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Source: Maryknoll News Notes
by David Kane
July 15, 2005

The Brazilian government has been racked by a series of corruption scandals that many social movements--church groups; NGOs; unions; farmers, Afro-Brazilians, womens' and students' organizations--worry may result in conservative parties increasing their power within the...

Dear Friends of the MST

The political and social crisis that Brazil is facing is an opportunity for activists and society in general to discuss possible solutions. The MST, along with 45 organizations and movements, signed a DECLARATION TO THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE, that makes the following recommendations to the government:

1-...

SOURCE: Polaris Institute--Brazil
Media Release
29th June, 2005

Drought in Brazil has caused a severe 72% drop in soybean yields in the
heaviest Round-Up Ready soy using state. The Polaris Institute calls on the
company to review its FY06 earnings estimates that include new Brazilian
sales that will begin...

*portugues em baixo*

We are asking other organizations to show solidarity, via fax or phone. THANK YOU!

Telephone number for the Appeals Court Judge: 41 - 33502167, Fax: 41 - 32547118

SAMPLE SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE MST POLITICAL PRISONERS IN PARAN

The MST recently received another important demonstration of affection and recognition from Oscar Niemayer, one of the best, most internationally reknowned Brazilian architects. Niemayer, who the MST awarded their “Land Struggle Prize

Dear friends,
All of you were able to follow the Landless March to Brasilia via the internet and the press. Many evaluations have been made, including some on our web site. More important than what we ourselves may say about the march, it is important to hear what the people are saying about us and our actions. For this reason, we are...

Dear friends of the MST,

In 2002, we elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as President of Brazil. It was the first time that a representative of the people, a leader of the working class, assumed command of the nation. During the electoral campaign, however, the release of his “Letter to the Brazilians‿, proved Lula’s intentions to...

Dear friends,

All of you were able to follow the Landless March to Brasilia via the internet and the press. Many evaluations have been made, including some on our web site. More than what we ourselves may say about the march, it is important to hear what the people are saying about us and our actions. For this reason, we are reproducing...

Urgent Action Called for by Rio Maria Committee of the United States

DELAY IN THE IMPRISONMENT OF ONE OF THE RANCHERS CONVICTED OF ORDERING THE ASSASSINATION OF JOÃO CANUTO

Vantuir Gonçalves de Paula was sentenced after a trial by jury in Belém (state of Pará) in May of 2003, along with Adilson Laranjeira, the former mayor of Rio...

*The author is Abdurazack Karriem of the Department of City and Regional Plannin at Cornell University.

"A reforma agraria se faz no campo, mas se ganha na cidade" – MST slogan
(You make agrarian reform in the countryside, but you win it in the cities)

"Marches always represent the disposition to...

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