By Luiz Felipe Albuquerque
On Monday August 3, many offices of the Ministries of Finance were occupied by thousands of landless across the country. They included the offices of the Ministries of Finance of Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Recife, Fortaleza, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Palmas, Paraíba, Bahia, Rondônia and Sergipe.
MST Occupations and Demonstrations
By Luiz Felipe Albuquerque
Located in Greater Sao Paulo, the Dom Helder Camara Urban Commune was the first MST experiment in an urban area.
In the town of Jandira, an MST flag has been planted as a symbol of unification between the countryside and the city.
Within the town is a property which challenges the commercialization of collective achievement, and stands as a beacon of hope for one of the country's biggest social problems: a lack of housing.
In Brasília (Federal District) at around 3:00pm, the police engaged thousands of people demonstrating in front of the National Congress -- at times with violent force.
By José Coutinho Junior, Vivian Fernandes and Simone Freire of Brasil de Fato
Translated by Colin Murphy
To Beth Rocha, transvestite and acampada*, building mechanisms to ensure an egalitarian society imbues respect for different identities.
The men wore dresses, lipstick, false eyelashes, heels. The women, boots, loose shirts, belts, baseball style caps. The proposal was to bring forth a reflection on the construction of gender identity and respect for different sexual orientations.
Without prejudice or preconceptions, landless youth held Agitation and Propaganda against homophobia on Tuesday (March 17) during the state march of MST in Bahia.
The action mobilized some 100 young people from different regions of the state, and proposed gives visibility to LGBT landless and fight against any kind of violence. Also, the march reaffirmed that the struggle for People’s Agrarian Reform should be everyone’s struggle.
The actions are part of the National Day of Struggle of Peasant Women in denouncing the agribusiness model
Through synchronized actions, social movements block the legalization of genetically modified Eucalyptus
Though only a partial victory, the organizations involved have managed to make GMOs a subject of public debate and show its social and environmental impacts
Dear Friends and Supporters of the MST: We received the following urgent request from the MST's Human Rights Sector asking supporters throughout the world to contact the Governor of Paraná to begin an investigation into the murder of a landless family, lending their support to a land occupation. Below is the request. We've included documents and sample email letters. Please take the time to write the governor.
Dear Friends of MST,
On Friday January 16 in the middle of thousands of hectares used for the monoculture of sugar cane , landless workers occupied the Tabapuã Farm, in Centenário Sul belonging to the Atalla Group, owner of the Central Sugar Cane Mill of Paraná.
Currently, more than 1500 families organized by the MST are living in encampments in the region, producing food where before only there was only sugar cane and poverty.
"We need to radicalize the fight for land!"
The 6th Congress of the MST was a moment of debates and struggles that aligned the movement's policies for the next period, and put on the agenda the discussion of People's Agrarian Reform, says Kelli Mafort, of the national coordination of the MST and the gender sector of the movement.
On Sunday morning August 31, more than three thousand landless families occupied the Santa Monica Fazenda, located between the municipalities of Alexânia, Abadiânia and Corumba (GO). The farm, registered in the name of Senator Eunício Oliveira (PMDB-EC), is a complex of more than 20,000 hectares, self-declared as unproductive.