BOPE Addresses Rocinha at Community Meeting

Rapid change is coming to Rocinha following police occupation of Brazil’s largest favela last Sunday. This Wednesday evening, November 16th, residents filled a makeshift auditorium at the community samba school Acadêmicos da Rocinha on Rua […]

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Favela da Rocinha Braces for Change

November 11, 2011–Things are changing in Rocinha. The South Zone community is now effectively transitioning from being run by the notorious drug faction Amigos Dos Amigos (ADA) to a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) force as […]


Real Estate Speculation in Maré

Original Portuguese article published by Viviane Oliveira in Viva Favela. In the 16 communities that make up the Maré Favela Complex, the same fate awaits all those with dreams of owning their own home: rising property […]