Stop the Closure of All Ford Plants in Brazil

The Ford Co announced on January 11, 2021 their decision to end vehicle production at its three plants in Brazil in 2021. The Camaçari (BA) and Taubaté (SP) plants will be closed immediately, according to the company, maintaining only the production of parts for after sales stocks. The plant in Horizonte (CE) which manufactures the SUV Troller is expected to stop its activities in the … Continue reading Stop the Closure of All Ford Plants in Brazil

Death on eve of Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day sparks fury

A Black man died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on the eve of Friday’s Black Consciousness Day observations, sparking outrage as videos of the incident circulated on social media. A short clip showed one guard restraining João Alberto Silveira Freitas just outside the doors of a Carrefour supermarket while the other pummeled him with repeated blows … Continue reading Death on eve of Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day sparks fury

In The Country, 7 Out of 10 Who Live in Inadequate Homes Are Black or Brown

Seven out of 10 Brazilians who live in homes with some type of inadequacy are black or brown, points out the survey Synthesis of Social Indicators, from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. The survey, which uses data from the 2019 National Household Sample Survey, brings together in numbers the reality that is already well known in the peripheries of large cities and in … Continue reading In The Country, 7 Out of 10 Who Live in Inadequate Homes Are Black or Brown

Embraer Fires 2,500 Aerospace Workers Unilaterally Amidst the Pandemic

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced the dismissal of 900 workers throughout Brazil on August the 3rd. This announcement comes in addition to 1,600 layoffs due to three Voluntary Dismissal Programs (VDP) carried out in less than two months. The company did not hold any negotiation with the Metalworkers’ Union of São José dos Campos, violating an agreement to preserve jobs signed on April 9th … Continue reading Embraer Fires 2,500 Aerospace Workers Unilaterally Amidst the Pandemic

International Solidarity to Italian political prisoner Cesare Battisti

On December 2018, Italian political prisoner Cesare Battisti was arrested in Bolivia. Eight years before, former Brazilian president Lula da Silva refused to extradite him to Italy. In Italy he confessed his participation in the execution of four far-right Italians in the 1970s and was sentenced to imprisonment for life.Currently he is in solitary confinement in a high security prison in Sardinia Island. On August … Continue reading International Solidarity to Italian political prisoner Cesare Battisti

Postal Workers on strike for a Week in Brazil

Brazilian postal workers have been on strike since August 17, 2020 in defense of their contract and against privatization. Brazilian government wants to cut 70 out of 79 labor rights from their contract in order to privatize the Brazil Post company. On August 21, 2020 the Supreme Court allowed the company to anticipate in one-year time, the bargaining set for September 2021.After the Supreme Court … Continue reading Postal Workers on strike for a Week in Brazil

German government and Volkswagen: populism and repression in the South African pandemic

Por Cesar Neto   The German government decided, through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), together with South African Volkswagen, to support the battle against Coronavirus in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The initiative was presented to the press in June.  An important local newspaper reported this with the following headline “Volkswagen converted an old PE factory into a massive Covid-19 hospital … Continue reading German government and Volkswagen: populism and repression in the South African pandemic