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Rio’s oldest favela, Morro da Providência, lies just 2km from Cidade Nova, known today mostly as the location of Rio’s City Hall. Soldiers returning in 1897 from the Canudos war in Brazil’s Northeastern state of Bahia, named it Morro da Favela, or “Favela Hill.” ‘Favela’ was the name of another hill near the battlefields of Canudos, as well as the colloquial name of a native plant (Cnidoscolus quercifolius) that was prominent in that area, a name imported by the first settlers of Rio’s hills. As other hills nearby soon became inhabited by migrants or other dislocated citizens, during the Pereira More >
Last Tuesday November 19, an interview with Rio State Security secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, was published in which he claimed that Rio may have to lose a generation before the situation of violence in Rio’s favelas improves, saying “Rio de Janeiro has this history and we’re maybe going to lose a generation to change this picture [of violence] that, unfortunately, the state let get to this point.” The assertion has enraged favela residents and human rights advocates with much comment and discussion on social media. Here we translate a response to Beltrame’s statement by Mônica Francisco, Borel resident and representative More >
You don’t respect me as a citizen with full rights. I don’t respect your initiatives, and laws which I didn’t participate in creating.
Favelas are the greatest proof that we can progress free of what has today become a “someone,” the immense and all powerful organism, the synthesis of centralization, of authority, which dominates political, economic and social power: the State. Which, via laws created without consulting us, which we’re not even encouraged to get to know, the State subdues us and confines us in the illusionary discourse that it is representing us and thinking of the social good.
The State has never More >
Click here for the original editorial from Observatorio de Favelas, in Portuguese.
It’s been a long time since so many Brazilians have taken to the streets. In major cities more and more people are turning out. On June 17, Rio de Janeiro saw its second demonstration of more than 100,000 people. It looked like 1968 again on Avenida Rio Branco, with new banners and new faces. More than 300,000 people came out for the demonstration of June 20. The Observatorio de Favelas (Favelas Observatory) feels a part of this great autonomous people’s movement, which has mobilized more than a million people across Brazil.
The protests began More >
Troubled by the quality of construction of projects in the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV, or My House My Life federal housing program), President Dilma Rousseff declared, “I wasn’t elected to give the people shoddy housing.”
The great demographic expansion and territorial occupation that characterize Brazil today date back to the middle of the last century. The cities bore the weight of the population growth and brought marked improvements in social indicators. In seventy years, the urban population has grown from 12 million to 170 million. And urban homes have More >