The World Bank pledges to “do no harm.” But over the past decade it has regularly failed to protect the world’s most vulnerable people.
“Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the longest standing and largest social movements in Latin America, continues to be a relevant force in the lives of everyday communities and families,” writes Armando Carmona, a freelance journalist and an editor at upsidedownworld.org, in this useful profile of the organization. “To be landless in Brazil is not understood simply as a social condition or an identity for the marginalized. To define one’s self as landless implies agency and a commitment to a community made up of active subjects that are working towards the construction of their own history. This category of the landless has been transformative for the everyday lives of those involved. As opposed to an individualized struggle for property ownership, the landless of Brazil see themselves as a collective subject firmly standing against multiple levels of material, ideological, and physical violence. This movement navigates a landscape of misinformation by media, displacement by military police, attacks by landowners and growing right-wing militias, in addition to the dismissive attitude of government officials,” he writes. Carmona describes how ”The struggle of the MST is both political, pedagogical and a challenge to western notions of private property and land ownership. They have extensive networks of educators in charge of political formation through a pedagogia de la terra or pedagogy of the land, which draws heavily from scholars and militants like the well-known philosopher Paulo Freire.” He concludes, “Though their challenges remain, the MST continues to push forward in their efforts toward land reform and what they consider a transformation of civil society.”
This June, the Jackson People’s Movement Assembly will officially launch the Climate Justice Alliance Summer of Our Power. Moving like 3 tributaries from the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Mid-West, the Summer of Our Power will build and gather strength on the Road to Paris and beyond by connecting and uplifting the existing just transition work of the Our Power pilot sites and other member groups on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The series of actions throughout the Summer will culminate in support for Gulf South Rising and the 10 year Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
An economist, university lecturer and much loved revolutionary, Castañeda is renowned for having founded and presided over Venezuela’s internationally celebrated Women’s Development Bank, “Banmujer” since 2001. She was also one of the chief protagonists of the autochthonous Venezuelan working class women’s movement which emerged in the 1980s.
By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Your Holiness, Speaking of the ills of economic and social exclusions you stated that “Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in…
For goodness sake, Jesse: this is pleading for a place at the table of those who exploit Africa. Isn’t it time to break away from the Bank and G20 and the clubs of the oppressors, refuse to pay odious debt and establish our own economic relations.