The People’s Cup

Common Dreams

Recommended by Sr. Maura Browne

by Abby Zimet

With Brazil’s World Cup three weeks away, up to 250,000 unsightly poor people have been driven out of their favelas, or slums, to make way for slick stadiums; thousands of subsequently homeless people have been evicted, often violently, from squatters’ encampments set up when skyrocketing rents left them unable to find anywhere else to go; and thousands more remain in other camps to protest a country that has spent $12 billion “to have a lovely World Cup and for the city to look nice, yet we still see children sleeping in the street.” Because many believe there’s something wrong there, street artist Paulo Ito’s image, put up about a week ago on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo, has now gone viral.