On April 18, 2019, in honor of the International Day of Peasant Struggle, the Family Farm Defenders (a member of La Via Campesina), the Friends of the MST and other allies protested at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). The CME is the private agency that trades in soy, cheese, hogs, animal feed and lumber, among other commodities.
by Charlotte Casey, Bay Area Friends of the MST
About 100 people gathered in front of the Brazilian consulate in San Francisco on January 18 to protest Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s threats against the Amazon and the indigenous people who live there.
by Maura Silva
Anthony Pahnke, a member of the FMST's National Coordination, has authored a new book on the Landless Workers Movement.
Demonstrations were held in Washington D.C. and Boston on August 13, 2018 in conjunction with the international day in support of FREE LULA! The demonstrations were organized by Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice.
The Friends of the MST has launched a campaign to support the Free Lula Encampment, outside the prison in Curitiba where Lula is being held. The FMST has previously reported on this encampment.
Demanding "Free Lula Now!" and "Defend Brazilian Democracy," FMST chapters and Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice protested at the Brazilian consulates in Chicago and Washington D.C. In the coming weeks, there will be more protests at Brazilian embassies and consulates throughout the world.
By Celso de Alvear
Reflections of a Journey: on a US university campus, the Brazilian landless peasants movement inspire organic agriculture initiatives and efforts toward articulating methods of political formation and activism.