Brazil and the United States on Tuesday (23) held the first meeting of the Joint Action Council to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality (known by its acronym in English, Japer) since 2013.
In the meeting, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Brazil, the two governments committed to work in favor of the national and racial communities of both countries, including Afro-descendants and descendants of indigenous peoples.
The common work plan focuses on increasing access to education and health; promote the power of battle and justice; and they worship culture and memory.
The US Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, confirms that the exchange of experiences is beneficial to both nations and highlights the similarities. “Our nations have a long history that has brought us to where we are today. The origins, the challenges that preceded, whether in the event of slavery or the exclusion of indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples, anti-Semitism, discrimination. We had to address these things. We have come a long way, but there is much to do . And this is an opportunity for us to come together and find solutions for the benefit of our people.”
Minister for Racial Equality Anielle Franco, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian A. Nichols and US Chief Representative for Racial Equity and Justice Desirée Cormier Smith at a press conference – Fabio Rodrigues-Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil.
On the educational exchange of Japer, which allows Brazilians to study in the United States and vice versa, Desirée Cormier, United States Special Representative for Equity and Racial Justice, showing that 465 Brazilians have already traveled and studied in that country and that they are two. -way “We want to build on that success and make sure that we grow and be very inclusive. We will also be partners in ensuring access to education and opportunities for Black people and also for indigenous peoples in Brazil and also in the United States of America.”
United States Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice, Desidere Cormier, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Fabio Rodrigues-Pozzebom/ Agência Brasil
the violence of the race
In addition to education, culture and health, the authorities of both countries can plan actions to eradicate violence against black people. The two authorities present at the meeting on Tuesday, Minister Anielle Franco and Desirée Cormier from the United States of America, mentioned in general that there is violence against black chicks, both in Brazil and in the United States.
Anielle Franco declared that at this point Japer will have the cooperation of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Brazil to find solutions to the violence against the black population. “We have a ministry with us to continue to think about the fight against the genocide of black people. From George Floyd to Marielle Franco, we continue to have examples of this and it would be impossible for us to leave this place from Japer.”