Posts tagged politics
In 1978 favela residents, liberation theologians and activists mobilized to successfully defend Vidigal against eviction attempts. Those protesting removal used ingenious methods of resistance. These included providing daily coffees to placate COMLURB (Rio’s waste collection company) workers, those employed to evict the protesters, recognizing that they, too, were poor and hungry. These garis (street sweepers) soon made it clear to the government that they wouldn’t remove any of the belongings of residents who wished to stay. Brazilianist Bryan McCann, author of the new book Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, describes the efforts as More >
From December 8 to 10, international leaders from public, private, and civil society sectors came together in Rio de Janeiro for the Clinton Global Initiative Latin America conference. The focus was on efforts to advance the region’s social and economic progress with sessions on developing human capacity, designing for green growth and harnessing technology and innovation. To an audience primarily of Brazilian politicians, business and civil society leaders, and with Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Governor Sérgio Cabral both on stage with him, former US President Bill Clinton made his speech, here transcribed, calling for creative cooperation across sectors to tackle More >
For the original by Camila Coelho in Portuguese on Globo Esporte click here.
Does everyone remember that remarkable image when our politicians jumped to their feet to celebrate the announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Olympics? If you don’t remember, I posted a photo here below so that no one will forget that moment. Present in that group was then President Lula, the ex-Minister of Sport Orlando Silva, the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, and the Mayor of the city, Eduardo Paes, as well as a few other politicians and athletes. Their joy More >
Over the past few years unprecedented large-scale movements have challenged states across the globe. From Tahrir Square in Cairo to Zuccotti Park in New York City, and most recently, the streets of Brazil. Common to all is the widespread use of social media in organizing and articulating protests. Through Twitter and Facebook, local movements now have the technological ability to transcend limits of space, time and resources. With its stark inequality and low quality public services, Brazil, given its hyper-connectivity, as the world’s second biggest user of both Twitter and Facebook, was a shoe-in for next-in-line.
How does the use of 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 >