Before the Soccer World Cup last year, I was asked to write a foreword to an anthology of life stories told by South African pavement dwellers, living on Symphony Way, near Cape Town. The stories blew me away. It was very easy to write the short introduction below, just as it’s easy to encourage you to take a look at it now. The book is called No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way, and it’s available here.
Contrary to appearances, I’m still here, and still writing. Over the next few days, expect to see accumulated bits and pieces that I’ve been working on during my travels to Southern Africa and beyond. But don’t expect any of them to appear on the Huffington Post. My union, the National Writers Union, has distributed a call to support the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers, who join my blogroll today. I’ve never crossed a picket line – virtual or physical – and I’m not about to start now.
WEDNESDAY, 16 MARCH 2011 16:42
La Via Campesina expresses its deepest sympathies to all the people of Japan and all those who lost their families, friends, homes, livelihoods and all who are affected and now living in fear of a radiation leak from the damaged nuclear power plant. We are extending our support and solidarity and call on all our fellow social movements, peoples’ organizations, civil society and all concerned citizens to join in and help the people of Japan in their time of greatest need.