Police Violence, Memory, and Mobilization in Brazil


Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


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Convened by Assistant Professor Yanilda González. Sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Wiener Center for Social Policy.
Join us for the third event in the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series. The discussion will feature 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. 
  • 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:
Protests in cities across the U.S 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. 
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Virtual Event Details 
Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. 
You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time. 
The Ash Center encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its events. Should you wish to inquire about an accommodation, please contact our events team at info@ash.harvard.edu prior to the event. 
Additional questions? Email the Ash Center events team at info@ash.harvard.edu.