This year, the Cry of the Excluded and Excluded 2023 takes to the streets of Brazil the motto “What are you hungry, what are you thirsty for?”. Since 1995, progressive sectors of Brazilian society have been fighting for the entire population to have access to social justice, a dignified life and access to fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. This year, the mobilization will take place in 26 states.
In Rio de Janeiro, the events are confirmed for Thursday (7) in the capital of Rio de Janeiro and in the municipality of Petrópolis, in the mountainous region. According to Sandra Quintela, president of the Institute of Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone (PACS) and one of the coordinators of the 29th Cry of the Excluded, the construction of the movement is collective and involves different sectors of organized civil society.
“Construction in Rio began in June, we held three organizational plenaries and three working groups on infrastructure, mobilization and communication. The organization involved several entities from social and popular movements, unions, political parties and mandates. It is a broad and democratic construction . We have been in this movement for many years. I, particularly, since the 2000s”, explains Quintela, who also highlights Grito’s expectations for this year.
“Our expectations are calm, we are not seeing movements on the part of Bolsonaro supporters. In 2018, even after the stabbing, we took to the streets with a police escort. Last year and the year before that we also took to the streets. Our message is of peace, of a popular project for Brazil, that the Brazilian people participate in major decisions, fight for agrarian reform, housing, for social rights. We will always be on the streets on September 7th. We have been in worse times”, he states.
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The Cry of the Excluded in the city of Rio will take place this Thursday (7), starting at 9 am, on Rua Uruguaiana and Avenida Presidente Vargas, in the center. The opening track of the act will be carried by mothers who are victims of police violence, representatives of popular movements, and excluded people in general. The event is expected to continue at 11am to Praça Mauá, where the event will end.
In Petrópolis, the gathering will take place from 9am at Bosque do Imperador, in the city center.
The National Grito Coordination is made up of Commission 8 of the CNBB; the Pastorals and Organizations: PO (Pastoral Operária), SPM (Pastoral Service for Migrants), PPR (Pastoral of the Street People), PCR (Pastoral Carcerária), PAB (Pastoral Afro Brasileira), CPT (Pastoral of the Land), PJ (Youth Ministry), PJMP (Popular Youth Ministry), CB (Cáritas Brasileira), CNLB (National Council of Lay Men and Women of Brazil), PMM (Pastoral of Marginalized Women), CPP (Pastoral Council of Fishermen). Entities: CMP (Central of Popular Movements), MST (Landless Rural Workers Movement), CNTE (National Confederation of Education Workers), MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams), Jubileu Sul Brasil, Pilgrimage of Workers, JOC (Catholic Workers Youth), Rede Rua, Sefras (Franciscan Assistance Service), CEBs, 6th SSB (Brazilian Social Week).
Check out the locations with confirmed acts here.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda