A woman shouts during a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the murder of late Brazilian activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco, in Buenos Aires, Argentina March 14, 2019 (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian).
A fearless and tireless advocate for Brazil’s poor, Marielle Franco made a name for herself as a city council member in Rio De Janeiro. She was a particularly strident opponent of the heavy-handed tactics police use to monitor the city’s favelas, Brazil’s impoverished slums. Her identity as a bisexual Black woman informed her resistance to social injustice. Her assassination more than one year ago sent shock waves through the social justice and advocacy communities in Brazil and elsewhere. She has become a symbol of fearlessness in the face of government corruption and an undaunted champion of the dispossessed. Despite the arrest of two ex-police officers for the act, those who ordered her murder remain unidentified.
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