I sure hope you are seeing a bunch of stuff about Brazil, either on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook or TV. But I need you to understand what is going on. What’s truly going on around here. So I prepared this masterpost, a list of links that should explain this to you!
- Brazil is one of the most corrupt governments in the world
- Our government doesn’t take care of us
- And goes unpunished, leaving us conformed
- Mostly because we have laws that they can manipulate to protect themselves, seen here and here.
- There’s so many problems with our government it’s hard to list everything.
What triggered the people:
- Is Brazil ready to host the 2014 World Cup? (With this government? No.)
- Football being used to distract the people from the World Cup and corruption issues
- In Brazil, you work 5 months a year to pay tax. By the age of 70, the average Brazilian will have worked 30 years just to pay tax. Brazilians pay around 61 different taxes
- “Several of these stadiums risk becoming white elephants,”
- José Sarney, an undistinguished but influential former president, earns 62,000 reais a month
- 81 senators in the upper house will have parity with the country’s Supreme Court judges, earning R$26,723.13 (£10,063) a month.
- The bus pass is now 20 centavos (10 cents) more expensive in 22 May. 10 cents for each bus ride (some people take 2 different buses to get to work, so that would be at least 4 bus rides a day) for each person in São Paulo alone (with a population of 11.32 million), we know damn well what are they doing.
Where the protest begins
- First protest in Porto Alegre in March 2013, when protesters convinced the local city hall to reduce the fare price.
- In Goiania, 16 May also before the prices were officially changed, where two buses were incinerated and two buses were stoned, but leaving no victims on behalf of the protesters.
- There was another protest in Goiania, on 6 June, where the fares were brought back to their previous price by judge Fernando de Mello Xavier.
- An then finally, São Paulo.
- I say finally because the São Paulo protests were everywhere in the news.
- The city hall announced the raise of the tickets prices from R$3,00 to R$3,20, starting on 2 June. It’s one of the most expensive bus tickets in the country.
- Not just the bus tickets, but healthcare, economy and education are being left aside in order to steal from us and invest as much money as possible in the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.
- 13th June 2013: The day 5 thousand protesters occupied Avenida Paulista, one of the most important avenues in São Paulo. There was a worldwide repercussion to it.
- There was also a protest on 16 June in Brasília, our capital, right before a Brazil vs Japan football match. “They are building these overpriced stadiums and are not worrying about the situation of their own people.”
- There was a protest today on Maracanã, one of the stadiums where 2013 Confederations Cup is taking place, a match between Italy and Mexico. And yes, it was violent.
- In all of these cases, most of Brazil’s media websites (like Veja, one of the most important and influential Brazilian magazines) blamed the protesters, saying the police was violent because they were violent first, saying the protesters deserved what they got, calling them troublemakers (among other names)
- Even though “innocent people” (non-protesters) were injured by the police, like people passing by and reporters.
- I won’t link you pictures of the victims specifically, but you can see some here. TW violence TW blood TW bruises.
Examples of the police being violent with protestants (TW violence):
- A group of people are yelling “no violence” in portuguese, as the police shoots rubber bullets at them
- Same scene, from another point of view
- Please Help Us Change Brazil: Why we are saying #changebrazil
- There are protests about this all over the world!
- Dublin, Ireland, scheduled for 1pm local time Sunday in sign of solidarity with Brazilian protesters, many of whom are university students.
- Dozens of demonstrations are also being organized in other cities, including Paris, Madrid, London, Berlin, Brussels, Boston, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City and Buenos Aires. In general, the actions are scheduled for Tuesday.
So please, hear us out! Don’t let the media fool you about what is going on. Support us, we want to change Brazil! I will be updating this post with more information and news! Please reblog, watch this video and support us!
This is the week that my supervisor is on her vacation, so my 2nd day of my internship is the first day without her in the offices. I met a couple people in the office on Friday, and one of them was in today which made me feel better. It was scary yet gratifying because I was ultimately doing things on my own including calling to set up a delivery service. As soon as I got into the office, I was connected with someone in NY to help them with some work, which is what I worked on for most of the day.
But 2 great things came out of today.
- Some guy came into the offices halfway into the day and was taken into one of the extra offices. A while later when I was organizing products, he came over to me, introduced himself and said hello and asked where the kitchen was. First thing I noticed? His British accent. I told him I would walk him over and asked if he was from the London offices (IMG, the “parent” company of Catalyst, has a division in London). I mentioned that I would be studying abroad in London this upcoming semester and he asked me where I would be, and told him we would be based in Kensington. Turns out that’s where he’s from! What a small world!
- Before I left today, I asked the others if they needed any help. Once they said they were okay and I packed everything up, I got ready to leave and said goodbye. One of the workers, whom I met on Friday, asked me about what I major in and what I’m interested in. It lead into how I’m interested in going into sports, particularly baseball, in which he asked which team I’m a fan of. This lead to him asking me if I knew what my supervisor has in store for me for this summer. When I told him I’m not sure yet, he mentioned the projects/events he’ll be working on (he works alongside the NFL and Padres) and said he would love for me to help out so I can get hands on experience on the sports side of things including PR. He said that him and his partner were talking about getting an intern, and said that if my supervisor is okay with it, they would love me to partially/sort of be their intern as well. Either way, he said he wants me to get involved in some way with his projects and would talk to my supervisor about it. While I love my supervisor and am looking forward to my summer working under her, I hope this works out because I really do want to work on/help out with the projects with sports.
Saw Man of Steel in the morning today. Thought it was great! It definitely had a lot of action, but it honestly didn’t feel overwhelming. I think they did a great job finding a balance between the action and storytelling. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were just fantastic!!!
So I walked into the dentist this morning. My dentist asked me how my weekend was. I said “Good, I watched Captain America last night. I really liked it.” And my dentist says “Oh, my son is in that movie.” At first I thought he was joking but then I realized
Dr. Robert Evans
I looked it up
My dentist is Captain America’s dad
My doctor is JK Rowling’s husband.
JK Rowling’s husband has asked me if I am sexually active.