The objective of Oak Trees of Justice is to unite evangelical believers in order to be educated regarding themes of citizenship and the defense of rights related to the Bible. Evangelicals make up 40% of the Brazilian population, and they are among the poorest in the country. This project enables evangelicals to coalesce under themes of children’s rights, public health, environmental preservation, democratic state and law, combat against violence, and above all, against genocide of the black population. Through education in these areas, the project seeks to help those participants in the project who are believers to replicate what they learned, and beyond that, to involve themselves in processes of popular participation, decision-making, and in the proposition of public policies.
The biggest challenge the project faces is the conservative and fundamentalist wave that finds sanctuary in Brazilian evangelical churches, resulting in positions that many times violate rights and do not respect the choices of those that do not share the same faith. With the increase in the number of evangelicals in the country, it is necessary to develop models that speak about citizenship and human rights in order to reach this segment of the population and imagine a progressive model for the country, which is, in its composition, religious. Another issue that must be confronted is evangelical leadership, since a significant part of it is committed to the evangelical bench, and ostensibly uses means of communication in order to generate positions.
Create groups of evangelicals in the states in which the Group is present, in order to work on themes via their own methodology, developed to achieve this end, in groups that hold regular meetings and promote a training process. Other than this, another action is the realization of public and popular hearings to generate positions and amplify the repercussion of these themes for the evangelical population.
Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Pará, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Espírito Santo
October 2017 to September 2018
Nilza Valeria Zacarias