On August 13, 2014, Ana Chã discussed the role of mística and culture in the development of the Landless Worker’s Movement. As explained by Ana, mística is more than singing and storytelling. “Mística is way for peasants to summarize their experiences of occupying land and struggling for agrarian reform.
Ana Manuela Chã visited the Bay Area to attend a conference on climate change. After the conference, Ana was given a tour of some of the public art in the Bay Area – murals.
by João Pedro Stedile and Osvaldo León
ALAI AMLAT-en, 02/07/2014.- Since the 1980s, we are living in a new phase of capitalism, marked by the hegemony of finance capitalism and transnational corporations, which have gained control of the production of the principal commodities and world trade, generating structural change in agricultural production.
This control over goods by financial capital that circulates in the world in proportions five times greater than their equivalent in actual production (255 billion dollars/year in currency, for 55 billion dollars/year in goods), transforms natural assets – such as land, water, energy, minerals – into mere commodities under its control. And due to this, there is an enormous concentration of property in land, natural assets and food.
In effect, at the present time, close to one hundred food and agriculture transnationals (such as Cargill, Monsanto, Dreyfus, ADM, Syngenta, Bunge, etc.) control the greater part of world production of fertilizers, agrochemicals, pesticides, agro-industries and the food market. This is because foods are now sold and subject to speculation in international markets, like any raw material (iron, petroleum, etc.), and the big financial interests acquire millions of tons of food for speculation. Millions of tons of soya, maize, wheat, rice, even harvests not yet planted, for the year 2018, are already sold. That is to say, millions of tons of grain that do not exist already have owners.
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Written by PSTU - Brasil
BY ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON AND JOSHUA GOODMAN
The Associated Press - June 11, 2014
A threatened second round of a subway strike in São Paulo would cripple transportation in South America's biggest city. Authorities are counting on the subway to carry most fans to São Paulo games.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEASANT RESISTANCE -REPORT BACK FROM BRAZIL & BENEFIT CONCERT
APRIL 17TH, 7-10:30PM
@ La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Food Justice, Food Sovereignty:
Building Global Solidarity towards a Just Food System
6-8pm @ the CUNY Grad Center, New York, Room 9204
Join a panel discussion with
11th of February 2014
By Marina dos Santos
from Carta Capital
Just as with many land occupations, the Landless Workers Movement was born at the end of a long dark night. The dawn of workers strikes, the campaign for general and unrestricted amnesty, the new urban social movements and “Rights-Now” that enclosed the military dictatorship, also permitted the retaking of the struggle for land and for agrarian reform in Brazil.