Joseph Purugganan

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.

Words and Music by Bong Ramilo, 1985, Baguio

English translation: J. Purugganan

To listen to the whole song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLntOIfAchU&feature=youtu.be

by Joseph Purugganan

Jakarta, Indonesia--Peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples and support groups came together in Jakarta from 27-29 March 2018 for a three-day Regional Consultation, Training, and Meeting of La Via Campesina Collective on Human Rights.

“We are here from Southeast Asia, and East Asia to help strengthen our movements to support our campaign” said Henry Saragih General Secretary of Serikat Petani Indonesia in his remarks to open the meeting. “ This draft declaration is as much a product of research and grassroots struggles” added Saragih.

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