U.S. and Brazil United to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in Both Countries

Washington, May 21, 2010 –
The Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs hosted a conference of the U.S-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality on May 20-21, 2010, at the Morehouse College, in the city of Atlanta (USA).

The two-day (May 20-21) Joint Action Plan conference, “A Call to Action,” brought U.S. and Brazilian government, civil society, and private sector representatives together using an engaging and interactive format.  Participants discussed key issues in racial equality, including economic empowerment and labor, health concerns, environmental justice, civil rights and education, and racial equality in the justice system.

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela will lead the U.S. delegation and Brazil’s Ambassador to the U.S. Mauro Vieira and Minister for the Promotion of Racial Equality Elói Ferreira de Araújo headed the Brazilian delegation.

During the conference, U.S. and Brazilian media personalities and experts took questions onsite and online about The Influence of the Media in the Perception of Race:  Working towards Diversity in the Media.” Immediately following the Digital Town Hall, actor Hill Harper and Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Brazilian panelists Paulo Rogério and Juliana Cézar were available to take questions from the press.

In the city of Salvador, Bahia, the conference was screened live at the Luiz Orlando Projection Room, located on the third floor of the Bahia State Public Library.  The program was a partnership between Pedro Calmon Foundation, the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro and the Brazil-United States Cultural Association (ACBEU). 

The U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan, which was signed in March 2008, recognizes that Brazil and the United States are multi-ethnic, multi-racial democracies whose ties of friendship are strengthened by shared experiences.  The Joint Action Plan pledges an ever-deepening and ongoing collaboration between the two governments to eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and promote equality of opportunity in both countries.

Visit http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/japer/ for more information.