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  • Watch three Brazilian parathletes knock out ableism

    Watch three Brazilian parathletes knock out ableism

    Advertising agency Ogilvy Brasil created a Rio 2016 campaign that challenges ableist concepts in a surprisingly positive way. The video starts with hidden camera footage showing three people with disabilities being greeted with incredulous looks at a Rio de Janeiro gym. It turns out that all three of them are Paralympians: Luciano “The Mountain” Dantas […]

  • Movements Project explores visual landscapes of protest

    André de Castro, a Brooklyn-based Brazilian designer, started to connect with protesters in Brazil, the U.S., Greece and Turkey in 2013. He did it through the same tool the protesters were using to connect with each other: the Internet. “I was in the United States and I started to sense a unity in the way […]

  • Helping Rio's favela residents tell their own stories

    Helping Rio’s favela residents tell their own stories

    Theresa Williamson was raised in the Washington, D.C. area by a British father and a Brazilian mother. After coming to Rio de Janeiro to work on her Master’s thesis in City and Regional Planning, she founded Catalytic Communities, which has grown into the essential advocacy and communications NGO working on behalf of Rio’s favelas. In addition […]

  • Tropicália icons Gil, Veloso in Israel-Palestine flashpoint

    Tropicália icons Gil, Veloso in Israel-Palestine flashpoint

    Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil has performed in Israel several times. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists urged him to cancel his last three shows in Tel Aviv, but Gil resisted the calls. Here he is dancing to the unofficial Israeli anthem, “Jerusalem of Gold” (“Yerushalayim Shel Zahav”), in 2013: Two months ago, Gil and longtime […]

  • Amnesty International report sees security crisis in Brazil

    Amnesty International report sees security crisis in Brazil

    A staggering number of homicides. Police-involved shootings. Torture. Excessive use of force to repress protests. Violent deaths in overcrowded prisons. That’s the unflattering image of Brazil that emerges from the Amnesty International Annual Report 2014/15 – The State of the World’s Human Rights, released worldwide on Wednesday. According to the report, 154 people are killed […]

  • #NossaFamiliaExiste supports Brazil's LGBT families - with an X-mas touch

    #NossaFamiliaExiste supports Brazil’s LGBT families – with an Xmas touch

    A social media campaign launched this week calls on Brazilian LGBT families to share Christmas-themed photos with the hashtag #NossaFamiliaExiste (“our family exists”). The call, coming from an organization dubbed the National campaign of Support for Egalitarian Civil Marriage in Brazil, is in response to the so-called Family Statute — a bill that’s advancing in […]

  • 10 photos of Rio street art against gender violence

    Rio street art against gender violence

    On Nov. 25, street artists in downtown Rio de Janeiro marked the kickoff of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign by decorating the walls around the State Council of Human Rights facility. It took 100 cans of spray paint to cover 104 feet of wall with graffiti inspired by the Platform for Action introduced at the […]

  • Brazil to deny visa to ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc

    Brazil to deny visa to ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc

    The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, or Itamaraty, said Thursday there are “enough elements” to recommend denying a visa to Julien Blanc, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen who has gained notoriety for his lectures on how to “pick up women” using methods that include intimidation and chokeholds. Blanc has workshops scheduled in January 2015 in the cities of Rio de […]

  • 18 photos of Brasília's LGBT Pride parade (NSFW)

    18 photos of Brasília’s LGBT Pride parade (NSFW)

    Brazil’s capital wasn’t just about patriotism this weekend. Brasília’s 17th LGBT Pride Parade drew about 25,000 revelers and activists on Sunday, and with the country gearing up for congressional and presidential elections less than a month from now, organizers tried to use the event as a pulpit to encourage the LGBT community to “vote consciously” and elect […]

  • Watch: The Guaraní boy who staged the World Cup protest you didn't see

    Watch: The Guaraní boy who staged the World Cup protest you didn’t see

    Werá Jeguaka Mirim, a 13-year-old member of the Guaraní indigenous tribe, was one of  three youngsters chosen to release doves of peace during the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony. One of the other kids was white, while the other was Afro-Brazilian. It was supposed to be a statement about tolerance and cultural diversity, but Weará had other ideas; […]