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Richard Pithouse Talks, Two London Venues, 5th & 10th June

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May 25 2007 18:54
Richard Pithouse Talks, Two London Venues, 5th & 10th June

Two talks by Richard Pithouse of the South African shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo.*

7PM TUESDAY 5TH JUNE

NAKED CITIES

A talk by Richard Pithouse at The Soho Theatre, Dean Street London W1 .

According to UN research it is predicted that, by 2030, half the world’s population will be living in slums. What are the forms of political action emerging in these 'naked cities', where the populace are effectively refugees without basic amenities, let alone rights?

One inspirational example is the South African shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Abahlali have fought for the right of Durban's shack dwellers to basic amenities - housing, water, land. This democratic grassroots movement has confronted the lies and evasions of local government and aid agencies to show that real participatory democracy is possible: when it is organised by and for the dispossessed.

Richard Pithouse, an academic and journalist who has been active in the movement since its inception, will speak to David Cunningham (University of Westminster) about Abahlali and show some films documenting the
struggle.

This talk is co-organised by Mute magazine, which recently published Richard Pithouse’s article ‘Thinking Resistance in the Shanty Town
http://www.metamute.org/en/node/8258/print
http://www.abahlali.org/

Admission: £5 /£3 (concessions)

To buy your tickets for the talk at Soho Theatre on June 5th please call 0870 429 6883. Mute organises, please go to www.metamute.org

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2PM SUNDAY 10TH JUNE

THE SHACKS FIGHT BACK:
THE SHACK DWELLERS MOVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

A talk by Richard Pithouse of the South African shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo.
http://www.abahlali.org/

Abahlali have fought for the right of Durban's shack dwellers to basic amenities ­ housing, water, land.They have fought against eviction, racism, arson, apartheid and bureaucracy to defend their homes and improve their conditions, confronting the lies and evasions of local government and aid agencies.

Abahlali refuses to participate in party politics, NGO-style professionalisation or individualisation of struggle. Instead they seek to build democratic power where people live and work.

Fed up with fake democracy and endless `consultations' and false promises (sound familiar?), Abahlali took matters into their own hands.

Richard Pithouse, an academic and journalist who has been active in the movement since its inception, will tell us about the struggle, show some short videos, and answer questions.

We also hope to have community activists from Hackney Independent and South London here for the
talk. This is an opportunity to make connections and find inspiration. Please come along and join in the discussion!

2PM SUNDAY 10TH JUNE
CAMBERWELL SQUATTED SOCIAL CENTRE
192 Warham St, off Camberwell New Rd, Camberwell SE5 Bus: 36, 436 Tube: Oval
www.56a.org.uk/warham.html blackfrog@alphabetthreat.co.uk

*(Richard will be in London for one week, so we hope to organise other events in Hackney and Whitechapel. will post any updates here)

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May 28 2007 23:18

THIRD DATE : THURSDAY 7TH JUNE, CENTERPRISE, HACKNEY, 7PM

THE SHACKS FIGHT BACK!

THE SHACK DWELLERS MOVEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

A talk by Richard Pithouse of the South African shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo. http://www.abahlali.org/

Abahlali have fought for the right of Durban's shack dwellers to basic amenities - housing, water, land. Fed up with endless 'consultations' and false promises, Abahlali took matters into their own hands. This democratic grassroots movement has confronted the lies and evasions of local government and aid agencies to show that real participatory democracy is possible: when it is organised by and for the dispossessed.

Richard Pithouse, an academic and journalist who has been active in the movement since its inception, will talk about the struggle, show some short videos, and answer questions.

Community activists from the East End and South London will be in attendance. We hope that the parallels between Abahlali's struggle and that of Londoners fighting for their homes and services will provide inspiration and a chance to think.

Please come and join in the discussion!

7pm, Thursday 7th June, Centerprise

136 – 138 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London E8.

Entry: FREE

Bus: 67, 76, 149, 243 (direct); 242, 30, 38, 56, 277 (Dalston Junction)
Tube: Highbury & Islington, 1 mile
Train: Dalston Kingsland (Silverlink Metroline)

Organised by Mute magazine [http://metamute.org] and friends

.PDF Flyer for the series of events
http://www.metamute.org/en/files/Richard_Pithouse_allthree.pdf