FIGHTING DISPLACEMENT FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO CHICAGO

12 11 2009

SOUTHSIDE SOLIDARITY NETWORK & STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

A Visit from Ashraf Cassiem

Ashraf Cassiem is the lead organizer of South Africa’s Anti-Eviction Campaign in the Western Cape.

An activist from the Mitchells Plain township with a long history in the anti-apartheid struggle, Ashraf has been one of the leading critics of the continuing attacks on poor people’s human rights in South Africa after the fall of apartheid. The Anti-Eviction Campaign has been written about and reported on around the world for its innovative, bold, and defiant resistance in the face of evictions, privatization and violation of the right to housing that have increased with the spread of IMF and World Bank-imposed economic policies through post-apartheid South Africa.

Fighting Displacement from South Africa to Chicago will be a chance to hear reflections from Ashraf on the situation confronting South Africa’s poor, the resistance they have organized, and lessons to be learned by groups struggling for the right to housing in a U.S. housing market plagued by foreclosure, evictions and destruction of public housing. Local leaders from Southside Together Organizing for Power, a tenant organizing group based in Woodlawn, will share their own struggles to stop evictions and housing demolition and engage with Ashraf and the audience in a discussion on making local-global connections in struggles for human rights.

Wednesday, November 11
Harper 140
7:30 P.M.
Free dinner will be served

For more information, contact Divya Sundar at
divyasundar@uchicago.edu

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