The social history of the Federative Republic of Brazil

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Cut-backs in health funding
SEJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, 17 July 1997. 13 states and 18 municipalities will not receive funds for AIDS and control of sexually transmitted diseases because they spent less than 50% of federal grants last year. In Sao Paulo, US $200 million less was spent by the state on health than had been budgeted for during 1996, where last year was smallest percentage of the budget reserved for health since 1988.
Jubilee letter to the Brazilian people
Tempo e Presenca, 1998. The CNBB (National Conference of Bishops for Brazil) every year promotes three weeks of Social Awareness, this year they incorporated it as part of the Church's program to celebrate the Christian Jubilee. Denounciation of the social debts that continue to oppress the Brazilian population and commitment to overcome it.
Hunger Strike Continues Among Street Vendors in São Paulo
Folha de São Paulo, 4 December 1998. As talks are breaking down between city officials and street vendors, so are the health conditions of some 20 street vendors who began a hunger strike last week after city officials prevented the vendors from selling their goods on the public sidewalks in Bras, a neighborhood of São Paulo.
Trade unions protest against the dance of the unemployed
By Luca Bonicini, ICFTU ONLINE..., 9 February 1999. Gabriel O Pensador, a popular Brazilian samba-rapper hit the right note with his single the dance of the unemployed last year. Not only in the samba schools where they are rehearsing for the carnival parades, but also in the factories where the attitude of some employers suggest that many workers may be sacked.