Brazil: Order to Evict the Paulo Freire Training Center of the MST

On September 5, the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) was surprised to receive an order to vacate the Paulo Freire Training Center, located in the Normandy settlement of Caruaru (Pernambuco). The reintegration was requested by the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) and ordered by the 24th Federal Court, in the municipality…

Via Campesina: Burning the Amazon is a Crime Against Humanity

La Via Campesina Wildfires become more common as the dry season approaches in the Amazon; ranchers and farmers use them to clear land for crops and pasture – Créditos: Reproduction Greenpeace – Daniel Beltra ” />Wildfires become more common as the dry season approaches in the Amazon; ranchers and farmers use them to clear land…

Contemporary Challenges for the Working Class and Peasantry in Brazil

Joao Pedro Stedile Members of the MST from Belém participate in mobilization in June of this year against pension reform. Photo: Regyane Nascimento / Brasil de Fato Capitalist Crisis of Organizing Production and Society We are living through a very complex moment of global reality and human history. In the last decade, various profound crises…

Peasant Women Lead 100,000-Strong March in Brasília

Cristiane Sampaio Indigenous Women’s March joined the mobilization in Brasília / Andressa Zumpano/CPT Maria Anecy Martins arrived in Brasília this week with glowing eyes to join the 2019 Daisies’ March. The 45-year-old small farmer is one of the 100,000 peasant women who joined the 2-day event that ended with a massive rally that took over the…

Brazil: Police Arrest Man Who Drove Through MST Protest, Killing Activist

Igor CarvalhoMore than 1,000 families live in Marielle Vive Camp, in Valinhos, a one-hour drive out of São Paulo – Créditos: Esquerda Online The police arrested on Thursday evening Leo Luiz Ribeiro, who confessed to killing a 72-year-old landless farmer during a demonstration held by the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) in Valinhos, an hour-drive out…

The Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC) at 25 Years

Osvaldo León In February 1994, in Lima (Perú), under the slogan “United in Defense of Life, Land, Work and Production” the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC) was officially established.  Eighty-four (84) organizations from 18 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean came together for this historic moment.  This became possible as a result…

João Pedro Stedile of the MST on Bolsonaro, Mobilizations and Freeing Lula

Today tens of thousands of workers in Brazil will take the streets in a national general strike against the pension reform proposed by the government of far-right Jair Bolsonaro. To learn about the current context in Brazil today and the importance of these mobilizations we spoke to João Pedro Stedile of the Landless Rural Workers’…

Brazil: Land and Territory Letter Calls for the Unification of the Agrarian Struggle

Brasil de Fato To the Brazilian people,  As popular movements and unions from rural areas, water and forests; rural workers, researchers, non-governmental organizations, environmentalists, progressive governments´ representatives, political parties and parliamentary leadership, we gathered from June 6 to 8, 2019, in the National School Florestan Fernandes (in the city of Guararema, São Paulo). After assessing…

Brazil: A Nation Contaminated by Agrotoxins

Danay Galletti Hernández A law passed in 2003 by then-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva requires that intentional contaminants not be used in the production process. | Photo: EFE According to an investigation revealed last year, about 40 thousand people were treated in the Brazilian health system from 2007 to 2017, after being exposed to…