Join us for a conversation with members of Mães de Maio (Mothers of May), a collective of mothers whose children were killed by police in May 2006 in one of the largest police massacres in Brazilian history. Over the past 15 years, Mães de Maio has been a leading voice against police violence against Black and poor youth in Brazil, preserving the memory of victims, helping to mobilize mothers and families, and fighting for policy change. The speakers will share their reflections on 15 years of struggle and lessons for the next generation.
This event is part of the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series.
• Débora Maria da Silva, Mães de Maio and Researcher, Federal University of São Paulo
• Maria Sônia Lins, Mães de Maio
• Ilza Maria de Jesus Soares, Mães de Maio
Moderated by Yanilda González, Assistant Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fernanda Papa, MC/MPA 2021, Ash Center Mason Fellow
About the 'What Justice Looks Like' Series
Recent uprisings in cities throughout the US against racialized police violence, along with mass protest movements from Chile to Colombia to Haiti against long-running structural inequality and exclusion, have demonstrated that policymakers and political leaders routinely remain disconnected from, or actively ignore and silence, the experiences of communities directly harmed by their policies.
“What Justice Looks Like” takes a perspective of “public policy from below” by centering the voices of those on the ground level of struggles for justice, but traditionally excluded from the halls of power. This year-long discussion series centers the voices and experiences of activists and communities directly affected by state violence and mass incarceration in trauma-informed conversations about (in)justice, power, resistance, and pathways to racial justice, equity and meaningful change.