As the world’s biggest sporting mega-events draw closer, Brazilian authorities will be expected to ensure borders, ports of entry, and territory are secure from threats and clandestine activity. However, security blunders during the Pope’s visit, ongoing conflicts between police and demonstrators, and public threats from organized crime groups promising a ‘World Cup of terror’ pull Brazil’s suitability to host international events into question.
While security threats to international visitors are worrisome, fundamental concerns about the social fabric of Brazil are masked by these worries, with longer term concerns at the core. One of the main problems facing Brazilian citizens is the everyday use More >
The first Quilombo Alert meeting, held by the Justice Forum and AQUILERJ (the Quilombo Association of Rio de Janeiro), took place on October 25 at the Sacopã Quilombo.
The Sacopã Quilombo is in the affluent Lagoa neighborhood and is made up of eight families descended from slaves who have lived on a 2.4-hectare site surrounded by native forest for over 100 years.
The quilombo has views of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Christ the Redeemer statue and used to have a traditional samba and feijoada (pork and bean stew) get-together, only for it to be banned through a court injunction after complaints by More >
For the original by Vinícius Lisboa in Portuguese for Agência Brasil click here.
Around 30% of favela residents in Brazil have suffered prejudice, asserts Favela Data Institute’s first study, “X-Ray of Brazilian Favelas,” released November 4, 2013 at the 1st New Brazilian Favela Forum. According to the study, 59% of residents agree that those who live in communities in the urban periphery are discriminated against.
Skin color was the reason identified by 32% of those who said they were victims of prejudice, and for another 30%, it was living in a favela. For 20%, the prejudice was due to their lack of money, More >
Mark Wigley, the Dean of Architecture at New York City’s Columbia University, repeatedly advocated for more affordable housing in Rio de Janeiro in a debate with Mayor Eduardo Paes hosted by Columbia University at the Teatro Ipanema last Monday, October 28. Approximately 100 guests of Columbia University and the Mayor’s office attended the event, which was closed to the public but broadcast live online to an international audience.
Wigley opened the event with a presentation entitled “Generosity by Design,” emphasizing the need to create and promote generosity within the neighborhoods of cities. The mayor used the debate, organized by Columbia’s new More >
For the original in Portuguese by the Rio Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics click here.
A protest of about 20 people on the doorstep of Rio’s City Hall on Wednesday October 30 showed that the city government knows no limits in its attempt to legitimize the removal of residents from Vila Autódromo. The few present said they represented 150 families that want to leave the community. However, that same night, yet another community assembly was held among residents who continue to fight against removal. The Residents’ Commission has already collected 198 signatures of families who want stay in More >