PADKOS EVENT

PADKOS

PADKOS NO 85
Movements & Meaning: ‘School of Thought’, 25 June from 10.30am

Featuring Mary Akuteye, Erica Ofoe, Kofi Larweh, Jonathan Langdon & Eurig Scandrett

An extraordinary panel from Ghana, as well as Canada & Scotland, closes out this six-month season of CLP’s “School of Thought”, which has been developed with the Paulo Freire Project at UKZN. This year’s “School of Thought” has been organised around the contribution and legacy of Paulo Freire, whose Pedagogy of the Oppressed was published 50 years ago.

Mary Akuteye, Erica Ofoe, and Kofi Larweh with Jon Langdon (whom we’re thrilled to welcome back!) will present a mutual-meaning making panel on the the Yihi Katsɛmɛ (Brave Women) movement – the latest iteration of the Ada Songor Salt Movement (Ghana). This panel will focus in particular on the use and social-movement-learning dimensions of culturally-rooted creativity (songs, dance/drama, and a tapestry) by the Yihi Katsɛmɛ.

There will be a session after lunch with Eurig Scandrett who will reflect on some connections between popular struggles around the world, popular education, and the resonance and relevance of Paulo Freire. Eurig is an Edinburgh-based movement activist and academic who is currently compiling an important new book on environmental justice struggles.

Join us at the Church Land Programme (CLP) offices from 10:30am.

Read the full mailing with RSVP details here

Bishop visits grieving family

On Monday, 28 May, Bishop Rubin and his wife, Rose, went to visit with S’fiso Ngcobo’s family. Ngcobo was assassinated on 22 May 2018 in eKukhayeni, in Marianhill outside Durban. He was the chairperson of the local branch of the shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Another Abahlali leader has been assassinated in Durban

22 May 2018

ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO EMERGENCY PRESS STATEMENT 

Assassination in eKukhayeni, Marianhill, Durban

S’fiso Ngcobo, our chairperson in eKukhayeni, was assassinated this evening by unknown gunmen.

We will be able to provide more details on this assassination in the coming hours. Right now comrades are rushing to the family home.

Ndumiso Mnguni, who was shot by the security detail for the Anti-Land Invasion Unit earlier today in the Foreman Road settlement in Clare Estate, is still in hospital, fighting for his life.

Under the rule of the ANC the price for land and dignity continues to be paid in blood. They are our oppressors. We will not retreat.

The struggle continues.

Contact:

S’bu Zikode 083 547 0474

Land & Dignity!

Abahlali baseMjondolo http://www.abahlali.org

AbM Facebook Group:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=19659923423

Land, Housing Dignity!
Umhlaba Izindlu neSithunzi!

Attack on Abahlali by the city continues

Tuesday, 22 May 2018
The armed forces working for the eThekweni Municipality continue to relate to impoverished black people in the city like an army of occupation, especially when poor people are organised outside of the ruling party. Today at 11 am the notoriously violent Anti-Land Invasion Unit demolished Mr Ndumiso Mnguni’s house in our Foreman Road branch. This was a brazenly illegal and criminal act.
Read the full story here

PADKOS EVENT: Thinking about Paulo Freire theo(logically): Philpott & Butler, 31 May, 11am

PADKOS

Next up in the Paulo Freire-focused “School of Thought” padkos sessions, Graham Philpott and Mark Butler will open a conversation about the theological foundations and connections in Freire’s life and work.

Although it’s not always known or emphasised in discussions of Paulo Freire, the fact is that Christianity was important – both in his own life, as well in the life-world of many of the people he worked with.

Read more about being part of this discussion here

CLP with the KZN Church Leader’s Group on the ‘Land’ Question

On 8 May 2018, CLP led a discussion at Diakonia Council of Churches, with the KZN Church Leader’s Group and others about the ‘land’ question. It was an interesting and sometimes uncomfortable discussion which asked a lot of questions with no answers being expected.

More sessions might come from this discussion with spaces being opened up for continuous critical reflection.

UnFreedom Day, Abahlali – 22 April 2018

This year’s UnFreedom Day was a culmination of a number of consultation processes
with the broad membership of Abahlali. The processes included consultations at a leadership level,
branch level, General Assembly and Land Summit. AbM used the UnFreedom Day to make
announcements on two issues (1) 
the audited membership is now 50 000 (2) the position of AbM regarding the Land Expropriation without Compensation issue.

Thousands of members from across the country attended the even which was held at Springfield Park.

Read more at here

Land Summit with Abahlali baseMjondolo

Since the re-emergence of the land question, Abahlali had to look deeper into how, as a movement, they will engage the debate with a deeper sense and also use their own experience. In doing so, they decided to make sure that the land question was on the agenda of each meeting that they held.

Meetings on the 5 March 2018 and 8 April 2018, all had the land question on the agenda and intensive discussions were had with the leadership as well as members of the movement.

A 2 day summit was held where ‘land’ was discussed. The summit took place at the Denis Hurley Centre on 14 & 15 April. All the branches in Durban, Eastern Cape, Volktrust andGauteng had representatives. At the end, they came up with a declaration on land which was made public at their Unfreedom Day event on 22 April 2018.

See gallery with pictures from the summit here