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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 >
It was 1 am and after hours of parading from other schools, it was finally our turn. The music began and we started dancing and singing. “If you don’t know the words, just move your mouth and act excited,” we were told. Our costumes had angel wings to symbolize peace activism, our section in the song that told the story of Acari’s history, composed for carnival this year alone. Previous verses of the song told of a tumultuous history of drug trafficking and police relations. Our costumes’ resemblance to something David Bowie might wear was undeniable, and I can only hope More >
Research funded by the IOC plans to follow promises made by the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee
One of the major social legacy promises found in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidature File is the provision of infrastructure, programs and policies that support and encourage sport and physical activity participation among the city’s population, particularly among low-income youth.
The promise of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee drew the attention of local researchers Dr. Arianne C. Reis, now based at Southern Cross University in Australia, and MSc. Fabiana R. Sousa-Mast, a PhD candidate at the University of Basel in Switzerland. More >
Walk into a favela in Rio today and you may see railings and poured concrete staircases amid the more organic alleyways and not-quite-symmetrical homes. Unless there are workers scrambling around—or taking a coffee break—in blue jumpsuits and hard hats, these infrastructure features were likely installed by the Favela-Bairro (Favela-to-Neighborhood) upgrading program of 1994 to 2008.
Before Favela-Bairro, infrastructure upgrades in Rio More >
In colorful, glittering style, Favela de Acari hosted its first Parada GLS de Acari (Gay, Lesbian and Gay-Friendly Parade) last Sunday with an estimated 8-10,000 people united in a carnivalesque celebration of diversity and tolerance.
With three rainbow balloon-adorned floats blasting funk, electronic dance and pop music, glamorous drag queens circulating the crowd and a special appearance by TV presenter David Brazil, the street party dominated the street opposite Acari/Fazenda Botafogo metro station from 2pm onwards. A festive atmosphere akin to the more raucous Carnival blocos prevailed as men, women and children in ‘No More Homophobia!’ t-shirts and LGBT residents from More >