Poor People's Alliance

The Poor People's Alliance is a network of radical grassroots movements in South Africa.[1][2] It was formed in 2008 after the Action Alliance, formed in December 2006, was expanded to include two more organisations.[3]

The following organisations are members of the alliance:

  1. Abahlali baseMjondolo in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
  2. Abahlali baseMjondolo in the province of the Western Cape.
  3. The Landless People's Movement in the province of Gauteng.
  4. The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign in the province of the Western Cape.
  5. The Rural Network of KwaZulu-Natal.[4][5]

The Poor People's Alliance refuses electoral politics[6] and resolved to boycott the 2009 national elections under the slogan "No Land! No House! No Vote!".[7][8][9]

The Poor People's Alliance has supported the struggle of the eMacambini Community against mass eviction by Ruwaad Holdings and KwaZulu-Natal Premier S'bu Ndebele and the African National Congress Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal.[10]

The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign states that it has been influenced by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign and the Poor People's Alliance.[11]

Notes and references

  1. Voices of poor must be heard, Editorial, Business Day, 25 October 2010
  2. South Africa: A Revolution in Progress, Ceasefire, 9 January 2009
  3. The Struggle for Land & Housing in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Toussaint Losier, Left Turn, January 2009
  4. 'Participatory Society: Urban Space & Freedom', by Chris Spannos, Z-Net, 29 May 2009 Archived 6 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. South Africa: A Revolution in Progress, Ceasefire, 9 January 2009
  6. Possibilities for other options at polls, Imraan Buccus, Sunday Tribune, 28 February 2010
  7. See 'Post Annual General Meeting Speech by S'bu Zikode' at http://www.abahlali.org/node/4666
  8. ANC Attacks Shack Dwellers Movements
  9. By Voting We Are Only Choosing Our Oppressors, Soundz of the South
  10. See 'Ten Thousand to March on S’bu Ndebele in Protest at eMacambini Evictions' at http://www.abahlali.org/node/4584
  11. February "Rent Party" Fundraiser for Freedom, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
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