The favela enters politics: Brazil’s first “Black political party”

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Celso Athayde doesn’t expect many people will show up, on a Tuesday evening in Madureira, a suburb in Rio’s North Zone. Maybe 200 people will come, he estimates – they haven’t advertised this, anyone who’s here was personally invited by someone who knew what was happening, and believed in the idea’s potential.

Athayde is an entrepreneur and favela activist, who has quietly been creating social change for two decades with Central Única das Favelas (CUFA), a network of NGOs working in urban areas across Brazil to engage youth in music, sports, and the arts. But for the last three years,...

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