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Dawn Plummer
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10/03/2002
14:04:21
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The Landless Workers Movement (MST), San Francisco State University and
the
Friends of the MST announces:

Visit BRAZIL with a Purpose

Study Tour: Brazil’s Social and Cultural Movements

January 9 - 25, 2003

· Learn about social and cultural movements
· Participate in the World Social Forum*
· Earn academic credit at San Francisco State University**

Itinerary:

San Francisco (or major US city) - Salvador, Bahia
Salvador, Bahia - rural Espíritu Santo
Espíritu Santo - Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro - Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre - San Francisco (or major US city)***

Study Tour Description: Brazil, the largest and most populous country
in
South America, has spawned an extensive array of social and cultural
movements since 1985 when a twenty-five year military dictatorship gave
way
to civilian government. The objective of this 18-day study tour is to
provide participants with the opportunity to observe and speak directly
with
leaders and participants in a number of these movements. In addition,
we
will attend the first three days of the World Social Forum, to be held
in
Porto Alegre, the capital city of Brazil1s southern most state, Rio
Grande
do Sul. The World Social Forum is the largest meeting of
non-governmental
organizations from across the globe involved in promoting social
justice.

The study tour will begin in Salvador, Bahia, the original capital city
of
Brazil until the 19th century and home of Afro-Brazilian culture. In
Salvador, we will meet with organizations working with street children,
domestic workers, and talk with specialists about race and class in the
Brazilian context. We will also attend performances of Afro-Brazilian
music,
dance, and Candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion). To conclude our study
of
this region we will travel north of the city and visit a turtle
preservation
project in the small fishing village of Praia do Forte.

After this introduction to both social and cultural movements, we will
fly
to Espíritu Santo, a small state south of Bahia. Here we will look at
Rural
Brazil, visiting the Instituto Terra founded by internationally
acclaimed
photographer, Sebastião Salgado, and spend several days in the
countryside
visiting agricultural communities organized by the Landless Worker’s
Movement (Movimento Sem Terra, MST), the largest movement of rural
people in
the world today. Espíritu Santo is famous for its beaches where we will
spend several nights during this segment of the trip.

From Espíritu Santo, we will travel overland by bus (a day’s travel)
to
Brazil’s most famous and second largest city, Rio de Janeiro. During
our
brief visit to Rio, abuzz with preparations for Carnival, we will visit
an
Escola de Samba (Samba School), take a city tour to see the highlights
of
Rio, and meet with several women1s organizations and representatives of
the
Workers’ Party (PT).

To conclude the study tour, we will fly south to Porto Alegre to attend
with
World Social Forum held at on the campus of the Pontifical Catholic
University (PUC) of Rio Grande do Sul.

COST: $2,100.00

Price includes:

-Roundtrip Airfare San Francisco/ Rio de Janeiro/ Salvador da Bahia/
San
Francisco (or other US points of departure, price subject to change)
-Four (4) Nights accommodation in Salvador da Bahia
-One (1) Night accommodation in Praia do Forte, fishing village north
of
Salvador
-Three (3) Nights accommodation in Vitoria, 2 nights at a 3* hotel and
one
night at an MST Dormitory
-Three (3) Nights accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
-Three (3) Nights accommodation in Porto Alegre
-Daily Brazilian buffet breakfast at all hotels with 3
-City tours in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro
-All airport transfers for flights (except from flight into Vitoria)
and
local transportation for tours
-Bus travel between Vitoria and Rio de Janeiro
-Cost of accommodations and transport with the MST in Vitoria
-Built-in donations to movements and organizations visited
-Registration for the World Social Foru

*Accommodation with double occupancy (triple occupancy may be requested
for
a modest rate reduction)

Not included:

-Cost of passport (if you do not have one, $60) and required Brazilian
visa
($45)
-Items of a personal nature, including drinks at meals and evening
excursions
-Tips to guides/drivers
-International departure taxes of approximately $120
-Transportation costs to social organizations (shared taxis and public
transportation will be taken)
-Daily lunch and dinner (low-cost suggestions will be made)
-Travel insurance required for participants who will seek SFSU credit

Tour Leaders Biographical Information:

Dr. Sherry Keith teaches social sciences at San Francisco State
University.
She has lived and worked in Brazil as a faculty member at both the
Federal
University of Bahia in Salvador and the Federal University of Minas
Gerais
in Belo Horizonte. Since the mid 1970s she has been involved with
research
and programs designed to improve public education primarily in Brazil’s

North, Centerwest and Northeast. Most recently she is interested in
social
movements that promote opportunities for the most marginalized sectors
of
Brazilian society. She is also interested in popular Brazilian music
(MPB)
and enjoys sharing her familiarity with Brazil with others. She speaks
fluent Portuguese and has traveled extensively throughout the country.

Dawn Plummer is the Coordinator of the US-based "Friends of the MST", a
support organization for Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement. The MST is
a
grassroots social movement made up of landless farmers and their
families
with approximately 1.5 million members. As a member of the Poor
People's
Economic Human Rights Campaign, she is also active in building a
similar
movement to end poverty in the United States. As an undergraduate,
Dawn
studied in Fortaleza, has traveled throughout Brazil and speaks
Portuguese.

Tour Company Information:

BRAZIL NUTS TOURS is a leading Destination Management /Travel Company
with
over 18 years experience in helping clients from all over the world
make
their travel plans to Brazil. Brazil Nuts will handle all
transportation,
accommodation and logistical elements of the study tour. Brazil Nuts
Tours
1-800-553-9959

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Sherry Keith, San Francisco State University, skeith@sfsu.edu
Dawn Plummer, Friends of the MST, dawn@mstbrazil.org, (415) 255-0795

For more info about how to get academic credit at San Francisco State
University for participating in the Study Tour, contact Mary Pieratt,
College of Extended Learning Program Director, maryp@sfsu.edu, (415)
405-3371.

* The World Social Forum will be held from January 23-28. The Study
Tour
includes participation in the World Social Forum until departure on
January
25. Should you wish to participate in the entire forum, hotel costs
beyond
the tour dates will be the participants’ responsibility. We can
certainly
help make these arrangements.

** Study Tour is open to faculty, students and non-academics (community
members, activists, etc.) of all ages.

*** Price is determined with San Francisco as a departure city, but
participants can also depart from other major US cities. Price is
subject to
change depending on departure city. We will work with you to make this
as
low as possible.



--
Dawn Plummer
Program Coordinator
Friends of the MST t. 415.255.0795
c/o Global Exchange f. 415. 255. 7498
2017 Mission Street, #303 dawn@mstbrazil.org
San Francisco, CA 94110 www.mstbrazil.org



Boris
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10/03/2002
14:29:05
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