Favela News Digest Archives

Our monthly Rio News Digest compiles, in one place, the latest news and opinion on Rio’s favelas from our community news site RioOnWatch, as well as what broader news sources have to say on Rio’s current favela trends. It’s the best summary of English-language favela news compiled anywhere on the Web.

View past digests by clicking on the month below:


December: Celebrating Sustainable Community Solutions from RioOnWatch

October-December: Human Rights Day is Today: Best of RioOnWatch

September: Paralympics | Elections | Olympic reflections | Violence

August: Rio’s Favelas During the Olympic Games

July: Vila Autódromo Win | Black Lives Matter | Post-Games Solutions

June: Olympic Cleansing | Creative Organizing | Informality as an Asset

May: Banality of Violence | Right to Housing | School Occupations

April: 100 Days To Go | Impeachment | Evictions | Memory

March: Women’s Day | Evictions | Community media

February: Olympics 6 Months to Go Special: Vila Autódromo

January: Vila Autódromo | Truth Commission | Police violence | Social media


DigestDecember: Int’l Reporting | Human Rights | Vila Autódromo

November: Black Awareness | Gender | Resistance & Celebration

OctoberSegregation | Raise Your Voice | Designed to Live Together

September: Police x Social Media | Stigma | Affordable Housing

August: One Year to Go to #Rio2016 | Best/Worst Media | Participation

July: Olympic Evictions | Good News in Housing & Organizing | Help Us

June: Lightning Evictions | Sustainability | Collective Leadership

May: Evictions & Demolitions | Police Violence | Slavery History

April: Pacification Tensions | Housing Crisis | Sustainability

March: Broken Olympic Promises | Sustainability & Tech | Women’s Day

February: Carnival | Police & protests | Community solutions

January: Slavery & the Port | Land compensation & tenure | Language


December: Year-End Update, Evictions, Resistance, Victories in Rio’s Favelas +++

November: Housing Crisis and Victories, Black Awareness Month in Rio’s Favelas +++

October: Elections, Inequality, Culture, Evictions in Rio’s Favelas +++

September: Escalating Violence, Evictions, Resistance & Success in Rio’s Favelas +++

August: Ferguson vs. Rio, Vila Autódromo update, Post-WC in Rio’s Favelas +++

July: World Cup Journalism Report Card, favela crackdowns & gondolas +++

June: World Cup journalism, mobilization and evictions in Rio’s favelas +++

May: *New Design!* Police, evictions, mega-event impacts in Rio’s favelas +++

April: Violence, gentrification, innovative architecture in Rio’s favelas +++

March: Demolitions, UPP clashes, gentrification, community responses in Rio’s favelas +++

February: Violence, eviction, Olympic legacy in Rio’s favelas +++

January: Eviction, gentrification, rolezinhos, landslide risk in Rio’s favelas +++


December: Landslides, gentrification, 2013 Worst Reporting on Rio’s favelas +++

November: Black awareness, growing resistance, NYT sees Rio’s favelas as ‘models’

ROW digest 2013October: Community organizing, human rights, and legal action in Rio’s favelas +++

September: Evictions victory, health, transport, and tenure in Rio’s favelas +++

August: Evictions victory, Grassroots Planning, Exigencies in Rio’s Favelas +++

July: Protests Intensify, Pope’s Visit, Police Violence in Rio’s Favelas +++

June: Protests take Brazil by storm, Community resistance, Police violence +++

May: Community Resistance, Public Security, Evictions in Rio’s favelas +++

April: Mobilization, evictions, business, participation in Rio’s favelas +++

March: Evictions, police occupation, community resistance in Rio’s favelas +++

February: Forced evictions intensify, favela economy & Internet access expand +++

January: Business, tourism & gentrification in the favela, all about the laje +++


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