Most Populous State in Brazil Passes ‘Breaking the Silence Day’ Bill

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São Paulo governor thanks the Adventist Church for its social initiatives.

On Monday, October 21, 2019, the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo State passed Bill 565, which names the last Saturday each August as the ‘State Day of Breaking the Silence.’ The bill became Public Law 17,186 after State Governor João Doria signed it in a special ceremony at Bandeirantes Palace. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Damaris Moura, a Seventh-day Adventist church member.

For years, Moura has been emphasizing and promoting social initiatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including Quebrando o Silêncio, Brazil’s version of the world church initiative enditnow, which looks to fight violence and abuse inside and outside the church.

Signing Ceremony

On the day of the signing, Moura and other Adventist leaders celebrated the fact that, according to them, millions of people will be impacted by the project.

  • Church and São Paulo state leaders pose for a group picture on the day the Breaking the Silence Day was signed into law as part of the state official calendar. [Photo: South American Division News]
  • Seventh-day Adventist leaders gather to pray at São Paulo State headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil, on the day a bill was signed into law that makes the Breaking the Silence Day part of the official calendar in the state. [Photo: South American Division News]
  • São Paulo State governor João Doria (center) congratulates State Representative Damaris Moura, moments after signing the Breaking the Silence Day bill into law, on October 21, 2019, in São Paulo, Brazil. [Photo: South American Division News]
  • From left, Central Brazil Union Conference (CBUC) president Domingos Sousa, São Paulo State governor João Doria, State Representative Damaris Moura, and CBUC treasurer Edson Erthal. [Photo: South American Division News]

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