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José Luiz da Silva Soares, known as Luiz Soares, is the Social Mediator at the Manguinhos Park Library. Luiz is 41 years old, was born in Tijuca, and lived in various neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro before moving to the Complexo de Manguinhos favela in the North Zone of Rio in 1995. As he was already an adult, it was a big change in his life. Despite this, Luiz never left. “The good things we see in the favela are solidarity, friendship, union—this is really cool, this is priceless,” he says.
He started to become involved in social work in several communities More >
For the original article by Maíra Mathias, Raquel Júnia and Raquel Torres in Portuguese, click here.
There was a community hampering Rio de Janeiro making itself beautiful for tourists coming to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. And still is, thanks to the resistance of hundreds of people, and in spite of the government’s systematic intrusions and tired arguments that you can’t stop progress, that the families will be compensated, that the city will help with the displacements, that a parking lot is more important now, etc. In this interview with Brasil de Fato, people who actively participate in the resistance process More >
Cidade de Deus, Rio’s most famous West Zone favela, was made (in)famous thanks to the book and international blockbuster by the same name, City of God. The community today is occupied by a Pacifying Policy Unit (UPP). Here we interview Iara Oliveira, a CDD (as the community is popularly known) teacher and political activist. Iara is coordinator of Alfazendo, a community-based NGO in Cidade de Deus. Alfazendo’s focus is literacy for community residents of all ages, but they also serve as an advocacy organization and provide general educational opportunities and enrichment for the community. Mostly self-educated, Iara has built her career More >
Original article published in Portuguese here.
An evolving project, one that will not solve all of Rio’s problems, much less from one day to the next. This is the realistic and confident way in which Rio State’s Security Secretary José Mariano Beltrame defines the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) implemented through much of Rio de Janeiro. In an interview with Vidiga! after an exhibition of the film ‘5x Pacificação’ (5x Pacification), coordinated by Cacá Diegues and directed by Cadu Barcelos, Luciano Vidigal, Rodrigo Felha and Wagner Novais, the same group who directed ‘5x Favela – Agora por Nós Mesmos’ (5x Favela – Now More >
An interview with ex-professional footballer Gerson, who played for Botafogo along with other lower-league teams.
Gerson went on to make the natural progression in becoming a football coach and then began offering foot-volley lessons on Rio’s famous Ipanema beach.
Gerson offers his views on the sporting opportunities within his local community of Vidigal and what is politically holding back progress in this area.
He also explains his opinions on the forthcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Describing how the tournament will affect the communities, suggesting a way in which children from the communities could have more access to one of the biggest sporting More >