Archive for category Equality and LGBTI politics

The ANC National Working Committee attacks Cosatu and civil society but protects the tenderpreneur Malema

Cosatu, TAC and Section 27 called together civil society, faith communities, other labour federations to discuss the social and economic crisis in our country in a conference in Johannesburg (held 28-29 October 2010). Our country and the ANC is at a crossroads. Class and race inequality has widened dramatically in education, health, incomes, safety and [...]

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Police as partners NOT perpetrators! Vosloorus march against homophobia — 28 October 2010

The Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), the 1 in 9 Campaign and community members will march in Vosloorus and challenge the growing homophobia at the hands of the police, the attacks against freedom of association and the rights of the media to [...]

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Gay teenage suicides in America: Resist US Christian fundamentalism

Earlier this year, a 19-year old who “friended” me on Facebook in 2009 in his matric year shot himself after taunts by his father and his peers. He often chatted to me about this hate. His death was a very deep shock. I imagined this did not happen in middle-class white Cape Town any longer. [...]

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Seven Arrested in Bronx in Antigay Attacks (Bronx New York)

Homophobia is not endemic to Africa or South Africa. New York City, America’s most tolerant city reported this vicious hate crime today. October 8, 2010, 2:24 PM Seven Arrested in Bronx in Antigay Attacks By AL BAKER Seven young men in the Bronx have been arrested after, investigators said, the men made it their mission [...]

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Gay Pride: Vosloorus police homophobia — Gauteng ANC government must take action

Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues to be threatened in our society. The statement below from the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, Treatment Action Campaign and Forum for the Empowerment of Women and the video from the Mail & Guardian raises disturbing questions about the police homophobia. The Gauteng ANC provincial government [...]

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Khayelitsha: Police shoot wildly in taxi rank and dilatory DA MEC Bertie Fritz talks about another Task Team

The criminal justice system is riddled with incompetent and corrupt police who behave like cowboys. Yesterday, at least two and possibly three commuters were shot as police pursued a taxi in Khayelitsa for an alleged hit and run accident. They arrested the taxi driver and then let him go. Apart from an acknowledgment, Bertie Fritz, [...]

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Police Harassment After LGBTI Pride & SABC ignores as more than 10 000 people attend Pride

More than 10 000 people marched in Johannesburg Pride for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. It aftermath shows the following — Black working class lesbians and gay men in Vosloorus are still harassed by the police who should be protecting them. (See statement by the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, Treatment Action Campaign and [...]

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Eastern Cape Mud Schools: 43 chairs for 323 learners

In 2004, President Thabo Mbeki stated in his “state of the nation” address that all mud schools would be replaced within a year: “- By the end of this financial year we shall ensure that there is no learner and student learning under a tree, mud-school or any dangerous conditions that expose learners and teachers [...]

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Khayelitsha Organisations to Stage Picket for Improved Access to Justice and Safety – 10h45, 23 September 2010

JUSTICE FOR ALL! Khayelitsha Organisations to Stage Picket for Improved Access to Justice and Safety – 10h45, 23 September 2010 1. The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Equal Education (EE), Free Gender, AIDS Legal Network, Luleka Lisizwe and Triangle Project are community-based organisations located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Our organisations seek to [...]

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Justice for all = Fewer but honest and competent police — Join Protest

Time for everyone to act on safety and security for all. This post contains three items: Details for protest against criminal incompetence and corruption in criminal justice system Cape Times article on impact of escape Social Justice Coalition Newsletter Time for everyone to act. Four of the nine men who were responsible for a hate [...]

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