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Tags: Abahlali baseMjondolo, Poor People's Alliance, shack fires
Categories : Anti-Eviction Campaign, News & Press Release, Poor People's Alliance, Solidarity
Click here to read ‘A Big Devil in the Jondolos: A report on Shack Fires’ by Matt Birkinshaw (2008).
Press Release: 10 August 2010.
Another Devastating Shack Fire in the Kennedy Road Settlement
If electricity, water and adequate housing were provided in the Kennedy Road shack settlement these recurring shack fires could have been prevented.
The Kennedy Road shack settlement burnt once again at about 10 pm on Sunday, 08 August 2010 – two hours before women’s day. As of today thousands of residents in Kennedy are homeless in this cold winter weather. If the municipality had given them houses or provided them with basic services, such as electricity, refuse collection, road access and water they would have been safe from fire. Fire is a serious threat to our lives. It is an undeniable fact that electricity is not needed by us but that our lives’ need electricity. In settlements that have electricity it is so unlikely to have fires of this nature as it is happening again and again in Kennedy.
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Tags: 2010 World Cup, Abahlali baseMjondolo, Anti-Eviction Campaign, Landless People's Movement, Poor People's Alliance, Rural Network, Solidarity, ussf
Categories : Anti-Eviction Campaign, Poor People's Alliance, Solidarity
As the World Cup began in South Africa in June 2010, the social movements of the Poor People’s Alliance continue to face off against the governing elite’s escalation of harassment, repression, and displacement. At the same time, activists gathered at the second United States Social Forum — to bring together U.S.-based movements fighting poverty, racism and oppression, within the States as well as globally. Some of the poor people’s organizations that gathered in the embattled and resilient, majority-Black city of Detroit for the USSF had met with members of Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign who visited the U.S. in 2009, finding common cause and inspiration in their creative struggles and visions for a better world.
On June 25 in Detroit, members of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Picture the Homeless, Poverty Initiative, and other movement activists at the USSF gathered to play football — as a solidarity message to our allies in South Africa and their Poor People’s World Cup games happening at the same time.
We are with you! Aluta continua! Amandla Ngwethu!
For past examples of New York City-based solidarity statements and actions, see here and here.
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Categories : Archives, Espanol, Poor People's Alliance, Solidarity
A Quiet Coup
South Africa’s largest social movement under attack
By Toussaint Losier
Originally published in Spanish at Desinformémonos
An earlier version of this article appeared in Left Turn Magazine
At roughly 11:30pm on September 26th, a group of 30 to 40 men – survivors are still unsure about the actual numbers –surrounded the community hall in Kennedy Road shack settlement in Durban, South Africa. Brandishing sticks, machetes, and automatic weapons and echoing the language of the state-sponsored internecine political conflict that tore through South Africa during the last years of apartheid, the mob launched an attack on a meeting of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) Youth League taking place inside the hall. In the melee that followed, over a dozen people were injured, with four people left dead and the attackers left in control of the hall.
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