MST Victories

[02/04/2009] This Land Is Their Land

IN THESE TIMES News » February 4, 2009 This Land Is Their Land The Landless Workers Movement claims a big victory in southern Brazil. By Michael Fox Members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST in Portuguese) marched to occupy the Southall farm in São Gabriel in southern Brazil on April 14, 2008. Share SÃO GABRIEL, BRAZIL—The three-day, 30-mile march stopped before the main gate. Hundreds of exhausted farmers from Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) fanned out along the fence. On the other side of the gate was the Southall Plantation, which for the last six years had been at the heart of a relentless struggle for land in southern Brazil.

[01/17/09] MST Twenty Fifth Anniversary – “25 Years of Obstinacy,” by Joao Pedro Stedile

João Pedro Stedile In January 1984, there was a process of re-ascension of mass movements in Brazil. The working class was reorganizing, accumulating organic forces. Underground parties, such as the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB), the Communist Party of Brazil, etc., were in the streets. We had achieved a partial amnesty, but the majority of the exiles had returned. The Worker's Party (PT), the Central Workers' Union (CUT) were taking shape, as well as the National Congress of the Working Class (CONCLAT) promoted by the communists, which later merged into the CUT. Broad sectors of the Christian churches broadened their beaver-like efforts, to keep building consciousness and nucleos de base (1) in defense of the poor, inspired by liberation theology. There was enthusiasm everywhere, because the dictatorship was being defeated and the Brazilian working class was on the offense; fighting and organizing. The peasants in the countryside lived in that same climate, amidst the same offensive. Between 1979 and 1984 dozens of land occupations were carried out throughout the country. The posseiros (2), the landless, salaried country-dwellers, lost their fear. And they fought. They did not want to migrate to the cities like bullocks to the slaughterhouse (in the words of our dear Uruguayan poet Zitarroza). As the fruit of all that, we met in Cascabel, in January 1984, encouraged by the pastoral work of the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), leaders of the land struggle in 16 Brazilian states. And there, after 5 days of debates, discussions, collective reflections, we founded the MST: the Landless Workers Movement.

VICTORY! Justice suspends eviction order of Paulo Freire Training Center in Caruaru (PE)

34th day of resistance!

After completing 34 days of struggle at the Resistance Camp in Defense of Paulo Freire Training Center and the Normandia Settlement, we had a great legal victory: Judge Manoel Erhardt decided to suspend the decision of the 24th Federal Court of Caruaru -PE , which determined the eviction of the Paulo Freire Training Center, a collective area of the Normandia Settlement.

Film about the MST and agroecology wins UN award

Video presents the agroecological production of the Contestado settlement, located in Lapa (PR), 60 kilometers from Curitiba

The short film “What is agroecology” won the Global Youth Video Contest on Climate Change - TVEBioMovies 2019, sponsored by the United Nations (UN). The film was produced by the young Rafael Forsetto and Kiane Assis, and won the category “food and human health.”

Court suspends eviction from Marielle Vive! encampment

Repossession process for encampment in Valinhos (SP) must undergo further analysis

The Court of Justice of São Paulo (TJSP) suspended for 90 days the order of repossession of the area including the Marielle Vive! encampment, in Valinhos (SP), in the region of Campinas. The court ruling guarantees that as long as the case is under consideration, the 700 families will not be evicted.

Bolsonaro Government retreats and cancels suspension of agrarian reform

After Repórter Brasil reveals internal documents determining the suspension, INCRA changes its mind and cancels the memorandums. Civil servants assess that the government is lost.

Five days after suspending the country's agrarian reform policy, the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) has stepped back and canceled the stoppage, hampering the creation of rural settlements and the titling of quilombola territories throughout the country.
 

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