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More than 250 families are reported to have been left homeless after demolitions at the Bairro 13 occupation in Santo Cristo in of Rio de Janeiro. Residents report that of approximately 500 families who were removed from the region, only around 110 have been placed into the Minha Casa, Minha Vida (MCMV) program, either having received a house or social rent to hold their place in the program, so far. In breach of the law, residents were not given advanced warning when evictions began on February 26. Those who weren’t placed into the MCMV program were simply given unsigned, unofficial photocopies of documents More >
Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades: Federally-Funded Housing Solutions Through Self-Managed Cooperatives
Every month, representatives of 116 families meet in a warehouse in central Rio. The families currently live in different parts of the city: in the favelas of Parque da Cidade and Providência, the urban occupation Quilombo das Guerreiras, and other parts of Rio’s downtown and Port Zone. Because of their involvement with the social movements Central de Movimentos Populares (Center for Grassroots Movements, or CMP) and União Nacional por Moradia Popular (National Union for Popular Housing, or UMP), and thanks to financing from the federal program Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades, they will soon all live together in an apartment building on the site More >
On Tuesday morning, December 3rd, the Municipal Legislative Chamber filled with approximately one hundred people–favela residents, public defenders, professors, and human rights advocates–eager to participate in the public hearing on “Removals for Large Projects in the City of Rio de Janeiro” after the previous hearing in September had been cancelled 30 minutes prior to start time. In one fiery speech after another, participants recounted an illegal and arbitrary process of removals, and expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of representation from the Mayor’s office and the rest of City Council. In spite of this, the event carried symbolic importance, as activists took the More >
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 >
“The solution to your problems does not come from the outside!” André Constantine proclaimed before a group of residents at a meeting in Complexo do Caju on Sunday, October 6. “We are here, also ‘favelados,’ feeling your same pain,” the Favela Não Se Cala activist continued. “We are here in solidarity with the struggle of Caju.” Members of the Free Pass Movement and residents from other favelas also took part in the meeting.
Sunday’s meeting represents the first step in the “organic, non-partisan, and participatory” process of incorporating existing grassroots mobilization in Caju into the citywide activist network Favela Não Se Cala. André More >