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Coverage of Marielle Franco Memorial Rally in DC on the anniversary of her assassination.

Last Thursday thousands gathered for vigils and protests in cities across Brazil to mark the
one-year anniversary of the assassination of Marielle Franco, the Black out-bisexual socialist City Council member in Rio de Janeiro who was a feminist and human rights activist. Franco was 38. Elected in 2017, she fought against gender violence, for reproductive rights, and for the rights of residents of the favela, or poor Black neighborhood. She chaired the Women's Defense Commission and was part of a committee that monitored the intervention by Brazils then- president Michel Temer who brought in the army to conduct local police operations. Working with the Rio de Janeiro Lesbian Front, Franco presented a City Council bill to create a day of lesbian visibility, but the bill was defeated, 19-17.

On March 14, 2018, the day after Franco spoke out on Twitter against police violence, she attended a round-table discussion titled "Young Black Women Moving [Power] Structures." Two hours later, she and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were fatally shot nine times by two men who were driving another car. Franco's press officer survived with injuries. The Rio de Janeiro police found that the direction of the nine shots supported the hypothesis that Franco was assassinated. Last week, local police arrested two suspects, former members of the military police force, for the murder. Each suspect had received honors several years earlier from Flavio Bolsonaro, a local elected official who is the son of Jair Bolsonaro, the neofascist elected Brazils president late last year.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose husband David Miranda was a fellow City Council member and close personal friend of Franco's, said the most important subjects to cover about her were her relentless and brave activism against the most lawless police battalions, her opposition to military intervention, and, most threateningly of all, her growing power as a black, gay woman from the favela seeking not to join Brazils power structure, but to subvert it.

Throughout Brazil and around the world, she was admired as a fearless fighter for the oppressed, whose killing reeked of government retaliation. Last Thursday, in front of the White House, Brazilian activists and their North American allies gathered to remember Marielle Franco, and to protest the Bolsonaro government as well as U.S. intervention against neighboring Venezuela.

Here are some excerpts, preceded by the song "Morning in Rio" by Sergio Mendes, from the album Encanto*.
 

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Naomi Brussel brings us coverage of the UN Commission on the Status of Women's sessions.

*Recorded by Esther Iverem, Producer and Host of On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation's Capital originating from our Pacifica sister station WPFW.
Introduction by Bob Lederer, co-producer of Out-FM on WBAI. Technical assistance by John Riley of Out-FM.