The People's Cup

The People's Cup

With Brazil's World Cup three weeks away, up to 250,000 unsightly poor people have  been driven out of their favelas, or slums, to make way for slick stadiums; thousands of subsequently homeless people have been evicted, often violently, from squatters' encampments; strikes, protests and crime are rampant; and thousands of people who can't find housing or afford skyrocketing rents have set up more encampments to protest a country that has spent close to $14 billion "to have a lovely World Cup and for the city to look nice, yet we still see children sleeping in the street." Because many believe there's something wrong there, street artist Paulo Ito's image, put up about a week ago on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo, has now gone viral.