“O que produz a violência?” | Tackling Violence in Latin America (legendas/subtitles/subtítulos)


“What Generates Violence?” is a project
that relies on several academic researches, a work
with more than twenty years of field experience that outlines
a different perspective on violence and organized
crime in Latin America. The project’s main goal is to break away from
the common sense that violence is generated by the poor, by the
people who live in the suburbs, that violence is simply the outcome
of one people deciding to be violent. What we currently call violence in Latin
America is a wide network of systemic processes and, as research has been
verifying, it is rooted in the illegal markets that are most inadequately
repressed by the security policies that in the past thirty years have
been helping the problem to grow instead of solving it The Latin American governments spend
about 200 billion dollars a year on
violence control, around 200 dollars
per inhabitant. In countries like Brazil, Mexico and
Venezuela, one out of five inhabitants
quotes violence as the main problem. Brazil stands in the third place on the
world ranking of homicide mortality of
youngsters between 15 and 19.
Mexico is first place. We are very interest in working
with young people’s issues. Young adults worldwide have been
struggling with unemployment, are very vulnerable to violence and
criminality in its several forms. We must understand why this is happening. The project was conceived in a
partnership between the British Council, CEM, CEBRAP, CEDECA from Sapopemba and
São Carlos and Coletivo Rebento. We aim to put a spotlight on the
most affected by the current drug enforcement policies. This is one of CEBRAP’s main
goals concerning the project. We at the British Council believe that
listening is key when you’re trying to make a positive impact. In this regard we put together a
three-day workshop in São Paulo with representatives from Mexico, United
Kingdom and Brazil, to format a project able to be more responsive to local demands. We outlined three action fronts. The first one is a local activity
developed by CEDECA Sapopemba and São Carlos that works towards the
resocialization of young people in delicate legal situations who
are on Assisted Freedom programs. CEDECA gives voice to the youngsters
in the favela and the public housing complexes in the Sapopemba region. The methodology built by CEDECA does not
judge the youngster by the infractions committed, but rather as a subject
entitled to inalienable rights. CEDECA is essential to this community. After coming to CEDECA, it is less likely
that young people who have been involved with any kind of
misdemeanor will do it again. We are continuously helping and
talking to them, to everyone. That is what CEDECA is about, everyone becomes one. The second action front will be comprised
of courses ministered by researchers from Mexico, United Kingdom and Brazil. This powerful context of violence has
allowed, fortunately, for some time now, the rise of new ways to comprehend,
analyze and criticize this situation. Beyond that, leads us to realize that,
when facing a new situation, it is necessary to create
new forms of work. The courses will be open to the general
public, but its main targets are social agents like journalists, lawmakers,
judges and government officials. The third and last action front is an
awareness-raising campaign developed and executed by us, from Coletivo Rebento.
Its goal is to broaden the reach of academic research and sensitize the
population on the problems that generate violence in Latin America. We are betting all our chips on this joint
action that brings together people who are experienced in the field action in
this particular context, people who are researching this context both
nationwide and worldwide and those who are competent to get our
point across and reach relevant actors regarding public policies. This is our project, based on exchange
and translation, so we can better understand what the structural
causes of violence are. And make this knowledge, which is also
being produced in the United Kingdom, accessible to broader audiences. This is a pilot project, created to
alert about the constant need of new policies of public security, to dialogue
with a myriad of sectors of the society and to propose alternatives
and direct actions that will help reducing violence statistics.