Youth in Action, January-February 2017

February 3, 2017

Student journalists at the University of Kentucky targeted for publicizing a professor’s sexual misconduct towards a student; protests against racism at Cornell University; Maryland middle school students’ creative protest against sexist dress codes; Fees Must Fall Movement in South Africa continues shutting down Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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Youth in Action: November-December 2016

November 30, 2016

International look at youth activism including the Fees Must Fall movement in South Africa; students at Boston College rallying against an anti-gay atmosphere; the CDC leaving out Transgender students in a survey on suicide; and Native American youth protesting polluted water in the Klamath Strait Drain in Oregon.

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Women WorldWide: November-December 2016

November 26, 2016

Women’s news worldwide including a march against rape culture in cities in Canada; a march across Israel for peace by Israeli and Palestinian women; and South African teenagers challenging health clinics to give young women contraceptive information.

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Landless women meet

September 12, 2016

Abahlali baseMjondolo Women’s League South Africa commemorates the 60th anniversary of women who marched against apartheid Pass laws and for gender and racial equality as they plan for future economic development for women.

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Incoming and outgoing Wits Student Representative Council Presidents Ulo and Shaeera address the students and advocate for FeesMustFall.

Youth In Action: March-April 2016

March 18, 2016

Students protesting racism at US campuses get some wins; student movement The FeesMustFall student movement at South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand wins a temporary freeze on fees, call for campus jobs to remain on campus and making it more possible for more poor and working class students to be able to afford university; University of Georgia students arrested for calling on the university to grant in-state tuition for undocumented youth; University of Missouri students continue to agitate for racial justice by calling for more Black faculty.

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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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World in View: South African protests

December 10, 2015

Students at University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg opposed a proposed 10,5% fee hike, and defying some student leaders to march on ANC headquarters, demanding no increase. Students at University of Cape Town had in April forced removal of racist imperialist Cecil Rhodes from campus.

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World in View: Charleston terrorism

July 8, 2015

The racist murder of nine people at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., is the characteristic U.S. form of terrorism, directed against the expression of Black self-determination.

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South Africa bloodies Black workers

April 30, 2015

Durban, South Africa—On April 8 Abahlali baseMjondolo supported a march against xenophobia organized by our comrades in the Congolese Solidarity Campaign together with the Somali Association of South Africa and other migrant organizations. There was a permit for the march and yet the police would not allow it to go ahead.

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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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November-December 2013 News & Letters online

November 11, 2013

The new November-December 2013 issue of News & Letters is online.

News & Letters, Vol. 58, No. 6
November – December 2013

Lead
The Syrian Revolution as the test of world politics

On Aug. 21 the genocidal regime of Bashar al-Assad murdered over a thousand civilians, mostly women and children, with sarin gas in the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta. [=>]

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Violence ‘normalized’

May 17, 2013

We are living in contradictory times, especially when it comes to women’s struggle for freedom. On the one hand you have a Women’s Liberation Movement that has never been more radical, unified and global. On the other hand there is more repression, and the violence is more brutal and deadly than ever before.

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Past time to stop rape in South Africa

March 31, 2013

We do not believe that the state is taking the rape and murder of Thandiswa Qubuda seriously. The state holds poor people in contempt. We are just voting fodder to them. We are not human beings to them. It is clear that the leadership in the struggle against rape will have to come from below. It is time for real action against rape.

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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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Readers’ Views, September-October 2012, Part 2

October 16, 2012

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

Readers’ Views, Part 2

REVOLUTIONARY SYNDICALISM DISCUSSION CONTINUES

The discussion article on “Revolutionary Syndicalism” (July-August N&L) reminds me of when it was considered a major force of revolution. There was a syndicalist party, the Socialist Labor Party (SLP), that thought we could vote in socialism. [=>]

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Solidarity with South Africa’s miners

October 2, 2012

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

Solidarity with South Africa’s miners

Photo by David M’Oto for News & Letters

Oakland, Calif.—On Aug. 24, 100 activists converged on Oscar Grant Plaza to express solidarity with the South African miners’ struggle in Marikana and outrage over the police slaughter of 34 striking workers at Lonmin Platinum [=>]

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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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September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters is online

September 9, 2012

News & Letters, Vol. 57, No. 5
September-October 2012
You may view this issue of News & Letters in pdf form here

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Reactionary U.S. election shows capital’s contradictions

“We built it!” roared the delegates at the Republican Party convention in Tampa. It was the perfect expression of the presidential campaign and of capitalist thinking in general. The truth [=>]

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Durban climate summit: sellout, revolt

February 7, 2012

From the new January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Durban climate summit: sellout, revolt

“2020 is too late to wait!” rang out the words of Abigail Borah, a 21-year-old college student/activist from Vermont. She was interrupting U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern’s speech at the latest yearly UN climate summit, held this time in Durban, South Africa, [=>]

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Dialectics of revolution in Africa, Asia

January 31, 2012

From the new January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Dialectics of revolution in Africa, Asia

Editor’s note: The upsurge of freedom struggles from Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street makes it imperative to learn from the revolutions of a half-century ago in Africa, Asia and Latin America, not alone as the [=>]

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Spontaneity and new beginnings

November 11, 2011

From the new November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Spontaneity and new beginnings

Editor’s note: As the world experiences a new stage of revolt–from the Arab Spring to Wall Street–and seeks ways to make it a revolutionary new beginning, we present excerpts of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Perspectives Report to the 1977 national [=>]

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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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World in View: Sudan at the crossroads of self-determination

March 8, 2011

From the January-February 2011 issue of News & Letters:

World in View: Sudan at the crossroads of self-determination
by Gerry Emmett

The final vote for southern Sudan’s independence from the north will be overwhelming. The days of referendum have been days of tears and memories along with happiness. Among the diaspora, people in line to vote echoed the [=>]

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Women Worldwide, Jan.-Feb. 2011

February 22, 2011

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

Women Worldwide
by Artemis

On Dec. 17, 2010, the Eighth International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was observed in 15 cities in the U.S., seven cities in Canada and six cities in other countries. In candlelight vigils, the names were read of 60 sex workers murdered in 2010. [=>]

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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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