Welcome to a serving of padkos during this time of the global corona virus crisis. Afrikaans dictionaries translate padkos as ‘provisions’ in English. It is made up of two separate Afrikaans words: pad, meaning road; and kos, meaning food. So it describes food for the journey. We are aware that to a small degree, padkos has developed a sense of community and participation over the years, and we have missed our connection with you. We hope everyone’s okay out there, taking care of yourselves and of each other. Please let us know how you’re doing, and whether you’d like more regular communication with and from us.
There has been a lot of written stuff emerging from the corona period. Much of it excellent but as much and more has been noise and distraction. One written piece that spoke clearly through the noise was an interview with Pope Francis from earlier in April, and we are sharing it with you here in the hope it will provide food for our journey together. There is much to draw on in the Pope’s thoughts here.
We have also included for you, a new poem from the extraordinary Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o called ‘Dawn of Darkness’ – shorter, but no less rewarding and beautiful.
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NOTICE: We also want to take this opportunity to clarify that, because of the Covid-19 virus situation, we will obviously not be doing any padkos-related gatherings till further notice. We miss not seeing you and learning from you but, in the meantime friends, be safe, be smart, & be kind.
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 email@example.com . As before, you need to have read the relevant material beforehand.
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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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Working together to learn from and discuss John Holloway’s lecture series, In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism, has been deeply rewarding. Click here for the full notice.
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”.
Once again, please remember we really need people to have read the material before the sessions. Click here for attachment and more
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Cindy @ (033) 2644 380.
We will be remembering S’fiso today, 31 May at 2pm, at a memorial service in eKukhayeni.
It is sad and heartbreaking that we woke up to the news of the assassination of Abahlali branch Leader, Sfiso Ngcobo, of Ekukhanyeni branch near Marianridge Abahlali will issue a statement to share more details.