WHEREAS, the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America has
condemned the sustained attack on Brazilian democracy by the government of Michel Temer and his allies in the Brazilian judiciary.
WHEREAS, the political, civil, and social rights have been eroded during Temer’s presidency, including the political rights of jailed former President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, who was jailed earlier this year on unsubstantiated and politically-motivated corruption charges.
WHEREAS, during Temer’s presidency basic individual political and civil rights of Brazilian
people have been curtailed through violations of due process, politically motivated judicial
persecution, police brutality against anti-government protestors, and extra judicial killings (including that of human rights activist and politician Marielle Franco in March of 2018).
WHEREAS, Temer’s government has enacted devastating legislation attacking the social rights of ordinary Brazilians, in eluding passing a constitutional amendment capping public spending, and an unprecedented and vicious set of labor reforms that dramatically weaken the rights of the Brazilian working class.
WHEREAS, the Temer government’s attacks on Brazilian democracy are part of a larger attack by the Latin American right on significant gains made by working class Latin Americans across the region during the so-called “Pink Tide”.
WHEREAS, the United States has made consistent efforts to undermine popular movements representing Latin America’s working class.
WHEREAS, Miami’s geographic and cultural proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean give it a unique and strategic position in the Americas.
RESOLVED, that The Democratic Socialists of America of Miami-Dade County will work to
answer the call made by the National Political Committee to seek out Brazilian allies in the
Miami area and work with them to organize actions in solidarity with the Brazilian people.
RESOLVED, that we have a special obligation to deepen bonds of solidarity with socialist
political movements, workers’ movements, and social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean and that we will actively work to foster these relationships both as a local chapter level and at the national level of the Democratic Socialists of America.
RESOLVED, that we believe borders are violent and drawn by the ruling class and that our only hope of defeating capitalism lies in building a socialist movement based on global proletarian cooperation to redistribute wealth and dismantle empire.