Cida Abreu: “The Workers’ Party has to transform Brazil and build a better society for everyone”

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Cida Abreu, NationalSecretariat to Combat Racism

NationalSecretariat to Combat Racism speaks of challenges ahead for the party, on the occasionof its 32th anniversary.

“We have to befirm and not lose sight of the initial formulation of the PT (Partido dosTrabalhadores/Workers’ Party)*, which is transforming Brazil and consolidating abetter society for everyone. This commitment is in our manifesto. We foundedthe PT because it is the organization that can bring together the ideas that have thispurpose”, said National Secretariat to Combat Racism, Cida Abreu, who attendedthe commemorations of 32 years of the PT.

Cida Abreu, who is incharge of the actions of the National Secretariat to Combat Racism of the PT,believes that after more than three decades of struggle, the PT must continueinvesting in new memberships in staff training and strengthening the SecretariatSectors.

NationalSecretary of the Combat of Racism, Cida Abreu, discussed racism and otherissues 
(Photo: Sector to Combat Racism of the PT-AL)
On November 19thof 2011, during the Month of Black Consciousness in Brazil, Abreu took her message tothe municipality of União dos Palmares**, in Alagoas, where she participated in theBlack Consciousness Seminar of the Promotion of Racial Equality Policies. Theseminar was organized by the Secretariat Sector for the Combat of Racism of theState Directory of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party) of Alagoas.The seminar was also attended by the National Secretary of the PT and thePalmares Cultural Foundation, Vera Gomes.


The meeting wasattended more than 30 representatives of local directories of the cities of Maceió,União dos Palmares, Santana do Mundau, Jundiá, Joaquim Gomes, Santa Luzia doNorte and Ibateguara. The meeting took place in the Plenary Chamber of Vereadosof the city of União dos Palmares where the PT discussed issues such as:combating racism in Alagoas and Brazil, the quota system in schools and public universitiesand life conditions of quilombos (maroon communities) in Alagoas.

* – The Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) (Workers’ Party) is a centre-left political party in Brazil. Launched in 1980, it is recognized as one of the largest and most important left-wing movements of Latin America. The last two Brazilian presidents, Lula da Silva (2003-2011) and the current president Dilma Rouseff, the first female president of the country, are from the PT. Over the course of his eight year reign as president, Lula is credited with moving 35 million Brazilians out of poverty and into the middle class. Traditionally, the PT has supported Afro-Brazilian candidates and supported demands of minority groups. 


** – União dos Palmares is located in the northeastern state of Alagoas and is named after the famous maroon society of runaways slaves in the 17th century. 

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