A Communist and Poet of Struggle
Marília in 2005.
Sadly, our comrade Marília Costa Machado died today, February 15, 2012 around 6 p.m. She had suffered a diabetic crisis and was hospitalized since December 26, 2011. Today she succumbed during an initial session of hemodialysis.
This is an irreparable loss of a
communist comrade who during her career of more than
30 years as a teacher in the state of Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil was in the vanguard of the Rio teachers union,
SEPE-RJ, from its founding. She participated in every
strike, even during the most difficult struggles
against the military dictatorship [1964 to 1985].
This courageous black woman was
involved in every achievement of the union. A
prestigious educator, she was honored by her
colleagues, who named the library of the CIEP Vital
Brasil (where she taught in the city of São
Gonçalo) after her. Marília had been a
member of the executive board of the SEPE, and as a
writer she published two books, which are now out of
In 1997, Marília was
named Muse of Poetry of the city of Rio de Janeiro,
mainly in recognition for her poems against the
To read a collection of some of Marília’s poems (in Portuguese), along with photos, click here.
In 2003, Marília joined the Liga Quarta-Internacionalista do Brasil (LQB – Fourth-Internationalist League of Brazil) and the Comitê de Luta Classista (CSC – Class Struggle Committee). Her exemplary political activity made a qualitative leap, and she became an ardent fighter against the bourgeois politics of class collaboration of the popular front led by [Lula’s] Workers Party (PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores).
She condemned the imperialist massacre perpetrated against Iraq and Afghanistan. Her internationalism placed her in the forefront of the campaign to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. The SEPE undertook a historic step in calling the first anti-racist strike for Mumia’s freedom [in April 1999].
She was active in fighting
oppression, raising the banner of struggle against the
exploitation of women and defending the right to
abortion. Moreover, her strong commitment to oppose
class and ethnic oppression led her to fight in
important meetings of the SEPE for motions against
Brazil’s send of troops to Haiti, in which Brazil
played a leading role in the invasion under the
MINUSTAH. With her great artistic talent as a poet,
she wrote unforgettable verses, which were published
on the SEPE web site.
and exemplary membership brings to our minds the verses
of the communist poet Bertolt Brecht:
“There are those
who fight for a day, and they are good
do Brasil and Comitê de Luta Classista
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