Comrade Sandra Lima was a revolutionary leader of Brazil, playing an essential role in the country’s women’s movement as well as taking an active part in the struggles of workers and peasants over many years. She died in 2016 after a long battle with illness.
Born in São Domingos do Prata, in the interior of Minas Gerais, Comrade Sandra Lima first got involved in the people’s struggles in the late 1970s, when she supported the October 8th Revolutionary Movement and organized striking construction workers. It was during these early years that she discovered The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State by Friedrich Engels and began to base her thinking of the women’s movement in Marxist terms.
By the 1990s, the patient work of Comrade Sandra Lima and her comrades in the struggle began to take more concrete organizational forms. She was one of the revolutionary militants who broke with the October 8th movement, which by then had turned to the politics of reformism. The popular peasant uprisings of the time, like the battle of Santa Elina and the Red Flag Village, also helped forge Sandra into a true revolutionary leader. She mobilized comrades and supporters to give food and medical aid to the peasants rebelling against the landlords, spreading proletarian ideology everywhere she went.
In 2000, she was one of the primary founders of Movimiento Femenino Popular in Brazil which became one of the strongest organizations within the greater coalition of the Revolutionary Front for the Defense of People’s Rights.
Comrade Sandra Lima dedicated her life to the people of Brazil and the revolutionary movement. Over more than 40 years of militancy, she organized proletarian neighborhoods and factories, fought alongside peasants in their land disputes, and transformed the women’s movement into a revolutionary force. Her life’s work is a shining example of what it means to serve the people.