Posts tagged Manguinhos
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 >
For the original by Jamil Chade in Portuguese in Estado de São Paulo click here.
Pope Francis attacked the strategy of “pacification” used in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, warning that while social inequality is not resolved, “there is no lasting peace.” On Thursday July 25, in the Varginha favela in Rio, he gave one of the most important speeches related to social issues during his pontificate, and urged youth to continue pushing for improvements as a sign of his support for the protesters who have taken to the streets of Brazil since June.
The Pope further added: the greatness of a nation can only More >
For the community of Varginha in Complexo de Manguinhos, a complex of favelas in Rio’s North Zone, the imminent visit of Pope Francis this week is a great honor. Pope Francis is in Rio for World Youth Day, his first international trip since his enthronement. Luiz Soares, 40, who has lived in Varginha since 1995, talks of how “a person who is famous and respected worldwide will walk on the same ground as we live,” comparing it to the great honor of Mother Teresa’s visit to the community in 1972.
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.
“Here we are, abandoned in the sewage!” two Manguinhos residents exclaimed, pointing to the flooded, mosquito-ridden streets encircling their homes that had been that way for over a year. They recounted that government programs such as the federal Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) and PAC II had promised infrastructure improvements to the community, but none of them had addressed the urgent sewage situation. “I have six children (including a newborn). Where I am going to go?” one woman explained, exasperated.
These complaints were voiced More >