At the White House, Lula and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the occasion of the Brazilian president’s visit to the US, in February. Photo reproduction @aoc

A delegation of congressmen from the United States Democratic Party met, this Monday morning (14), at the Planalto Palace with Celso Amorim, former chancellor and current special advisor to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The entourage arrived for a series of meetings with ministers, parliamentarians and social movements, with the expectation of meeting President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.

According to US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representative of New York, the conversation dealt with the relationship between the United States and Brazil, around actions for the environment, reactions to climate change, in addition to economic development and partnerships. between the two countries. Topics that should be addressed will be Brazil’s leadership in the G20, the federal government’s ecological transition plan, the protection of indigenous territories and the Amazon forest, cooperation between the two countries and the COP30 should also be addressed in the negotiations.

AOC against the extreme right

AOC, as the deputy is known, was the youngest woman elected to the US Congress in 2018, aged 29. She has an important role in the request for the release of secret documents about the Brazilian military dictatorship. Last month, the deputy demanded details about the partnership between the US government and the Brazilian military regime, in that period.

AOC and deputy Joaquín Castro, who is also in the delegation, were some of the parliamentarians who asked for Bolsonaro’s extradition after the January 8 attacks in Brasilia. For them, the former president of Brazil was one of those responsible for the terrorist acts that took place in the federal capital. He arrived in Orlando, Florida, on December 31, the day before he left the government, and he remained silent during the attacks.

The legislators and Amorim also addressed the risks of the extreme right in the world, especially in Brazil and the United States. Both countries were victims of coup attacks against their democracies in the last period. The responses given by the authorities to the January 8 attacks has been a topic of interest. The group has a scheduled meeting, for example, with Senator Eliziane Gama (PSD-MA), rapporteur of the CPI on January 8, among other names of the National Congress and the federal government. The deputy is known for her defense of the rights of immigrants and the preservation of democracy.

american left

Speaking to the press at the Planalto Palace, AOC stated that this was the first of three days that the delegation intends to stay in Brasília. With her are deputies Joaquín Castro, Greg Casar, Maxwell Frost, Nydia Velázquez, as well as Misty Rebik, chief of staff of Senator Bernie Sanders, who is part of the Union for Freedom Party.

The parliamentarians represent a wing to the left of the Democratic Party and, therefore, critics of issues such as the interventions promoted by the US in various parts of the world. “US foreign policy has often contributed to instability in Latin America. We should be protecting democracy instead of supporting coups, and we should be creating peace and prosperity across the Western Hemisphere instead of repeating the Cold War,” says Democrat Greg Casar.

On their way to the federal capital, the delegation should meet, this Tuesday (15), with the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, at 3 pm. There is also an agenda planned with Minister Anielle Franco (Racial Equality) and with the Minister of Institutional Relations, Alexandre Padilha.

Meetings with representatives of Brazilian social movements should not be missed. Meetings are planned with the MST (Movement of Landless Rural Workers), the MTST (Movement of Homeless Workers) and the CUT (Central Única dos Trabalhadores). The trip is made possible by the Center for Economic and Political Research (CEPR).

The entourage will stay in Brasília until Wednesday (14th) and then will pass through Santiago (Chile) and Bogotá (Colombia).


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