Sign this petition – Brazilian Democracy is Seriously Threatened – Mariana Prandini Assis, The New School for Social Research, New York.
Dear friends, professors and colleagues,
As you might be following on the news, Brazil is currently undergoing a serious political crisis. The democratically elected president, Dilma Roussef, is facing impeachment proceedings which clearly violate various constitutional guarantees (see: http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/09/friends-of-brazil-foes-of democracy/#.VvVV5RIrJZ0).
Though there are many corruption scandals involving her party members as well as many MPs of the opposition parties, the impeachment in the current situation is, in fact, a coup d’état, for which members of the Judiciary are contributing in an orchestrated manner.
While all of us on the Brazilian left believe that the investigation of corruption is fundamental in the fight against social inequality, this cannot be done at the expense of our (already minimal and young) democratic procedures. It is worthy remembering, at times like this, that in 1964 democracy was disrupted in Brazil by a military coup also in the name of morality and higher values.
If you agree with the analysis above, and are as concerned as we are here, please consider signing this petition, organized by James Green (Brown University): https://community.avaaz.org/petitions/brazilian-democracy-is-seriously-threatened.
Mariana Prandini Assis, is currently a PhD candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research, in New York. She received her Bachelor of Laws and Master’s in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In her doctoral research, Mariana offers a map of women’s rights discourse production and circulation in the transnational legal sphere. Her research has been supported by various institutions, such as the Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES), Fulbright, and the American Association for University Women (AAUW). In her home country Brazil, Mariana is also engaged in feminist and legal activism, serving as a lawyer for social movements and grassroots organizations.