Grassroots International

Protect Peasant School from Eviction

Over the last 20 years, through the Landless Workers Movement’s hard work, determination and fundraising, the Paulo Freire Training Center has grown to include an auditorium, dormitories, classrooms, a telecommunication center, a youth center, a sports center, a daycare center, a kitchen, and a cafeteria. The Center has worked in partnership with the local and state governments and several universities in holding various training programs and course development ranging from geography to veterinary care to environmental health and more.

The Center has been a beacon and leader in agroecology and training for the region and its closure would be a terrible loss for the peasant rights movement. I hope you’ll stand with us, the MST and all who have labored to build a better life for the people in Northwest Brazil.

[ENGLISH VERSION BELOW. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SUBMIT THIS LETTER IN PORTUGUESE]

It has come to my attention, the notice of action of repossession for the Paulo Freire Training Center in the Normandia Settlement in the city of Carauru, PE. Given the history and importance of the Center, this is of deep concern even internationally. For this reason, I am contacting you to demand a reconsideration of this decision. The Paulo Freire Training Center was established in 1998 under the auspices of INCRA and has through all of these years followed the guidelines established by INCRA. Under the advice of INCRA, the land for the training center was donated by the Normandia Settlement to be used collectively for training of residents of Pernambuco and has been used since then for these purposes.

Substantial funds and labor have been invested in developing the training center, including the construction of an auditorium, dormitories, classrooms, telecommunications center, youth center, sports center, daycare facilities, a kitchen and cafeteria.

The Paulo Freire Training Center now serves not only Pernambuco, but the entire northeast of Brazil providing courses in agro-ecology and, in conjunction with various universities, classes in geography, veterinarian training, education, environmental health and safety, health education and many other courses. The center is unquestionably a valuable resource for the entire region and its closure would be a terrible loss for everyone who values education and the development of people of the countryside.

I consider the proposed action with regard to the Paulo Freire Training Center an injustice and an affront to all those who have labored to build a better life for the people of the Northeast. There is no basis in a system of justice that would allow this eviction to occur.

[PORTUGUESE TRANSLATION OF LETTER THAT WILL BE SENT TO DECISION MAKERS IN BRAZIL]

I, therefore, respectfully demand that the eviction order be rescinded immediately.