Analysis piece written by Theresa Williamson, City Planner and Executive Director of Catalytic Communities, for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper. Click here for Portuguese original. Article accompanied Folha piece on evictions at Favela Metrô-Mangueira.
The removal of favelas currently underway in Rio, in many cases, is characterized by the demolition of homes of residents who have been evicted while those who resist are forced to live amidst the rubble. Ultimately they are being punished, living in unhealthy and insecure conditions.
The case of Metro-Mangueira favela is the most symbolic, but we have seen other similar situations across Rio.
Forced removals should not be confused with consensual relocation. More >
Last Monday night in Curicica, Jacarepaguá, in Rio’s West Zone, Carlos Brandão held up three blue circles cut from construction paper. “City government,” he announced to the thirty people seated encircling him on a restaurant patio.
One woman said tentatively, “Medium?”
“No, big, big!” chimed in several others.
“Let’s talk about it,” said Brandão. “You all indeed pay part of the budget for the city government.” Although they did not discuss the specifics, Curicica favela residents pay various More >
For original post in Portuguese on Meu Rio’s Eleições Cariocas click here.
The elections are over and we already know the names of those councilors who will represent the people of Rio in the City Council (the most expensive in the nation) in the forthcoming mandate.
See below the new make-up of the Council for the coming term (2013-2016). Despite some new names elected, there were few major changes. The base of pro-government supporters remained in the majority, with 39 councilors affiliated to parties supporting the re-elected Mayor Eduardo Paes (PMDB), while there are 11 councilors from opposition parties and one independent councilor.
Two of More >
Democracy has strayed far from its origin as a system of governance giving all citizens equal access to decision-making authority and the opportunity to serve in office. Modern day political campaigns not only entail budgets reaching thousands, millions, or even hundreds of millions of dollars, but also require extensive networks of coalitions and connections, all of which completely soil the ideals of democracy. Countries, governments, and democratic systems differ, but in today’s democracies, at least one thing seems to be shared: you need money, and a lot of it, to be elected into political office.
But in Rio’s municipal elections, we are seeing More >
The ads for “vereadores” (city councilors) for Rio’s “Camâra“ (City Council) litter the streets of Rio during the campaign season, with this year’s ballot boasting more candidates than even the most politically informed voter could possibly keep track of. There are 51 seats on City Council simultaneously up for election every four years. There are no term limits, so conceivably ‘councilor’ could constitute a life-long occupation. Common across Brazilian politics, a diverse range of parties are present in the City Council. There are 20 parties currently represented, with the plurality being held by the Brazilian Democratic Movement Part (PMDB), which holds More >