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    DescriptionThe first black woman from a favela to become a congresswoman and a senator in Brazil, Benedita da Silva has overcome an intimidating range of social obstacles. Born into a poor slum-dwelling family, she became a councillor in Rio, then a Federal Deputy and is now a congresswoman for the PT (Workers Party). Yet her political career gives only some idea of the richness of her life experience. In this autobiography she talks of her love and family life and how the vicissitudes of being one of Brazil's many poor black women have shaped her political beliefs and action. Through describing her family, her husbands, her children and grandchildren, we see the woman who still lives in the favela where she has spent most of her life, the woman who has fought poverty, racism and exculsion. This is a first hand account of the most pressing social problems in Brazil: indigenous rights, street children, land and racism. Her activism, from her days as a favela organizer to national politician, reflects the most pressing concerns of Brazil's poor majority.

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    Benedita da Silva
    An Afro-Brazilian Woman's Story of Politics and Love
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Benjamin Medea, By (author) Etc., By (author) Benedita da. Silva, By (author) Maisa Mendonca, Foreword by Jesse Jackson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 212
    Height: 220 mm
    ISBN 13: 9781899365210
    ISBN 10: 1899365214

    BIC E4L: POL
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLSB
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
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    BISAC V2.8: POL010000, BIO010000
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
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    DC21: 305.0981
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    03 December 1997
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    Table of contents
    My life, my loves; a walk through the favela; no one said politics would be easy; from life after death to life after birth; feminism with passion; exploding the myth of racial harmony; democratizing the land; we, too, are the children of Brazil; time to cut up the pie; all the more reason to keep on dreaming.