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OP-ED: Brazilians Are Taking to the Streets to Protest Their Country's Injustice and Inequality--Why Aren't We?

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For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and -- yes, in the land of

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Debbie G (306)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 10:18 pm
It all pisses me off, especially this part: "

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 10:43 pm
Why aren't we? We should be mad as hell and saying "I'm not going to take this anymore."!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 1:56 am
Vão para rua,espalha as vossas descontimentos já!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 2:56 am
Why, about 40 million have moved into the middle class and expect more today. Plus with the pope coming, they probably have some leverage,

Carol H (229)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:33 am
noted, thank you Cal

. (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:15 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing, Cal. This was on the news while we were in Europe.

lee e (114)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:48 am
It wouldn't surprise me if we had another civil war with the same cast of characters! - this country is going to hell in a hand basket, and we're standing by watching it happen - perhaps the planet will be destroyed by these 1%'ers before war breaks out!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 12:35 pm
It's a good question!

Lee E, so you see another civil war, same cast? I am afraid there are too many racists in the northwest now - Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, even the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri - for the cast to be the same or the territories to be obvious. I'm still expecting another French Revolution. With the aristocrats defined by titles like CEO and CFO instead of Duc and Comte. I am practicing my knitting.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 1:50 pm
The Western nations have lost their courage to protest I think

S J (130)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:15 pm
Fight injustice, inequality to the end, Brazil. I am with you. No justice no equality no peace!!!

Noted, thanks Cal.

Winnie A (179)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:51 pm

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 7:28 pm
If our situation doesn't improve, may I suggest, that the same thing could happen all over the U.S.A.
We can take only so much abuse.

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Friday June 28, 2013, 12:29 am
The people of Brazil we are with you.

Lona G (79)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:06 am
Very good question, why aren't we?
Most of us to spoiled and pampered and afraid to loose what we have? Afraid if we start fighting injustice and inequality in the streets we ourselves may be forced to share as well?
I hope not.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:20 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Solidarity with Brazil. And, we DID have Occupy in the streets....I believe we will rise again soon if things get worse. The people are already in place, and many are busy protesting the KXL and fracking....getting arrested.

Marc P (50)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:30 pm
3 generations of our citizens have been trained since childhood to ask no questions, to not think outside the 'box', to NEVER challenge authority, and to rely on OTHERS to keep them 'safe'. Free thinking has been squashed in public schools and children that dare show independence are punished severely, sometimes (More and more often!) by arrest. And constitutional values and ethics of justice are not in school curriculum. Our citizens have been blinded by fear and propagandized by the media to and Orwellian level. The media refuses to report dissent in any fashion unless they can present the story in a way that denigrates, belittles, and smears dissenters. The public is handed (Relatively) meaningless 'victories' on things like immigration reform and Gay Rights while rulings against the public interest get no coverage. (Not that the 2 issues I mentioned are NOT important, I just feel that they are sops - smoke and mirrors to take our eyes off of other Constitutional violations such as spying, detention without trial, and drone 'assassinations' that often kill hundreds of innocent children, etc.) And of course, our politicians are owned in whole by corporate interests.

Deborah W (6)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:23 pm
Coming soon to our weak-kneed country, ready? . Like it? OWN IT. Don't like it VOTE WITH PURPOSE next time you get the chance. We all own it to some degree.

Aud nordby (740)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 2:03 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:38 pm
My heart loves their passion---i wish them all the best! Brazil is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet---but without hope there's nothing. Thx Cal

Roger G (154)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 3:29 pm
noted, thanks!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday July 5, 2013, 6:37 pm
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