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Ford’s departure is the result of Bolsonaro’s ‘mismanagement’, says metallurgical leader



São Paulo – For the president of the National Confederation of Metalworkers (CNM-CUT), Paulo Cayres, the announcement of Ford’s departure from the country is a sign of the mismanagement led by President Jair Bolsonaro. “It is unfortunate news for the country.” In addition, he says that the automaker broke agreements with the category, after receiving R $ 20 billion in tax exemptions in the last two decades.

“The logic of this government is to destroy jobs and rights,” said Cayres, in an interview with Current Brazil Newspaper, this Tuesday (12th). “Ford, which is a capitalist, goes along the same lines,” he criticized.

“They said there would be better jobs with the labor and social security reforms, after Dilma’s impeachment. What we are realizing is that none of this resolved, ”added the union leader.

This Monday (11), the North American automaker announced that it is leaving Brazil, after a century of activities. As a result, 5,000 workers will be dismissed with the closure of the factories in Camaçari (BA), Taubaté (SP) and Horizonte (CE). However, about 35 to 50 thousand indirect jobs should also be closed with the departure of the automaker, according to the union leader.

Cayres also criticized the government, which ended with import surcharges and quotas for automakers that did not have factories in Brazil. With that, Ford will continue to have advantages when importing vehicles produced in Argentina and Uruguay into Brazil.

He pointed out that in 2019, Ford had already ended its activities at the São Bernardo do Campo plant. This shows that the problems faced by the company precede the drop in sales due to the pandemic. “But there was already the crisis installed by the logic of how this government works,” said the union leader, about what he calls Bolsonaro’s “mismanagement” in the case of Ford.


CNM, CUT and Força Sindical should hold a meeting to evaluate the responses to be taken to try to preserve workers’ rights. In addition, Cayres said the metalworkers should launch a boycott campaign against the US automaker’s vehicles.

“I have a Ford car. But in the face of this situation, I will sell it. I will buy a vehicle of a brand that respects the unions and workers of our country. We cannot accept that the company turns its back on the country, but continue to sell its products ”.

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Book addresses transformations in rap through changes in society




São Paulo – Society undergoes several changes, year after year, be it culturally, in its forms of organization, and even in new working methods. These transformations influence other segments, including Hip-Hop, rap and their MC battles. In view of this, social scientist Felipe Oliveira Campos, known as Felipe Choco, launched the book Rap, Culture and Politics: Battle of the Matrix and the Aesthetics of Entrepreneurial Overcoming, which addresses the digital and marketing influence within this culture.

A member of the Center for Studies and Research of Afro-America (Nepafro), Choco analyzes contemporary society using the Battle of the Matrix held in São Bernardo do Campo as a pillar since 2013, and considered a reference in the duel between MCs. The resistance of the event, the target of police repression and municipal administration, was the starting point for the author.

“When I face the Battle of the Matrix, it poses a number of questions that can be deepened, being able to understand it beyond the context of battles, as public spaces in cities”, he explains. “When the Battle of the Matrix emerged, I was part of the Hip-Hop Forum of São Bernardo do Campo, and mediated conflicts with the Government. Therefore, I realized that the conflicts that the battle created when occupying the public space, raised questions of general interest. So I used the Battle of the Matrix as a way to understand contemporary Brazil, ”added Choco.

In 2018, RBA reported the repression suffered by the battle of ABC Paulista. At the time, the management of the mayor of São Bernardo do Campo, Orlando Morando (PSDB), tried to “boycott” the traditional rap event in the city, by charging a fee for using the Praça da Matrix, in the city center. At various times, rapper Emicida went to the site to support young people.

Social transformations

While society sees new forms of organization, rap also adapts to these changes. The writer compares the professionalization of artists and battles to the industrialization of the city of São Bernardo do Campo and Posse Hausa, a black organization founded in the 1990s, focused on the Hip-Hop movement, whose majority of the members were workers in the ABC industry Paulista.

With the 2017 labor reform, by then President Michel Temer (MDB-SP), Felipe Choco explains that the social dynamics have also changed within the Hip-Hop culture. “Today, the organizers of the Battle of the Matrix are part of the service sector, without stability and without social protection. Therefore, the financial solution, among the organizers, was the professionalization of the event. This applies to the whole culture. ”

The main example used by the author of these social and economic transformations in rap is Emicida’s career. Coming from the Battle of Santa Cruz, disputed south of São Paulo, the rapper emerged using the main method of rhyming duels: the punchlines – in Portuguese, punch lines, used to impress the listener.

After the success, the rapper created his own musical label: Laboratório Fantasma. “Emicida created a horizon to organize its own career, without having to go through the distributors’ screen. In other words, it is the democratization of music production, distribution and consumption ”, said Choco, who recalls that the book’s presentation is signed by the MC.

Aesthetics of entrepreneurial overcoming

Based on the phenomenon achieved by Emicida, the social scientist points to the creation of a new aesthetic within rap: that of entrepreneurial overcoming. According to him, this aspect allows creative freedom and financial autonomy, creating a style of business organization.

“This overcoming does not mean denying the culture’s past, but advancing in the market sense, creating a mark around the artist”, he explained. The author quotes a statement by Mano Brown, a member of Racionais, where the rapper points out that the phonographic market is no longer just the commercialization of music, but also the image and positioning of MCs.

This aesthetic creates a new notion of work and organization, according to the author. “If we make a parallel with the industrial market, in the 1990s, work was in opposition to capital, where the organization of the workforce sought its valorization. Now, in the face of informality and the imposition that ‘each one is an entrepreneur of their own’, artists become their own business capital ”, he reiterates.

However, this entrepreneurial resilience does not only involve rappers and new independent labels, but also affects the battles of MCs, including the Matrix. With the rise of streaming platforms such as YouTube, duels have become more digital, have reached new audiences and created a new market.

“The Battle of the Matrix is ​​a product of that condition that battles have become. Before the pandemic, every Tuesday, she mobilized 1,000 people in the square. Battles play a fundamental role in mutations and reinventions of culture, as was the case with punchline, taking a new breath in how to make and organize rap. These changes that occur in rap did not come out of nowhere, they are the result of social transformations ”, concludes Felipe.

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