), Julia Aguiar, and the member of the national coordination of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), economist João Pedro Stédile. On Friday (17), a political act will celebrate the first decade of the Popular Youth Uprising with the presence of historical partners and political figures such as former president Dilma Rousseff (PT).
For Maíra Marinho, from the national coordination of Levante in Rio, the moment is one of reunion after years of isolation, but also of elaboration on the future of the country. Since 2016, the organization has not held a face-to-face meeting and now intends to renew its political commitment for the next period with a view to approaching this year’s elections.
“For a youth movement, this exchange is very important. It is knowing how Levante is being built in the states, recognizing novelties that arise from the creativity of militancy, everyday experiences. National meetings bring a lot of these moments. It is a great opportunity on the eve of the elections to encourage our group and make us available to the Brazilian people, considering the challenges of 2022”, says Maíra.
Over 10 years, the movement organized and was the protagonist of important struggles for the youth and the working class in the country. In 2012, a wave of escrachos to the torturers of the civil-military dictatorship was the symbol of the nationalization of the Levant.
Other milestones were the struggles against lowering the age of criminal responsibility and the extermination of black youth, the denunciation of the coup against Dilma and, more recently, the solidarity campaigns.
Maíra Marinho points out that the strategy of strengthening grassroots work in recent years has ensured that the actions reach more people, especially during the pandemic. For this reason, action in slums and urban peripheries remains a priority for Levante.
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“At a time when the Brazilian people were without a government support, popular organizations built a series of solidarity campaigns throughout Brazil. We understand that it was the greatest form of contribution from the left in the context that the Bolsonaro government minimized the pandemic, and that emergency aid was a struggle and then reduced”, reinforces the activist.
She considers that a new challenge for Levante will be to think about its institutional participation as a popular movement. “We know that the results of these elections will be fundamental to know how we are going to build the struggle in the next period”, she evaluates.
One of the goals of the meeting in Niterói is to welcome the youth who started to integrate the Levante during the pandemic. For Maíra, experiencing the space for the construction of events “means an important political formation”.
“We also want to present to the Brazilian left the accumulation of Levante in the formulation of the ‘Popular Youth Program’, considering the 10 years of the movement”, he adds.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse