Posts tagged politics
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 >
“I have one rule,” says Felipe Paiva, as my calves start to feel the burn from ascending the streets of Vidigal, “to see the view point at the top of Vidigal, you can’t drive, take a motor taxi, or a van, you have to walk!”
And it was worth the walk as we arrived at a platform high atop favela Vidigal, where there emerged a stunning view of the vibrant community and beyond it, Rio’s South Zone, the white sand stretching from Leblon to Leme.
Felipe’s pride and connection to his native neighborhood are apparent not just in his photographs but also in More >
Reprinted from Portuguese article here.
Water for Everybody. When you see it you imagine a genuine project from a serious government and one of the largest water distribution companies in Rio. But in reality, it’s not what it seems. I am going to explain why. My name is Jorge, I was elected (President of the Neighborhood Association) by a community who prides itself on fair and clean elections. Nobody put me arbitrarily in this is role, as was done for years. One year and 3 months ago I was invited to to attend a meeting at the Panamá Municipal School and it More >