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Translated by Clara Baeder


At the end of 2002 I wrote a book called “A Vision from the Left”. I wrote it between the first round of the presidential election and Lula’s inauguration. Its central thesis was that a new cycle was opening up in the history of the Brazilian left and of the organization of workers, which would be marked by the tendency to crisis and the collapse of PT and the need to build a new political alternative for workers. The apparent paradox was the indication of a crisis dynamic precisely at a time when PT had reached its maximum power within the political regime initiated in the New Republic.

The preface to this book was written by Luciana Genro, at that time a newly elected federal deputy. Our prognosis was common and we bet that a new party would have the historic role of occupying the void on the left that would begin to open up, rescuing struggles that were beginning to fall by the wayside. In order to build it, it would be necessary to regroup, to recompose, to combine efforts and at the same time to postulate the new. The idea of PSOL was being launched. The body came next, after January 2004, at the founding meeting of the Movement for the New Party, the embryo of PSOL.

The history never has the rhythms of the texts, but the general outlines of the idea about the need for PSOL were confirmed. Without such a project, the betrayals, crises, disappointments in the history of the Brazilian left would result in the total dissipation of forces. PSOL, a necessary party, became the landmark of Plínio’s campaign in 2010. But a party, in order to remain alive and meaningful, must reaffirm its need in the struggles of its people. It has no eternal validity, as for us the PT itself confirmed in the negative part. If in its foundation the PSOL came to occupy a place of defence of a coherent socialist left, that is, which raises the banner of struggle and rejects the collaboration of classes with the capitalists, today PSOL has to reaffirm its commitment to justice. In memory of a militant in its ranks, Marielle Franco, who has become a symbol of the democratic struggle in the tragedy of the death caused by criminals within the repressive body of the State and the degeneration of the capitalist regime, PSOL reaffirms its commitment to not giving up. To keep a spotless banner up. Now also in Marielle’s name. Now also having her as a banner.

Marielle did not fall in vain. When Marcelo Freixo, currently a federal deputy, headed the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry of the militias, producing, as a result of this parliamentary work, the arrest of dozens of policemen and politicians linked to the crimes of what had begun to be known as militias, a new page was incorporated with full force into the program of PSOL: the combat against the militias as part of a greater strand of the struggle against repression and the criminalization of poverty. A page that, as an organized political party, only PSOL has embraced centrally. No wonder, Marcelo Freixo is today, in practice, the main spokesman for PSOL. And this was also a political decision whose defense we share with Luciana Genro and our comrades of the Socialist Left Movement since 2010. Freixo faced PMDB when this party ruled Rio in alliance with the entire political system, including, as we know, the forces that on behalf of the left occupied the national government. In these hard times, Marielle appeared as an advisor to the deputy who later gained an artistic form in the character Fraga of Tropa de Elite II. The film also showed that the problem is the system. It is driven by this conviction that we will continue to demand justice for Marielle, demanding the punishment of the murderers and the ones who ordered it. This is why we reaffirm the need to assert an independent political project.

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