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Liberdade na Rede blog shares [pt] a short documentary by Brazilian journalist Alicia Peres on equal marriage, called Meninas (Girls). The documentary portrays moments in the lives of Priscila and Juliana:
São menos de cinco minutos, com a música de Hermeto Pascoal e imagens que registram esta forma de amar e ser feliz, ainda considerada “diferente“.
It's less than five minutes, with music by Hermeto Pascoal and images that document this way of loving and being happy, still seen as “different“.
[All links lead to Portuguese-language pages unless otherwise noted.]
Publica, a non-profit investigative reporting and journalism agency in Brazil, has launched its first crowdfunding project. Publica will distribute ten grants of 6 thousand reais (2,500 US dollars) for investigative projects chosen by the public.
The competition's purpose is to expand the grants given to independent reporters and at the same time increase participation of the public, which will participate as an editorial board formed by those who contribute with crowdfunding. According to Natalia Viana, director of Publica, it is a journalist's dream:
O trabalho vai no sentido inverso dos portais de notícia convencionais: eles negam a informação para o público liberando-a apenas para quem pagar por ela; nós pedimos dinheiro a algumas pessoas para espalhar a informação independente para todas as outras.
The work will go in the opposite direction from conventional news sources: they deny information to the public, making it available only to those who pay for it; we ask for money from some people in order to provide independent information for everyone else.
The reports will be published on Publica's website with a Creative Commons license and will be offered to a network of re-publishers, of which Global Voices is a part. In addition, the publication of an e-book is expected, offered as one of the compensations for donations.
Interested reporters should fill out this form. Contributions, which can vary from 20 reais (8,5 US dollars) to 2,000 reais (850 US dollars), can be made until September 20, 2013, on the Publica Report page on the Catarse crowdfunding platform.
While campaigns for raising awareness and discussions against racism on the field have intensified in the past few years in Europe, the subject is rarely addressed inside soccer stadiums in Brazil.
In the video, Zé Roberto, the tricolor team's midfielder, former player on Brazil's national team, tells how he was never a victim of racism on the field, but before becoming a successful player, he was discriminated against during an interview because of his skin color. Defensive midfielder Matheus Biteco recalls an incident from his childhood, when a supermarket security guard tackled him, his father, and his brother Guilherme, also a player on the team.
The team's campaign made the rounds on social networks with the hashtag #azulpretoebranco (meaning blue, black and white, in reference to the team's colors).
[All links lead to Portuguese language pages. Video is in Portuguese without English subtitles]
In the neighbourhood of North East Amaralina in Salvador (Bahia), police officers banned the screening of the documentary Menino Joel (Little Joel). The film discusses the death of a child during a police operation in the very same working class neighbourhood where the session was to take place.
Image published on the Facebook page Mídia Periférica (Periphery Media) alongside a disclaimer by Associação de Moradores do Nordeste de Amaralina (North East Amaralina Residents’ Association).
On Saturday 3rd of August 2013, young representatives of the North East Amaralina Residents’ Association (AMNA) were surprised by armed police before the start of another session of their Cinemalóca project. According to a statement signed by AMNA, officers claimed that the film encouraged residents to be in opposition to the police. Despite trying to negotiate the screening of a different documentary, the police forced the cancelling of the event.
The film Menino Joel by the Italian director Max Gaggino provides testimonies from the family of ten year old Joel da Conceição Castro who in 2010 was killed during a police operation in North East Amaralina. Last June Carlos Alberto Conceição, Joel’s cousin, was also killed by police causing protests in the streets of Salvador.
This was Cinemalóca’s third open air screening in association with AMNA, with the objective of “promoting discussion and the mobilisation of the community around the problems of violence, precarious living conditions and the neighbourhood’s neglect by the public authorities.”
[All links lead to Portuguese language pages except where indicated]
In June, while Brazil was “waking up” in a wave of protests [en] throughout the country, various Brazilian cartoonists left for the front line armed with pens and pencils. The result of these politically engaged cartoons which explore both the movement and its causes have been brought together in a collective publication called #sobreontem (#aboutyesterday), which Global Voices wrote about at the beginning of July.
“The idea isn’t only to educate people but also to raise money to help the Movimento Passe Livre”, or Free Fare Movement, the original group that started the demonstrations against the rise in bus fares. The magazine that previously could only be bought at certain events from the artists themselves is now being sold online and the revenue is used to help the Free Fare Movement.
Whoever is interested in “the second stage of this journey” in which the authors hope to make this “historic record finally available throughout the entire country” can access the blog of the cartoonists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá [they also have an English language blog, though it doesn't mention the magazine].
The result has been absolutely amazing – in just under a week 18,448 people have cast a total of 31,000+ votes. We’ve seen finalists create beautiful social media campaigns, adding calls-to-action to their websites and we’ve even heard of finalists flying to other cities to strengthen their leaderboard position.
Wytze De Haan in The Next Web (TNW) announces the winners of the Latin American Startup Awards in each category: Best Consumer Startup, Best B2B Startup, Best Investor, and Best co-founder(s).
As the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) blog reports, the Serbian, Turkish, Slovenian and Brazilian under-18 girls’ national volleyball teams showed outstanding results on the weekend of July 27-28, some with a perfect win-loss ratio. Full stats and results are available and regularly updated on the Federation's website.
Tania Lara in The Knight Center's Journalism in the Americas Blog writes about how journalists and citizens are using cellular phone cameras and social networks to denounce various abuses by authorities.
“Miss Baratinha took the bus to come to the Copacabana Palace!” Photo: Mídia NINJA / Luiz Roberto Lima (Used with permission)
While the wedding of Beatriz Barata (the granddaughter of the owner of the largest bus company in Rio de Janeiro) with Francisco Feitosa Filho (heir of the same industry conglomerate in the state of Ceará) was being celebrated inside the luxurious Copacabana Palace, outside the hotel, a humorous protest ended up with wounded people, as journalist Hildegard Angel reports here [pt].
Brazil and Turkey are thousands of kilometers away from each other, but they have something in common: both countries went out to the streets to protest for their rights as citizens and are now struggling against the excessive violence and oppression from the police.
The Free Fare Movement (Movimento Passe Livre) sent a open letter [pt] to the President Dilma Rousseff on Monday, June 24, 2013. They wrote that free public transport is a social right and criticized the violence of the Brazilian police and State during recent demonstrations led by social movements as whole in the country. Paulo Padilha (@ZubiZubiYe) has translated the letter from Portuguese into English and made available on googledocs.
“We are out of Facebook”. Image from the video clip
“I turned Facebook off / to show how to be tough / There is so much stuff / that one poster is not enough”. This is the translation of the chorus of the song “Brasil em Cartaz” (Brazil in Posters), a kind of collective song and video clip made from phrases on posters on display during the protests in Brazil in this month of June. More »
A video showing scenes of police violence against the protests that took to the streets of Sao Paulo in the first week of June with the song “Vem Pra Rua” (Take to the Streets) in the voice of Brazilian reggae/rock band O Rappa‘s Marcelo Falcão is going viral [pt]. With a chorus that says “Take to the streets / Because the street is the largest [football] stand of Brazil / Brazil will be giant / Big like never before,” the song has inspired the #VemPraRua hashtag and became the demonstrations’ soundtrack. The video has been viewed by over 620,000 people.
Following the wave of protests against adjustments to transportation and public spending before the 2014 World Cup, protesters outside the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro were reprimanded by the Military Police, who used tear gas against people who had taken refuge in Quinta da Boa Vista City Park, as shown here in this video. An audio recording by a radio host who was covering the Sunday game between Mexico and Italy on June 16 was widely shared under the hashtag #ProtestosRJ (protestsRJ).
A woman leaves an airport and feels naked in the face of the looks that every man throws at her on the way out. All women have experienced this to the extent that it seems normal. An article entitled What a Woman Feels [pt] by Cláudia Regina sheds light on this day to day life of a woman, from the sexist comments and inconveniences she must put up with, to the violence, family oppression, and society that she has to endure throughout her life.
There is a petition out, in the Brazilian federal state of Bahia, in support of the journalist Emiliano José. Accused of slander by the preacher Átila Brandão for reporting the preach involvement with torture against students during the military dictatorship in Brazil, José published a text in the press in February 2013 and in his personal website. The Justice ordered the removal of the text, already republished on the internet, from José's site and the right of reply to the preacher.
SlutWalk Brazil (@MarchaVadias) protests on the streets of Brazilian federal state capitals such as São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belém, Rio de Janeiro and Vitória, and the Federal District, this weekend. They demand an end to violence against women and will be echoing slogans like “my body my rule” and “neither saint, nor whore: a woman.” Information on the social movement website.
Rituals, reflections, poetic “assaults”… From May 17 to 23, 2013, the first Latin American Congress of Community Living Cultures [es] will invade the streets of La Paz, Bolivia. The city will host government representatives from Brazil and Colombia, along with more than one thousand activists. More »
Images of people kissing went viral on Facebook, blogs and Twitter in Brazil, under the hashtags #beijaço (protest by kissing) and #Laerte. Strips by Laerte published on Folha de São Paulo newspaper, triggered the ‘protest by kissing’ against the anti-gay preacher Marco Feliciano, recently elected Brazil Human Rights Committee Head.
From the Patagonia to Havana, hundreds of computer users across Latin America are choosing freedom over control by installing free software on their computers. On April 27th, groups of free software enthusiasts will be installing free software in dozens of cities across Latin America as part of FLISOL [es], the Latin American free software installation festival. More »
Desarrollando América Latina (Developing Latin America) has published a video summary of the regional hackathon DAL 2012, where 400 participants and 70 social experts developed 80 applications. Here [es] you can see Global Voices’ coverage of the event.
Mozambique's @Verdade newspaper is reporting on Facebook that about 500 residents of neighborhoods resettled by Brazilian mining company Vale are blocking road access to its coal mine in Moatize, Tete province. The peaceful protest is for greater compensation. The paper is reporting the rail line is also disrupted.
Brazilian journalist Fernando Rodrigues complains [pt] about FIFA's veto of the name of a “Brazilian public stadium in Brasília, built with the money of tax payers”. The stadium is named after the famous 50′s-60′s football player “Mané” Garrincha. FIFA does not allow that name to be used during the 2014 World Cup, claiming that it is inadequate for an international audience.
Anonymous Brazil released a dossier [pt] about Marco Feliciano, recently elected as chairman of the Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Deputy Chamber amid the outrage of human rights defenders due to his vocal hardline views on homosexuality and racist remarks. The dossier contains information on legal cases involving the evangelical preacher and congressman as well as “ghost workers” from his office.
On March 27, a protest against the recent election of congressman and controversial evangelical preacher Marco Feliciano as chairman of the Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Brazilian Deputy Chamber ended with repression against LGBT rights advocates. On Youtube, Rodrigo Grassi shared the moment when one of the protestors was arrested.
The interview, in Portuguese and Guarani, has English subtitles.
Brazilian activist Nayana Fernandez interviewed some of the former dwellers of the indigenous settlement known as Maracanã Village, in Rio de Janeiro, days before they were violently evicted by the state government.