“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
- MALALA YOUSAFZAI
THIS WEEK'S BOSS ASS BITCH IS
by Tim Sullivan
Today's fierce female is Marielle Franco.
A single mother at 19, she paid her way through college, ultimately earning a master's degree in public administration. She took an interest in combatting gang violence in her native Rio de Janeiro.
She was elected to Rio's City Council in 2016. She fought against gender violence, for women's reproductive rights, and as an openly gay woman, she became a leading advocate for LGBT rights. She was a voice for the poor in a city and country with a tremendous economic divide.
In recent months, she was an outspoken critic of police violence that targeted black, impoverished youth in the favelas where she grew up. In early March of 2018, she was appointed chairman of a commission to investigate police and security issues within the city.
She was assassinated on March 14th, 2018. She was 38 years old. She leaves behind her partner and 19-year-old daughter.
“We must scream out so that all know what is happening in Acari right now. Rio’s police are terrorizing and violating those who live in Acari. This week two youth were killed and tossed into a ditch. Today, the police were in the street threatening those who live there. This has been going on forever and will only be worse with a military intervention.”
Clearly, Marielle Franco is a BOSS ASS BITCH.
April 3, 2018