Dear Readers—Today, May 11, 2018, we're celebrating eight years of RioOnWatch! That's eight years of highlighting favelas' qualities, denouncing cases of government neglect and irresponsibility, covering events and initiatives organized by community organizers, and analyzing key issues that affect residents' day-to-day lives. Exactly eight years ago in our first-ever article, titled 'Rocinha, Rain and Removals,' young community journalist Gabriel Ribeiro wrote: "Now, with new media, it’s easier to blow the whistle. Twitter, blogs, Orkut and everything can be used to help, even if just a bit, to transform a community into a place which is better for all."
Thank you for accompanying our work, for reading and sharing our content, and for helping us build a world in which favelas are no longer stigmatized but rather, are valued and ultimately prosper for all they contribute to the city.
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Thank you! Theresa, Rose, Cerianne, Luisa, Clara & the whole CatComm team
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