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…

Brazil: Peasants Organize Protests to Demand Land Reform, Social Justice

Rute Pina Landless workers march in protest for land reform in 2015 / MST People’s movements, unions, and federations of rural workers are organizing a number of protests this month to demand public policies for rural areas. The demonstrations are dubbed “Red April” and take place every year, especially during the week of April 17th,…

Joao Pedro Stédile: “Venezuela is Extremely Important Because it is the Battle of This Century”

Carlos Aznarez and Joao Pedro Stédile João Pedro Stedile (center) and Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro attended the International Peoples’ Assembly in Caracas / International Peoples’ Assembly This past week’s Latin American Summary covered everything that happened at the International People’s Assembly (AIP), held in Caracas, in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela represented…

MST’s Stedile: “Activists Shall Not Fear, We Are Fighting for Justice”

Leonardo Fernandes and Nina Fideles The economist and co-founder of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) and La Via Campesina International João Pedro Stedile spoke with Brasil de Fato Radio during the weekly show No Jardim da Política about the political outlook for Brazil in 2019. The interview started with an examination on the inauguration of…