Landless Workers Movement

The Landless Workers Movement, or MST as it is known from its acronym in Portuguese, is one of Latin America’s largest social movements. The MST was formed in the mid-1980s to redress the plight of the millions of landless in Brazil, a country with among the world’s most extreme inequality, where less than two percent of the population controls roughly half the land leaving much of it idle. The Brazilian constitution includes the right to claim unused land for productive purposes and the MST has been using civil disobedience, legal channels and community organizing to help make this right a reality, helping to reclaim millions of acres of unused land. Learn more at