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Civil Society in Brazil: What Role During the Democratic Crisis?

March 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies invites you to its round-table discussion titled, “Civil Society in Brazil: What Role During the Democratic Crisis?


Facing daily challenges – such as financial sustainability, threats and lack of effectiveness – is not new for NGOs and civil society groups. However, with the current political and democratic crisis in Brazil challenges have become more acute, with NGOs and civil society groups facing unprecedented difficulties in defining advocacy and programmatic priorities, mobilizing people and resources, effectively communicating causes, and impacting public policy. Where to go from now? This panel will bring together representatives from NGOs and civil society organizations engaged in different issues to discuss the current challenges, approaches, and possibilities for advocacy and civil society mobilization.



Lucia Nader is a human rights and civil society organizations expert and independent consultant. She is an Ashoka Fellow, since 2008, and currently an entrepreneur in residence working to develop an innovative program on new leadership, self-awareness and empathy. She is also a visiting scholar at ILAS – Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University (USA). From February 2015 to July 2006 she was an Open Society Foundations Fellow with the research “Solid Organizations in a Liquid World” – on how rights-based NGOs and funders are adapting to contemporary societies. Lucia was the Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights (Brazil) from 2011-14. She is also a board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights (United States) and the International Service for Human Rights (Switzerland), among others foundations and NGOs. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


Natalia de Campos is a performance artist working in exhibitions, interventions, poetry, sound, video; a translator, producer and researcher with a BA in World History from the University of São Paulo and an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY (Brooklyn College). Her research has been published in Journals and in local NYC publications, such as the Oral History of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at their 30th anniversary, among others. Full credits available at syncretic.carbonmade.com/about. As an activist Natalia has been part of multiple groups, anonymous and not, and is one of the founding members of Defend Democracy in Brazil/ New York.

DEFEND DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL/ New York (DDB) is a committee composed of Brazilian citizens from all regions of Brazil, and American friends and supporters, residing in New York City. Formed in February 2016 by artists, scholars, representatives of human rights movements, women’s groups, political parties, activists of environmental movements, and sectors of health services, among many others. DDB’s aim is to support initiatives that defend the rule of law and democracy in Brazil, uniting the Brazilian community and supporters to its cause in New York, and to articulate the international media outlets.

Since it was founded, the DDB committee participated in more than 26 public actions to date, including street and institutional protests, including the one denouncing the irregular impeachment process at LASA 2016 (with support from CLACSO); papering at the United Nations; in marches such as the NYC Pride Parade partnering with ACT UP!; talks at the LaGuardia Community College (CUNY – May 2016), Party for Socialism and Liberation (May 2016 – East Harlem/NY), the roundtable “What’s Next for Brazil? The Crisis of 2016 in Context” at the New School for Social Research (October 2016), organized by Jussara dos Santos Raxlen, and contributed to the First Conference for Democracy and Against the Coup in Amsterdam, Netherlands (January 2017).


DEFEND DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL is an active member of the coalition uniting more than 40 collectives fighting for justice and democracy in Brazil, in 26 countries around the globe. Facebook/Instagram: Defend Democracy in Brazil

Twitter: @Brazildemocracy


March 3, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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