Right to the City

As Brazil’s economy continues to produce inequities, it intensifies the urban crisis. FASE believes that the way cities form their urban spaces today is congruent with the imposition of the country’s development model. Incentives to the automobile and oil industries, among other measures, undermine just and sustainable public policies. Therefore, cities not only mirror, but actually reproduce, the kind of “progress” that threatens rights.

That is why the “Right to the City with Socio-Environmental Justice” is one of the four causes FASE promotes. This work involves organizing actions to confront social inequalities in large urban regions, helping consolidate a platform of struggles for economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. Initiatives emerging in this area combine national, regional and local action strategies to achieve concrete impacts on the population’s quality of life.

People being expelled from Morro da Providência, Brazil’s first shanty-town favela. (Photo: Luiz Baltar)

The privatization of urban spaces are denounced, and alternatives are defended, at conferences, at the Council of Cities and in mobilizations held with partner organizations, fora, networks and social movements such as the National Urban Reform Movement and the Brazilian Network for a People’s World Cup (Ancop). FASE also works in communities directly threatened by urban violence and by the lack of quality housing, sanitation, affordable and efficient transportation, education, healthcare and leisure.

FASE insists that the right to the city is more than just access to such public policies. It must necessarily include the possibility to conceive alternatives and to take over urban spaces, thus broadening democracy. Decisions on where cities are going must be made with the participation of the people. Part of this work is the development and dissemination of methodologies, studies and indicators, along with social-control and monitoring instruments.

Finally, building a new model for a fair city also means enhancing the organization of women and promoting food and nutritional security. FASE also perceives how struggles around development gain new dimensions when allied with environmental justice issues, since mega-projects and events that reinforce the current model of cities are very intensive in their use of natural resources. What is more, environmental degradation has uneven impacts on cities, hitting poor neighborhoods the hardest.

Sending your message