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We, women of JASS Southern Africa, are writing to express our deepest concern for, and solidarity with the Black Indigenous Garifuna people of Honduras. As they have struggled to defend their lands, territories and lives, they have been met with rising aggression and violence from state and non-state forces. It is a reality that we also know all too well.
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A pivotal question of these times, "how do we turn our rage and resistance to once and for all usher in this liberation we so desire? What would a vision and the process of true liberation ultimately look like?"
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Phumi Mtetwa is an activist working on issues of economic, gender and LGBTI equality and justice. She has a wealth of experience having worked in international and regional contexts particularly, Southern Africa and Ecuador. Phumi began her political life in 1985, her work included organising rent boycotts to combat Apartheid and mobilising against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas. She was part of a group of activists that worked to enshrine the rights to equality, dignity and freedom for all in the South African Constitution.
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JASS builder, board member and long-time advisor writes a provocative piece on what we can learn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic during this COVID-19 crisis.
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This report summarizes the insights from a dialogue between grassroots activists, HRDs, lawyers, journalists and donors on the shifting political and power dynamics, and how to rethink strategies, and improve activist safety in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
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In this booklet, we spotlight JASS' key accomplishments across Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia in 2019. Check out stories from the frontlines of change!
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Are there links between attacks on African immigrants and the killings of LGBTI people and women in South Africa? JASS Southern Africa's Phumi Mtetwa talks about the connections between xenophobia and misogyny, and the importance of community organising and cross-border solidarity.
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The reflections in this story offer a glimpse of the failed promise of mining as an economic development strategy for people, and underscore the need for local communities and justice activists to define and reclaim the meaning of “development.”
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On #MothersDay, we are honored the courage and ingenuity of mothers around the world who are standing up, speaking out, and challenging injustice, starting with the feminist moms in our network!
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The words of Shirley Chisholm sum up 2018 perfectly: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” This year, women all over the world mobilized in large numbers and so loudly that the tables were rattling and folding chairs lining up.
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