We’re Movimentos, a group of young activists from different favelas and peripheries of Brazil who want to change the current landscape of drug policies in the country. For many years, we have been suffering the violent impacts of the so-called “war on drugs”, a war we did not choose to fight. And we have been living through the stigmatization and racism which were certainly intensified by this war, though not invented by it.
The violent effects of this war upon us have persisted for far too long, but we have repeatedly watched debates about us that seldom include us. For this reason, we believe it is not possible to build alternatives to current drug policies if we do not have a seat in this conversation. We must be the protagonists in any discussion regarding the impacts of this war in our lives and in any attempt to conceive solutions and reparations. These are the fundamental conditions for us to overcome decades of failed drug policies.
How we work
We create tools...
To help broaden the debate on drug policy reform inside the favelas, and from our perspective. A good example is the booklet we created a booklet on drug policy (you can download it here).
We train young people...
From favelas and peripheries of Brazil on drug policy reform, so they can share our content among their friends, families and communities.
We organize grassroots activities in the favelas...
Aiming at broadening and democratizing traditional spaces and narratives on drug policy reform.
We build networks...
Among groups, collectives and initiatives led by young people from favelas who are interested in changing current drug policies. We currently maintain a national network of young activists from different Brazilian favelas called Movimente-se.
We occupy spaces of debate and decision...
On drug policy, bringing the perspective of favelas and peripheries to the center of the discussion.