Sequeira, who began writing for Viva Favela when she was a 21-year-old journalism student, has covered stories ranging from a profile of the barbers in the favela Ciudade de Deus to interviews with the family of a Jacarezinho woman killed by a stray bullet during a police operation in the slum.
VOICES FROM THE NEW GENERATION law to ensure we get what we in the same way by all. Renata Sequeira PROFILE 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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