South African shack dwellers movement speaker in Glasgow

Friday 2nd November. 7-9pm
Glasgow Social Centre, Basement, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose St, Glasgow. G3 6RE

The Glasgow date of Lindela Figlan’s UK tour – he was brought over for the London Anarchist Bookfair as a member of Abahlali baseMjondolo – the Shack Dwellers’ Movement.

Abahlali baseMjondolo only formed in 2005, but by using popular democracy, direct action tactics and fighting on issues directly relevant to themselves as shackdwellers this genuinely grassroots organisation has grown to be a strong and successful movement.

Event is free, however we will have a voluntary and anonymous collection towards travel costs for Lindela, with anything leftover donated to Abahlali baseMjondolo.

All welcome. Abusive and oppressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

This inspiring and extremely democratic and grass-roots controlled movement is at the forefront of resistance to the pro-capitalist policies of the ANC government.  This is a rare chance to hear Lindela Figlan, vice president of Abahlali Basemjondolo, the shack dwellers movement.

Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) began in Durban in 2005. Lindela will speak about his experiences, ways of organising and other community based issues. In terms of people mobilised, it’s the largest militant poor organisation in post-apartheid South Africa. Social movements like AbM, the Landless People’s Movement in Johannesburg and the Anti-eviction Campaign in Cape Town pose serious challenges to the ruling party because of their refusal to vote.

AbM’s key demand is ‘Land & Housing in the City’ and has successfully politicised and fought to end forced removals and for access to education and the provision of water, electricity, sanitation, health care and refuse removal as well as bottom up popular democracy.

Lindela Figlan will join us as part of a speaking tour around the UK – details other meetings here http://www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk/

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