Padkos Palaver: John Holloway on Hope & Creativity, 28 November, 10.30

Join us for the final session this year exploring another central theme in the work of John Holloway. We kicked off the 2nd half of the year’s padkos with readings focused on “the revolt of doing against labour”. All societies requires lots and varied forms of productive & creative activity (‘doing’). But under capitalism, this activity takes the form of ‘labour’ that separates and alienates us from the products of our doing, and that frustrates our freedom to collectively choose and enjoy what we do. This alienation and un-freedom is at the heart of the outrages and injustices against which so many struggle around the world. These conditions arise from the relations required by the logic of money, exchange and profit. Capitalism then, is utterly dependent on our (alienated) labour – but at the same time, our dignity and humanity also rebel against it and refuse to fit in completely. Our hope lies in this rebellious opposition to that logic of money, of property, of profit. Our resistance & opposition is expressed in refusals, experiments, and struggles for ways of ‘doing’ that we determine for ourselves, and that follow a different logic. In this way we create cracks in the system where our dignity and creativity is expressed and can flower. Fittingly then, in this last session, our readings and discussion centre on how Holloway thinks about hope and creativity. As Holloway puts it in another essay (“Capital Moves”): “Capital without labour ceases to exist: labour without capital becomes practical creativity, creative practice, humanity”.

The palaver session takes place at CLP on 28 November kicking off at 10.30. Please let us know whether you can join us by calling calling Cindy on (033) 2644 380 or emailing padkos@churchland.org.za . As before, you need to have read the relevant material beforehand.

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Padkos Palaver: John Holloway on Dignity: 10 October, 10am

Next up in our series focused on key themes in the work of John Holloway, we consider the place of dignity. Your (essential!) reading is a piece called “Dignity’s Revolt”, originally published around 1998 and that has recently been included in the extraordinary collection of Holloway material, We Are The Crisis of Capital: A John Holloway Reader (Kairos Press, 2019). In “Dignity’s Revolt”, John relates and reflects on the the profound significance of the Zapatista rebellion. He says: “Dignity, the refusal to accept humiliation and dehumanisation, the refusal to conform: dignity is the core of the Zapatista revolution of revolution. The idea of dignity was not invented by the Zapatistas, but they have given it a prominence that it has never before possessed in revolutionary thought”.

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Reminder! Learning “in-against-and-beyond” – Part 2

Part 2 – 30 April 10am @ CLP

Thanks so much to everyone who joined the excellent discussions in our first session. The second one explores the next lecture in John Holloway’s In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism: The San Fransisco Lectures (2016). In this chapter, John discusses “Capital, the Social Cohesion that Strangles Us”.

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PADKOS EVENT

‘Learning from “The Civic Strike to Live with Dignity” in Buenaventura, Colombia’, with Patrick Kane (UK), 4.30 on 25 April at UKZN.

We’re delighted to offer this chance to meet and hear from Patrick Kane. Patrick has been involved in solidarity activism supporting social movements and trade unions in Colombia for over a decade. He is currently completing doctoral studies at the University of Sussex in the UK, and recently spent two years based in southwest Colombia carrying out field research with social movements.

He is also a research associate for a broader collaborative research project into social movement learning and knowledge production in Colombia, Nepal, South Africa and Turkey, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

This exciting event will be a public seminar co-hosted with the Paulo Freire Project* . We’ll kick off with drinks and snacks from 4:30pm at the UKZN’s Centre for Visual Arts gallery on Ridge Road.

* of the Centre for Adult Education, School of Education, University of kwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

To help with preparations, PLEASE let us know if you’re planning to come along by emailing padkos@churchland.org.za or calling Cindy @ (033) 2644 380.

PADKOS EVENT

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.

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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!