Letter to the people from the 5th MST National Congress
We, 17,500 Landless rural workers from 24 states in Brazil, 181
international delegates representing 21 peasant organizations from and
friends from several movements and organizations, met in Brazilia from June
10th to 15th, 2007, for the 5th MST National Congress too discuss and
analyze the problems in our society to find alternative solutions.
We commit to go on helping in the organization of people, to be able to
struggle for their rights and against inequalities and social injustices.
And we commit to the following:
1. To network with all social sectors and their forms of organization in to
build a popular project to confront neo-liberalism, imperialism and the
structural causes of the problems that affect Brazilian people.
2. To defend our rights against any policy that tries to remove rights
3. To struggle against privatizations of public patrimony, the
transposition of Rio São Francisco and for the reestatization of public
companies that have been privatized.
4. To struggle for all latifundios* to be expropriated with priority to
those owned by foreign capital and banks.
5. To fight against the logging and burning of native forests for the
expansion of latifundios.
6. To fight against transnational corporations that want to control seeds,
Brazilian production and agricultural trade such as Monsanto, Syngenta,
Cargill, Bungue, ADM, Nestlé, Basf, Bayer, Aracruz, Stora Enso, among
others. To stop them from further exploiting our nature, our labour and our
7. Demand the end of slave labour, the super exploitation of labour and the
punishment of the perpetrators. All latifundios that use any form of slave
labour must be expropriated, without any compensation, as stated in the
Amendment of the Constitutional Bill which was elected at first instance in
the City Chamber.
8. To fight against all forms of violence in the countryside, as well as
the crimilization of Social Movements. Demand punishment for the murderers - those who hired and the executors - of all those fighting for the Agrarian Reform, which go unpunished or their law suits are paralised in the Judiciary System.
9. To struggle to limit the size of land ownership. For the legal
recognition of the historical rights of indigenous peoples and afro-
descendents to their land.
10. To fight for the production of agri-fuels to be under control of
peasants and rural workers, as part of the policulture, with environmental
protection and seeking the energetic sovereignty of each region.
11. To defend native and creole seeds. To struggle against GMO seeds.
Promote the practices of agro-ecology and agricultural techniques that
respect the environment. Settlements and rural communities must give
priority to produce foods without agro-chemicals for the internal market.
12. To defend fresh water springs fountains and reservoirs. Water is a
common good from Nature and it belongs to humanity. It cannot be privatized by any corporation.
13. To preserve forests and promote the planting of native and fruit trees,
in all settlement areas and rural communities, contributing for the
environmental preservation and in the struggle against global warming.
14. To struggle for the working class to have access to basic, secondary
and public higher education, of excellent quality and free.
15. To develop different ways of organizing campaigns and programmes to eradicate illiteracy in rural areas and in Brazilian society as whole,
using transformative pedagogical guidelines.
16. Struggle for each settlement or community in the countryside to have
their own popular media, such as, free community radio stations. Struggle
for the democratization of all media in society contributing to create
political awareness and the respect of popular culture.
17. To strengthen the network with rural social movements in Via Campesina Brazil, in all states and regions. To build alliances with all Social Movements and Popular Assemblies in counties, regions and states.
18. Contribute in the construction of all possible mechanisms for the
popular integration in Latin-America, through ALBA - Bolivarian Alternative
the Peoples of the Americas. Exercise INTERNATIONAL solidarity with people who suffer the aggressions of the empire, specially at the moment, the people in CUBA, HAITI, IRAQ and PALESTINE.
We call the Brazilian people to organize and struggle for a fair and
igualitarian society, which will only be made possible with the
mobilization of everyone. The great transformations are always the work of
people organized. And, we from the MST, commit to never give up and always
*Latifundio - large land holding
AGRARIAN REFORM: For Social Justice and Popular Sovereignty!