HistoryMeet Guilherme Boulos, the youngest pre-candidate for Presidency in Brazilian history
Who is Guilherme Boulos?
Guilherme Boulos is a writer, political activist, national coordinator of the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) and pre-candidate for the Presidency of the Republic in Brazil by PSOL. His action is marked in the fight against inequalities, played a central role in the democratic resistance to the coup of 2016 and by side ofthe MTST, guaranteed housing for 20 thousand families.
At the age of 20, he left his parents’ house to live and work in a homeless occupation in the metropolitan area of São Paulo. Consolidated social leadership, graduated in Philosophy from University of Sao Paulo and by 35 years old enters the political life, starting in the 2018 elections, being the youngest postulant to the Presidency of Republic in Brazilian history.
In this new challenge, it integrates a broad alliance that, in addition to MTST and PSOL, counts on other movements and organizations such as Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, Media NINJA and Fora do Eixo, PCB, activists from the Fearless People front as trade unionists, youths, collectives feminists, anti-racist activists, LGBT and artists. With an innovative proposal, is building a program with many hands. With Vamos!, held debates in public square, adding contributions from experts and online propositions.
Born in 1982, Boulos is from São Paulo, the youngest son of two doctors and professors at the University of São Paulo (USP). It is popular leadership, philosopher, psychoanalyst, teacher and writer.
From a young age he became interested in the democratic struggles and, in 1997, at the age of 15, he joined the student movement when he was a member of the Communist Youth Union (UJC). At that time, he asked his parents to transfer him from his private school to a public institution. He then met the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) – where he remains a militant until today.
At the age of 18, she joined USP, where she graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH). After that, Boulos taught in the public school system of the State of São Paulo.
A phrase by Frei Beto defines PSOL’s pre-candidate: “Guilherme Boulos is one of the youngest and most promising leaders of Brazilian social movements. Endowed with a good ethical and intellectual formation, he made a radical, evangelical option for the poorest, concentrating his activity on the segment of the population without access to the housing right. Modest, humble, intelligent, Boulos put his life at the service of fundamental human rights.”
Fight for Housing
Together with the thousands of members of the MTST, Boulos has conquered housing for more than 20 thousand people. Today the movement is present in 13 Brazilian states and has already performed hundreds of occupations.
Since the days 2013 June Journey, Boulos has stood out as one of the greatest Brazilian political leaders and was at the forefront of resistance to the parliamentary coup of 2016 and in the campaigns for Fora Temer and Directas Já.
Boulos was one of the founders of the Fearless People front, who unfolded in “Come on! Without fear of changing Brazil” an innovative initiative to build a program that has held hundreds of meetings throughout the country and involved militants and leaders of social movements, parties, artists, intellectuals, religious and open to everyone to discuss about the new Brazil we want.
His performance earned the Santos Dias de Direitos Humanos Award, granted by the Legislative Chamber of São Paulo in 2017, as well as the Medal of Legislative Merit in 2016, granted by the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia.