Articles written by Léo Lima:
For the original text in Portuguese by Léo Lima in Favela em Foco, click here.
On the evening of April 4th 2013, around 9pm, in the area known as Beira do Rio in the favela of Jacarezinho, heavily armed police from the community’s Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) were unable to control the confusion among residents of Pontilhão and lost control of the situation, resulting in the death of Aliélson Nogueira, 21 years old, shot in the back of the neck while eating a hot dog.
Following aggressive stop and search police action on possible suspects of drug trafficking, residents rebelled against the police and–as is More >
For original post by community journalist Léo Lima in Portuguese on Favela em Foco, click here.
Last Saturday afternoon, March 9th, people mobilized around the issues of housing and the Right to the City met for a symbolic “Hug the Quilombo das Guerreiras (Women Warriors’ Quilombo)” event at 49 Francisco Bicalho Street, Santo Cristo, in the Port region of Rio de Janeiro. Throughout the afternoon and evening, there were musical, photographic, and video presentations plus delicious soups prepared by residents and drinks and barbequed meat on sale to raise money.
Among the musical attractions of the day were DJ Castro, El Efecto, Repper Fiel, PH Lima, Banda More >
Before I begin, let me make clear that the information below is personal opinion, without generalizations.
Since the police entered and the militarization of the Jacarezinho favela on October 14, 2012, a policy the government baptized Pacifying Police Units – better known as UPP – little has changed in the favela where I was born and raised.
I am an activist, a photographer for the Agência Imagens do Povo, and a photography instructor. As I turn 25, I see part of the city of Rio de Janeiro entering a process of elitization and, as Representative Marcelo Freixo puts it, becoming a real corporate-city. The map of More >