International Speakers Andreia Borges Ferreira, of Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement (MST), will be speaking in Portland on March 7t at Liberty Hall at 7 PM located at 311 N. Ivy St. (1 block south of Fremont, 2 blocks west of Vancouver Ave),
Andreia comes to us representing the MST's Education Sector, responsible for the political education of MST members throughout the country. Andreia is in the United States by invitation of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. The Center is holding its 54th Annual Conference, entitled "Alternative Visions of Development: The Rural Social Movements in Latin America".
The MST is the largest social movement in Latin America, with an estimated 2 million members organized in 23 of Brazil's 27 states. Since 1985, the MST has peacefully occupied unused lands where they have established cooperative farms, constructed houses, schools for children and adults and clinics, promoted indigenous cultures and a healthy and sustainable environment and gender equality.
With Leftist leaders sweeping Latin America's elections, the MST continues to play a vital role n securing respect for human rights in the Brazilian context. The 2002 election of Brazil's first ever working class President, Luis Ignacio 'Lula' da Silva, marked a milestone in Latin America's electoral shift to the left. This year 11 Presidential elections will take place throughout the continent, including Brazil. The MST offers us an important look into the role social movements play in this dramatic shift.
Ms. Ferreira will also present at two local Colleges on Tuesday, March 7th, PSU, 12:00-2 p.m., Smith Union (SMU) 327. LEWIS & CLARK, 4:00 p.m. student CO-OP in upper Tamarack Bldg.