Favela News Digest Archives

Our regular RioOnWatch 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.

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November 1-December 31: Favelas at COP | Energy and Water Justice | Gardens | Unjust Urban Planning | Color of Mobility | Resistance in Arts & Housing | Pandemic Education

October 5-31: Rooting Anti-Racism | Brazil Worse Off | Favelas Double | Hope on Police Brutality | CLTs Reviewed by City Council | Theater as Transformation

September 1-October 4: Black Lives Brazil | Sustainable Favelas | Upgrading Pyramid | Amazon & Water Crises | Land Rights

September 15: Celebrating 21 Years of Catalytic Communities

July 11-August 31: Olympic Underbelly, Racial Victories Amidst Police Violence, Energy Justice in Favelas, Deforestation Tipping Point, Covid Corruption Scandal

June 8-July 10: RioOnWatch Turns 11: Police vs. Courts | Energy Justice | Favela CLTs | Indigenous and Disappeared Rights | Covid-19 Corruption | A Hurting Nation

May 8-June 7: Food Sovereignty in Favelas | Jacarezinho Massacre at 1 Month | Energy Justice | Covid Across Brazil | Indigenous and Conservation Right

April 10–May 7: UPDATE ON BRAZIL CRISIS: Hunger from Covid-19 | May 6 Massacre | Marielle | Energy Efficiency & Solar Favelas | Black Academics | Black Heritage

March 20–April 9: Hunger Preys on Favelas | 4k Daily Deaths | Back to School? | World Cup Evictees Now | Covid in Indigenous North | Anti-Racist Affirmative Action

March 6–19: Marielle Legacy: Black Women Lead Change | Black Filmmakers Discuss ‘City of God’ | Memory Blackouts | Homelessness Amid Covid | Deaths Soar in Brazil

February 15–March 5: Mobilization Day Against Covid | Favela Green Roof | Every Rio Train is a Bit of a Slave Ship | No Carnival | Funk Criminalized | Brazil Covid Crisis

January 30–February 14: How Favela Residents View Racism | Anti-racist Podcast Launch | ‘Vaccines for Favelas, Now!’ | Recreating Roots | Waste is Gold

January 19–29: Black Children’s Literature Empowers | Vaccines Arrive in Rio Favelas | Energy Insecurity | Rooting Anti-Racism Podcast | Calls for Impeachment

December 11, 2020–January 18, 2021: HOT OFF THE PRESS: 2020 Breakdown of Best & Worst Reporting on Favelas | Rooting Anti-Racism | Energy Justice | 10 Years of ‘Pacification’


November 3–December 10: Today—Covid-19 in Favelas Press Conference | Guide to Museums & Memory | Black Feminist Pioneers | Favela Sustainability Endorsed | Municipal Election

October 4–November 2: Rio Mayoral Candidates Commit to Favelas | Who Does Favela Research Serve? | Quilombos | Water Rights | Black Women vs. State Violence | Pandemic

September 20–October 3: Privatization of Water and Sanitation | Covid Lethality in Favelas as Rio Reopens | Municipal Elections Heating Up | To Be Black in Brazil

September 5–19: Police Occupation is New Normal | Favela Bunker of Potential | Pyramidal Approach to Upgrading | Hidden Pandemic | Occupation Evicted | Pantanal Burns

August 23–September 4: Hidden Covid Stories | Grassroots Campaigns | Artisans | Pandemic Memory | Mothers Fight State Violence | Antiracist Housing | Environmental Threats

August 8–22: Brazil Housing Rights Threatened | Behind Covid Favela Numbers | Afro-Brazilian Sacred Site Protected | Reflections on Abolishing Police

July 24–August 7: Resilience Amid Pandemic | Marielle | Acari Massacre | Landmark Case on Police Ops | Sanitation Solutions | Housing Threatened | 100K Covid Deaths

July 8–24: Favela Covid Action | Organic Food as Right | Eviction Amidst Covid-19 | Brazilian Racism | Solar Energy | LGBTQ Pride | Zero Emissions | 2M Cases

June 12–July 7: Covid in Favelas Dashboard Launch | Grassroots Action on Covid | Favela Leader Obituary | Pandemic Worsens as Brazil Reopens | Amazon Hard Hit

May 18–Jun 11: Brazil Hides Covid Data | Grassroots Mitigation | Black Lives Matter in Rio | Teach-Ins Share Favela Solutions | Police Killings Soar | Waste Pickers

April 30–May 17: Growing Crisis | 7 Media Mistakes Covering Covid | Massacre Amidst Pandemic | Severe Underreporting | Block Captains | Price of Inequality

April 4–29: Covid-19 in Favela Daily Life | Privilege of Isolation | Empty Fridges | Residents Act to Protect | 3D Shield | Violent Policing | President’s Denial

March 22–April 3 – Special Issue: Covid-19 in Favelas: Community Organizing and Perspectives | Prevention | Impacts | National Context

February 22–March 21: Coronavirus in Favelas | Marielle Legacy 2 Years On | Agroforestry | Favela Vs. Asphalt | Rio’s Unique Housing Public Defenders | Deadly Rains

February 12–21: Activist Favela Tours | Carnival Takes a Stand | New Report on Public Security | Favela Purchasing Power | Brazilian Racism Global

January 25–February 11: Greening Favelas | Water Crisis + Faucet Necropolitics | Marielle Murder Suspect Dead | Police Killings Soar | Trans Visibility | Unmaking Brazil

January 15–24: Best & Worst Int’l Favela Reporting | Solar Advocacy | Pyramidal Approach to Informality | Tokyo Resistance | Rio Water Crisis | Evangelicals & Drugs

December 1, 2019–January 14, 2020: Belonging and Potency | ‘Discontinuous Continuity’ of Favela Upgrading | Landslide Mitigation | Eviction Threat | Public Safety | Amazon + Brazil News


October 29–November 30: Sustainable Favela Network Meet-Up | Call It Genocide | Inspiring Solutions | Black Awareness | Peripheral Arts | Brazil Politics | Fires and Oil

October 10–28: Favela City Planners | Landslide Mitigation | Urban Ag | Kite Festival | Rio-Berlin Lessons | Depriving Youth of Life | Racism | Oil Spill

September 21—October 9: Growth of Global CLT Movement | Ágatha Shot by Police | Children’s Rights | Eviction | Upgrading | Media Activism | Indigenous Tribes Threatened

September 1–20: Positive Favela News | Traveling Museum | Urban Guinea Pigs | Families Impacted by Police Violence | Amazon and Climate Change

August 6–31: Bottom-Up Favela Sustainability & Culture | Governor Witzel’s Lethal Policies | Amazon Burning | Olympic Resistance Takes Off | Global Land Rights

July 23–August 5: 4th Black July | Hunger Is a Feminine Noun | Favela Arts | ‘NOLympics Anywhere’ in Tokyo | Sanitation | Amazon at Risk | More Car Wash Leaks

July 7—22: Favelas Are Coding | Poetry Slams | Mega-Event Eviction Consequences | University Access | Afro-Brazilian Storytellers | Enough Violence

June 18–July 6: Hunger on the Rise | Affordable Housing | Favelas and Universities | Federal Security Policies, Rights, Democracy

June 4–17: Announcement: NYC Visit |+| Women’s Rights | Black Storytellers | Floods | Daily Survival | Security Observatory Network | CarWash Leaks | Amazon

May 18–June 3: ‘Stop Killing Us’ Protest | Grassroots Solutions | Graffiti Museum | Upgrading and Land Rights | National Policies

May 4–17: Aftermath of Rio Rains | Sustainable Favela Network | Reflections and Actions Against State Violence | Students Take to Streets

April 13–May 3 – Special Issue: World Press Freedom Day: Lessons in Olympic Resistance | Housing | Indigenous Struggle | Sanitation | Rio as Lab for Control | Policies for Potency

March 30–April 12: Rains Wreak Havoc in Favelas + How To Help | Body-Territories | Waste Policy | Solar | Sustainability Certifications Questioned | State Violence

March 23–29: Urban Gardening | CLTs and Civil Rights | Public Security | Massacre Remembrance | Mega-Events Contestation | National News

March 16–22: World Honors Marielle | Building with Landslide Risk | Bullets From Helicopters | Militias | L.A. Teacher’s Strike | Bolsonaro Visits US

March 2–15 – Special Issue: One Year Without Marielle | Carnival Is Resistance

February 16–March 1: Undervaluation of Informality | How Evictions Impact Women | Vila Autódromo Pressures City | Solar Energy | Snipers in Manguinhos?

January 31–February 15: Devastating Rains | Police Massacres 15 | Favela Representatives in Office | Affirmative Action | Anti-Eviction Organizing

January 1–30: Best/Worst International Reporting | Intimate Portraits | Indigenous Resistance | Necropolitics | Marielle, Militias and Bolsonaro


December 1–29: GRAND FINALE: Sustainable Favela Network Launch | Favela CLT Workshops | Democracy and Urbanization

November 18–30: First Eviction Since Olympics | Environmental Ed + Race | Global Marielle Legacy | Dictatorship in Democracy

November 3–17: Favelas Tackle Landslides and Heat Islands | CLT Workshops | Quotas | Electoral Influences | Olympic Resistance

October 29–November 2: Sustainable Favela Network | Ultra-Right President and Governor Elected | Campaign Strategies

October 20–28: Special Issue: Considerations as Brazilians Head to the Ballot Box Today

October 13–19: Sustainable Favelas | Polarizing Elections + WhatsApp | Marielle Resists

October 5–12: Favela CLTs | Elected Favela Candidates | Fears of a Far-Right Brazil

October 4 – Special Issue: Brazil Elections: Presidential Proposals, Favela Candidates, Participation Tools

September 8–23Favela Candidates & Solutions | Vila Autódromo Chapter | 6 Months w/o Marielle

September 1–7 – Special Issue: National Museum in Flames

August 11–31: Vila Autódromo’s Resistance, Questioning Informality, ‘Slum’ Etymology, CLTs Globally, Collective Health

July 22–August 10: Land Rights Victory, Resignifying Favelas, Black July, 35 Political Parties, Black Men in Office

July 14–21: World Cup, Eviction Tactics Dissected, Understanding the Favela Vote, Fathers Say Enough!

July 7–13: Marielle, Malala, Militias, and a March for Justice

June 30–July 6: Black Men & Technology, #FavelaLivesMatter, Favela Literature, Mega-Event Legacies

June 24–29: Black July Organizing, Participatory Metropolitan Planning, World Cup and Favelas

June 16–23: Favelas as UNESCO Sites, Contrasting Discourses on Eviction, ‘Sustainable Turn,’ Deadly Police Operation

June 9–15: 3 Months Without Marielle, Race, Planning, Entrepreneurship, Corruption, Mega-Events, Safety

June 2–8: Marielle Letter to ‘Bastard Students,’ Favela Poetry Slam, Occupations, Land Use & Evictions

May 26–June 1: Our Work in ‘O Globo,’ Favela Organizing & Solutions, CLTs in P.R., Congo Refugees in Rio

May 19–25: Quilombo, Indigenous & Favela Organizing, Favela Tourism & Representation, Police Accountability

May 12–18 – Special Issue: Museum Week 2018: Favela Museums of Resistance, 130 Years After Abolition

May 6–11: RioOnWatch Turns 8, Occupations, Policy Debates, Favela Tourism, Black Resistance

April 28–May 5: Marielle Bills Pass, Monitoring Crivella, Raull Santiago Interview, Evaluating Military Intervention

April 14–27: Floods and Evictions, Green Sustainable Favelas, Who Killed Marielle?, Electioneering 101

April 7–13: Favela Opinions on Lula & Marielle, Organizing Victories, Tourism, Brazil Politics

March 31–April 6: Favela Activism and Resistance Through Culture, Drug Trade and Politics, Marielle’s Legacy

March 10–30: Marielle’s Legacy, Favela Culture, Eviction Threats, Military Intervention, Zero Poverty

March 18 – Special Issue: Marielle Franco’s Assassination and Legacy

March 3–9: Land & Housing Struggles, Art & Memory, Military Intervention, Sustainable Favelas

February 24–March 2: Favela CLTs, Countdown to 2018 Elections, Military Intervention, Brazil’s Digital Divide

February 17–23: Political Carnival, Military Intervention, Favela Responses, Olympic Resistance, ’18 Elections

February 10–16: Carnival 2018, War on Popular Culture, Pool Party Protest, Sexism, Politics & Funk

January 30–February 9: Carnival 2018, Favelas Respond to Violence, Communication Rights, Valuing Informality

January 13–19: Media Portrayal of Favelas, Community Voices on Police, Funk & Masculism, Utility Hikes

January 1–12: Culture & Housing Struggles, Trafficking+Corruption, Olympic Legacy, Public Education


Dec 16-29: Best/Worst International Reporting 2017, Facebook vs. Evictions, Favela Solutions, Drug Policy

Dec 9-15: Public Security, Stray Bullets, Sustainable Carnival, Fashion Stereotypes

Nov 25-Dec 8: Insurgent Cartography, Power of History, Right to Housing, Healthcare, Olympic Legacy

November: Special Issue–Black Awareness Month in Brazil

Nov 18-Nov 24: Powerhouse NGO in Alemão, Attack on Afro-Brazilian Faiths, Rolezinho at City Council

Nov 11-Nov 17: Citywide Evictions Protest, Black Awareness, Favela Journalism, Urban Indigenous

Nov 4-Nov 10: Jury Now In On Rio 2016 Transport Legacy, Sustainable Favelas, Africa x Rio Connections

Oct 28-Nov 3: Favela Eviction Victory, Madonna’s Visit, Favela Tourism, Role of Academics

Oct 21-27: Tactical Urbanism, Hip-hop and Craft Beer, Violence and Favela Tourism

Oct 14-20: Environmental Education, Community Media, Funk Under Attack

Oct 7-13: Sustainable Favela Network, Massive Evictions Protest, SOS Hate Crimes

Oct 1-6: Favelas Resist Evictions, Organize Solutions, Respond to Army Occupation & Mayor’s Plan

Sept 18-30: Rio’s Strategic Plan, Community Organizing, Army Occupation

Aug 22-Sept 17: Eviction Threats, Resisting ‘War,’ Race, Challenging Stigma

August: Special Issue–One Year Since the Games

June-July: A Year Since the Games, New Mayor, Eco Week, Land Titling, Black July, Police Violence

May: May Update from Rio | Favela News: Community Organizing, Police Violence, Sustainability

March-April: The Latest from Our Work in Rio | Favela News


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: Men’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 | Men’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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