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IWW documentary screening and public meeting October 12, 2010

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Join the Cape Town Branch of the IWW for:

A screening of the short documentary “Together we win: the fight to organise Starbucks” followed by a public meeting on “Organising as casuals and contract workers”.

Most workers today work in casual and precarious jobs. In many parts of the world, including South Africa, most unions have not been up to this challenge, and have often failed to organise casual workers.


The IWW Starbucks Union, however, is different. The entire union is made up of casual workers who are organising themselves at Starbucks stores. In tribute to their comrades in the IWW Starbucks Union, the Cape IWW branch is presenting a documentary made by these workers themselves. This inspiring movie tells the remarkable the story of how casual workers in the Starbucks chain of stores fought for and won the right to organise.

Date: Saturday 16th October 2010

Time: 14h00

Venue: Cape Town Democracy Centre, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

For more information or to RSVP contact us on iww-ct@live.co.za



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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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Zinn

http://howardzinn.org

http://www.zmag.org/zspace/howardzinn

http://www.progressive.org/zinn

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.

Contacts:

The Labia:
021 424 5927

While You Were Sleeping:
Andreas Späth
084 772 1056
Andreas_Spath@yahoo.com



R.I.P. Howard Zinn January 28, 2010

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“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. “

Howard Zinn: August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010


The Really Really Free Market – Cape Town November 12, 2009

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We’re having the very first ever Really Really Free Market in Cape Town this Sunday (at Zandvlei in Muizenberg where the kite festival normally happens)  and Meghan made this beautiful flyer:

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Join the Facebook group and pray for good weather 😉

Beyond Elections documentary screening July 9, 2009

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While You Were Sleeping, the non-profit film collective I’m involved in, is showing a great movie about participatory democracy in action at the old Labia cinema on Orange Street on July19, 20 and 21.

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Get more info here.

The origins of May Day April 30, 2009

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For many people it comes as a bit of a surprise that May Day doesn’t have its origins in, say, revolutionary Russia, the Soviet Union or China – what with all those hideous military parades on Red Square and Tiananmen Square of rows and rows of rocketry filing past gigantic banners of Marx, Lenin and Mao.

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The celebration of the first of May as International Workers’ Day, in fact, goes back to the United States in the 19th Century and involves several high-profile anarchists. In the late 1800’s there was a widespread movement for the establishment of an 8-hour working day which coincided with massive repression of workers by authorities, factory owners and the police. At a workers’ rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square on the 4th of May 1886 a bomb was thrown at police.

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Who threw the bomb was never discovered, but police used the incident to charge eight prominent anarchists with the crime, four of which were subsequently hanged.

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For a more thorough and detailed re-telling of the events, have a look at this article by Chicago indymedia.

Last night’s Nope! party April 22, 2009

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A couple of pics from last night’s Nope! party at the Melting Pot in Muizenberg. A great success methinks and definitely something to build on!

The Conscious Marimba Band were brilliant!

The Conscious Marimba Band were brilliant!

Vrygrond and Kyalitsha Nopesters put their thoughts and desires on the big board

Vrygrond and Kyalitsha Nopesters put their thoughts and desires on the big board

Who says a political party can't be fun?

Who says a political party can't be fun?

Forgotten Superhero subversive folk. Love it!

Forgotten Superhero subversive folk. Love it!

The "finished" board

The "finished" board

NOPE! on video April 17, 2009

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NOPE! Party April 15, 2009

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Join the only party worth not voting for at

The Melting Pot

Church Street, Muizenberg Village*

21 April 2009

8pm

Live music, DJ, Cash Bar

R20 donation towards the musician from those who can afford it

(*Take the M5 to Muizenberg, at the circle turn right into New Baden Powell Drive, this will become Atlantic and you will pass the Muizenberg Waterfront on your left. Turn right into Killarney Road (the road just before the railway bridge). Church is the next road crossing Killarney and you should be able to see the Melting Pot in front of you.)

Call Peter (083 256 0457) Andreas (084 772 1056) for more info

www.nope.org.za