5 things you can do right now:
1. SUPPORT THE ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO MOVEMENT
- Their are many ways to support the movement in South Africa.
Make a tax-deductible donation to the Abahlali movement here:
- Sign up for Abahlali's newsletter at http://abahlali.org. This way, you will be informed of new developments in their movement, and notified of ways to help from afar.
2. HOST A SCREENING OF DEAR MANDELA
Visit our 'Host a Screening' Page for resources to help you plan your screening. http://dearmandela.com/?q=hostascreening
3. WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER AND AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSIONERS
Call on governments and local government authorities in Africa to:
Immediately stop forced evictions; pass and implement laws that prohibit forced evictions and set out safeguards that must be strictly followed before any eviction is carried out. These must meet international and regional human rights standards. Take immediate steps to give a minimum degree of security of tenure to all people who don’t have this protection, genuinely consulting with the affected communities. Make sure that people living in slums have equal access to water, sanitation, health care, housing, education and fair and effective policing. Make sure people living in slums genuinely take part in decisions that affect their lives, including slum upgrading, planning and budget processes.
4. DOCUMENT EVICTIONS
Our partner WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. They have created guides for video advocacy - learn more and get involved with their work here: http://www.witness.org/training
5. JOIN THE MOVEMENT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Dear Mandela is about a social movement in South Africa, but there are similar movements all around the world. Here are just a few of the organizations in our network that you can get involved with or support:
IN THE UNITED STATES:
THE CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. http://ccrjustice.org/
POVERTY INITIATIVE at Union Theological Seminary:
The Poverty Initiative's mission is to raise up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty, led by the poor. http://www.povertyinitiative.org/
PICTURE THE HOMELESS is an organization founded on the principle that in order to end homelessness, people who are homeless must become an organized, effective voice for systemic change. We have a track record of developing leadership among homeless people to impact policies and systems that affect their lives and our efforts have created space for homeless people, and their agenda, within the broader social justice movement.
The Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) exists to build the media and communications infrastructure for a movement to end poverty, led by poor and working people, united across color lines.
NATIONAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS INITIATIVE:
In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of government and the private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States. http://nesri.org/
IN SOUTH AFRICA:
SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA (SERI) is a non-profit organization providing professional, dedicated and expert socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in South Africa. SERI conducts research, engages with government, advocates for policy and legal reform, facilitates civil society coordination and mobilization, and litigates in the public interest.
IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:
WAR ON WANT is a brilliant voice for ending forced evictions and fighting poverty. They work in partnership with grassroots organizations around the world, and have for years supported Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa. To get involved, visit http://www.waronwant.org/
Amnesty International has a campaign dedicated to ending forced evictions in Africa. Learn more at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=11180#map