Articles written by Catherine Osborn:
S’bu Zikode and Bandile Mdlalose, founding members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo social movement, were interviewed by RioOnWatch when they traveled to Rio at the beginning of the month as part of the tour of the film “Dear Mandela.” The film chronicles anti-eviction activism in Durban, South Africa, where informal settlements have been part of the urban landscape since the 1880s. Continually zoned to receive a different quality of public services due to justifications of threats to public health, these communities faced government-sponsored removal beginning with the 1934 Slums Act, which classified buildings with less than 3.7 square meters of floor space per person More >
On Wednesday night, over 160 Vila Autódromo residents and leaders filled the local São José Operário church to discuss their upcoming meeting with Mayor Eduardo Paes on Sunday. The mayor promised the community’s permanence on August 9. Since then, however, he, represented by his Housing and Environment secretaries, has been meeting with a commission of residents, local university planners and State public defenders, and showing them plans for construction to give transportation access to the adjacent Olympic Park that, if completed, would remove almost half the community. “The mayor has been calling these meetings ‘negotiations,’ but we haven’t been able to get in More >
It is a chorus heard from favela activists across the city, louder in these recent weeks of protest, but it still rings with a special weight coming from the Vila Autódromo Residents’ Association, having gained international recognition for its creative and committed battle against eviction: “We built our community. We have the right to be here. We will stay!”
Vila Autódromo residents and allies organized a march from the community through the surrounding area on Saturday July 20th to express solidarity for the community’s land battle and that of all favelas who struggle for their constitutional housing rights, as well as to More >
Last Saturday afternoon, June 29, 2013, favela residents from across the city along with attorneys, public defenders, and members of various social movements marched in protest against forced removals and the treatment of favelas by the mainstream media.Starting in Horto
Here pictured is André Constantine of Favela Não Se Cala, the grassroots coalition of favela residents from across the city, that played an organizational role in the event as did the National Movement for the Fight for Housing.
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Last month in Providência Favela Não Se Cala organized a gathering of over fifty people that included residents of favelas from across the city, public defenders, law students, activists and social workers. Photographers and videographers flitted about the discussion circle, including the crew of Dominio Público, the investigative project currently being filmed about the privatization of Rio. Favela residents shared their experiences of state policy toward their communities and efforts to counter some of those policies, namely the displacement of thousands of families to public housing with low transparency and public works that often harm residents more than they benefit them.