Youth in Action, January-February 2016

January 26, 2016

Colorado student-teacher-parent walkouts lead to recall of reactionary school board members; Oxford students campaign to remove images of racist imperialist Cecil Rhodes; student activism sweeps South Africa.

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South Africans: don’t vote for messiahs!

May 18, 2014

From UPM: The formation of the Black Consciousness Movement in this country was a realization by Black people that we could no longer stand and be spectators of the game we are supposed to be playing. This election season continues to demonstrate the relevance of Biko’s teachings.

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From South Africa: Hunger games real for unemployed

February 17, 2013

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

From South Africa
Hunger games real for unemployed

Capetown, South Africa—During the Christmas break we received the most shocking news from KwaZulu-Natal. The provincial traffic department advertised 90 positions for trainee traffic officers. More than 150,000 people applied, most of them between the ages of 18 and 20.

On Christmas [=>]

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Neville Alexander

September 22, 2012

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

World in View
Neville Alexander

by Gerry Emmett

We mourn the passing of South African revolutionary and scholar Neville Alexander. Born in the rural Eastern Cape, Alexander moved to Cape Town in 1953 to attend university. There he was introduced to revolutionary ideas. As he said, “I was forced [=>]

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South African miners

September 20, 2012

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

World in View
South African miners

by Gerry Emmett

The Marikana platinum mine massacre of 34 miners, near Rustenburg, South Africa, has outraged the revolutionary working class. (See statement of Abahlali baseMjondolo on page 1.) That outrage is compounded by the government’s decision to charge 270 survivors with the [=>]

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South Africa Marikana mine massacre

September 14, 2012

From the new September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

South Africa Marikana mine massacre

Marikana, South Africa–Aug. 18: It’s now two days after the brutal, heartless and merciless cold bloodbath of 45 Marikana mine workers by the South African Police Services. This was a massacre!

Mining has been central to the history of repression in South Africa. [=>]

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South Africa: ‘No Land! No House! No Vote!’

June 7, 2011

From the new issue of NEWS & LETTERS, May-June 2011:

South Africa: ‘No Land! No House! No Vote!’

Editor’s note: Zimasa Lerumo is coordinator of Abahlali baseMjondolo-Western Cape Youth Project and involved in the “No Land! No House! No Vote!” campaign. Their campaign for South Africa’s 2011 elections declares: “No! to Capitalist Democracy. No! to ANC, DA, [=>]

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South African shack dwellers: ‘a new social movement’

February 14, 2011

From the Jan.-Feb. 2011 issue of News & Letters:

South African shack dwellers: ‘a new social movement’

Editor’s note: S’bu Zikode of Abahlali baseMjondolo of Western Cape spoke recently in Oakland, Cal., on a U.S. tour about this movement within South Africa. Here are excerpts from his talk:

People are born and live in these shantytowns, at least 2.3 [=>]

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World in View: South Africa’s ‘Class Apartheid’

December 6, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

World in View

South Africa’s ‘Class Apartheid’

Two decades after Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, South Africa has actually increased the apartheid-era race and class inequality. Neoliberal capitalist economic policies have resulted in massive unemployment and poverty that has been termed “class apartheid.” So extreme is the situation [=>]

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South African shackdwellers movement statement on South African Communist Party

November 20, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

South African activists slam Communist Party

Editor’s note: The self-organized communities in the Western Cape shackdwellers’ movement in South Africa have protested lack of services and housing through direct action, to be followed by a march on Parliament. The South African Communist Party (SACP), a part of the [=>]

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