Brothers and sisters,
Today is still very far from being the day of happiness which all human beings yearn for, but certainly, bringing to light and to memory the tragic events that happened 26 years ago makes us reflect better on where we are today.
Everyone knows about our problems and difficulties, but everyone also knows about the spirit and strength we possess to solve our problems and transform our difficulties into past tense.
We, waste pickers, are a group of people that live in all corners of the Earth, therefore we must declare our struggle so that everyone will know that we exist.
Our biggest victory is ourselves, our organizations and our brothers and sisters – the rest are merely the fruits of the small seeds we’ve planted.
With the passing of time, we will continue to resist and little by little, advance.
From the north to the south, from up to down, where there are waste pickers, we know we aren’t alone.
Viva the international day of waste pickers!
Who doesn’t move doesn’t feel the chains that bind him or her, therefore, let’s move!
– Alex Cardoso
Movimento Nacional dos Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis-MNCR
(National Movement of Brazilian Waste Pickers)
Cooperativa dos Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis do Loteamento Cavalhada-ASCAT