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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday October 04, 2009 - 20:34 by Abahlali baseMjondolo - Rural Network
Just two days before Abahlali baseMjondolo was violently attacked in Kennedy Road, the movement was in celebratory mood as hundreds of shackdwellers crowded into the eMmause Community Hall on Heritage Day, 24th September, for the launch of a new booklet, Living Learning. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday October 04, 2009 - 20:11 by Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
The armed ANC takeover of Kennedy Road (including the death of at least 4 people and the exiling of 1,000 residents) has now been condemned all over South Africa and all over the world. This is a new era in South Africa. No longer can we pretend to be a 'rainbow nation' when political parties are actively supporting armed militia in attacks against independent social movements. But we do have an advantage: In the long run, we are doing what is right and therefore we will win.
Below you will find a huge list of statements, articles and blogs. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 30, 2009 - 23:24 by Nokuthula Mthimunye
Statement on Kennedy Road Informal Settlement by AFRA ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 30, 2009 - 17:43 by Abahlali baseMjondolo 1 video file
New video has been put together from the scene at Kennedy Road. Eyewitnesses to the menacing mob on Saturday night directly contradict both the official ANC story that 'Abahlali-connected people' perpetrated the attack and the ridiculous comment by Ward Councilor Yakoob Baig that the community is 'terrified of Abahlali'. The slightest scrutiny reveals that in fact Abahlali was the target of the vicious 36 hours plus of deadly mob violence. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 30, 2009 - 00:17 by Sibusiso Innocent Zikode
The ANC has invaded Kennedy Road. We have been arrested, beaten, killed, jailed and made homeless by their armed wing. This is what it took for Yakoob Baig and Jackson Gumede to finally take back the settlement.
This is not just an attack on the KRDC. It is not just an attack on AbM. It is an attack on our politic.
... read full story / add a comment
The Provincial Government and the Police have Officially Endorsed the Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondo
southern africa / community struggles / other libertarian press Tuesday September 29, 2009 - 20:32 by Richard Pithouse 2 comments (last - tuesday september 29, 2009 - 22:30)
On Saturday night members of the Kennedy Road Development Committee were subject to a surprise attack by a group of about 40 armed men chanting anti Mpondo slogans. The police failed to intervene. People were killed. Later on that night all key AbM leaders were subject to attack. Everyone's houses (and businesses in two cases where people had shops) were destroyed. This mob (now known as 'the Zulu mob' in the settlement) has direct connections to the local ANC who had promised, two weeks ago, to turn the AbM office into an ANC office. ... read full story / add a comment
international / community struggles / other libertarian press Monday September 28, 2009 - 16:28 by acrata 1 image
Wednesday September 30th at 7:30PM
East Side Café.
5469 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032.
Film: Masacre de El Amparo: 20 Anos de Impunidad.
Presentation & Conversation: “El Caracazo”
Donations Suggested* refreshments, Popcorn, and conversation facilitated by a member of the Venezuelan Collective “El Libertario”, an anarchist journal since 1995.
This event is brought to you by
The Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair Collective
Revolutionary Autonomous Communities
Amanecer: For a Popular Anarchism (L.A.) and others ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday September 28, 2009 - 14:47 by Abahlali baseMjondolo
There are now senior ANC leaders in the Kennedy Road Community Hall. In their presence the homes of the elected Kennedy Road leadership continue to be demolished and burnt by the same small group of well armed people who have been carrying out attacks with impunity for 23 straight hours. None of the people that launched the surprise, unprovoked and heavily armed attack on the KRDC last night have been arrested and yet most of the KRDC is locked up in the Sydenham Police station (including those who were publicly performing the imfene dance in Claremont at the time of the attack). ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday September 27, 2009 - 20:46 by Kennedy Road Development Committee 1 comment (last - monday september 28, 2009 - 22:04)
Abahlali baseMjondolo leaders have been subject to well organised violent attacks since last year. Now the movement has been attacked in a surprise ambush. At least three people are dead. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday September 27, 2009 - 01:10 by Mzonke Poni
Mzonke Poni, Chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape, is scheduled to stand trial on the charge of public violence on Tuesday 29 September 2009. The charge relates to a protest organised in opposition to state criminality against the Macassar Village Land Occupation. He has written this essay on 'public violence' in response to the charges levelled against him. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday September 21, 2009 - 01:06 by Simon Saunders
Mnikelo Ndabankulu and Zodwa Nsibande from Abahlali baseMjondolo interviewed by the Morning Star in London. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 16, 2009 - 15:52 by Abahlali baseMjondolo
Six more families were left homeless early this morning in Mpola, Marianhill, when a demolition crew took pangas to their homes. The demolition crew said they had been authorized by the notorious Ward 15 councillor, Derek Dimba. Backing the crew was 11 eThekwini Municipality security officers, all armed with guns. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday September 07, 2009 - 19:47 by Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee
We, the Alexandra Vukuzenzele Crisis Committee (AVCC), have been fighting for our right to move from our shacks to houses since 2002. We have engaged the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) and local ANC councilors, but they have failed to respond to our grievances. To push forward the struggle of the poor for our right to housing, we have been non-violently occupying empty RDP houses in extension 7. The government and the police have responded by brutally assaulting us in order to stop us from applying this method of non-violent direct action - the only method we have to force the government to heed to our demands for housing. ... read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / community struggles / other libertarian press Monday September 07, 2009 - 05:08 by Diane Krauthamer 1 image
BOSTON – Equipped with megaphones, banners, and golf clubs, nearly 100 community members “teed off” at Deutsche Bank’s gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston Street. In the early evening of September 2, Boston-area labor and housing activists—representing such groups as City Life/Vida Urbana, Jobs with Justice, Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, Community Labor United, Mass Alliance Against Predatory Lending and the SEIU—demonstrated at the dinner, which kicked off the bank’s annual PGA golf championship. According to organizers, Deutsche Bank forecloses on more homes in Massachusetts than any other financial institution in the state. ... read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / community struggles / other libertarian press Tuesday September 01, 2009 - 10:53 by Rocktown Rebel
A new anarchist blog has been launched for the specific purpose of analyzing local political developments in the Blue Ridge / Potomac Highlands region of the southeastern United States. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday August 19, 2009 - 00:49 by Abahlali baseMjondolo
Abahlali Leaders Narrowly Escape Assassination; Councillor Warlords Violently Disrupt Branch Launch in Tin Town, eShowe; Abahlali Members in Exile; Sex for Houses Corruption Allegations at Sunnydale Housing Project Breaking News: Warlords return to Tin Town today, 17 August, with weapons, searching for two exiled Abahlali members ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday August 18, 2009 - 16:04 by Coalition Against Water Privatisation
The Phiri water rights case was initiated almost six years ago as a direct result of the cynical and repressive closing down of both the institutional and political democratic space which were supposed to act as the vehicles for the ‘delivery’ of basic services and the realisation of socio-economic rights. While this reality was crystal clear to the residents of Phiri and many other poor communities at the time, it has taken several more years and thousands more community struggles and protests to wake up the rest of South Africa. Indeed, this entire case has been the outcome of a consistent failure of institutional and representative (democratic) politics alongside political leadership and will. ... read full story / add a comment
bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / community struggles / other libertarian press Monday August 17, 2009 - 05:54 by André Bianque
Un M16, de esos que abundan, en tiro-tiro, una mira telescópica adosada y se puede hacer un muy buen día de campo y reventarles la cabeza de un balazo... ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / other libertarian press Friday August 14, 2009 - 23:25 by Richard Pithouse
In recent weeks people have been willing to risk arrest, violence and in some cases death at the hands of our habitually brutal police force to assert a whole range of demands. These demands have included an insistence on the right to the cities, the right to an income, the right to a decent education and the right to a living wage.
The issuing of these demands has often, in direct contrast to the legalism of much of civil society, taken the practical form of the assertion of rights via direct and immediate appropriation, such as land occupations, rather than a request for an abstract recognition of rights in principle. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / other libertarian press Saturday August 08, 2009 - 20:19 by Ibrahim Steyn
The original source of the protesting communities' anger is threefold: a disjuncture between legal thought and grassroots expectations of socioeconomic rights, a neoliberal mode of governance and liberal democracy’s limited assumption of political participation ... read full story / add a comment