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.
NOTE: Instead of news from the FMST, we bring you this excellent summary of Che Guevara by João Pedro Stedile, a member of the MST's National Coordination.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s murder in the mountains of Bolivia by Bolivian military forces, following orders of the CIA.
The Friends of the MST (Washington D.C. chapter) joined with Code Pink for Peace, Brazilian Expats for Democracy and Social Justice, LACAN (Latin America and Caribbean Action Network) and the ANSWER Coalition to demand an end to violence in the countryside and for the ouster of the illegitimate coup president Michel Temer.
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.