Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, or Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), is a mass social movement formed by rural workers and others working toward land reform and greater social equality in rural areas. MST was born from the various independent struggles for land that rural workers were mounting in Brazil at the end of the 1970s and became a national movement in 1984. Over more than two decades, MST has carried out more than 2,500 land occupations, resulting in the settlement of 370,000 families on 7.5 million hectares of land. Since its founding, MST has maintained three central objectives: fighting for land; fighting for food sovereignty; and fighting for a more just and fraternal society.
Support from the Cultures of Resistance Network contributed to MST’s solidarity efforts, which it carries out as a member of La Via Campesina, an international movement of the landless, peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. Specifically, the Foundation’s grant supported MST’s 1st National Meeting of Solidarity with Palestine, which was held in Sao Paulo in November 2011 and brought together political leaders from different political parties, religious organizations, social movements, and civil society groups.