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
21 October 2010

Right2Know week of action

Week of Action: 19 – 27 October 2010

A responsive and accountable democracy that can meet the basic needs of our people is built upon transparency and the free flow of information. The gains of South Africans’ struggle for freedom are threatened by the Secrecy Bill (the Protection of Information Bill) currently before Parliament.

This Bill fundamentally undermines the struggle for whistleblower protection and access to information. It is one of a number of proposed measures which could have the combined effect of fundamentally undermining the right to access information and the freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution.

Join the Right2Know campaign’s Week of Action from 19th to the 27th October 2010 and send a clear message to the South African government: Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!

Take Action Now!

Show our support for the Right2Know: Sign the statement at www.right2know.org.za or SMS “R2K”, followed by your name and town/city to 32759;

Organize public meetings, workshops, pickets, or protests during the Week of Action. Invite a representative of the Right2Know to speak at your event;

Contact a member of Parliament and tell them your concerns. The chair of the Committee is Cecil Burgess – you can call him on (021) 403 2911 or email him at cburgess@parliament.gov.za;

Write a letter to your local paper or call into talk radio explaining your concerns about the Bill; Support other events planned for the Week Of Action:

For details of other events visit www.right2know.org.za.

Contact Us

Contact the Right2Know to get involved, learn more about the campaign, let us know what you are planning, or get support:

Gauteng: March to Constitution Hill

Tuesday 19 October, 12h00 (commemorating Black Wednesday)

Gathering outside Senate House, Wits Jorissen Street, Braamfontein.

Kwazulu Natal: March to City Hall

Thursday 27 October, 8h00

Gathing at Botha’s Garden, Durban.

Western Cape: March to Parliament

Thursday 27 October, 9h30

Gatheing in Kaizersgracht Street, Cape Town

National Coordinator: Mark Weinberg Gauteng: Tendayi Sithole Kwazulu Natal: Quinton Kippen Western Cape: Nkwame Cedile

mark@amandla.org.za organiser@fxi.org.za quinton@ddpdurban.org.za nkwame.cedile@gmail.com

0214617211 0114821913 0313049305 0214617211

Stay connected through: Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Right-2-Know-Campaign/126804837369790?ref=ts); Twitter: www.twitter.com/r2kcampaign; Join the campaigns discussion group: http://groups.google.com/group/InfoAccessNow.

Stop the Secrecy Bill! Let the Truth Be Told!

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