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Luiza Helena de Bairros has taken up the post of Chief Minister of the Secretariat for Policies to Promote Racial Equality (SEPPIR). The sociologist is an Honorary Councillor of ELAS. In her first speech, she gave special thanks to the black movement. She then pointed out that this part of organized civil society has always demanded the creation of policies to combat and eliminate racism, a factor that still excludes the black population from access to rights and opportunities.

The SEPPIR leader also recalled that eradicating poverty is President Dilma Rousseff's main government goal and took the opportunity to call on the black movement to help in this process. "President Dilma's priorities not only meet the demands of the black movement, but also the inclusion of ethnic minorities," she said.