Please help us stop the evictions!

Some of you will have followed the news on our website/Facebook/twitter about the Mauá community in São Paulo, Brazil, over the last few weeks. The community, helped by our partner APOIO and involved in the Connect2:Brazil initiative, are facing eviction after an unexpected judiciary decision taken last week overturned the previous decision to postpone the eviction.

Now, our friends in Brazil need help more than ever. Over 2,000 people are in danger of being evicted from their homes and left homeless in the streets. These include about 250 children, older people, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

We cannot allow this to happen and we have now set up a new petition to the Brazilian authorities (the Brazilian President, the São Paulo city Mayor and state governor), urging them to stop the evictions and ensure the families have somewhere safe to live in the long-term. The current eviction date that has been set for families is 21 August.

Please help us add as many voices as possible to the petition!

You can do so in 2 ways:

1) Sign the online email action by Monday 20 August – and ask your friends and family to support it too, by forwarding the link and/or adding it to your Facebook page if you have one. It only takes 2 minutes of your time!

2) By printing off the downloadable hard-copy petition and asking parishioners in your church to sign it over the next 2 weekends – the completed petition needs to be returned to CAFOD by Monday 13 August. Please send completed petitions to: CAFOD Brazil team, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.

To help you with this, we have prepared a briefing about the situation and what exactly we are asking for. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We are in close communication with our partner APOIO and you can read the latest developments on CAFOD’s website at http://www.cafod.org.uk/campaign and our Connect2 blog, http://connect2brazil.wordpress.com/

We are aware that there is a very limited time span for action but all signatures are vital. We had collected over 3,600 signatures for the first petition in a very short time-frame – please help us beat the number!

Thanks ever so much for your help with this, and please keep the people of Mauá in your prayers.

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