March in Brazil Urges Better Housing and Sanitation

Brazil’s National Urban Reform and Cities Rights March, which got underway Monday, August 15, in the Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia, is meant to call attention to the social inequalities caused by urbanization in the country.

Brazil has more than 7 million homeless families and more than 10 million living in precarious conditions, in areas that lack urban infrastructure and basic sanitation.


Organized by 4 groups, the march has a brief of 22 grievances that were submitted to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


The movements want the government to spend more money on access to housing and the quality of urban life, which includes basic sanitation, cheap and efficient transportation, and the right to a job and leisure.


For this reason they support recognition of the World Cities’ Rights Charter. Another demand is the regulation of the law that established the Fund and the National Council of Housing in the Social Interest.


The social movements demand a constant interplay between civil society and the National Council of Cities and want a guarantee that the Fund will receive money from the Federal Budget and the Workers’ Service Guarantee Fund (FGTS).


Their agenda of demands includes government policies that will settle court suits expelling people from where they live, as well as promoting social inclusion and the end of segregation.


Other items include approval of the national sewage policy, promotion of policies that make water available to all families, as well as sewers and garbage collection, policies that assure cheap and quality public transportation.


They also urge protection of the residential rights of people who live the outskirts and poor neighborhoods, and safety policies that assure social inclusion as a means of combating urban violence.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Police at work at Favela da Maré, in Rio, Brazil

Now You Can Buy Protection in Brazil from Police-Linked Militias

Militias formed by police, ex-police officers, firemen, prison workers, and military personnel have expelled ...

Brazil Police Vow to Punish Officer Who Destroyed TV Reporter Equipment

In Brazil, after a month-long investigative effort, the Bahia State Military Police have confirmed ...

Brazil Identifies Four Suspects in US Nun Murder

Four men suspect of having murdered Dorothy Stang, a 74-year-old American Catholic nun working ...

On a Honeymoon with Brazil Iran Now Wants Agreement with Mercosur

The government of Iran is interested in a trade agreement with the Mercosur. The ...

Brazil’s Krahí´-Kanela Indians About to Get Their Own Land

The hopes of Brazil’s Krahô-Kanela indigenous people to finally live in their own land ...

Can Brazil Get Olympic Medal for Fighting Crime, Child Sex and Police Brutality?

With colorful and scandalous flourishes, in a nation where the bizarre is often normal, ...

No Business Like News Business

The Brazilian press was among the victims of a serial killer on the loose. ...

LETTERS

Brazilian theater started to flourish in the ’30s with the production of texts by ...

Fausto Wolff brings out A Mão Esquerda

With an original plot and dynamic reference to the current social, economic and political ...

Brazilian Minister Sees Long and Hard Negotiation Ahead with Bolivia on Gas Prices

The Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil, Celso Amorim, said he favors the Brazil-Bolivia ...