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MST Speaking Tour in Boston Area
30 Apr 2002
A leader of the MST - the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil, the oldest and largest poor people's movement in the hemisphere, is on a speaking tour of New England.
New England Speaking Tour

WANUSA PEREIRA DOS SANTOS from Brazil's Landless Workers Movement Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)

FROM APRIL 29 TO MAY 5, 2002.

The MST, one of Grassroots International's partners in Brazil, is the largest social movement in Latin America with an estimated 1.5 million members. Since its inception in 1985, it has helped 300,000 landless Brazilian families gain title to land the size of Massachusetts.

Wanusa will have a number of speaking engagements in New England from April 29-May 5.

Please see her public event schedule below. Plan to attend one of them to hear an inspiring account of how the MST works!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Wanusa Pereira Dos Santos is a 25-year old MST leader from the state of Espirito Santo. She is a member of the National Committee on Political Education for the MST and came out of the student movement in Brazil.

ABO0UT THE MST: In Brazil, less than 3 percent of the population owns two-thirds of the productive land. Since 1985, the MST has carried out a veritable 'land reform from below' by peacefully occupying unused land and establishing cooperative farms, building houses, schools and clinics, and promoting indigenous cultures, a sustainable environment and gender equality. The MST has won land titles for nearly 300,000 families in 1,600 settlements so far, and 70,000 encamped families currently await government recognition. Land occupations are possible thanks to the Brazilian Constitution, which says land that remains unproductive should be used for a "larger social function." The MST's success lies in its ability to organize and educate.

Below is Wanusa Dos Santos's speaking engagement schedule. You can also access the schedule, as well as information our Brazil program, on our website at


Member, National Committee on Political Education,
Landless Workers Movement, (MST) Brazil.

APRIL 29 TO MAY 5, 2002


Clark University
Worcester, MA

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Lurie Conference Room
University Center
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA

Sponsors: Worcester Global Action Network (WoGAN), Department of International Development, Community Planning and the Environment (IDCE), Clark University

For more information or to RSVP, please call Steve at 508-752-1952 or email woganemail (at)


Brown University
Providence, RI

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Petterutti Lounge, Faunce House.
(Faunce House is on the Brown Main Green, on Waterman Street between Thayer and Prospect Streets)

For Information or to RSVP: Email Daniel Stern at Daniel_Stern (at)

Note: This workshop will also include Hilda Navarrete, founder of "La Voz de los sin Voz" (The Voice of the Voiceless) human rights center in Guerrero, Mexico


Smith College
Northampton, MA

Time: 8:00pm

Location : Smith College Chapel

Sponsors: Nosotras and the Student Labor Action Coalition

For more information or to RSVP: Please email Betsy Ranum at betsyranum (at)


University of Massachussetts at Amherst
Amherst, MA

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Machmer E-16.

Sponsors: Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies.

For more information or to RSVP: Please contact Carmen Diana Deere at deere (at)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Room 4-231
For directions, please visit

Sponsor: MIT Western Hemisphere Project

For more information or to RSVP: Please email Dhanesh at dks (at)

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2002

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

Time: 12:30pm

Location : Slater International House, 106 Central Street, Wellesley College

Sponsors: Alianza, the Latin American Students Organization of Wellesley College

For more information or to RSVP: Please contact Maria Alejandra Zambrano, at (781) 283-7496 or email mzambran (at)

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2002

Grassroots International
Boston, MA

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Grassroots International
179 Boylston Street, 4th Floor,
Jamaica Plain.

Directions: By subway: Take the Orange line to Stonybrook, turn left out of the station and walk two blocks on Boylston street. We are located in the tall brick building on the right.

For more information or to RSVP, please call (617) 524-1400 or email info (at) For complete schedule and information on Grassroots International's Brazil program, please visit

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2002

Brazilian Immigrant Center
Boston, MA

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Brazilian Immigrant Center
139 Brighton Avenue, Suite 7
Allston, MA 02134

For more information or to RSVP: Please call Fausto da Rocha at (617)783-8001


Home of Jim and Julia Wallace
Cambridge, MA

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 141 Oxford Street,
Cambridge, MA

Directions: From Porter Square T station turn right, walk down SomervilleAve. to bridge. Turn right over the bridge and we're the third building on the right in the next block.

For more information or to RSVP: Please call Jim and Julia Wallace at (617)864-6047.

SUNDAY MAY 5, 2002

Brazilian Women's Group

This event will be conducted in Portuguese

Title: 'The role of women in the MST'

Time: 2 PM to 4PM

Location: TBA

For more information or to RSVP please call 617-524-1269 or email heloisa (at)
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