Except this: don’t watch this video of police in Manaus repeatedly shooting a 14 year-old boy at point blank range, if you’re of a sensitive disposition.
Trailer for Lucy Walker’s Oscar-nominated documentary, Waste Land:
There’s a nice piece on GlobalPost that includes interviews with a couple of the ‘catadores’ (garbage pickers). Incredible stuff:
“I came here because of the money,” said Josue Santos, 42, who says he quit construction three years ago to do this. As he dragged a sofa-sized, 100-pound bag of smashed soda bottles under a hot sun, Santos explained the economics of chasing garbage trucks.
The prices of recyclables change weekly but, generally, a 100-pound bag of crushed plastic bottles sells for about $30, Santos said. On a good day a fast picker can gather as many as four or five bags worth of bottles, he said, but a worse day or a slower picker may produce just one. Santos said he works alongside his wife and young son and together they make between $400 and $600 per week.
/via creative review
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On International Human Rights Day [10th December 2009], the family of Jean Charles de Menezes can announce that permission has been granted for the official installation of a permanent memorial to Jean outside Stockwell tube station.
Thanks to [...] the petition backing the mosaic and following discussions between the family and London Underground, agreement was reached to place it on the wall outside of the station.
The mosaic will serve as a permanent reminder of the Menezes family’s fight for justice and will replace the shrine that has been maintained for four and half years outside Stockwell tube station.
The mosaic was created by artist Mary Edwards with help from Jean’s cousin Vivian Figueiredo and Chrys Vardaxi.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Vivian Figueiredo said:
“All of our family are so happy this memorial has been approved and we thank London Underground for their support. The pain of never achieving justice for Jean’s killing continues to haunt us everyday. But knowing his memory will be kept alive in the local community through this memorial is a tribute we could not have dreamed of. We thank all the members of the public who have supported us from the bottom of our hearts”
Jean’s family will be joined by special guests to unveil the beautiful locally-designed mosaic at 9:00am on January 7th 2010 to mark what would have been his 31st birthday. Further information on this event will be issued in early January.
PLEASE COME AN JOIN US ON 7 JANUARY AT 9am AT STOCKWELL STATION FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE MOSAIC