Today, March 14, 2019, marks one year after the assassination of Brazilian Councilwoman Marielle Franco, who fought tirelessly for the rights of women, the poor and the LGBT communities in her native country. Two recent events in the United States were held in celebration of her too-short-yet-impactful life, and more are listed below:
International Women’s Day Honor – The Bronx, NY
A seventh grade class at Fannie Lou Hamer Middle Schoolselected Marielle Franco as their honoree this year for International Women’s Day. Shirley Phillips, CEO and Founder of Go Girlz Inc., stated, “Marielle ignited a new generation of young activists willing to protect her legacy. These students did all the artwork themselves. I did nothing except direct and lead them to research.”
Fight Like Marielle Franco – Lute Como Marielle Franco – Los Angeles, CA
The L.A. Chapter of Coletivo Por Um Brasil Democratico gathered a group of music artists, activists and scholars together at Los Angeles City Hall for a tribute of heartfelt music, teary-eyed speeches, and readings of one of Marielle’s essays in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Fabio Koelsch gave the opening speech:
Arro Verse & Friends performed a song about Marielle “Glory Eyes” written by Arro Verse.
Music Artist, Producer, Composer from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Zoe D’Orey, wrote and read a touching letter to Marielle:
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