Light Serviços de Eletricidade S.A. (Light) has long provided electricity–officially and unofficially–to Rio’s favelas. With the installation of Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) (the police occupation of a number of favelas over the past 5 years) Light began to regularize their services and deal with the historic problem of gatos, as clandestine connections of electricity are known in Rio. Yet increasingly, residents of UPP-occupied favelas complain of monthly bills rising inexplicably to abusive prices, a lack of public illumination, as well as blackouts and failures in the service. RioOnWatch has investigated cases of problems with Light’s electricity service in UPP-occupied favelas, finding worrying More >
I have never accepted the term “pacification,” adopted as a slogan by the government and repeated all over the media. By consensus, peace is a desired state of mind and something that can be achieved individually or collectively. It is often confused with abundance, since we cannot have peace until we satisfy our basic needs. So without school there is no peace, without health there is no peace, without basic sanitation there is no peace, without leisure there is no peace…but the warrior people of the favelas already know where to find peace, solidarity, joy, and the will to live, More >
Following the events of this week in which the injunction preventing demolitions in Vila Autódromo was overturned by leaders of the Public Defenders’ Office, the public defenders from the Housing and Land Office (NUTH) who have represented the community for years released the following note:
In 2013, the Núcleo de Terras e Habitação (NUTH, or Housing and Land Office of Rio State Public Defenders) filed a public civil suit seeking a declaration to nullify the demolition permit of houses situated in Vila Autódromo, a community that has battled against successive removal attempts since 1993.
The petition requested an injunction that would prevent any further More >
The injunction preventing further demolitions in Vila Autódromo has been overturned. On Tuesday March 25, the head of the Rio State Public Defenders’ Office, whose Housing and Lands Office (NUTH) legally represents the community and has for years worked with residents fighting to remain, requested a partial suspension of the injunction the NUTH itself had filed and won days prior.
The partial suspension on the injunction was requested Monday morning, March 24, when a small group of Vila Autódromo residents who had signed contracts for Parque Carioca apartments met with Public Defenders in the Neighborhood Association to clarify misunderstandings about the recent court More >
On Tuesday, March 18, the Vidigal Residents’ Association, Intersectoral Forum of Vidigal, Albergue da Comunidade, and Catalytic Communities held the first of four debates discussing the process of gentrification underway in the community. As prices continue to rise, many residents are facing the difficult question of whether or not they can continue living in their homes, as well as what the process means for the social, economic and cultural make-up of the community.
Starting at 7pm in the packed amphitheater at the entrance of Vidigal, the first “Fala Vidigal” event brought together some 250 residents from both Vidigal and other communities across Rio de Janeiro to discuss More >