The Olympics of Gentrification: Community Responses to Rising Rent, Eviction, & Police Violence in Pre-Olympic Rio De Janiero
As Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, prepares to host the 2016 Olympics, many vulnerable communities are experiencing eviction, gentrification, and police violence. Join us as Theresa Williamson gives a talk on how Rio’s favela residents are using community organizing to respond to these changes. There will be a Q&A afterwards. The event is free and open to the public.
Theresa Williamson is the founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities. Catalytic Communities is a non-profit dedicated to bridging the gaps between formal and informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro through leadership training, education, dialogue, and advocacy. She has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.