Posts tagged leadership
August 9, 2013–In a meeting today, the second in one week with residents and supporters of the community, Mayor Eduardo Paes agreed to the permanence of Vila Autódromo, a favela that has been creatively and doggedly resisting since its imminent eviction was announced by the Mayor, through the media, the night Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympic bid in October 2009.
The Association of Residents, Fishermen, and Friends of Vila Autódromo (AMPAVA) released this public note:
After years of resistance and struggle, Vila Autódromo achieved a commitment from the Mayor: Vila Autódromo and its residents will not be removed.
The Residents’ Association More >
For the original by Fabíola Gerbase in Portuguese on O Globo click here.
One of the founders of Observatório de Favelas (Favela Observatory) in Maré, the geographer, educator and social activist Jailson de Souza e Silva accumulates publications and projects in his quest to build a new perspective on popular communities.
Rio–A man with an easy smile, Jailson de Souza e Silva didn’t feel at ease when asked to produce it a few times last Wednesday afternoon, July 7. While posing for photos for this story at the entrance of the Observatório de Favelas (Favela Observatory), a civil organization he created with friend Jorge More >
Sunday, June 30, 2013–While the Brazilian national soccer team prepared for the final match of the Confederations Cup, the World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee organized a mass demonstration against forced evictions of Rio de Janeiro’s communities and the privatization of Maracanã Stadium. The morning demonstration began in Plaza Saens Pena, located 2 km away from Maracanã Stadium and ended in Plaza Saint Francisco Xavier. Although there was heavy police presence the demonstration was peaceful and festive throughout, garnering support from residents of the Tijuca neighborhood as protesters marched through. Sunday’s protest, similar to the People’s Cup organized June 15, provided a symbolic counterpoint More >
For the original article by Eliana Sousa Silva in Portuguese on Redes da Maré click here.
“Rifles should be used in war, in police operations in the communities and favelas. It is not a weapon to be used in an urban area” — Rodrigo Pimentel
The comment above is from the public security consultant Rodrigo Pimentel from the first edition of a TV broadcast on RJ TV on June 18. The comment was made in a natural, rational, and sound way as he analyzed an image of a military police officer with a rifle shooting upwards, but in the direction of violent protestors in 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.