The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the largest social movements in Latin America, is internationally famous for its
success occupying large unproductive land estates and pressuring the government to redistribute this land to over 1 million landless farmers. Less well known are the movement’s educational initiatives. Over the past three 
decades, MST leaders have drawn on diverse educational theories to develop a set of pedagogical practices for schools that encourage youth to stay in the countryside, foster collective forms of work, and participate in political struggle. Activists engage in contentious actions to support their educational ideas, while facilitating community discussions, organizing teacher trainings, and writing curricula with state actors. In the state of Paraná, the MST administers 11 public schools that are currently functioning within MST land occupations. MST leader Alessandro, one of the state coordinators of the education sector in Paraná, spoke at the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local office about these educational experiences and how the MST has succeeded in both occupying land and occupying the Brazilian school system. The event was co-sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the Friends of the MST and the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local.

 
 
On August 24th, members of the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local and the Socialist Party Ventura Local participated in an organizer training session with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. The session, which was part of an ongoing series, was designed to give participants the tools they need to dialogue with the community about police surveillance, oppression, and brutality.

 
 
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Socialist Party members in New York City gathered on Friday August 28th to discuss the campaign to shut down Indian Point. 

The discussion was led by NYC Socialist Party member John Reynolds (member of the Shut Down Indian Point Coalition) and is being organized as party of the Party's work during the month-long "Nuclear Free Future Month".

 
 
The Socialist Party Ventura Local/Socialist Party of Ventura County (SPVC) spent the day with our fellow comrades and activists of Colectivo Todo Poder Al Pueblo, at College Estates Park in Oxnard, California. There was food, fun, and a whole lot of discussion. Expect some continued coalition building, and perhaps even a joint Freedom School sometime in the coming months. Things are definitely looking good over here, and we will continue to work with Colectivo Todo Poder Al Pueblo in all aspects of organizational cooperation and community actions. For more information about who they are, and what they do, feel free to visit their website at: http://todopoderalpueblo.org/
 
 
Members of the Socialist Party Ventura County Local spoke with students at Moorpark college about the meaning of democracy, engaging in a dialogue about how we might all participate in building a radical democracy.

 
 
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The Northern New Jersey Local co-organized the August Montclair Peace vigil on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

The vigil was held on a busy street corner and the War Resisters Leagues photo exhibit of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was displayed.

The event was organized as part of Nuclear Free Future month, a month of action endorsed by the Socialist Party USA.

 
 
Socialist Party Ventura Local/Socialist Party of Ventura County (SPVC) hit the streets of Downtown Ventura, during the opening week of the County Fair. We would like to issue a special thank you to everyone who came out today, and for all the support we have received. We are definitely looking forward to building the organization here in Ventura County and California, as well as many more opportunities like this.