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Marielle Franco, a fearless Black Brazilian politician and anti-police violence activist, assassinated in Rio

By Britni Danielle,

Black Brazilians have lost one of their biggest champions as beloved activist and politician, Marielle Franco, was assassinated Wednesday night after speaking at a Black women’s empowerment event.

A self-described “child from the favela da Maré,” one of Rio’s most impoverished areas, 38-year-old Franco received over 46,000 votes—an impressive feat for a Black woman running for office—to become a councilwoman in 2016 as a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL). She also served as the President of the House Committee on Women, where she worked to end violence against women and was a vocal opponent of police brutality against Black Brazilians.


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