Posts tagged housing rights
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 >
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 9am–Four years to the month after they discovered their community was a target for eviction in name of the 2016 Rio Olympics, a coalition of residents of Vila Autódromo walked to Riocentro, Rio’s convention center, to gain entry to negotiations Mayor Eduardo Paes was having with a subset of their neighbors, invited by letter to attend the closed-door meeting. Supported by city planners who helped them develop their Popular Plan, social movements and citizen media, residents stormed Riocentro and forced their way through three barred entry points to gain access. At least three residents and one activist were More >
On Wednesday night, over 160 Vila Autódromo residents and leaders filled the local São José Operário church to discuss their upcoming meeting with Mayor Eduardo Paes on Sunday. The mayor promised the community’s permanence on August 9. Since then, however, he, represented by his Housing and Environment secretaries, has been meeting with a commission of residents, local university planners and State public defenders, and showing them plans for construction to give transportation access to the adjacent Olympic Park that, if completed, would remove almost half the community. “The mayor has been calling these meetings ‘negotiations,’ but we haven’t been able to get in More >
For the original by Artur Voltolini in Portuguese for Observatório de Favelas click here.
The Manuel Congo Occupation was the stage last Friday September 27 for the “Public Hearing: Evictions for Large Projects in the City of Rio de Janeiro.” Originally planned by City Councillor Renato Cinco (from the PSOL party), the hearing was cancelled by Council President Jorge Felippe (of the PMDB party) only 30 minutes before it was due to start. The alleged motive was the protest by striking teachers taking place in front of the City Council which, according to organizers, was an attempt to pit one movement against the More >