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South African revolutionary in Bay Area

by Alan Benjamin - repost by Aaron S
Tiyani Lybon Mabasa, a longtime leader of South Africa's Liberation Struggle and currenly leader of the Socialist Party of Azania, will speak in the Bay Area on Oct. 12-Oct. 14. See below or indybay calendar for details.
International Liaison Committee of Workers & Peoples (ILC)
P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140.
Tel. (415) 626-1175; fax: (415) 626-1217.
website: ILC section in

Tiyani Lybon Mabasa, a Longtime Leader of South Africa's Liberation Struggle, Will Speak in the Bay Area on Oct. 12-Oct. 14; Please Join Us!

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Tiyani 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 at three public events in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 12-14, 2004 as part of a U.S. tour that will culminate with an address to the Million Worker March in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 17th.

- On Tuesday, October 12th at 7 p.m., Brother Mabasa will speak at the Center for Political Education: 522 Valencia St., 3rd Floor Auditorium @ 16th St. in the Mission District of San Francisco. A $3 donation will be asked at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

- On Wednesday, October 13th, Brother Mabasa will speak at U.C.-Santa Cruz. For more information about time and place, please contact Eric (Revolution Youth) at <ryi_irj [at]>.

- On Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m., Mabasa will speak at the House of UNITY, located in the Eastmont Town Center, 2nd Floor, in east Oakland (across from the public library). The Eastmont Town Center is located at 7300 Bancroft/MacArthur. Best driving directions are the 580-MacArthur Expressway to Edwards Avenue, down the hill to Eastmont Center. Plenty of free parking. A donation will be requested to help cover expenses.

Please join us at one or more of these public forums!

Mabasa is traveling to the United States to speak about the current situation in South Africa/Azania and to renew a dialogue with Black activists that was begun during his last trip to the United States in February 2000, when the First Session of the International Tribunal on Africa was held in Los Angeles. [See Open Letter below from Tiyani Lybon Mabasa to Black activists and organizations in the United States.]

His tour is being organized by the International Liaison Committee of Workers and Peoples (ILC) and the International Tribunal on Africa.

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. Many of the leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) received long prison sentences at Robben Island.

Mabasa was one of BCM leaders most instrumental in helping to revive the South African labor movement through the formation of several independent trade unions.

On March 21, 1998, the Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA) was formed. In August 2004, SOPA produced the first issue of its monthly newspaper: In Defence. We are reprinting below an article from this inaugural issue by Tiyani Lybon Mabasa on "The Struggle for Black Majority Rule." Also reprinted below is a message of support sent by the SOPA leadership to the 8th National Congress of COSATU, South Africa's main trade union federation.

For more information about these Bay Area events with Tiyani Lybon Mabasa, please contact Alan Benjamin, ILC, at 415-626-1175, or Jahahara Albukelan-Ma'at, AFCS, at 415-565-0201, ext. 15.

We hope to see you at one or both of these events with Brother Tiyani Lybon Mabasa.

In solidarity,

Alan Benjamin
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