Posts tagged community organizing
On Saturday November 9, the ninth edition of Raízes em Movemento (Roots in Movement) Institute’s Circulando event took place in Complexo do Alemão in Rio’s North Zone. Subtitled “Dialogue and Communication in the Favela,” the day’s program went from 9am to 11pm and included poetry, debate, graffiti, and musical performances, with the focus overrall on human rights.
The event included exhibitions of photography by Bruno Itan, Alexandre Correa, Seu Rodrigues Moura, Flavia Viana and Maria Buzanovsky and the creation of new works of graffiti on walls along the Central Avenue.
Just outside the Roots in Movement Institute’s headquarters, organizers built a yellow tent to host a More >
S’bu Zikode and Bandile Mdlalose, founding members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo social movement, were interviewed by RioOnWatch when they traveled to Rio at the beginning of the month as part of the tour of the film “Dear Mandela.” The film chronicles anti-eviction activism in Durban, South Africa, where informal settlements have been part of the urban landscape since the 1880s. Continually zoned to receive a different quality of public services due to justifications of threats to public health, these communities faced government-sponsored removal beginning with the 1934 Slums Act, which classified buildings with less than 3.7 square meters of floor space per person More >
On Thursday afternoon, November 7, 100 residents and supporters of Vila Autódromo gathered in the rain to protest outside City Hall, a response to the City’s latest tactic to undermine their resistance to removal. The week prior, on October 30, it appeared city officials had orchestrated a protest of approximately 20 residents who want to leave their homes in Vila Autódromo for apartments in Parque Carioca, the designated resettlement housing complex. Participants recounted that city employees “mobilized” several families who are considering resettlement housing and transported them on buses to City Hall.
Longtime Vila Autódromo resident and activist Maria da Penha described More >
For the original by Sílvia Noronha in Portuguese in Maré de Notícias click here.
The precariousness of public services in Maré sets the tone of the functions carried out by the neighborhood associations. Generally, these institutions have the responsibility of fighting for residents’ interests, lobbying the government so the community can enjoy their rights to health, urban infrastructure, leisure, education, etc. However, here in Maré, the role of the associations goes above and beyond: they must also act as if they were a sub-division of the government. In other words, they get their hands dirty—including in the sewer, as is the case of More >
On Sunday October 6, members of Vila Laboriaux joined together in a day-long celebration of their community’s vitality and to look to the future. Perched at the top of Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, Vila Laboriaux has been fighting eviction threats from the government for over three years. Since then, community members have been working tirelessly to resist removal and recently succeeded in August, after Mayor Eduardo Paes announced that the state would begin investing in infrastructure for Vila Laboriaux, instead of removal.