Sonia Guajajara (third from left), an Indigenous rights campaigner and candidate who supports the presidential campaign of the Workers' Party's Luiz Inacio "Lula" Da Silva. Here, she appears with other feminist campaigners at a left-wing rally in São Paolo the day after two Socialist and Liberty Party (PSOL) candidates, Boulos and Ediane Maria, were threatened with a gun / credit: Richard Matoūsek

Brazilians Head to Polls with Fear of Bolsonaro Coup and Possibility of Lula Win Bolstering Left-Wing Latin American Politics

With Brazil being the fifth-largest country by area, along with the seventh-largest population and economy, the outcome of the October 2 first-round presidential election could not only significantly alter the lives of Brazilians, but impact regional politics that have recently swung left, as well as the health of the planet. Richard Matoušek reports from São Paolo.

The left-wing candidates of the Pacto Histórico coalition ticket in Colombia celebrate a win / credit: Evo Morales / Twitter

Celebrations in Colombia’s Streets: Gustavo Petro to Be First Left-Wing President and Francia Márquez the First Afro-Descendant Woman VP

Celebrations took place Sunday evening as people took to the streets of Colombia after left-wing presidential candidate Gustavo Petro was deemed the winner of the second-round election. This victory makes his running mate, Francia Márquez, the first Afro-descendant woman who will serve as vice president once the term begins in August, reports TF editor Julie Varughese.

How the 2021 national strike looked in Buenaventura, Colombia / credit: Black Agenda Report

Threats and Voter Intimidation Hush Colombians In Run-Up to Second-Round Presidential Election Season

Observers of the first-round presidential elections in Colombia shared with Toward Freedom irregularities they encountered in Buenaventura, a predominantly Afro-descendant city on the Pacific coast. This comes as it appears a left-wing candidate who faces death threats is surging in a recent poll against his social-media-savvy competitor, reports TF Editor Julie Varughese.