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You cannot imagine what government neglect of the favelas has done to this city. It is a failure of public service.
- José Mariano Beltrame, Wikileaks, 2009
With the policing strategy clearly not solving any problems in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a change of policy was long overdue. The possibility of alternative policing had been explored in various forms but had always lacked the political, societal and economic backing to succeed.
There had in fact been various attempts at implementing community More >
On Thursday night, June 20, at least 300,000 Cariocas (Rio residents) filled Avenida Presidente Vargas and walked from Candelária to the Prefeitura (the city government building), while at least 700,000 other Brazilians across the country demonstrated on the streets of 75 different cities. Put another way, roughly one in every 200 Brazilians came to the streets to express their indignation.
The protests, which continue to grow and spread across Brazil, have long ceased being about a 20 cent bus fare rise. As 23-year-old student Rodnei Pascoal, a resident of Taquara, said, “I think it was time for the people to demonstrate against More >
Last month in Providência Favela Não Se Cala organized a gathering of over fifty people that included residents of favelas from across the city, public defenders, law students, activists and social workers. Photographers and videographers flitted about the discussion circle, including the crew of Dominio Público, the investigative project currently being filmed about the privatization of Rio. Favela residents shared their experiences of state policy toward their communities and efforts to counter some of those policies, namely the displacement of thousands of families to public housing with low transparency and public works that often harm residents more than they benefit them.
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 sound of Portuguese spoken with an accent is just one of the undeniable signs that foreigners have arrived in the favela. And the “gringos” are here to stay. Hailing from many countries around the globe, these newcomers have passed up life on the “asphalt,” as the formal areas of the city are known, in favor of settling in favelas. More affordable housing, along with improved safety following the establishment of Pacifying Police Units (UPP, by the Portuguese acronym), are leading More >