World Rainforest Movement

Dercy Teles on the popular movement of rubber tappers in Brazil

In June 2017, the WRM carried out an interview with Dercy Teles, the first female president of a Brazilian Rural Workers’ Union, in the town of Xapuri, Acre in 1981. Xapuri became known nationally and internationally because of the union leader who succeeded Dercy: Chico Mendes. She reflects on the rich history of the rubber tappers’ popular movement, including its difficulties, lessons learned and challenges.
Read here the interview in the WRM 231 Bulletin.