Our event, Demand Justice for Marielle Franco, in honor of Marielle’s life and legacy took place in downtown Santa Cruz (CA) on March 16, a beautiful and sunny Saturday afternoon.
The event was organized by Grupo Re-Existir (formed by UCSCS faculty, students, and staff and open to all). We decided to have the event in the downtown area so as to attract a greater number of people and raise awareness in the community about Marielle’s life, legacy, and still unsolved murder.
Our event included short speeches, flyering, and performances. A group of women singers performed Brazilian feminist songs, and the lovely all-girl group Sementes do Samba performed maculelê, a protest samba choreography, and capoeira.
We also had a planting session where seeds and pots were made available so that folks could take home a “seed of Marielle.”
In addition to attracting a lot of people in Santa Cruz, we also had visitors who drove from Berkeley, Stanford, and Oakland to participate in the event. Pictures and videos of the event are available here:
A picture of our event was also included in Rosana Pinheiro-Machado’s recent article in The Intercept.