Please join us Thursday, September 29th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET for a report from our partners on the ground in Brazil on the "Brazil 2022 Elections: Rights and Democracy at Risk."
This Sunday, October 2, 2022 Brazil will hold the first round of its national elections – the President, the national Congress, Governors and state legislatures, and more will be on the ballot. Brazil's democratic institutions are under real duress.
Opposition candidate and former President, Ignacio Lula da Silva leads by wide margins in virtually every poll, but sitting President, Jair Bolsonaro, has openly rejected the legitimacy of any possible outcome other than his own re-election, mobilizing his followers to do the same. Worries that an anti-democratic standoff could trigger a return to military rule are widespread. So are concerns about unfair electoral practices and even physical threats – especially against Black and Indigenous candidates, social activists, and academics who have spoken out against increasingly authoritarian practices.
Global Exchange, in collaboration with the communication studio Peninsula 360 Press, recently conducted a journalistic and social investigation in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, to learn first-hand about the socio-political conditions before the elections.
** Beatriz Magaloni, Professor-Political Science, Stanford University.
** Anna Lee Mraz - Writer-Sociology, Feminism, Peninsula 360 Press
** Fernando Cruz - Independent Journalist
** Michael Fox - Independent Journalist - Brazil
**Ted Lewis - Co-Executive Director, Global Exchange
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Spanish interpretation will be provided here on Zoom.