Target: FIFA and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
Goal: Protest high spending rates on the World Cup
The World Cup of soccer is to be played in Brazil in 2014 and is costing the country an inordinate amount of money that could otherwise be going towards other public expenditures such as the educational or health systems of the country. Protests have started across Brazil against the use of funds for the event.
In June of 2014, the World Cup will be held in a stadium in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. It has been said that having the World Cup played in Brazil will contribute $70 billion to the country, as well as create an immense improvement in infrastructure that would benefit the country as a whole.
However, so far this has not been the case. Construction and improvements of infrastructure are behind schedule, while others have been cancelled all together. The country’s schools and hospitals are suffering as they are understaffed. The money that would generally go towards education has been funneled to the World Cup projects, although the government reports that over 80% of the country’s schools are under-performing. In some cities, there are no sources of potable water, and the minimum wage remains lower than the living wage.
Brazil originally stated that the World Cup would cost the country $1 billion, but the new projection is $3 billion — money that many Brazilians believe the country should be using elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of protesters have emerged in over 25 cities throughout Brazil, with the message that a country with such poverty, inadequate schools and hospitals, and poor infrastructure, should not be funding the World Cup.
By signing the petition below you will be protesting the economic damage that the World Cup and new stadiums will bring upon Brazil. You will be supporting the call of the protesters in favor of economic projects that will bolster educational, health, and infrastructural projects, and contributing to the consciousness raising efforts of the protesters.
Dear FIFA and Dilma Rousseff,
The immense spending that the Brazilian government must do in order for the World Cup to take place is proving to be harmful to the people of Brazil. As the protesters have stated in their demands, the Brazilian government should be focusing these funds instead on the needs of the people of the country and the improvement of educational, health, and infrastructural systems. Research shows that while many believe that events like the World Cup will stimulate the economy, the outcome is often instead economically devastating to the people of the country.
I am writing you to ask that you consider the needs of the people of Brazil over the needs of the World Cup. Taking money away from education or wages will only hurt Brazilians, and the World Cup itself will only provide temporary income for those who are able to benefit from the event. Take heed of the demands of the peaceful protesters throughout Brazil and instead fund projects that will mitigate poverty in Brazil.
[Your Name Here]
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