Movements of Resistance in Three Rio de Janeiro Favelas

protests june 2013 rocinha

This article discusses resistance movements carried out by residents of the Morro da Providência, Rocinha and Morro dos Prazeres favelas, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Such actions have intensified during the last decade in reaction to the deepening of the inherent contradictions in capitalism, as authoritarian management of social conflicts have intensified in the city in defense of … Read More

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Laboriaux welcomes its newly formed residents association

Photo from José Ricardo

On 15th of December 2013, elections took place in the Laboriaux sub-bairro of Rocinha, which re-established the residents` association of Laboriaux, AMAVL (sometimes known as AMAVLVC). AMAVL stands for the Association of Residents and Friends of Vila Laboriaux. When the VC is included (as in AMAVLVC) it is because the sub-bairro of Vila Cruzada, which is located at the very … Read More

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Residents of Rocinha Criticize the Teleferico

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Movimento Preserva Laboriaux

Movimento Preserva Laboriaux

On Sunday, October 6th 2013 a special event was organized by Movimento Preserva Laboriaux in the recreational area in and around the football pitch at the end of the Laboriaux community. According to the project coordinator, Gabriel Vote, “The event was beautiful, we called it Laboriaux’s First Encounter with Arts, it was an activity aimed at social and environmental transformation … Read More

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Summary and Analysis of the Rocinha Sem Fronteiras meeting on 9/21/2013

On Saturday September 21 the community-based organization Rocinha Sem Fronteiras held their monthly open meeting in the recreation room of the Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem church, Estrada da Gávea 445, Rocinha. The meeting, which began at 5 PM, was focused on the concerns of PAC 1 and PAC 2 and the lack of local participation. The guest speaker was … Read More

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From Eviction to Investment – How the community of Laboriaux fought against eviction and won.

Movimento Preserva Laboriaux July 2013

Back in April of 2010, as many already know, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, announced that he would evict the entire community of Laboriaux without negotiation. In an April 8th 2010 O Globo article (page 14 – O Rio Em Colapso) Paes (PMDB) and others, including city council women Andrea Gouvea Vieira (PSDB) – even though she … Read More

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Eduardo Paes finally Visits Laboriaux, Rocinha

Eduardo Paes visits Laboriaux

    Eduardo Paes finally Visits Laboriaux, our community, which he condemned, in its entirety in 2010 for eviction. After three years of protests, campaigns and organized demanding of rights the residents of Laboriaux finally pressured him to visit the community. He promised in front of dozens of cameras and eagerly listening residents that not one more house would be … Read More

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A Critical Look at Cable Cars from Experts and Allies, with Rocinha’s PAC Planning Process in the Spotlight

Teleferico, Clube Engenharia

This article was written in collaboration with Rocinha sem Fronteiras, S.O.S., Rocinha Saneamento, Salve a Rocinha and Mundo Real by journalist Catherine Osborn Over a hundred citizens gathered at the Clube de Engenharia on Friday afternoon for a discussion forum about cable cars and urban mobility, especially in the context of favela upgrades currently occurring in Rio. The focus was around … Read More

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The teleférico (air tramway) is coming to Rocinha, a benefit or burden?

teleferico-rocinha

This piece is based on participant observation (mainly in Rocinha), authorized recorded interviews, literature reviews, etc.… No names or compromising details will be disclosed. Well, it is official, the teleférico (air tramway) is coming to Rocinha very soon, at least the work will begin soon. Actually it has been official for some time now, but the project has gone public … Read More

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The Real World – O Mundo Real

Mundo Real is currently facing increased demands and challenges of the real world – work, school, family, and simply life itself, has made it impossible for us to continue to update our website. We are still active in Rocinha and elsewhere, but we do not have time to maintain our website. We hope that we can resume our web activity … Read More

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