[Marxism] Lybon Mabasa: Longtime leader of South Africa liberation struggle to speak in NYC
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Who Is Lybon Mabasa?
Lybon Mabasa is the President of the Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA).
Mabasa was an executive member of the Black People's Convention, which
had Steve Biko as its honorary president. In 1976, this movement led
the uprising in Soweto. In 1977, Biko was killed by the government
while in police custody. Mabasa was arrested and served with a
five-year banning order. Many other leaders of the Black Consciousness
Movement (BCM) were arrested and sentenced to long prison terms at
Mabasa and other BCM leaders were instrumental in reviving the labor
movement, through the formation of several independent trade unions.
One of the focuses of Mabasa's U.S. speaking tours has been the role
played by the IMF and World Bank in South Africa. the new government
that will result from the April 27 electio ns in South Africa:
As far back as April 1994, Mabasa declared the following:
"In South Africa (Azania) we are confronted with a new situation. The
IMF and World Bank have just opened antennas in our country. They have
immediately made evident that they wish to channel the country's
future toward aggravated living conditions for Black workers and
people who have been oppressed by decades of apartheid.
"Thus they have demanded:
"- No budget increase, when 7 million Black people are homeless.
"- Honor the debt payment contracted by the apartheid regimes, which
should use up 30% of the yearly budget in the years to come ... when
everybody knows that this debt was exclusively used to ameliorate the
white minority's living conditions on the backs of the Black majority.
"- The IMF and the World Bank exert pressures to obtain that an
article in the draft constitution be the 'democratic' right to lay-off
Mabasa has addressed these and other related issues during his various
U.S. speaking tours over the past decade.
Subject: Lybon Mabasa: Longtime leader of South Africa liberation
struggle to speak in NYC
Longtime Leader of South
Africa?s Liberation Struggle,
To Speak in New York City
on Friday, August 26th!
Lybon Mabasa, co-founder with Steve Bantu Biko of South Africa's Black
Consciousness Movement and current president of the Socialist Party of
Azania (SOPA), will speak in New York City on the decisions of the
Second Session of the International Tribunal on Africa and the
International Campaign to Cancel the Apartheid Debt in South Africa.
The public forum will be held Friday, August 26th @ 6 p.m. at the
Auditorium of the Amalgamated Lithogr aphers of America Local #1, 113
University Place @ 13th St.
(3rd Floor) in Manhattan. Brother Mabasa will be joined on the
speakers? platform by Sister Colia Clark, longtime Civil Rights
activist (who co-founded the Voters Rights Project in Mississippi in
the early 1960's with the martyred Medgar Evers) and Brother Chris
Silvera, Chair, National Black Caucus of the Teamsters? Union. (Others
speakers to be announced.)
For further information, please contact Ed Rosario at: (212) 460-0860
Background Information on Lybon Mabasa:
Mabasa was an executive member, along with Steve Biko, of the Black
People?s Convention. In 1976, this movement led the uprising in
Soweto. In 1977, Biko was killed by the government while in police
custody. Mabasa was arrested and served with a five-year prison term.
Mabasa was one of the BCM leaders most instrumental in helping to
revive the South African labor movement through the formation of
several independent trade unions. He currently serves as the
Convenor of the International Tribunal on Africa, which is based in
more than 20 countries throughout Africa. Mabasa is in the United
States at the invitation of the National Black Caucus of the
Teamsters? Union. His tour is being co-sponsored by the International
Liaison Committee of Workers and Peoples (ILC) and the U.S. Support
Committee of the International Tribunal on Africa. The Second Session
of the International Tribunal on Africa was held on March 19, 2005 in
Madrid, Spain. It launched an international campaign to demand the
cancellation of the Apartheid debt.
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