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Thailla is a young member of the student activist movement in Sapopemba, a poor neighbourhood in Sao Paulo’s east side. Back in 2015, she was in her senior year at high school and took part in sit-ins to resist the state government’s plan to close 94 schools in the state of São Paulo and to send pupils to overcrowded schools far from home, including Thailla’s school. Thanks to the mobilization, the changes were halted. Since the protests in 2015, the Brazilian federal government has approved a 20 year freeze on public spending, including education. This freeze risks increasing inequality and the educational divide in Brazil. Thailla, her fellow student activists and Oxfam Brasil will continue their campaigning to fight inequality in Brazil in 2017.
8 billionaires own the same wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people. The super-rich have done very well out of an economic system that favors the few and leaves too many others behind. It doesn’t have to be this way. People like Thailla live with the realities of inequality everyday. She is campaigning to fight inequality. Join Thailla to demand an economy that works for everyone, not just the few.