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Cape Town launch of Black Flame February 24, 2010

Posted by Andreas in anarchism, Book launch, Cape Town, History, Politics, Society, South Africa.
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The Book Lounge presents the Cape Town launch of :

Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism by Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt.

Black Flame examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of popular struggle on 5 continents. An indispensable conceptual and historical road map, with close attention to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, looking at its:

· Opposition to hierarchy, capitalism and the state
· Strategy: building revolutionary counter-power
· History: labour, community, anti-imperialism
· Agenda: participatory, cooperative economics
· Revolutions: Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Korea
· Revival: today’s struggles

This groundbreaking volume has been praised by reviewers as “deeply impressive”, “fascinating, revealing and often startling”, “a grand work of synthesis”, “remarkable” “outstanding”, “inspired” and “a welcome antidote to Eurocentric accounts”.

All welcome!

Please RSVP to booklounge@gmail.com / 021 462 2425.

More info: http://black-flame-anarchism.blogspot.com/

You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train February 12, 2010

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OK, so this one’s a bit of a labour of love:

You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train – a thought-provoking tribute to renowned and much-loved US historian, activist and author Howard Zinn – will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Monday 22 February at 6:15pm.

Howard Zinn passed away on 27 January of this year. For most of his life and during some very turbulent times, he inspired generations of young people to actively work for social change around the world. This acclaimed film looks at his amazing and inspiring life.

Following his early days as a shipyard labour organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized US racism and war. His influential writings, most notably his masterpiece, A People’s History of the United States, gave a voice to factory workers, immigrant labourers, African Americans, Native Americans, women and the working poor.

“He has changed the consciousness of a generation.” – Noam Chomsky

Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train captures the essence of this extraordinary man who was a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. The film is narrated by Matt Damon and includes music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg.

For more information and articles about and by Howard Zinn, consult:





The screening will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at (021) 424 5927. This is a once-off screening and we strongly recommended that you reserve tickets to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by the Labia and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences.


The Labia:
021 424 5927

While You Were Sleeping:
Andreas Späth
084 772 1056