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Nação Mestiça
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Article translated from Portuguese to English using Google translate. 

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Nação Mestiça - Who we are (pamphlet)
The Nação Mestiça, or Movimento Pardo-Mestiço Brasileiro, is the Brazilian organization of mestizos whose aims are to defend the Brazilian mestizo ethnicity and its people, to enhance the process of miscegenation among the diverse ethnic groups that gave rise to Brazilian nationality, promotion and defense of mestizo identity and the recognition of mestizos as cultural and territorial heirs of the peoples from which they descend.
Founded in 2001, in the city of Manaus, in Amazonas, it defends the valorization of the spontaneous process of miscegenation among the Indians, white Portuguese colonizers, black Africans brought to Brazil in the slavery period, yellow and other immigrants. It defends the recognition of mestizos as heirs of the legacies of the peoples from which they descend. The current president of the organization is Helda Castro. The movement has representation in several Brazilian states.
Brazil is a country with more than 50% of its population made up of mestizos, mostly brown. Brazilian mestizo is the individual who as such identifies himself, brown or not, and who is descended from mestizo or any miscegenation between Indian, white, black, yellow or other non-mixed identity, who identifies himself as distinct from these and ethnically of any other and that, in these terms, is recognized by the community of the Brazilian mestizo ethnic group (national, native, unitary, indivisible, originated and constituted during the process of formation of the Brazilian Nation and inseparable and exclusively identified with it).
In addition to articulating actions to promote Brazilian ethno-racial integration, Nação Mestiça advocates unrestricted equal opportunities for all Brazilians, regardless of their identity or origin. Condemning the attachment to political parties, Nação Mestiça respects the plurality within the mestizo movement.
It has also acted in favor of eradicating the marginalization of ethnic and racial minorities, with a view to reducing social and regional inequalities.
In its statutes the Nação Mestiça defends pluralist democracy and freedom of expression, opposing anti-democratic ideologies and political regimes, as well as racist or segregationist governments.
It defends the rule of law, unrestricted freedom of expression and ideological and political pluralism, understanding that these are more effective in combating racism.
With the thinker Gilberto Freyre as a reference, the Nação Mestiça affirms the ethnic-national identity of the Brazilian people defined after a process of miscegenation between various roots.
He has worked with forums and organizations defending human rights. After being strongly opposed by leaders of the black and Indian movements, she participated in the 1st National Conference on Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Brasília, 2005) with the only mestizo delegate of the event and served in the institution of the Mestizo Day (June 27) in the states of Amazonas, Roraima and Paraíba, and in the municipalities of Manaus (AM), Boa Vista (RR), Autazes (AM) and Careiro da Várzea (AM), being a holiday in the last two.
Action against mestizophobia and de-mestizo
The Brazilian Pardo-Mestizo Movement has been critical of racial and ethnic mestizophobic and de-mestizo policies, such as those undertaken by the Workers' Party (PT) in the governments of Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff , through the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and of the Special Secretariat for Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR) , which is contrary to mestizo ethnicity and harmful to Brazilian nationality. In this sense, it manifested itself, among others, at the 1st State Conference on Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality in Amazonas against this non-recognition of mestizo identity by the Brazilian federal government.
I Brazilian Mestizo Congress
After holding annually the I, II, III and IV Seminar on Mestizo Identity, in Manaus (AM), Nação Mestiça held in the same city the 1st Brazilian Mestizo Congress, in 2011.
Social Quotas
The organization defends social quotas in access to education. A representative of the institution participated in a public hearing in the Federal Senate in 2008, in which he defended the non-approval of the racial quota system in Brazil, claiming that this policy is not intended to improve the lives of mestizos, blacks and other groups, but to divide racially the Brazilian society and eliminate its mestizo identity.
The organization was selected and  pronounced , on March 5, 2010, at the Public Hearing on the Constitutionality of Affirmative Action Policies for Access to Higher Education convened by Minister Ricardo Lewandowski of the Supreme Court (STF) to debate the racial quota system at the University of Brasília (UnB). Also on April 25, 2012, it was pronounced in the STF as amicus curiae in the judgment of the Arguition of Non-Compliance with Fundamental Precept (ADPF 186) on the same theme, against racial quotas and the requirement that browns identify themselves as black .
Commemorative dates
It annually celebrates Caboclo Day (24 June) and Mestizo Day (27 June), in the city of Manaus and, from 2012, in Autazes, dates instituted by the movement's demand. To this end, it holds the events of the Month of Mestiço and Caboco , among them the Seminar on Mestizo Identity and the Festival of Mestiço , in Manaus, and the Festa do Mestiço , in Autazes and Careiro da Várzea, in celebration of the respective municipal holidays.
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