Posts tagged Vila Autódromo
Reflections After a Year of Protest: Rio de Janeiro as ‘Post-Third World City’ or ‘City of Exception’?
After a year of protest it’s time to re-examine what kind of Rio de Janeiro is emerging from the ‘city project.’
The widely (though not universally) held belief that Brazil had entered a new era of economic stability and social progress was severely dented in June of this year when enormous protests erupted across the country. Although less commented on in the mainstream national and international media, another dominant consensus was also thrown into question by the unrest: the idea that Rio de Janeiro was following a path towards improved urban governance and enhanced integration and social justice. In the wake of More >
“Receiving this international prize honors and rewards us in our struggle for the right to the city,” stated Luiz Cláudio da Silva, a 19-year resident of Vila Autódromo, upon hearing the news that the Vila Autódromo People’s Plan to upgrade the community had won the prestigious Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, chosen from among 170 Rio de Janeiro-based community projects. The award, in addition to granting a much-needed monetary investment of $80,000, recognizes and validates Vila Autódromo’s ongoing struggle to remain in the face of mounting pressure from the City.
Within a tense political climate, the international jury issued a symbolic critique 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 >
On Thursday afternoon, November 7, 100 residents and supporters of Vila Autódromo gathered in the rain to protest outside City Hall, a response to the City’s latest tactic to undermine their resistance to removal. The week prior, on October 30, it appeared city officials had orchestrated a protest of approximately 20 residents who want to leave their homes in Vila Autódromo for apartments in Parque Carioca, the designated resettlement housing complex. Participants recounted that city employees “mobilized” several families who are considering resettlement housing and transported them on buses to City Hall.
Longtime Vila Autódromo resident and activist Maria da Penha described More >
For the original in Portuguese by the Rio Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics click here.
A protest of about 20 people on the doorstep of Rio’s City Hall on Wednesday October 30 showed that the city government knows no limits in its attempt to legitimize the removal of residents from Vila Autódromo. The few present said they represented 150 families that want to leave the community. However, that same night, yet another community assembly was held among residents who continue to fight against removal. The Residents’ Commission has already collected 198 signatures of families who want stay in More >