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For the original by Debora Pio and Isabele Aguiar in Portuguese for Viva Favela click here.
On its 50th anniversary, Vila Kennedy received the 38th Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) from the State. Under the intense heat that the summer sun usually brings to Bangu, West Zone, BOPE (Special Operations Police Battalion) police officers raised the flags of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro state on Thursday, March 13, at one of the most strategic areas of the community, the Conjunto Leão XIII. This point shares a border with the hill that provides access to the favelas of Senador Camará and Vila Aliança, where traffickers of More >
According to MonitorAr-Rio’s data, of nine such stations in the network, the West Zone neighborhood of Bangu’s air quality monitoring station showed the worst performance in the second half of 2012. On December 25th, the worst day in that period, the air quality in Bangu was 213 points – which classifies it as “bad” on a scale of five possible classifications: good, regular, inadequate, bad, and awful. In the port area on that same day, the measure was 47 points, a “good” classification.
Originally in Portuguese in Viva Favela here.
The start of March marks the end of summer, disappointing those Rio locals (cariocas) who frequent the beaches, swimming pools and other sun traps. For many workers, the arrival of fall can be a relief. That is the case for mailman Cléber Saraiva, who works in downtown Bangu. During his shift, carrying a heavy weight and wearing a stifling uniform, he goes from street to street in two of Rio’s hottest neighborhoods. Cléber gets doubly tired working in the summer: “there are days when I get home and it feels like my head is exploding.”
The More >
CatComm recently surveyed some of the most active women community leaders in our network about womanhood and community leadership to get a sense of women’s voices and knowledge across Rio’s communities. The initial result is this article, first in a series which highlights common threads and shared experiences, sorting out the challenges, strengths, and nuances that womanhood brings to community leadership and community life in general. This Women’s History Month, we are committed to bringing visibility to women’s stories.
Several participants either directly or subtly mentioned communication and conflict mediation as central to their work. “I believe women are more versatile and More >
It’s 4 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, and a mix of hip hop and traditional Brazilian rhythms blare through the second floor windows of the Caixa de Surpresa Cultural Center in Vila Aliança, a favela in Bangu, Rio’s West Zone. Dance students rehearse choreographies and freestyle between songs. Meanwhile, in the first floor theatre, young actors review sketches.
Director and founder Waldemir Correia, with his unexpected energy and youthfulness, is a constant presence in all spaces at the Cultural Center, kidding in the courtyard with afternoon ping pong players, shouting reminders about manners and upcoming soccer matches in the hallway, and playfully More >