Abahlali baseMjondolo: Building Food Sovereignty from Below

There was a serious problem of hunger in South Africa before the Covid-19 lockdown as a result of the long history of colonial dispossession, exploitation and abandonment, all of which continued under the rule of the ANC. There has also been a serious problem with the limited food support that is offered by the state…

Brazil: Social Movements Take the Initiative During Pandemic

Brasil de Fato Landless Workers Movement members distribute food to those in need during the pandemic – Screen capture/Brasil de Fato This week, in What’s Happening in Brazil, see how the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil is coming to the aid of the most vulnerable sectors of society during the pandemic. Their actions include producing…

Popular Agrarian Reform and the Struggle for Land in Brazil

The Tricontinental March organised by the MST in 2018 to demand former President Luiz Inácio da Silva’s release from jail. More than 5,000 landless workers marched over 50 kilometres in four days.Júlia Dolce Introduction The land question is central to understanding political life and society in Brazil. The country has enormous landed estates, known as…

Women of MST Occupy Ministry of Agriculture in Brasilia

Marina Duarte de Souza e Sheila Oliveira Women of MST occupy Ministry of Agriculture in Brasilia – Marina Duarte On the morning of Monday March 9, the women of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) occupied the Ministry of Agriculture in the capital Brasilia. 3,500 workers from 24 states in Brazil are participating in the…

João Pedro Stedile: “Mobilization Needs to Grow”

José Eduardo Bernardes “The problems the working class faces are only getting worse”, says Stedile – José Eduardo Bernardes The political, social and institutional crisis affecting Brazil, has been aggravated even more by the hands of Jair Bolsonaro. This view is shared by unions, political parties and social movements that comprise the Brazil Popular Front….

MST: We Are Ready to Contribute to the Legitimate Uprising of the Masses

Brasil de Fato National board of the Landless Workers’ Movement released the letter after a meeting held in the city of Sarzedo, Minas Gerais – Dowglas Silva “We reaffirm our commitment with the land, with life, and guaranteeing healthy food for all people,” reads an excerpt of the text shared on Saturday (25) by the…

Brazil: MST in Paraná Mobilizes for Land, Life and Dignity

Peoples Dispatch Ratinho Junior, No more violence! Photo: MST Hundreds of landless rural workers are participating in the “Peasant Resistance Vigil: for land, life and dignity” in Cascavel in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. The vigil, which began on December 28, 2019, is in defense of the land where over 200 landless families live…