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Meet Francia Márquez, the Afro-Colombian Land Defender Running to Be Colombia’s First Black VP

In an unique broadcast interview, Democracy Now! speaks with main Afro-Colombian environmental activist Francia Márquez Mina, who has simply been picked by Colombian presidential front-runner Gustavo Petro to be his working mate. Petro has promised to ban all new fossil gasoline exploration in the event that they win in May’s election, and Márquez would turn out to be Colombia’s first Black feminine vice chairman, in a rustic the place Afro-Colombians make up almost 10% of the inhabitants. Márquez says Colombians have an opportunity on this election to empower communities who’ve been overlooked of decision-making prior to now, together with Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ, and different traditionally marginalized individuals. “Today we need to put forward the nobodies, the people who’ve never had a voice, to step into the state so that we can write our own history,” says Márquez. If elected, Petro and Márquez would type Colombia’s first leftist authorities.

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