We just got word from the Comunidades do Trilho in Fortaleza, Brazil that the Government is moving forward - illegally - with construction of the proposed light rail line that would destroy 22 neighborhoods in Fortaleza.
The government is escalating intimidation of residents and clearing the way for removals to begin.
Global sporting events are meant to improve the lives of the people in the host country, yet ahead of the 2014 World Cup 20,000 people in Fortaleza alone stand at risk of losing what they’ve called home for over 70 years. And for what? To make way for outside interests to profit. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this play out in past Olympics and World Cups, but there is still time to make a difference here.
The Government of Brazil, FIFA and World Cup sponsors (including Coca Cola, McDonalds, Adidas) are all complicit in the attempts to tear apart communities ahead of the Cup. Let’s all do what we can to change the course of this event. Please sign the petition here if you haven’t and share however you can.
Brazil beginning to destroy 22 neighborhoods in Fortaleza for 2014 Cup. @FifaWorldCup what will you do to stop this? http://bit.ly/R4HOME
Brazil beginning to destroy 22 neighborhoods in Fortaleza for 2014 Cup. @CocaCola what will you do to stop this? http://bit.ly/R4HOME
Full List of Sponsors:
Adidas (@adidas), Hyundia (@Hyundai), Emirates Airline (@Flying_Emirates), Sony (@Sony), Visa (@visa), Budweiser (@Budweiser), Castrol Football (@castrolfootball), Johnson & Johnson (@JNJComm), McDonald’s (@McDonalds), Seara.com (@searacom), Yingli Solar (@YGEAmericas), Itaú (@itau), Liberty Seguros (@GrupoLiberty_es), Chocolates Garoto (@chocgaroto), Wise Up (@wiseupvh)
Sample Facebook Post:
It’s happening. The destruction of 22 neighborhoods in Fortaleza, Brazil has begun, all in the name of the 2014 World Cup. Now is more important than ever to share this community’s struggle far and wide. Stay up to date and sign the petition at http://bit.ly/H
Also, please help circulate this poster by sharing and asking your friends to do the same. (image below)
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PS – The link to the story in Brazil is in Portuguese, but you can get an idea of what is happening by translating the entire site using Google Chrome or manually Google Translate.