MST Occupies Bank of Brazil and Highways in Cities Across the State of Rio Grande do Sul

In protest against the non-release of funds from the federal government and state of Rio Grande do Sul to farmers affected by drought, about 800 farmers from the MST held demonstrations in several regions of Rio Grande do Sul.drought

More than 300 peasants occupied, on Wednesday (February, 1) the building of the Bank of Brazil in the city of Júlio de Castilhos. In other cities in the state, farmers maintained protests, with roadblocks on highways and central avenues.

In São Luiz Gonzaga, the region of the missions, 200 farmers remain camped outside the building of the Companhia Estadual de Silos e Armazéns (CESA) [Ed. The State Company of Silos and Warehouses is a corporation, linked to the Department of Agriculture and Supply, and has the state of Rio Grande do Sul and its majority shareholder.]. In Santana do Livramento, on the southern border, the Rosário-Livramento BR-158 was shut at intervals of 15 minutes at km 536.

In the capital [Porto Alegre], about 300 activists protested in front of the building of the Ministry of Agriculture on Avenida Loureiro da Silva. Farmers call for more flexibility in actions to combat the effects of drought, affecting over 30,000 families across the state. The MST also held demonstrations in  Manoel Viana, Candiota, Hulha Negra and Piratini.

February 3, 2012

Vale Contends for Leadership for Award for Worst Company in the World. VOTE NOW!

One of the largest Brazilian transnational’s, the mining company Vale, present in 38 countries in the Americas, Africa and Asia, is able to vale minereceive, at the end of January, one of the leading international awards of corporate shame. Chosen from among dozens of candidates, Vale is among the six finalists for the 2012 Public Eye Award, which annually bestows the title of world's worst company to a corporation, elected in an international contest by popular vote during the World Economic Forum in the Swiss city of Davos. The fifth vote in the first week of the prize, launched on January 5, Vale took the lead for the first time on the afternoon of Friday (January 20, 2012).

MST Informa #191: Summary of the past year and perspectives for 2012


The year is ending and again we have the feeling of accomplishment for all the struggles, activities, and alliances that we’ve built and engaged in with all the various sectors of the working class. In another difficult year we had to carry out great struggles against agribusiness that continues its offensive against our lands, natural resources, and public investments.

Baltimore, MD - 2011 Fair Development Conference

Janaina will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 Fair Development Conference.Fair Development Conference

The Fair Development Conference is hosted by The United Workers, a human rights organization led by low-wage workers. The Fair Development Conference will held from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30 at 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD.  For more information on the conference, click here.

The United Workers is a human rights organization led by low-wage workers. We are leading the fight for fair development, which respects human rights, maximizes public benefits and is sustainable.

Boston Chapter


Building Grassroots Power:


The experience of the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil (MST)


jana rncuentro


Janaina Stronzake,

MST’s Florestan Fernandes National School 

Thursday, October 20th @ 6pm

Encuentro 5

33 Harrison Avenue – Boston, MA (Chinatown)

Washington DC Chapter

DC Chapter Marches on Brazilian EmbassyDC APril 9 March

On April 9, 2012, as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Peasant Struggle, the Washington DC Chapter of the FMST, in conjunction with Amazon Watch, marhed on the Brazilina Embassy.  On Apil 9, Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, was meeting wth President Barack Obama at the White House.

The march had four demands:

1. An end to rural violence and impunity for the perpertrators of violence

2. Support for agrarian reform

3. For a veto of the revised Forest Code by President Rousseff

4. For an end to the mega-dam projects, such Belo Monte, in the Amazon

April 9 DC demo - Brazilian Embassy  April 9 DC demo - Brazilian Embassy


For more photos and stories on the Demonstration in Washington DC, click HERE


Contact Information

To contact the Washington DC Chapter, contact Lyndsay at

DC Chapter Joins Protest Against the Belo Monte Dam

On June 20, 2011, the Friends of the MST joined with Amazon Watch, Amnesty International and other groups in protesting against the Protest Against Belo Monte Dam in Washington DCproposed Belo Monte  dam.  Click here for more information on the protest and dam.

Protest Against Belo Monte Dam in Altamira, Brazil