Chico Whitaker

Brazilian architect, politician and activist

Francisco Whitaker Ferreira (born 1931), known as Chico Ferreira, is a Brazilian architect, politician, and social activist. A devout Roman Catholic, Whitaker inspires his work in the liberation theology, while maintaining close ties with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, a body linked to the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil. Whitaker served as an alderman for the Workers' Party in the Municipal Chamber of São Paulo from 1989 to 1993, when he acted as the majority leader for mayor Luiza Erundina. He left the party in 2006, and currently serves on the advisory board of the non-profit organization WikiLeaks. He is also a member of the interim consultative committee of the International Organization for a Participatory Society.

Chico Whitaker in 2014


  • Information is power. In pyramids, power is concentrated, so also information, which is hidden or kept to be used at the right time, with a view to accumulating and concentrating more power. In networks, power is deconcentrated, and so is information, which is distributed and disseminated so that everyone has access to the power that their possession represents.
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