Brazil MST: Mass Mobilizations on Landless Women’s Day of Struggle

Brazilian Women Storm Government, Protest Neoliberal Policies


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MST mobilizes more than five thousand women in the interior and in the capital of Bahia

By Coletivo de Comunicação do MST na Bahia

The day of struggle will denounce foreign capital in Brazilian agriculture through transnational corporations, drawing the attention of society to the destructive model of agribusiness

Against the Reform of Social Security, the Labor Reform and the model of development of the capital in the countryside, the MST starts on Monday (March 6) the National Day of Struggles of the Landless Women in denouncing the loss of rights and the setbacks promoted by the coup and illegitimate government of Michel Temer (PMDB).

With the motto “We are all awake! Against Capital and Agribusiness. No one with less rights!,” in Bahia alone, the Movement intends to mobilize more than 5,000 peasant workers in ten regions of the state and in the state capital of Bahia.

The occupation of latifúndio and the denunciation to the model of production of the agribusiness and the defense of the People’s Agrarian Reform direct the struggles of this period. However, the central focus is on the defense of Public Social Welfare, understood by the Movement as a foundation of the world of work and aimed at guaranteeing citizenship for the men and women of the countryside and the city.

While Via Campesina – one of the connected international fronts of the MST -, the cry of order is “The Social Security is ours! Nobody takes her away from the countryside!,” which joins the international women’s struggle calendar on March 8.

In this sense, the day of struggle will denounce foreign capital in Brazilian agriculture through transnational corporations, calling the attention of society to the “destructive” model of agribusiness for the environment and the life of the Brazilian population.

Landless Women mobilize against agribusiness in MT

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With a program focused on training, the Landless Women’s Day of Struggle aims to denounce the setbacks that affect federal and state public policies.

About 500 Landless Women have been mobilized since March 6 in Cuiabá, capital of Mato Grosso for the Day of Struggle of the Landless Women.

The activity that began with an opening mística reaffirmed this year’s motto of struggles: “We Are All Awake. Against Capital and Agribusiness. No one with less rights!.”

The discussion was attended by representatives of working class struggle, such as Rosa Lucia from the Popular Consultation, Marli from the Syndicate of Workers in Public Education in Mato Grosso (Sintep), Janini from the Popular Youth Rising, Ligia from Favela Ativa and Lucineia (MST).

According to the MST’s Lucineia, “the struggle of the workers guaranteed social rights, such as the right to Social Security, but Capital – which transforms everything into a commodity -, that put an end to these rights. Therefore, our challenge is to be awake and ready for the permanent struggle together with the countryside and the city.”

With a program focused on training with cultural activities and mobilizations throughout the country, the Day of Struggles of Women without Land aims to denounce the setbacks that affect federal and state public policies.

Women mobilize in solidarity with the MST political prisoner in Paraná

“We Landless Women fight against the criminalization of popular movements and against the arrest and political persecution of members of the MST”

Landless Women march in Santa Catarina on National Day of Struggles

By Fabio Reis, Página do MST

In the municipality of Chapecó, about 5,000 protesters marched through the city’s streets in order to dialogue with the population and add strength to the mobilizations taking place across the country on March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day.

In the morning of this Wednesday (March 8), hundreds of Landless and women members of other popular movements took to the streets in various regions of Santa Catarina. The mobilizations are part of the National Day of Women’s Struggles against Social Security Reform and against the withdrawal of rights.


In the municipality of Chapecó, about 5,000 demonstrators take a walk through the city’s streets in order to dialogue with the population and add strength to the

Mobilizations that happen throughout the country.

There are also mobilizations in Florianópolis, Lages, São Miguel do Oeste, Caçador and Criciúma. According to Sirlei Gasparetto of the Movement of Peasant Women (MMC), “the right to Social Security is guaranteed in Article VI of the Federal Constitution, therefore, this right won by workers must be maintained at all costs.”

March 8th Struggles in Pernambuco

By Phillyp Mikell, Página do MST – Photo: Paulo Henrique

Focus of the actions is the fight against the proposal of reform of the Social Security, of the coup government of Michel Temer.
Finally came the 8th of March, a date so expected by all popular movements, and this year has assumed a character of confrontation with the agenda of the coup government, which seeks to deepen the gender inequalities already so entrenched in our society.

Throughout Brazil, mobilizations have taken place since the beginning of the month, in a Day of Struggle featuring the popular fighters of the countryside and the city. And in Pernambuco it has not been different.

In Caruaru, in the interior of the state, about a thousand militants gathered at eight o’clock in the morning and went on a march through the center of the city. The first stop was in front of the City Council, where the movement delivered a letter of denunciation about the low representation of women in the municipal legislature, which now has only one woman. The document also had the intention of pressuring the parliamentarians to stand against the reform of the Social Security. Then the march went to the city hall and occupied the headquarters of the INSS (National Institute of Social Security) to shout loudly “no to Social Security reform, it is for the life of women,” a theme that marks the struggles of this year.

The organizers of the act estimate that more than a thousand women participated in the action led by the Feminist Front of the municipality, an initiative that seeks to bring together the movements and parties that make the fight for popular feminism. The MST, which mobilized peasant workers from neighboring municipalities – São Caetano and Altinho, the Popular Youth Rising, the World March of Women, Fetape [Federation of Agricultural Workers of Pernambuco], Cut [Central workers Union], MMTR [Movement of Rural Woman Workers], STR , the collective Olga Benário [German-Brazilian communist deported back to Germany to die in concentration camp], UJS [Union of Socialist Youth] and the Brazil Popular Front, represented by several organizations.
Still in the interior of the state, there were mobilizations in Petrolina, where 500 women occupied Codevasf (Development Company of Vale [giant mining company] of São Francisco and Paraíba); In the Mata Norte, 150 women from the MST, the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) and Fetape (Federation of Agricultural Workers of the State of Pernambuco) met; inPalmares, in the Zona da Mata Sul, where a demonstration was held with 150 fighters; and in Floresta, where 300 women occupied the headquarters of the INSS.

In the capital Recife, the women of Via Campesina occupied the INSS Agency on Mario Melo Avenue, downtown. Some 700 women took part in the actiont against the pension reform proposed by Temer.

These mobilizations denounce the cruel effects of Social Security Reform on women’s lives, as the measure aims to match the minimum retirement age for men and women, without taking into account women’s double and triple working hours, as well as the greater Difficulty in insertion into the labor market and the gender pay gap. The measure further deepens the gulf between countryside and city, when it removes the “special” regime for rural workers.

* Edited by Leonardo Fernandes

In Cuiabá, peasant women march to defend social rights

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During the march, an act was also carried out in front of the Federal Public Ministry to demand from this institution an action aimed at defending the collective rights of society.
On Tuesday (March 7), the Landless Peasants took to the streets of the capital of Cuiabá in Mato Grosso, in march for more rights for the working class of the countryside and city. They also denounced the setbacks to fundamental rights, won through the working class struggle in the 1988 Citizen Constitution, which are now threatened by the coup government and the National Congress.

During the march, an act was also carried out in front of the Federal Public Ministry to demand from this institution an action aimed at the defense of the collective rights of society. In addition, a document was filed in which the motion presents to the MPF a set of claims.

Then, the march went to Incra [National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform], where the staff of the movement was handed over and an audience was held with the current superintendent. The main point of the meeting was the right to land, credit and rural housing. Incra is committed to responding to the claims by next week.

Also as part of the activities of the Fight Day, a cultural evening was held with the presentation of artists from the people and the traditional Popular Agrarian Reform Dance.

On the morning of this Wednesday (March 8), the Landless Women remained in struggle and held a march towards the INSS against the Pension Reform.

Edited by Iris Pacheco

Against the Social Security Reform, the INSS offices in Maceió is occupied by women

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“Our occupation here, adds to the acts in the whole country against any posture that threatens our conquests”

At the end of the afternoon of this Tuesday (March 7) about 500 women occupied the building of the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) in Maceió, in the City Center. With banners, banners and posters, protestors protest against the Social Security Reform, proposed by the government of Michel Temer (PMDB). In the morning, 1500 women occupied the superintendence of the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA).

According to Débora Nunes, of the national coordination of the MST, the reform proposed by the Temer government should be repudiated by the entire Brazilian people. “With the proposal to reform Social Security, Michel Temer’s coup and illegitimate government, in fact, faces the rights historically won by the workers. This is yet another attempt to get people to pay for an account that is not ours,” said Nunes.

“Our occupation here, adds to the acts throughout the country against any posture that threatens our achievements. We defend a public welfare, universal, solidarity and that guarantees the workers, who throughout their lives work to build this country and a better society, a dignified retirement.”

The landless rural workers linked to the Landless Workers Movement (MST), the Land Pastoral Commission (CPT), the Landless Liberation Movement (MLST), the Land, Work and Freedom Movement (MTL) And the Movement Via do Trabalho (MVT), in addition to the Federation of Agricultural Workers of the State of Alagoas (Fetag) and unions affiliated with the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT).

For Rilda Alves, president of CUT Alagoas, the struggles around the Women’s Day mark the fight against the Pension Reform. “This reform is against the lives of Brazilian workers, especially against the lives of working women, and our journey sets the tone of our dissatisfaction with this attack by the coup government,” he said.

The women set up camp in the management building, where they stay, adding to the mobilizations in the capital on March 8. “2017 will be a year of many challenges and women all over the country begin our year giving the tone of our resistance and struggle for the next period, especially here in Alagoas, where we will give the force of popular pressure, responses to backwardness and Concentration that dominates our state,” Rilda said.

Occupation at Incra

Occupied early in the morning by about 1,500 landless workers, the twelve floors of INCRA’s management building is still taken over by peasants. There, the denunciations are about the paralysis of the Agrarian Reform and, in particular, against what they call in the banners and posters “Strike in the Agrarian Reform”, referring to Provisional Measure 759, that deals with the urban and rural land regulation, bringing various setbacks to the rights won by the settlers of the Agrarian Reform, as well as threatening and criminalizing the struggle for democratization of access to land.

Heloísa Amaral, CPT, stressed that the Landless women demarcate in this occupation the need to strengthen the resistance trenches in the field, against the attacks of the government of Michel Temer.

“Our Journey is a great response to the unfair adjustments of this government with the people, especially with women. Whether in the countryside or in the city, these are attacks that directly reflect on our lives. “

Women march in Belém against social security reform

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The headquarters of Social Security in Belém was also occupied to denounce the pension reform and the coup government of Michel Temer.
On the morning of this Wednesday (March 8), about 1,000 MST women, unions, black movement, left wing parties, students, Fetagri, MAB [Movement of People Affectd by the Dams], neighborhood movements, Popular Consultation and Popular Youth Rising held Women’s March in Belém.

In addition, in the morning they occupied the building of Social Security in Belém to denounce the counter-reformation that directly impacts the lives of women.

“We are on the streets all over Brazil fighting for agrarian reform, against pension reform, machismo, violence against women and the government of Michel Temer,” says Carla Lagóia, a militant of the MST.

The action organized by the Feminist Front, composed of several women’s organizations, will march against the pension reform, against racism, for ending violence against women, religious intolerance, among others. The march follows to the Market of the View the Weight where it will close with great political act.

The Sem Terra women’s journey of struggle that takes place all over Brazil has as its theme:

“We Are All Awake, Against Capital and Agribusiness. No right to less!” have been denouncing agribusiness, transnational corporations, environmental impacts, threats to food sovereignty, and the illegitimate government of Michel Temer.

In Pará, the women of the MST unite in struggle and resistance in the face of the advance of capital in the Brazilian countryside that directly affects the lives of peasant women. They will participate in the actions in Belém and Marabá.

Women protest against social security reform at Porto Alegre airport

By Catiana de Medeiros, Página do MST – Photo: Antônio Kanova

The action sought to draw the attention of state parliamentarians to vote against reform.

Around 100 women from the Via Campesina, the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT) and the Popular Levante de Juventude [Popular Youth Rising] held a protest against the Social Security Reform of the government of Michel Temer (PMDB) at dawn on Tuesday, March 7. Salgado Filho International Airport, in Porto Alegre (RS).

The action took place at the boarding gates of the companies Latam and GOL and aimed to dialogue with the federal deputies and senators who support the Temer government and traveled to Brasilia today, so that they can take a stand and vote contrary to the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) 287, which deals with social security reform. In protest, women also denounced the impacts of the approval of the SGP on the rights won over the years by the working class of the countryside and the city.

“We are mobilized to denounce the withdrawal of rights represented by this Pension Reform, because we understand that the population needs to be warned, and the deputies and senators pressured on their votes, so that they manifest themselves against or in favor of the working people “Explains Roberta Coimbra, who is based at the MST.

The protest was peaceful and counted on theatrical staging, banners, posters and distribution of pamphlets.

* Edited by Leonardo Fernandes

Landless Women denounce Vale for evading contribution to INSS

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The company’s debt is R$ 276 million [$87 million].

On Tuesday (March 7) morning, about 1,500 landless rural workers occupied Vale’s fertilizer unit in Cubatão, on the edge of the Cônego Domênico Rangoni Highway, 40 km from the state capital of São Paulo.

The Landless Women, who are on a struggle throughout the country, denounced Vale for defaulting on the transfer of contributions to the National Institute of Social Security (INSS). The company’s debt is R$ 276 million.

A national leader of the MST, Nívia Silva, comments that one of the main arguments of the Temer coup government to make the social security reform is the debt that accumulates. However, it does not charge companies that waive contributions to the INSS.

“The debt of these companies amounted to R$426 billion, four times the deficit claimed by the government. Only 3% of the companies account for more than 63% of the social security debt. That is, the slowness of justice, the complexity of Brazilian tax legislation and the government’s installment programs are one of the main factors that explain the high social security debt in the country,” says Nívia.

Among the largest INSS debtors are Bradesco, Caixa, Marfrig, JBS and Vale. Of the 32,224 companies that owe more, only 18% are defunct. The vast majority, or 82%, are active. The peasants denounce that women are the first to suffer from the consequences of the coup program, especially in the counter-reform of the Social Security.
With the proposal of the illegitimate government of Temer for social security, there will be the minimum age to apply, between 65 and 70 years, disregarding the real differences in working time. Rural workers will have the same criteria as urban workers to retire, disregarding the differences and risks of field work. And women will have the same retirement criteria as men. The reform ignores the double and triple working hours faced by women.

“This proposal is yet another coup by Temer in the rights of the working class. The real objective of this counter-reform is to privatize pensions and turn workers into banks, so that they can increase their wealth with private pension funds,” says Esther Hoffmann, of the MST’s national directorate in Minas Gerais.

Vale steals the social security

In addition to owing R$ 276 million to the INSS, Vale still leads the list of largest debtors registered in the Union’s outstanding debt. These are 41.9 billion reais. The active debt consists of all tax credits or non-tax credits regularly registered by the Attorney General of the National Treasury after the deadline set for payment has elapsed.
“It is not a crime to be in debt in our country, legislation is not rigid in this respect and large business groups benefit from it, they question values ​​in the courts and they are stalling leavingg the worker with the losses,” explains Esther.

Vale has become a cancer for Brazil, spreading pollution, environmental destruction, abuse and violations of workers’ rights wherever it is located. In January of this year, a fire struck unit 2 of Vale Fertilizantes in Cubatão, on the margins of the Cônego Domênico Rangoni Highway. The reason was a leakage of ammonium nitrate and sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, products considered highly toxic and harmful to humans and the environment.

The women also remember the crime of Mariana, where 19 people died and hundreds were left homeless. Tons of fish were killed and many cities lost their source of water intake due to the destruction of the Rio Doce.

In addition to these, Vale is also responsible for numerous environmental disasters in the world. It integrates the economic model of exports of minerals, soybeans, sugarcane, cattle, eucalyptus, among others. While few are enriched by the fruits of work, workers remain precarious, unsafe work, unemployment, food filled with pesticides and diseases caused by these agents of capital.

Women in the Day of Struggle

The action in São Paulo is part of the National Day of Struggles for Landless Women, which began this Monday (March 6) in Brazil.

With the motto “We are all awake! Against Capital and Agribusiness. No one with less rights!,” the peasantry denounces that women are the first to suffer from the consequences of the coup program of cutting rights and defend social security, for everyone and with solidary.

The paper also denounces foreign capital in Brazilian agriculture through transnational corporations, drawing society’s attention to the destructive agro-business model for the environment, threatening the country’s food sovereignty and the life of the Brazilian population, directly affecting Women’s reality.

“The agro-hydro-mining export model cannot continue to be the basis of the Brazilian society’s economy. We denounce this coup government that, in connivance with foreign capital and the large transnational corporations, promotes the withdrawal of our rights and smashes our constitution,” says Nívia.

In addition, the struggles denounce impunity for violence against women workers and peasants.

* Edited by Rafael Soriano