South African Shack Dwellers in NYC!

I will simply re-post their announcement plus a picture:

No Land No House No Vote



Meeting with members of DOMESTIC WORKERS UNITED

Founded in 2000, Domestic Workers United [DWU] is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.

TIME: 11:00AM – 1:00PM

LOCATION: Domestic Workers United office,1201 Broadway, Suite 907 – 908, New York, NY 10001.

PH: (212) 481-5747


Shack Dwellers Movement from South Africa at the Brecht Forum

DEAR MANDELA (15 min, 2009), a documentary work-in-progress about South Africa’s Shack Dwellers Movement, will be screening at the Brecht forum as part of the Visual Liberation Film Series, curated by Red Channels.


TIME: 7:30PM

ADDRESS: 451 West Street (that’s the West Side Highway) between Bank & Bethune Streets


A, C, E or L to 14th Street & 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave. to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left

1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street & 7th Ave, get off at south end of station, walk west on 12th Street to 8th Ave. left to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left.


Panel Discussion & Screening at the Poverty Initiative

Please join the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary for an evening of discussion and film about Abahlali baseMjondolo (the Shack Dwellers Movement) of South Africa. Two of their leaders, Mazwi Nzimande and Reverend Mavuso Mbhekiseni, will be attending the Poverty Initiative’s Poverty Scholars Leadership School. They then are spending a week in New York sharing experiences from their work and lives, meeting with Poverty Scholars organizations and building relationships of solidarity with similar movements here.  There will be a screening of DEAR MANDELA (15 min, 2009), a documentary work-in-progress about the Shack Dwellers Movement, directed by Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza. The evening will also include a discussion with Poverty Initiative leaders about how to build deeper connections across continents.

7:30pm – 9:00pm in Room 205 at Union Theological Seminary, Room 205, New York, NY 10027

LOCATION: Union Theological Seminary is located at 121st Street and Broadway near the Columbia University campus. Take the 1 subway to 116th Street/Columbia University and walk north to 121st Street. When you enter the main entrance at Union Theological Seminary, the guards at the security desk will be able to direct you to Room 205.)

Abahlali baseMjondolo is the largest social movement of the poor in post-apartheid South Africa. The movement’s key demand is for ‘Land & Housing in the City’ but it has also successfully politicized and fought for an end to forced removals and for access to education and the provision of water, electricity, sanitation, health care and refuse removal as well as bottom up popular democracy. Amongst other victories the Abahlali have democratized the governance of many settlements, stopped evictions in a number of settlements, won access to schools and forced numerous government officials to ‘come down to the people’. For more information, visit


To view Elkartasun Bideak’s collection of short films visit

To view ‘From the Shacks to the Constitutional Court’ visit

To view an excerpt of ‘A Place in the City’ visit

To view ‘Dear Mandela’ visit

To find out more about ‘When the Mountain Meets its Shadow’, a new film about life and struggle in Cape Town, visit

Abahlali baseMjondolo, together with with Landless People’s Movement (Gauteng), the Rural Network (KwaZulu-Natal) and the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, is part of the Poor People’s Alliance – a national network of democratic membership based poor people’s movements.
Abahlali baseMjondolo


Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

To join the contact list for the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, go to:

To contact Abahlali baseMjondolo please do not use this address – please use the contact form at:

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