Our Flag is Education

by Ana Júlia Pires Ribeiro

November 2, 2016

“I invite you to come to the occupations to see our psychological stress. To see that it is not easy there but that we will continue fighting. We’re going to continue fighting because we believe in it. We’re going to continue fighting because we’re searching for knowledge. And we won’t stop searching for knowledge.

I invite you to go there and know the movement. And you will be very welcome because our idea is to present to you why we are there.

The student movement has brought us much more knowledge about politics and citizenship than in all the time we have sat in rows of desks in standardized classrooms. One week of occupations has brought us much more knowledge about politics and citizenship than in the many years of study in the classroom.

Despite all the ridiculing and attempts to demoralize us, to offend us, despite the problems we will have to confront, we are still able to be happy. We’re happy because we’ve overcome the fact of being just mere teens.”