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May 17, 2005

The MST arrived in Brasilia to meet with Lula and government officials about their demands for land reform. Though conflict with police that injured landless marchers and police officers overshadowed media coverage, the march managed to assert the urgency of land reform while animating MST members throughout. The March has...

Two tons of foodstuffs per day, divided into 24,000 meals. In order to feed the 11,000 men, women, and children participating in the National March for Agrarian Reform (Marcha Nacional pela Reforma Agraria) 23 kitchens were set up, one in each state, and based in Anapolis (GO), a city located half-way along the journey.

The three daily...

*The MST distributes biweekly updates that FMST-US volunteers translate and make available. Please read the latest below.*

This MST Update #87 from April 1, 2005 includes:

1. FEATURE ARTICLE: Why do we need agrarian reform?

2. Three Landless Workers Remain Imprisoned without Justification in Paraná

*The MST distributes biweekly updates that FMST-US volunteers translate and make available. Please read the latest below.*

MST Update #88 from April 20, 2005 includes:

1) FEATURE: "On the Indices of Productivity"

2) Demonstration in Carajás Attracts 10,000
3) Confessed Guilty, Chafik is Freed by...

by Dom Tomas Balduino*
Source: Adital – May 3, 2005

"Why have thousands of people, men and women, babies and children, adults and seniors, joined together in a large march? To say to the government and to society that Agrarian Reform is necessary and that it must take place and can no longer be delayed. The march will show...

Thanks to all who wrote letters to free MST leaders in Alagoas. They were freed on habeaus corpus on May 10.

*o portugues esta em baixo*

Dear Friends,

The MST needs your solidarity.

In Alagoas, there are 5 MST leaders who have been imprisoned since the end of April - 4 men and one woman. They are in jail by...

Articled written by Hannah Wittman, Friends of the MST-North America, Cornell University

Feb 26, 2005

When Brazil’s long time grassroots leader Luis Inacio “Lula

Friends of the MST Mobilize Support

From May 1-17, 2005, thousands of Brazil’s rural workers will begin their 180 mile journey in the "National March for Land Reform." They will march from Goiânia and converge on the capital of Brazil to deliver a message to the public and the governing Workers Party: land reform is the...

URGENT ACTION: Letters to Brazil’s Embassy

If you cannot join us at these locations, please send letters to the Brazilian Embassy in DC to express your concern. A sample letter can be found below. Portugues esta em baixo.

Please mail letters to written to President Lula to the attention of Ambassador Roberto Abdenur in DC at:...

For Immediate Release (*portugues esta em baixo*)
21 April 2005

Contact: Dawn Plummer at

March and Vigils in Solidarity with Brazil’s Landless Peasants
for Land Reform, Human Rights & the...