Our History

Our Background Story

On December 1, 2018, 200 activists and academics gathered for a day-long conference at the Columbia Law School to found the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil. During the meeting, participants organized fourteen Working Groups that will be collecting and disseminating information to the U.S. public about the effects of the far-right turn in Brazilian politics and the conservative agenda of the new Bolsonaro government. A National Steering Committee was formed that is made up of forty organizations that have joined the Network. Over 1,500 people in 234 colleges and universities throughout the United States have also joined the Network. The Network is currently developing the U.S. Observatory for Democracy in Brazil, a website that will serve as a hub and clearing house to disseminate information in English about the current situation in Brazil.

Our Mission

Our Values and Objectives 

The U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil is a decentralized, democratic, non-partisan national network with three objectives:

(1) Educate the U.S. public about the current situation in Brazil

(2) Defend social, economic, political, and cultural advances in Brazil

(3) Support social movements, community organizations, NGOs, universities, and activists, etc., who will be vulnerable in this new political climate

The Network is honored to have the support of people all over the United States.

Any organization that aligns themselves with our goals and mission is welcome to join the Network. If you are a part of such an organization and would like to become a member of the U.S Network for Democracy in Brazil, please see the Affiliated Groups section.


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