Over sixty favela residents, public defenders, nonprofit workers, and observers filled the chapel at the top of Laboriaux Street in Rocinha on Sunday for a three-hour meeting organized by residents of various North and South Zone favelas. Dubbed “Favela Não Se Cala” (Favela Don’t Be Quiet), the group gathers once a month, in a different community each time. Last month they met in a chapel at the entrance to Cantagalo along the snaking staircase familiar to those who don’t use the famous elevator.
“Everyone who would like to make a comment will More >
The photographic essay “Vila Autódromo, Fragments of Life,” created by photographer JV Santos in partnership with the group Enter Without Knocking, is the product of a course at the School of Popular Photography, created by the documentary photographer João Roberto Ripper with the support of the Favela Observatory. This is an excerpt from the memoirs of a family that lives in Vila Autódromo. At this very moment the community is suffering tremendous pressure from City authorities to accept the public housing that is being built “for them” to move to in early 2014, though the majority of residents has consistently been against More >
For original article in Portuguese on Yahoo! click here. Article by Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN on Adequate Housing.
At this point, it does not take writing a thesis or doctoral dissertation to identify the profound meaning of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic City project–the mega operation of real estate appreciation within the city of Rio de Janeiro. The mayor himself explained this clearly at the launch of Olympic City Monopoly, (a Rio version of the famous board game) by Estrela. In addition to (free) licensing the trademark of ‘Olympic City,’ the city government spent R$1 million for 20,000 copies of the game, More >
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013–Residents of Largo do Tanque undergo forced evictions and demolition of homes in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, to make room for the Transcarioca highway and BRT, whose final trajectory is still unknown to the public. In under 2 weeks, 54 houses were demolished and hundreds of residents left to fend for themselves. Sledgehammers and bulldozers brought homes down as neighbors who hadn’t yet settled with the authorities looked on. The City assessor sent to handle negotiations told residents not to speak with one another or seek legal advice otherwise he would reduce settlement offers. The psychological pressure was More >
For original article in Justiça Global in Portuguese click here.
2012 was a relatively calm (election) year in terms of evictions in Rio de Janeiro. But it didn’t take long for the city’s tractors to get rolling again. The reports by international human rights organizations, major world newspapers, and the UN’s recommendations against forced eviction don’t seem to have intimidated city authorities, who are using the Olympic Games to carry out any and every urban intervention, arbitrarily and without respect for the affected residents. In Largo do Tanque, in Jacarepaguá, the city began marking houses the week before Carnaval, and by February 22 More >