Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Social movements debate conjuncture and political reform at national meeting in Brasilia

Social movements debate conjuncture and political reform at national meeting in Brasilia

On April 17, 18 and 19, leaders and actors from all regions and with varied backgrounds met in Brasilia representing their organizations for the Social Movements for Political Reform Meeting “Democracy we want”, event coordinated by the Platform of Movements. Social by Political Reform in the person of the philosopher Antonio Moroni. For him in interview published on the Platform's website, the Meeting “wants to be a space for building new content and strategies for the debate on the reform of the political system. We need to ask questions that can not only question / tense the institutionality we have but are capable of creating new democratic institutions. ”

Criticism of the institutions was a milestone of the Meeting, which invited actors from different areas to make diagnoses about the various fields with which the political system has had closer relations. Thinking about Political Reform, in this respect, could not help thinking about strategies for focusing on communication and the justice system. Focusing on the latter, the Justice Forum has been collaborating with the Platform and was invited to participate in the meeting, bringing accumulations and reflections in this area, along with important partners, such as the Justice and Human Rights Articulation (JusDh).

Élida Lauris, coordinator of the Justice Forum, at a multithematic table on April 18, was able to take stock of the agenda of democratization of the justice system.

The current political conjuncture was debated at the opening table, highlighting statements that impacted the situation of the country's vulnerable populations. Gender and LGBT violence, the situation of transgender people, police and penitentiary violence, with particular repression in favelas and communities, and racism pervaded in the functioning of the state. The extermination of black and poor youth underscores the worst of the political, judicial and communication systems, which tend to cover and legitimize this reality. All this violence has been similarly on indigenous peoples, with grave threats of backtracking on their rights and territories. The contradictions regarding religious influence in the political system were also brought up: how much their political representatives make a real conservative shift to religious praxis, but how much their bases are multifaceted and more open to democratic debate.


The proposal for political reform was discussed in depth and with the participation of parliamentarians involved in the subject. Luiza Erundina (PSOL) made a broad criticism of Parliament and signaled the difficulties of the political reform proposal. Mr Vicente Cândido (PT), who coordinates a working group in the House on reform, attended and debated the state of the art of his proposal. This was countered by the Platform in Open letter.

Following this balance, the participants were encouraged to collaborate, both from the dynamics of working groups and in the general plenary, with action strategies for the next period.

More information about the meeting can be accessed at the following links:

Videos recorded by participants can be accessed through the link:

Here are some of these videos

Elida Lauris (FJ):

Lucia Xavier (Criola and FJ collaborator):

Luciana Zaffalon (IBCCRIM and FJ collaborator):

Vilma Reis (External Ombudsman licensed from the Public Defender's Office / BA):

Vinicius Alves (FJ):