Target: Activist and artist José Celso Martinez Corrêa
Goal: Praise thousands of protesters who occupied government buildings and forced interim president Michel Temer to reinstate Brazil’s Ministry of Culture.
Protesters across Brazil have successfully pressured interim President Michel Temer to reinstate the country’s Ministry of Culture. Temer had closed the ministry as a part of numerous conservative reforms he has brought to the federal government since the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff. Activists and artists took to the streets in protest while also occupying Ministry offices in 18 different cities. Their courage and fortitude in the face of adversity has successfully saved one of the country’s most important resources from the careless actions of Temer.
Temer first attempted to appease protesters by creating a Culture Secretariat Office inside the Ministry of Education. However, those who took to the streets knew this would do little to replace all that the Ministry of Culture has historically provided for the country. Much more than just a symbol for supporting the arts, the Ministry of Culture has supported cultural spaces while funding classes, residencies, scholarships, and research.
Activists were joined by many high-profile artists such as poet Ferreira Gullar and revered theatre polymath José Celso Martinez Corrêa. They gathered to sing and show their support at Corrêa’s famous theatre, Teatro Oficia, a landmark of popular resistance since the years of military dictatorship in Brazil.
Temer’s conservative leanings are spurring resistance on a number of fronts. He has quickly acted to strip the federal government of any meaningful progressive resources by also subsuming the Ministry of Women, Racial Equality, and Human Rights into the Ministry of Justice and Citizenship.
The persistence and eventual success of these protests by activists and artists across Brazil shows that the people of Brazil will not stand for Temer’s radically conservative actions. Sign the petition below to voice your support for their commitment to the needs of the Brazilian people.
Dear José Celso Martinez Corrêa,
Successfully regaining the Ministry of Culture in Brazil was surely not easy. However, by occupying government buildings and voicing your demands, you and your fellow protesters have shown interim President Michel Temer that you will not remain silent in the face of disastrous conservative reforms.
The arts are more than a symbol of progressive beliefs. They are a real outlet for the well-being of individuals and for the meaningful development of diverse communities.
Your actions, along with thousands of other activists and artists, are an inspiration to your fellow citizens and to the world at large. As governments around the globe continue to prioritize the fantasy of economic growth over the actual needs of their own people, it is imperative that individuals gather together to enact resistance.
That you and your fellow protesters have successfully pressured interim President Temer to reinstate the Ministry of Culture is a feat that deserves to be lauded around the world.
[Your Name Here]
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