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City Hall threatens to evict cultural space on the outskirts of São Paulo

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São Paulo – The Cantinho Cultural Space for the Integration of All Arts (Cita), in Campo Limpo, south of the city of São Paulo, is in danger of eviction. The recognized cultural spot for almost 10 years has been home to several collectives. It also holds free events and workshops that promote knowledge, art and economic development, in a space that, before its arrival, was abandoned by the government. But the city of São Paulo wants to close it under “unclear” justifications. As the cultural agents denounce to the reporter Dayane Ponte do Your Newspaper, gives TVT.

In early October, the Campo Limpo subprefecture said it had received a report of invasion of the place by people on the street. Seeing that the complaint did not proceed, the subprefecture started to claim that the space operated at risk and that an order to evict the cultural space would be received for eviction in 15 days.

“They claim termites, which have to demolish everything. Anyway, it would be necessary to demolish everything to rebuild something new ”, comments cultural producer Mario Matos Graça Júnior, known as Junin. The opening of the process, however, according to him is based “on top of a lie”. “It is absurd to say that we are not here. We don’t know who made this report, how we did it, we didn’t sign anything. And we learned that the interdiction of the space was drafted by our lawyer, because nobody brought us a document to sign or warning that ‘look, in 15 days you need to get out of here and defend yourself’ ”, says the producer.

#Ficacita Campaign

With theater, dance, music, maracatu and permaculture collectives, the Cita cultural space has received several awards. And today it also houses a baobab tree, native to Africa, of extreme importance to Yoruba culture and which has become the city’s cultural heritage.

In a note, the city of São Paulo said that the Municipal Health Secretariat wants to set up a testing and reception center on the ground, aimed at sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The agency said it is analyzing an appeal by Cita that calls for an increase in the deadline for vacating the property. Cultural agents, however, are mobilized to remain in space. In addition to a petition, which already has more than 5,000 members, they also mobilize online with the hashtag #ficacita. “Through popular pressure, we believe that we will be able to stay here,” defends Junin.

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Private school owners drop out of process back to school

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São Paulo – Sieeesp, a union that represents private schools in the state of São Paulo, withdrew from a lawsuit filed against the capital’s city hall. In action, he asked for back to school for all stages of basic education – infant and fundamental. In a demonstration on the last day (1), the eve of the Black Consciousness holiday, Judge Renata Barros Souto Maior Baiao acknowledged the withdrawal of the process by Sieeesp. And he officiated the Public Ministry. In an order of November 12, prosecutor João Paulo Faustinoni e Silva, from the Special Education Action Group of the São Paulo Public Prosecutor’s Office, spoke out against the granting of an injunction and recommended that the process be forwarded to the City Hall.

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The private teachers ‘union (Sinpro-SP) also contested Sieeesp’s action, calling for the dismissal of school owners’ action to return to face-to-face classes. The day after the MP’s demonstration, Sieeesp decided to abandon the action.

Municipal decree 59,860, signed on October 23 by the city of São Paulo, even allowed the resumption of classroom activities in high school. But it did not include permission for activities in early childhood education (up to 5 years old) or in elementary school (6 to 14 years old). Sieeesp argued, in its action, that the decision “would not have scientific support and would violate the principle of isonomy”.

Rushed back to school

Fepesp – the state federation of teachers of private schools – even condemned the decision of Mayor Bruno Covas’ management to release back to school in high school. And also the action of Sieeesp. “We consider the return to face-to-face activities to be hasty, as it exposes teachers, employees and everyone involved in the school ecosystem to the risk of contagion due to the agglomeration caused in classrooms or on public transport”, says Fepesp, in a note.

“The risk is still present and it was for no other reason that we insisted – and won in court – on special protection not only for education professionals in groups at risk. But also to all teachers who live with elderly people, with comorbidities, who are recovering from childbirth. And, thus, included in risk groups. ”

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