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Symposium “Promise and failure of infrastructure: technologies in everyday life” – COCA2022
Infrastructure and water: Community management of aqueducts in San Bernardo (Colombia)
Patience and promise: See the trains pass over a bridge
‘Sacar al pájaro’. Stigmatization and public space in Besós, Barcelona – José Mansilla
Spirits of the diaspora: Ritual and urban space between Casablanca and Barcelona – Stefano Portelli
“Homeless, moving margin” – Joan Uribe and Carla Rivera
“La intifada del Besòs, 1990. From exploitation to exclusion” – Manuel Delgado
Workshop of the ICA’s research groups: Multiple approaches, alliances and perspectives from anthropology.
First Conferences on Margins and Urban Peripheries
IV course on Ethnographic methods in planning research
Gentri-Fric-Acció, debates in Barcelona
A conference on urban research and activism in the US
Criminalization of the housing movement in Brazil
Last June 24th four activists for housing were arrested in São Paulo, Brasil, while seventeen others linked to the movement for squatting were put under arrest; fifteen more are threatened of detention. The arbitrariousness of the operation is another signal of the steady drift towards fascism of the state of Brazil, that is, the complete subjugation of public institutions to the interest of big landowners and investors.
The activists were members of housing movements that squatted and returned to the common huge buildings in central São Paulo; they were accused of criminal association and extortion, something that was also employed in other countries to criminalize squatting, but not yet in Brazil. For their defense, a new organization was created: the “Popular committee in defense of political prisoners and popular movements“, whose members are activists, worker union members, artists, journalists, lawyers and other people concerned by the criminalization of social struggles.
Given the previous cases of extreme repression perpetrated by Brazilian authorities against social movements, that include extrajudiciary killings such as Marielle Franco‘s death in March 2018, it is extremely important that all people concerned to the right to housing and to the city in all the world mobilize to denounce these arrests, to claim liberty for the prisoners, and the end of arbitrary persecutions against activists.
- Sign the petition for the liberation of the four activists arrested in Sao Paulo here
- Jornalistas Livres, “Prisão de lideranças do movimento da moradia é conluvio entre promotores e policiais“, June 28th
- Interview to one of the arrested activists, Preta Ferreira: video
- Letter of the “Comité en defensa de los presos políticos de los movimientos populares” (PDF)