Aqualtune, Dandara dos Palmares, Luiza Mahin, Mariana Crioula and Tereza de Benguela are legitimate representatives of the struggle of black women for the freedom of their people. Not only for freedom, these women sought a society free of oppression and racism, fought against the sexist structures in force in different historical periods and stimulated a series of popular uprisings in Brazil. The strength and inspiration represented by these women of the past, historical symbols of the resistance of the black woman, are found in the Aqualtunes, Dandaras, Luizas, Marianas and Terezas of the present, who have never stopped struggling to transform the reality that black women are submitted to. Through the perspective of ethnic identity and gender, women advance in the debate about territorialities and strengthen the political processes of their communities.
Fields are burning, and the dark, steady stream of the Amazon river a safe conduct for cocaine. The riverbanks are littered with trash, and bodies. In Brazil, the Amazon region is by itself bigger than the entire European Union and hosts a population the size of Romania. Where the trees are carved into crosses.
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The late afternoon sun was strong as I clambered across the gleaming white peaks of the kitchen hut roof, paintbrush in hand. It already looked like I was standing on top of a giant meringue, and things were only going to get whiter. Two coats down and I was starting on a third when I realised my paint stash was seriously depleted.