It’s very exciting to see two very different social movements, of South African Shackdwellers and of Southern Florida tomato pickers, supporting one another in this short video from the US Social Forum. A short note from the film-makers explains it all, below the fold.
As the World Cup began in South Africa in June 2010, the social movements of the Poor People’s Alliance faced off against the governing elite’s escalation of harassment, displacement and repression. [For some background, see media items from Left Turn magazine here, and Democracy Now! TV here and here.] At the same time, activists gathered at the second United States Social Forum — to bring together U.S.-based movements fighting poverty and racism and oppression, within the States as well as globally. Some of the poor people’s organizations that gathered in the embattled and resilient, mostly-Black city of Detroit for the USSF had met with members of Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign who visited the U.S. in 2009, finding common cause and inspiration in their creative struggles and visions for a better world. [For examples of New York City-based solidarity statements and actions, see here and here.]
On June 25 in Detroit, members of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Picture the Homeless, Poverty Initiative, and other movement activists at the USSF gathered to play futbol — as a solidarity message to our allies in South Africa and their Poor People’s World Cup games happening at the same time.
We are with you! La lucha continua! Amandla Awethu!