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  • Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Catalytic Communities’ Theresa Williamson was welcomed to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy by Martim O. Smolka, director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, on Nov. 16, 2017. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lincoln Institute has for many years helped establish a network for best practices in the establishment of community land trusts, and […]

  • Berkeley's Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil's culture wars

    Berkeley’s Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil’s culture wars

    Judith Butler, the University of California at Berkeley professor, philosopher and gender theory trailblazer, is in São Paulo for “Os Fins da Democracia” (“The Ends of Democracy”), a joint UC Berkeley/University of São Paulo conference focused on the challenges the rise of populist movements pose for liberal democracy and its institutions. So it’s fitting and not […]

  • An open-air, free mental health clinic in São Paulo

    An open-air, free mental health clinic in São Paulo

    Low-income residents of the concrete jungle known as São Paulo can access mental health care through the publicly funded SUS health care system, but earlier this year a psychiatrist collective decided to launch a novel alternative. Calling itself Clínica Aberta de Psicanálise (“Open Psychoanalysis Clinic”), the collective began providing its services at a community center in […]

  • Brazil's Senate puts on purple for Lupus Awareness Month

    Brazil’s Senate puts on purple for Lupus Awareness Month

    Brazil’s Federal Senate dome was illuminated purple on Monday in support of Lupus Awareness Month. According to Agência Senado, the initiative was spearheaded by Sen. Lídice da Mata (PSB-BA), who highlighted the need for awareness of the high costs and barriers to access faced by patients living with systemic lupus erythematosus, the severe autoimmune disease […]

  • Mastectomized women ‘show their breasts’ on social media to boost breast cancer awareness (NSFW)

    Peito is the Portuguese word for breast, while the expression de peito denotes a person of courage, inspiring Brazilian agency Propeg to come up with a clever play on words to name a digital campaign about the importance of performing regular breast self-exams. The action’s title, “Mulheres de Peito,” references breasts but is clearly intended to […]

  • CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    “Rat kids” digging through garbage. Millions of people squatting “in huts amid sewage and sorrow.” “A world of youth gangs, violent crime and drug dealing” that represents a “no-go zone.” These were among the descriptions of Rio’s favelas that appeared in major global media outlets as the city geared up to host the Olympic Games. […]

  • Bahia institute launches support group for children with microcephaly

    Bahia institute launches support group for children with microcephaly

    Geovanna is four months-old, and is one of the 395 children born with the Zika virus Salvador, capital of the northeastern Bahia state. Diagnosed with microcephaly, the baby is taken once a week to the Bahia Rehabilitation Institute (IBR), which recently launched a support group for families of children with microcephaly. Geovanna’s mother, Sílvia de […]

  • What it's like when the animal to be slaughtered is you

    What it's like when the animal to be slaughtered is you (NSFW)

    Being a vegan, Hugo Fagundes has a problem with “humane slaughter,” the term that designates supposedly painless techniques to kill animals for food — and his graduation project gave him an opportunity to do something about it. “Studying graphic design allowed me to understand the context of contemporary communications,” said Fagundes, who lives in Limeira, […]

  • World AIDS Day in Brazil

    World AIDS Day in Brazil

    Brasília’s main buildings and monuments were bathed in red light Tuesday in honor of World AIDS Day. The Ministry of Health released a report showing there were 39,951 new HIV diagnoses in Brazil in 2014, down 5% from 41,199 in 2013. Some bullet points from the 2015 AIDS Epidemiology Bulletin (pdf): An estimated 781,000 Brazilians […]

  • 16 empowering photos of Brazil's 1st Black Women's March

    16 empowering photos of Brazil’s 1st Black Women’s March

    Brazil’s Black Consciousness Week 2015 kicked off Monday, and it was preceded by a grim statistic: a report (pdf) showed the number of Afro-Brazilian women killed between 2003 and 2013 rose 54%, while murders of white women went down by 9.8% during the period. The 1st National Black Women’s March (1ª Marcha Nacional das Mulheres […]

  • OSGEMEOS in Belarus - Embassy, orphanage get makeovers

    OSGEMEOS in Belarus: Embassy, orphanage get makeovers

    Can’t stop, won’t stop. Shortly after completing a month-long residency on Times Square’s billboards, OSGEMEOS re-emerged in Belarus last week. Yes, Belarus. The Eastern European nation’s capital, Minsk, gained a Brazilian embassy in 2011 and a Brazilian street art festival last year. OSGEMEOS left their mark on both, covering part of the embassy’s new digs […]