An inter-religious rally to mark one year since the murder of Beto Freitas; Watch

The event, which will bring together religious and black movement leaders, will be broadcast online on Friday 19th

Updated November 22, 2021

On Friday 19th, civil society and religious organisations are holding the “Inter-Religious Rally: my faith is anti-racism” to mark one year since the murder of Beto Freitas in a Carrefour, in Porto Alegre (RS), on 19 November 2020. The event is at 9.30am (Brasília time) and will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of Conic (National Council of Christian Churches). Access this link to watch.

The following people are participating in the rally: the pastor, Cibele Kuss (Lutheran Diakonia Foundation and the Rio Grande do Sul Inter-Religious and Ecumenical Forum), the Baptist pastor, Clemir Fernandes, Iya Sandrali de Oxum (National Network of Afro-Brazilian Religions and Health and the Rio Grande do Sul Inter-Religious and Ecumenical Forum), the Zen Buddhist monk, Kokai (Rio Grande do Sul Religious and Ecumenical Forum), Rabbi Ruben Sternschein (São Paulo Israeli Congregation), Dom Zanoni Demettino (Metropolitan Archbishop of Feira de Santana), the singer and composer, Zé Vicente and Douglas Belchior (Black Coalition for Rights).

Ongoing campaign

On 20 December 2020, religious, human rights and black movement organisations came together to put on an inter-religious and ecumenical rally to mark one month after the brutal murder of Beto Freitas. The movement came to be known as  “My Faith is Antiracism – Defending All Black Lives” and saw the start of an ongoing mobilisation against the genocide of the black population. In bringing together religious organisations of different faiths and human rights organisations from all over Brazil, we are calling on believers and citizens to speak out against the racism that deeply divides Brazilian society.

The campaign brings together, Article 19, Conectas, the Black Coalition for Rights, the Arns Commission and the National Council of Christian Churches in Brazil, among others.

Watch the “Interfaith Act: My Faith Is Anti-Racist”:

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