On April 17th, we will commemorate the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle. On that day, 22 years ago 19 landless farmers from Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST) — the movement of landless farmers in Brazil–lost their lives fighting for land.
We remember that violent dispersal in Eldorado dos Carajas in Brazil and reflect on the continuing struggle for land of peasants and landless people everywhere. We remember and we salute the continuing efforts of men and women farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples, rural workers to produce food and make the land productive, to nurture the environment, to build communities with dignity, and more equitable and just societies.
And as we remember, we strengthen our resolve to push for recognition of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
To learn more about the massacre of the landless peasants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=106&v=O6_5G3YejPY
Photo: ‘Food First” by Filipino artist boyD (Boy Dominguez) 2015. The image was first used for a poster of Food First (Eric Holt Gimenez)