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        law to ensure we get what we               in the same way by all.                            Renata Sequeira

        want from our institutions, but               The challenges for the new                      b. 6 SEPTEMBER 1985
        no one wants to give anything in           leadership of Venezuela are
        return or act responsibly.                 many. We must prepare our-
                                                                                                      Journalist, Viva Favela
           A commitment to strengthen-             selves academically, acquiring
                                                                                                      RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
        ing our institutions would be a            the knowledge needed to make
        start to ending the kind of cor-           informed and intelligent de-
        ruption, inequity and violence             cisions. And we must “hit the
        that prevents Julio from being             streets” (or patear las calles, Ven-
        able to practice with his band             ezuelan slang for having direct
        or Margarita from opening her              contact with citizens) to ensure
        pastry shop.                               that our proposals are not dis-
           For a start, we could begin by          connected from popular senti-
        respecting the principles estab-           ment. The objective is to cross
        lished by Venezuela’s 1999 Con-            the country in search of the
        stitution, which bans presidents           common ground between the
        from running for perpetual re-             two Venezuelas.
        election. Neither Chávez nor any
        other leaders should have an in-
        definite claim to power. The so-
                                                      One of the initiatives of Futuro
                                                   Presente is to create forums for
                                                   interaction and learning, where
                                                                                                      I  n Rio de Janeiro, over 1.1 mil-
                                                                                                         lion people (19 percent of
                                                                                                      the population) live in the city’s
        lution to our problems is not,             young leaders from different ar-                   favelas. Despite their size and con-
        and will never be, in the hands            eas (communities, universities                     tribution to the city’s culture and
        of one person. Latin America has           and private companies), differ-
                                                                                                      economy, Rio’s slum dwellers often
        a recurrent tendency to fall prey          ent zones of the country (urban
                                                                                                      go unheard and unrepresented.
        to military caudillos. At the same         and rural) and from different
                                                                                                         Renata Sequeira, 24, is bringing
        time, there is a false popular be-         political tendencies (Chavístas
        lief that only a military leader is        and the Opposition) can come                       some of their stories to light. She is
        capable of “setting things right”          together for dialogue. We have                     a correspondent for Viva Favela, an
        in this country.                           contacted respected academics                      interactive blog created by Viva Rio,
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