Reminder: Learning from “The Civic Strike to Live with Dignity” in Buenaventure, with Patrick Kane

POSTED ON April 18, 2019 BY admin

Please note slightly revised times for this great event: we’ll gather from 4pm and the talk will start promptly at 4.30 – drinks and snacks will be available.

A final reminder that visiting scholar-activist, Patrick Kane, will be talking about the “Civic Strike to Live with Dignity” that took place in Colombian port city of Buenaventura during 2017. Patrick says that it “paralysed the city. Within two days, the strike had become an almost generalised uprising, involving people from all demographics and all neighbourhoods across the city. The strike cannot be understood without understanding Buenaventura’s central importance to the Colombian economy, and to a neoliberal development model based upon free trade, extractivism and drip down economics. Buenaventura is Colombia’s poorest and most violent city, yet it is the city through which 70% of Colombian imports and exports pass”. Drawing on interviews with a range of protagonists, as well as his firsthand experience, Patrick will give an account of the strike itself, before considering the social movement learning processes which arise from it. (His written account of the strike is due to be published soon in Anne Harley and Eurig Scandrett (ed’s) forthcoming, Environmental Justice, Popular Struggle and Community Development, Policy Press, Bristol University).

Join us for this public seminar that we’re co-hosting with the Paulo Freire Project of the Centre for Adult Education, School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). We’ll gather from 4pm and the talk will start promptly at 4.30 – drinks and snacks will be available. It’s all happening at the UKZN’s Centre for Visual Arts gallery on Ridge Road.

A reminder to PLEASE let us know if you’re planning to come along by emailing or calling Cindy @ (033) 2644 380.

PS – also remember the 2nd installment of our ongoing “Learning ‘in-against-and-beyond’” discussions which is scheduled for 30th April. We’ll send a reminder, as well as the relevant chapter from John Holloway’s book to read, before then!