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In the spotlight
The 2005 World Social Forum opened in a way very becoming of a huge gathering of social movements: a march through downtown Porto Alegre, culminating an open-air amphitheatre (where the actual opening ceremony took place). From urban residents calling for the creation of a new housing system, to the Korean International Workers group demanding U.S. troops pull out of Iraq, to the Union of small-scale family farmers, we all marched together through the streets of Porto Alegre. Drumming groups were on hand to provide the rhythym for our step, and people on stilts condemning biodiversity and habitat destruction wove through the crowd.
It's impossible to talk about food sovereignty without bringing up the issue of land reform, and vice-versa.
Yesterday we rose before the sun was up to catch our bus to the Lagoa do Junco MST camp in Tapes, outside of Porto Alegre. Security was tight since the Venezualan President Hugo Chavez was one of the guests; everyone who was cleared to enter was given a sticker which read "Welcome to the International Solidarity Forest." As we arrived, members of the camp gave each guest a straw hat, and welcomed us to the land that they had fought for and gained title to about 4 years ago.
by Christine Ahn
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
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