Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
11 March 2010

End Hate Alliance demands justice for Zoliswa Nkonyana

PRESS RELEASE
The Western Cape End Hate Alliance calls on your Solidarity and Support
Your VISIBILITY and ACTIVE PRESENCE is needed on MONDAY, 15 MARCH 2010 at Khayelitsha Magistrates Court

We demand JUSTICE without delay tactics!
>> Court dates set from 15 – 19 March 2010 <<

We, the partners of the Western Cape 070707 End Hate Campaign, DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ZOLISWA NKONYANA and many nameless and faceless women and other vulnerable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex persons who have been raped, assaulted, victimized, shamed and killed for choosing to live their lives authentically and out – thereby challenging hetero-normative values, heterosexist attitudes and patriarchal sites of power in society!

A march will commence at 10h00 from the Khayelitsha TAC offices to the Khayelitsha courts:  TAC Office: Nonkqubela Centre Site B (next to pharmacy opposite Site B Hall – at the Nonkqubela train station)

The march will be attended by the Coalition to End Discrimination, Treatment Action Campaign, Social Justice Coalition, Freegender, Triangle Project, Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Cape Town Pride and other organisations and individuals.

• GETTING THERE

Buses will leave from UCT Lower Campus (Chapel Rd between Rosebank Methodist Church, and Tugwell Residence) at 09:30. Those travelling with their own transport can rendezvous with the bus and follow us to Khayelitsha.

Directions to court:

Take the N2 – Spine Road turnoff into Khayelitsha. Follow Spine Road and continue across Lansdowne Road till the traffic circle turning left into Walter Sisulu Road. Continue through the next traffic circle – the court buildings will be on your left on the corner of Walter Sisulu & Steve Biko Roads.

Please bring along posters and please feel free to wear t-shirts representing your organisation or with appropriate messaging. The court proceedings commences at 08h30. Various alliance representatives will be monitoring the trial of the 9 accused of murdering Zoliswa Nkonyana.

WE WANT ALL HOMOPHOBIC CRIMINALS AND THOSE ACCUSED OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CONVICTED!
WE WANT TO CELEBRATE THE VALUES OF EQUALITY, JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DIGNITY ENSHRINED IN OUR CONTITUTION!
WE WANT SAFETY IN ALL OUR COMMUNITIES!
WE WANT AN END TO THE BRUTAL RAPE AND KILLING OF WOMEN, LESBIANS, FOREIGN NATIONAL AND HIV+ PEOPLE.
WE WANT JUSTICE FOR ZOLISWA AND ALL OTHER ACTIVISTS WHO DIED IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES!
WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY DELAY TACTICS BY THE DEFENSE!
WE WANT JUSTICE TODAY!

For more information call:

WC 070707 End Hate Campaign Convener – Marlow Valentine: 021-4483812 / 0836685935
endhate@triangle.org.za / deputydirector@triangle.corg.za

The Commission for Gender Equality: Keegan Lakay: 021-4264080 / 0838781386
keeganl@cge.org.za

Women’s Legal Centre – Cherith Sanger: Tel: (021) 424 5660
Cherith@wlce.co.za

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