On September 7th, the 29th Edition of the Cry of the Excluded and Excluded will take place in all regions of the country, an action that aims to give space and voice to those who find themselves in situations of injustice and social vulnerability, a counterpoint to the Cry of Independence .
With the question: “What are you hungry and thirsty for?”, which is this year’s motto, it dialogues with the theme of the Fraternity Campaign, of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), with a clear objective of denouncing hunger in the Brazil, and having the achievement of food security as a prerequisite for human dignity, democracy and national sovereignty.
In Rio Grande do Sul, this year, the Grito will be in São Leopoldo, in Greater Porto Alegre, and in Pelotas, in the south of the state. The proposal initiated in 2019 is to decentralize and expand the traditional demonstration, seeking to give visibility to communities on the outskirts of cities in the Metropolitan region and in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul.
:: The scream of screams ::
The mobilization opens up the possibility for people to reflect and together seek alternatives to the enormous problems that people face with the issue of hunger and water. A challenge for many nations, access to food and balanced nutrition has worsened in recent years in Brazil, Latin America and the world.
The report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI)”, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), published in July, confirmed the worsening of hunger and food insecurity indicators in Brazil.
In 2022, according to the document, 70.3 million people were in a state of moderate food insecurity, which is when they have difficulty eating. The survey also shows that 21.1 million people in the country experienced severe food insecurity, characterized by a state of hunger.
:: Cry of the Excluded and Excluded 2023 is expected to take place in 25 states; see locations and times ::
Scream in São Leopoldo
The event will gather in São Leopoldo at 8:30 am, behind São Leopoldo do Trensurb Station, next to Palquinho, a traditional space for the Hip Hop Movement. “The Vale dos Sinos region was hit hard by the cyclones and floods that devastated the Metropolitan region, but it showed that solidarity, unity and community organization save lives”, says Father Edson André Cunha Thomassim, better known as Father Edinho, member of Prison Pastoral and regional coordinator of the Social Pastorals of Rio Grande do Sul by CNBB.
“Another reason is the issue of the fight for decent housing, primarily for low-income families, there are different territories and occupations that we have here, so this right to a roof over our heads is one of the cries we want to echo”, he adds.
The Cry of the Excluded and Excluded 2023 in São Leopoldo will begin with a walk that will culminate in the Steigleder Community, where 211 families live, many of which work with recycling and are in a situation of social vulnerability. The community has a Solidarity Kitchen and is an example of social engagement and participation, working on Rights Defense Councils.
:: The cry of the excluded returns to the streets breathing democratic airs, says Raimundo Bonfim, from CMP ::
“In the municipality we have a network of solidarity kitchens and other programs with the transfer of resources that allow the development of access to healthy food. We need to recognize this as a cry from the people who are most excluded from society”, argues Father Edinho.
The event is organized by the Forum of Grito in the Metropolitan Region of Porto Alegre (RMPA), in which several religious entities, social movements, unions and associations participate. The activity will end with a concrete gesture of solidarity from the Landless Workers Movement (MST), which will donate food to the community.
Scream in Pelotas
In Pelotas, the gathering for the Shout of the Excluded will begin at 10am at Largo do Mercado Público. During the mobilization, a patchwork quilt will be produced symbolizing the cry of the excluded.
“We are asking everyone to write on square pieces of fabric what their hunger and thirst are, the objective is to symbolize our cries”, says Reinaldo Tillmann, collaborator of the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI). Activists will walk to the front of Pelotas City Hall to demand public policies as a way to improve the population’s living conditions.
History of the Cry of the Excluded and the Excluded
The Scream of the Excluded has occurred throughout Brazil since 1995. The idea arose during the 2nd Brazilian Social Week (1993/1994), based on a reflection on Brazil, the possible alternatives and its protagonists. More than an articulation, the Scream is a process, it is a popular manifestation full of symbolism, which integrates people, groups, entities, churches and social movements committed to the causes of the excluded.
For many years, the walk of the excluded was held following the military parade on September 7th. Since 2019, the Grito organization committee in the Metropolitan Region of Porto Alegre (RMPA) decided to make Grito tour the cities of the region, especially in peripheral communities, as a way of valuing the communities and their struggles. For this reason, in 2019 the demonstration was held in Canoas, along with the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Vila Santo Operário, reinforcing the fight for the right to land in urban territory.
In 2020, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic that ravaged the country, the Shout was virtual. In 2021, when it was held in person again, it returned to Porto Alegre, taking place under the Dona Leopoldina viaduct. In 2022, the Grito took place in the Partenon neighborhood, in Porto Alegre. A long walk was carried out, with stops in busy places, to repeat the motto: “Life and Democracy: no to coups! For food, land, shelter and work”
Programming of the 29th Cry of the Excluded in São Leopoldo
8:30 am – CONCENTRATION – behind São Leopoldo do Trensurb Station, next to Palquinho, a traditional space for the HIP HOP Movement.
1st CRY (at the Palquinho near Trensurb) – hunger and thirst for youth, culture and leisure
2nd GRITO (third block of Rua Lindolfo Collor) – hunger and thirst of the homeless and incarcerated population
3rd GRITO (in front of Visconde State School) – hunger and thirst for public education
4th CRY (in front of SINE/FGTAS) – hunger and thirst for decent work, the right to income and the popular and solidarity economy
5th CRY (next to the São Leopoldo City Council) – hunger and thirst for democracy and health
6th CRY (Ginásio Municipal Celso Morback/stands) – hunger and thirst of original populations, migrants, black population
7th GRITO (Bridge over Rio dos Sinos) – hunger and thirst for environmental causes and victims of climate change
8th CRY (Dike next to the Trensurb tracks) – hunger and thirst for women and LGBTQIA+
9th CRY (next to the Tent/Community Kitchen of the National Movement for the Struggle for Housing/MNLM, in the Steigleder Community) – hunger and thirst for decent housing and healthy food
The activity will end with an inter-religious act and solidarity lunch.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Marcelo Ferreira