Weekly Show

"Motoboys": delivery app workers strike demanding better conditions amid pandemic

Also featured: Traditional June festivities canceled due to coronavirus, and how agroecology and solidarity help farmers

Brasil de Fato | São Paulo |
Journalist José Bernardes hosts our weekly English-language show featuring the latest news and fun facts about Brazil - Screen capture/Brasil de Fato

In this week’s What’s Happening in Brazil, we look into the general strike called for by delivery app workers, known as ‘motoboys’ for mainly riding motorcycles, this last Wednesday, July 1st. The segment is making several demands from delivery app companies, including higher wages and assistance with personal protective equipment to help shield them from the novel coronavirus. The nationwide strike was aided by the general public, which did not make and delivery requests on the day. 

In our Story of the Week, we investigate how family farmers and settlers from the Landless Workers Movement (MST) are using agroecology to produce healthy food for countryside as well as urban centers. Their solidarity is also helping feed families in need, battered by the crisis brought about by the covid-19 pandemic. 

Our Culture Talk segment features ‘Festas Juninas’, or June Parties, which take place yearly all over Brazil and are a staple of every Brazilian’s childhood. Unfortunately, they will not be held this year due to concerns over infections. This is impacting not only those who enjoy the festivities as spectators, but also those who work behind the scenes putting the spectacle together. 

Finally, as is our show’s tradition, we wrap things up by playing some Brazilian music and teaching our audience how to make a delicious local recipe. Enjoy.

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva