The Chicago Chapter of the FMST held a small but spirited protest at noon on April 15, 2011 in front of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The protest, in support of the Family Farm Defenders, was against price fixing by the CME, specifically in the dairy industry. Attached hereto is a an informational flyer on the CME price fixing.
On April 17th in San Francisco, California, one hundred people gathered to grow solidarity between food justice movements in the cities and the food sovereignty organizations in California and beyond. Organized by the Bay Area Friends of the MST, the celebration for the International Day of Peasant Struggle was held at the San Francisco Art Institute and co-sponsored by the Urban Studies Department of the Institute.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEASANT STRUGGLE
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY DAY
CHICAGO - APRIL 15
Protest at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, 141 W. Jackson St. - Noon - April 15, 2011
You've been following all these years our activities in the struggle for agrarian reform and a Brazilian society with more equality and social justice.
The political-ideological training and the educational process are as important to the MST as conquering the land in order to work and produce food.
Therefore, we are sending a proposal (click here) for you to engage in our movement, helping in the training processes and maintenance of Florestan Fernandes National School.
We are asking for your participation and solidarity. We count on you!
Sincerely, on behalf of all the MST militants and Brazilian popular movements:
Joao Pedro Stedile, MST National Coordination and Via Campesina, and Erivan Hilario administrative collective of ENFF.
For a video on ENFF, click here.
April 7, 2011
By João Márcio
Da Página do MST
Between 10-17 April, the MST holds the National Week Peasant Struggle and Agrarian Reform in Pará, with a series of activities marking the 15th anniversary of the April 17th settlement, but also recalling the massacre at Eldorado de Carajás, known worldwide, where 19 lives were lost and 69 people maimed with the guilty still unpunished today.
On April 17, 1996 . . .
“They came from both sides and we were caught in the middle. We weren’t in the position to anything against a large group of policemen armed with rifles and machine-guns!
.‿ Avelino Germiniano, 51, survivor of the Eldorado dos Carajás Massacre.