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Like in a country town, the news in Vidigal at first travels in whispers. So it was with the information about the location of the UPP’s (Pacifying Police Unit) new base: “They are saying it will be in the square in Alto.” But it wasn’t until December 11th that the residents’ fears were confirmed: in a meeting at the Residents’ Association for the Village of Vidigal (AMVV), Captain Fabio and Lieutenant Dantas officially announced that the only recreational space in the community would be given up for a police base with an auditorium.
While they hurried to mobilize, contacting the appropriate authorities More >
“I have one rule,” says Felipe Paiva, as my calves start to feel the burn from ascending the streets of Vidigal, “to see the view point at the top of Vidigal, you can’t drive, take a motor taxi, or a van, you have to walk!”
And it was worth the walk as we arrived at a platform high atop favela Vidigal, where there emerged a stunning view of the vibrant community and beyond it, Rio’s South Zone, the white sand stretching from Leblon to Leme.
Felipe’s pride and connection to his native neighborhood are apparent not just in his photographs but also in More >
I was recently asked to write an essay to start off a debate about the importance of transparency, and its relationship to participation, in Rio de Janeiro, for the new civil society site Meu Rio. The debate was launched November 17th. Here is my full response. — Theresa Williamson
Everything we do should start with the question: Why? What is my objective? So that from that starting point we can focus on the appropriate means to reach our goal. In the case of what type of society we want for ourselves and our children, I presume that our objective is to achieve a More >
As it began, Occupy Rio looked set to follow an all-too-predictable pattern amongst leftist movements: the descent into partisan bickering. A small group had gathered at Cinelândia on a gray and rainy afternoon in Rio, answering Spain’s Indignados’ call for worldwide protests on October 15, but it was not long before the arguments started. At issue were the political party banners carried by some of the protesters and fears that any sort of connection to a political party went against the true anti-system philosophy of the original occupy movements. Intense arguments soon divided the group in two, and the few More >
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To act like something still under scrutiny is decided is a well-known strategy to resolve an issue without having to systematize it. This is what (Rio’s largest daily) O Globo tried to do with its cover story this past Tuesday, October 4th, regarding the possible removal of Vila Autódromo, a community located adjacent to the future Olympic Park, in Rio’s West Zone. After stating with no justification that the community’s residents were assaulting fans waiting in line at Rock in Rio (music festival), the newspaper now emphasizes on the frontpage headline: “After the Rock (festival), Rio will rid itself of its favelas for More >