The FMST is a member organization of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) and participated the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 30, 2017. The march drew well over 100,000 people to Washington D.C. on a sweltering day. Marches were held throughout the country and the world to protest the disastrous policies on climate change by the Trump administration.
On April 17, members of the Friends of the MST (FMST) and Family Farm Defenders (FFD), a Wisconsin based organization, commemorated the International Day of Peasant Struggle by holding two protests in Chicago: the first protest was at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where the price fixing of agricultural products is centered.
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The New York chapter of the Friends of the MST participated in the March 8 International Women’s Day activities in New York City. The demonstration was organized by: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS STRIKE (US) and WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENT - a coalition representing dozens of grassroots groups and grassroots organizations, as well as organizing a series of actions in support of labor, Migrants and others.
The Friends of the MST, along with allies in other social movements, responded to the invasion of the MST’s national school (Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes) (see article above) by organizing demonstrations in front of the Brazilian embassy in Washington D.C. and the Brazilian consulates in New York, Boston and Chicago.
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In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fishermen, and stewards of ancestral lands and water. We especially honor them as a vital part of food chain workers, who together are creating food sovereignty, meaning a world with healthy, ecologically produced food, and democratic control over food systems.
[Editor’s Note: For over a year, community residents have been occupying the Gill Tract, land owned by the University of California in Albany, CA. The university wants to develop the land into high-end shopping and residential units, the community wants an urban garden. Members of the Friends of the MST have been involved in this struggle, which has received the support by the MST.