'Foundation: On January 4, 1984, the MST was set up as a national movement, after a long period of struggle (1979-1983) located in several states. It was founded during the 1st National Meeting of the MST (q.v.), which took place in Cascavel, Paraná, January 21-14, 1984. At this meeting, the general objectives, the main demands, and the forms of organization and struggle were defined. Leadership of the land-struggle from thirteen states in Brazil took part.
1 — For the land to be only in the hands of those who work it;
2 — To fight for a society without exploiters and the exploited;
3 — To be an autonomous mass movement within the union movement to achieve agrarian reform;
4 — To organize rural workers at the bases;
5 — To encourage the participation of the rural workers in unions and political parties;
6 — To be dedicated to the formation of leaders and to build a political leadership of workers;
7 — To connect with urban workers and workers from Latin América.
1 — Legalization of the worker-occupied lands;
2 — Establishement of a maximum area for rural properties;
3 — Disappropriation of all latifundia;
4 - Disappropriation of lands belonging to mulitnational companies;
5 — Demarcation of indigenous lands, with the resettlement of poor occupants in areas of the region;
6 — Investigation and punishment of all crimes committed against rural workers;
7— End of government incentives and subsidies to Proálcool and other projects that benefit the landowners;
8 — Change of government agricultural policies to give priority to the small farmer;
9 — Immediate extinction of the GETAT and the GEBAM;
10 - End of the colonization policy' (Calendário Histórico dos Trabalhadores. São Paulo: MST, Setor de Educação. 3a. edição, 1999, pp. 19-20).