Angela Machado, a public school teacher for more than two decades, gained fame after a photo in which she appeared in front of a military police battalion, on April 29, 2015. At that time, she participated in a demonstration against changes to the state’s social security system, in a vote in the legislature, which ended in a confrontation Among the striking civil servants and security forces in what became known as the “Battle of the Civil Center”, which ended with more than 200 wounded.
And it was this episode that gave the teacher the impetus to join PSOL and take on institutional political militancy. Influenced by her father, who taught her from a young age that “poor people should not vote for president”, even with a low level of education, Angela believed that since then, it was necessary to make use of her voice so that more people could hear her, to fight for structural changes . In an interview with Bem Paraná, the teacher explains how she intends to represent women workers in the conflict for the benefit of the state government.
Bim Parana – When did you join PSOL?
Angela Machado – More precisely, I joined after the 2015 strike in which we had two very impressive episodes with the Beto Richa government, in February and then on April 29, when teachers were bombed. Precisely then I saw that I needed the army in an organized way. Before that, I was only a union member. It had no political or union involvement beyond that. And after I joined PSOL in 2015
BP – Did you not have a party affiliation before?
Angela Machado – no. never. Even at that moment, the other parties came to me, and wanted me to join them. But I don’t like it. Because of ideology, I searched for PSOL where I am until today.
BP – Have you been a candidate for a chancellor twice?
Angela Machado – Yeah. In 2016, for a board member. And in 2020, I was a candidate in a collective nomination.
BP – What was the rating?
Angela Machado – The individual had 1927 votes. The 2020 press conference was 3.65
BP – Why did you decide to run for state government now?
Angela Machado – First, it’s not my candidacy for myself. personal dream. I am part of a group and together we have decided that my name, given its history, for my participation in another election, would be the most appropriate to participate in this dispute. So personally, I have a lot of the issue of female representation. This is what I believe in. I think more women should be in places of power. But not just any woman. working woman. A woman represents 99% of women whose rights are not guaranteed. Who are oppressed day by day. I think these are the women who should be represented. Until then we had women in politics, but they didn’t represent us. That’s why I want to be a candidate. I also want other women to be an inspiration, and for a woman to be wherever she wants to be. We need women in power. There are many public policies that women view in a different way than men. Bolsonaro objected to the distribution of sanitary pads to vulnerable women. He’s a guy who thinks with his head so much that he thinks it doesn’t matter. A woman would never think this way. Therefore, there are public policies that give women a special and more attentive look.
“It was the height of my indignation”
Bim Parana – How did you become interested in politics?
Angela Machado – Since childhood. I am from a rural family. She was born in Sao Jose dos Pinhais. At the age of six I went to Tijucas do Sul. It is a city relatively close to Curitiba, at a distance of 70 kilometers. It is a rural city. very simple. My father is a poorly educated, but very conscientious person. He always talks to us a lot about politics. He always participated in municipal elections. The first time I had an election for president, in 1989, he was very excited to take the material there. is PT. For a long time, he was not only a huge supporter, he was a reference for me in politics. He always said, “The poor can’t vote for bosses.” He does not trust the media. He does not trust this bourgeois media. So this was my first reference. Then I studied history in college, which made us very critical of things.
BP – I became famous for taking a picture of you at a demonstration in 2015 and you said this was crucial to the decision to go into corporate politics. To what extent did this episode affect your entry into politics?
Angela Machado – I was affected in two ways. It was the height of my indignation. I wasn’t expecting my class to be treated this way, with so many bombs. I used to think in 2015 these things no longer happen. In 1988, the teachers had already outgrown Alvaro Dias’ horses. But for me it was something like this. No, we live in a democracy. And I think it was specifically, I see it as kind of a turning point. Since then, I have the impression that the relationship between the state, institutions, and classes, has become more brutal. We saw Alcumene doing similar things, periodically in Sao Paulo. We saw that there was already an aggravation of all this. Later in Brasilia with Tamer. For me, it was at the height of the indignation, and it was something I didn’t expect to happen in 2015. I started to think it made more sense for me to get involved in politics. First, because it’s something I’ve always loved. And also because it was something I always told my students, my kids. I have three sons. When I went there I told them I would fight for our rights, for their future as well. Because our pension was confiscated. It has affected my family, and the livelihood of my children. And to my students, I’ve always said that they have to fight for what they believe in, that we are historical agents, and we can make a difference. When I saw it had gained repercussions, it wasn’t in the sense of wanting to take advantage of it in a self-serving way, in the sense of being a candidate. It was in the sense that since I had a vision, I was being heard. Using that, then I realized that this engaging in politics, more people could hear. Therefore, this definition made me a spokesperson for this class. So I thought I should use the fallout this photo had, so I could do things to our advantage. Use it in a way that shows our voice, our struggle.
The government’s relationship with servers has worsened
Bim Parana – Since then, what has changed in the relationship between the Ratino Jr. government and the civil service?
Angela Machado – Look, apart from the fact that he didn’t throw bombs at us like Beto Richa did, it has only gotten worse since then. public service in general. I’ve talked to other classes, and we see sick and undervalued police officers. We see it in health, because of the pandemic, but also undervalued, without a decent career plan. Education is the same. More and more people are always losing their rights. Losing money, even, often. The teachers are very sick. So much so that at the school where I work, teachers leave every week. By depression, by covid itself. It got worse. We have lost rights, and our salary is fixed. He’s lying when he says he readjusted 40%, it’s not true. We had a 3% adjustment. But public opinion was of the opinion that the percentage was more than 40%. has not been. For some, early in their career, it had a different value. We have lost other rights. They gave others that might expire in October. Too electoral, just for the sake of elections. Dialogue with the class worsened more and more. Privatization and outsourcing. No public bid. Of the civilian and military schools that said they would conduct a popular consultation. But nothing is explained. People were under the illusion that it would be like military police schools. But nothing like that. Unicesumar, which handled the outsourcing of secondary education. It’s TV in the classroom. It has no quality. The students have no interest in it. emergency contract. No bid. They say nearly R$39 million has been paid to Unicesumar to provide this service. Outsourcing to educational agents who are in a precarious situation. Very little profit. The charge is for numbers to make up education. What matters is entering the class and recording the call and attendance. The content has no state significance.
BP – Parana is famous for being a conservative country. PSOL has never elected a federal or state representative here. In your opinion, why the party suffers from this difficulty and how to overcome it?
Angela Machado – I think my candidacy is one measure of trying to make PSOL grow in Paraná. We know it’s an anti-dominant nomination, but we want to put our program into action. We raise our flags. They say we are left-wing and have the same kind of thinking as the Labor Party. He is not. PSOL here in Paraná has restructured itself in Paraná in recent years, to the point where we already have mandates in Ponta Grossa and Quedas de Iguaçu. Our development goal is to elect the next council member in the capital. And, of course, in this election we will already come up with a full list of the deputy. Try this growth.
BP – In São Paulo, PSOL withdrew from the nomination of Guilherme Boulos to support Fernando Haddad, of the PT. Could the SWP do the same here in Paraná in favor of the PT candidate, Roberto Riccio, to form a left front?
Angela Machado – no. You have no inclination to abandon my candidacy. There is a current from PSOL that although the electoral conference has not yet approved my name, they think it is okay for me to be in activities with Requião. But under any circumstances, there is a risk that my candidacy will not come true. It’s really something that the PSOL Conference already had a majority decision on. Where my candidacy is already confirmed. It does not have this possibility. Here in Parana, no. Because we believe that if we give up our candidacy, we will remove the PT portion, from Requião. And we want to take our flags that are different from the flags of the Labor Party. So, of course, in the second round, we will be with whoever is necessary to remove Ratino Junior, Bolsonaro. But this is not justified in the first round.