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Protest at the South African Consulate, in Solidarity with the Shackdwellers Movement!

On Monday Oct. 19, members of New York City's social justice community led by Picture the Homeless will hold a solidarity rally in front of the South African Embassy to show support for our brothers and sisters of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement facing state violence & repression in Durban and include messaging about World Zero Eviction Days. We hope you can join us. Please spread the word!


Date: Monday October 14th

Time: 11:30am-2:00pm

Where: South African Consulate, 333 E 38th St NYC

Picture the Homeless member-leader Jean Rice, who spent time and bonded with the Shack Dwellers in West Virginia and at our office in the Bronx, said "Like the Shack Dwellers in Durban, Picture the Homeless is an organization led by its poor and homeless members, fighting against racism and police harassment and for land and housing for all. Our sisters and brothers in Durban are engaged in the same cause as we are in Harlem - what they are facing and fighting for is not just their struggle- it's ours too. We must mobilize and organize in unity, across borders!"

Join Picture the Homeless and other members of New York City's social justice community for a rally and protest in front of the South African Consulate in New York. For full details visit:  http://picturethehomeless.org/blog/node/413 .


We are joining with Abahlali General Secretary Bandile Mdlalose in calling for accountability for the police officer who shot the 17-year-old girl. He is known, there were witnesses and he is still on duty. Bandile says, 'how many more people must be killed for him to be held accountable? 

  • We demand the violence and repression by the South African Police Service, eThekwini Municipality and the ANC ruling party, against settlers in Cato Crest, Abahlali base Mjondolo and all Shackdwellers --- must  cease immediately
  • We demand a halt to the use of press outlets to slander movement leaders --- must cease immediately 
  • We demand an immediate halt to the killing of activists, organizers and community members exercising self determination to make the human right to a home a reality --- must cease immediately

If you haven't signed on to a petition yet, you may do so by clicking here . All petitions, solidarity letters and op-ed

pieces will be hand delivered to the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Geneva Switzerland on Tuesday October 15th.

Tweeting about the event? Use hash-tag  #handsoffabahlali

In solidarity,


For more information contact me at 646-509-9986

Robert Robinson

Take Back the Land-Leadership Committee

and USACAI convener

PO Box 762

New York NY 10272

office: (212) 253-1710 ext 319

mobile: (646) 509-9986




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