Brazil: popular movements meet for the first time with Lula’s transition team

November 20, 2022.- The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the bridge with the future government; The operation of January 1 was also discussed.

Representatives of the Brazilian popular movements met for the first time on the 17th, in Brasilia (DF), with interlocutors linked to the elected president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Workers’ Party – PT). They were received by the president of the PT, Gleisi Hoffmann, who coordinates the political articulation of the transition process.

Leaders from different segments were present, including names linked to the Brazilian Popular Front (FBP) and the Povo sem Medo Front, the two most representative in the country, which bring together dozens of entities each, including movements, unions, collectives and others. civilian actors.

Guilherme Boulos, one of the leading names in the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST) and an important figure in the organized grassroots camp, was among the participants in the meeting. Also present, for example, was the president of the National Confederation of Rural Farm Workers and Family Farmers (Contag), Aristides Santos.

“This is the moment to congratulate the movements that built the campaign [electoral] since the pre-campaign and since the fight for ‘Lula Libre’. Arriving now and having the opportunity to have an institutional dialogue, which so many years ago we did not have through any channel with the government, is a reason for great joy at all times,” activist Marcelo Fragozo, who acts as secretary of the Ministry, told Brasil de Fato. FBP and Povo sem Medo.

Fragozo points out that “this is not the time for demands.” “We are not interested in leaving this meeting as if it were a moment of denunciation, of claims, because the claims are being fulfilled by the transition commission,” adds Fragozo.

Guilherme Boulos, one of the main names of the MTST and a strong figure in the popular organized field, was among the participants of the meeting / Magno Romero/Divulgación

The civilian segment is represented in the team that attends to the transition process in different thematic areas, such as in the technical groups (GT) of Agrarian Development, Education and Racial Equality.

In addition to the MTST and Contag, the National Confederation of Workers of Family Agriculture (Contraf), the Bahia Forum of Family Agriculture, the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB), the National Confederation of Education Workers ( CNTE), Uneafro Brazil, the Black Coalition and the Unified Black Movement (MNU).

Among other issues, the interlocutors present on the agenda with Hoffmann agreed to collect a list of civil entities that are participating in the transition. The meeting was requested by the civil leaders themselves, who intend to solidify the historical relationship that this segment maintains with Lula and with actors from the PT, the party that held the Presidency of Brazil between 2003 and 2016.

According to Fragozo, this Thursday’s meeting has, in the foreground, a symbolic role, in the sense of demarcating the presence of the progressive civil camp in the transition agendas. He further adds that the meeting did not focus on specific topics because the different sub-topics of interest to the segment are already represented in the GT created by the transition coordination, which has 31 thematic areas.

«It was done so that we could talk a little about what is the perspective of the government transition on this issue of the participation of society, of the relationship with social movements. We decided to talk more about this point and we also talked about the popular mobilization for the inauguration of President Lula. This was the main topic of the meeting. The idea is to have a great popular demonstration party in Brasilia,” said Fragozo, without detailing what the event will be like.

A new agenda for the group will take place this Friday the 18th in the afternoon, but for now there is no more information about the meeting. The organizations are also preparing a national plenary session of the popular segments for December 7, when the details of the operation that will be adopted during Lula’s inauguration ceremony will be agreed upon.

Brazil: popular movements meet for the first time with Lula’s transition team