An inter-religious act will be held at the Etno Muzanzu Quilombo Association of Pitanga dos Palmares, this Saturday (02), from 10 am, with the purpose of strengthening mobilizations for justice for the murders of Flávio Gabriel Pacifico dos Santos, known as Binho from Quilombo, and his mother, Maria Bernadete Pacifico.
The place where Mother Bernadette was murdered will receive leaders from the popular movement, religious communities, organized civil society and government representatives to build an act of love and fight for justice. The organizers highlight the importance of the force of occupation of the territory, now sacred, sacralized by the ejé/blood shed in its soil, which becomes a symbol of resistance, hope and strengthens the belief that the right to life without fear, for all people it’s possible.
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The program will also have a moment of sharing food, a collaborative meal created by everyone present. A strengthening practice that involves cultural, symbolic and sacred connections in the social relations of people of African-based religions and traditional communities with their territories.
The Executive Director of Koinonia, Ana Gualberto, highlights the importance of the act of eating for the population of religions of African origin, which means honoring their ancestry and fighting for their own existence within a capitalist and colonizing system. “By sharing food, we share life, prosperity, health, love. In the midst of so much violence, it is necessary to demonstrate love and strengthen the community. This interreligious act is to prove that the quilombola community is not alone,” she explains.
:: Territory where Mãe Bernadete lived in Bahia has been the target of exploitation and attacks since the colonial period ::
The act is being organized by Koinonia in partnership with the Network of Black Women of Bahia, Coletivo Iya Akobiode, Black Coalition for Rights and CESE, with the aim of demanding that the State act with equality and reaffirm its commitment to the democratic state of right.
Source: BdF Bahia
Editing: Gabriela Amorim