I never get tired of discussing politics. Online, I post my opinions, share ideas I find interesting, and I always try to be in the loop of what’s happening around the globe as much as I can.

Most of the time, this much-needed exercise leaves me teary-eyed and broken-hearted. But THIS time, reading about the manifestations against Bolsonaro all around Brazil, I felt a profound sense of pride in my people.

Those of you who have been following me for some time probably know how much disgust I feel towards the current Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro.

(long post about Brazilian Politics after the cut. There’s a list of amazing NGOs doing awesome work at the end of the text if you can/want to help the situation of the many groups at risk in Brazil right now. They include LGBTQIA+ groups, Indigenous people, Black communities, feminist movements, and NGOs focused on proper education and food for impoverished children).

In 2018, before the presidential elections, I was walking down Paulista Avenue with one of my closest friends.

Filling one of the widest avenues in Brazil, there was a mob of Bolsonaro supporters holding placards that read “É melhor Jair se acostumando.” It’s a small word-play with Bolsonaro’s name; the idea is “You better start getting used to him”. Stationed on the edges of the avenue, police officers stood with guns attached to their waists, crossed arms, and expressions that ranged from pure disinterest to clear enjoyment.

My friend stepped closer to me. He is strong, brilliant, and one of the bravest people I know, and yet he was clearly uncomfortable, so—after I managed to recover from the slight shock of seeing him like that—we linked our arms and avoided the mob in front of us, walking back to the intersection with Consolação Avenue.

Once we were away from the mob and the officers, he looked over his shoulders and sighed.

“If you weren’t here, they’d probably have stopped me,” he said.

The mob was mostly White. I’m White.

My friend is Black.

“I don’t wanna think what will happen if that dude wins the elections,” he completed.

His fear was justified. Bolsonaro is a racist, misogynist, homophobic ex-military who preaches in favor of the Military Dictatorship period in Brazil, which killed thousands of Black and Indigenous people while also torturing anyone who spoke up against the military government.

“He won’t win,” I answered. I was born and raised in São Paulo, one of Brazil’s industrial, technological, and cultural hubs; I never thought people would turn a blind eye to how much damage Bolsonaro could make as a president. “He can’t win,” I added. “Not being who he is.”

My friend nodded. We hugged and walked and laughed it off (tried to). And when Bolsonaro won, we both cried.

I guess I was a tad too naïve. 

He won. He won, and I never got used to the idea of having such a terrible president. Here are a few things that happened in his government and that are directly connected to him:

(most of the links here are from news articles in Portuguese)

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I didn’t add the investigations of corruption (including embezzlement of money for COVID-related services), the liberation of guns, the nepotism, the problem with vaccines, the damage of the far-right religious institutions the president supports, and the disrespect and verbal aggression towards women.

… And that’s why I felt so proud of my fellow Brazilians yesterday. :3 We’re a young people (Brazil is only 521 years old, while England, for example, is 1094, if you think about the creation of the kingdom of England), but we’re still doing our best. I might be away from my Land of Drizzle, but I carry my people in my heart, and I cry alongside them, as loud as I can,

♥♥♥ Fora Bolsonaro! ♥♥♥

And even though I can see Brazilians waking up and organizing themselves better, there are still people needing our help right now. If you want to help the situation in Brazil, please consider Donating! Here’s a small list of NGOs doing a lot of good in Brazil:

APIB (“Brazilian Indigenous People Articulation”) – to help the indigenous people in Brazil.  (They also have a fantastic documentary subtitled in English you can watch here, showing the situation of the indigenous people in Brazil)

CUFA (“Unified Central of Favelas”) – to help the impoverished communities and Favelas in Brazil. (I use my credit card to donate to this one; if you’re outside Brazil, I think this might work for you too). If you want to help the Covid Relief specifically, CUFA has a project called “Mães da Favela” (Favela mothers), which you can donate to directly through this link.

Amigos do Bem – help with famine, donate drinkable water, and improve education in northeast Brazil, one of the areas more impacted by droughts.

Omolará (site in Portuguese) – amazing social project focusing on helping Black Woman find education and financial independence.

+ To help the LGBT+ community in Brazil, I’m still searching for NGOs and projects that receive international donations. If you’re in Brazil or if you can make wire transfers, I suggest checking this list of fantastic projects (in Portuguese).

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