The proudly feminist Afro-Latina politician was a revolutionary public servant and activist. Unbothered by the status quo of politics, Franco rose in popularity in politics. When elected in 2016, she won the fifth-highest vote count among council members. As a member of the far-left Socialism and Liberty party, Franco ran on a campaign that advocated for poorer Brazilian communities, feminists, and LGBTQ communities. She led an unapologetic march to freedom, justice, and equity for all Brazilians and continued that mission once in office.
Though Franco is gone, her work has forever changed her country and will continue to influence activists and revolutionaries around the world. Here are four things to remember about her work and life.
1. She worked tirelessly to empower black Brazilians and other marginalized communities.
4. She advocated for impoverished Brazilian citizens.
Poverty has devastated many of Rio de Janeiro’s citizens. According to the IBGE (Brazil’s government statistics bureau), 16.2 million people (8.5% of the population) live on less than R$70 per month — the equivalent of around $1.30 per person per day.
Franco spent her life fighting to make her community and the world a better place for those who’ve yet to find peace and equity in it.
As a black, lesbian feminist who was able to reach government official status, Franco’s death was not in vain. Her memory should serve as an example of why serving others is so important. Say her name and continue fighting for her causes by advocating for the world’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised people.