4 Campaigns

In addition to local and provincial campaigns, what national campaigns can we take up as a United Front early in 2015 up to the proposed launch from the 25-7 April 2015 that will unite us, have a mass appeal and popularize the UF?

4.1 General approaches to campaigns:

4.1.1 An immediate national campaign should be implemented in the first 4 months of 2015. This requires the most effective mobilisation of a large numbers of people and broader constituencies into an effective National Day of Action. The overarching public slogan and demand of this first campaign must focus on the most strategic popular demands, unify current struggles, and capture public opinion, whilst also enabling the UF to effectively enter the country’s public space and political arena as an effective, attractive and capable fighting force.

4.1.2 Need an approach and a methodology of struggle that allows us to have winnable demands for the first four months. It must be a small reform thing we can win that can also mobilise large numbers of people.

4.1.3 Need for a Day of Action;

4.1.4 Should be based on, and unify various current struggles;

4.1.5 Built on common reflection, research, debate and prioritisation by UF members from below;

4.1.6 Based on winnable demands in the here and now;

4.1.7 Combine the immediacy of needed reforms in the here and now with long-term transformative thrusts;

4.1.8 Should appeal to a broad constituency;

4.1.9 Should capture public imagination and introduce the UF as a new force in the country;

4.1.10 Critical campaigns should be located in key sites for impact, local mobilisation, sustained focus and building a critical mass; and

4.1.11 Campaigns must be used as ongoing spaces and moments to learn, deepen knowledge, consciousness and capacity of UF members;

4.2 Possible immediate campaigns in the next 4 months:

The agreed flagship campaigns for the first 4 months of 2015 are:

4.2.1 Focus on the Budget:

[How should this focus on the budget elevate the needs, demands and interests of children as was raised in the closing plenary of the Assembly?]

(Budget Day, 25th February 2015, as the main National Day of Action which can be followed up by provincial actions around provincial budget days which will be in the week immediately after 25th February): Proposed core public slogan and demand: Budget for People’s Needs! Budget for water, sanitation and basic services! The Budget provides a platform for various sectoral demands to also be raised by different constituents in local, provincial and national levels. The Budget focus also puts the focus on the economy as a major arena of struggle wherein broader principles can be raised. The Budget focus can also be a lens to provincial and local budgets, and therefore a basis for sustained action in ways that take forward current local struggles whilst also building a common national movement/political effort. Broader principles: UF support for economic redistribution, UF concerns with rising austerity in light of the ongoing global economic crisis, and UF support for democratic participatory budgeting. Redistribution; Macro-economic policy; Various sectoral demands; Democratic participatory budgeting.

4.2.2 Sanitation;

4.2.3 Moratorium on farm evictions;

4.2.4 Labour brokers, minimum wage given the pending parliamentary hearings & the youth wage subsidy law; Localised protests and submissions on labour brokers, minimum wage, a living income for the unemployed & the youth wage subsidy law during public hearings across the country;

4.2.5 Justice for Marikana workers and action against police brutality – given the pending public release of the report of the Farlam Commission (The Marikana Commission of Inquiry) in March 2015, the 21 March public holiday focus on the Sharpeville Massacre and human rights, and the anniversary of the killing of Andries Tatane in April 2012; and

4.2.6 Winning a moratorium on farm evictions.

4.2.7 Laying the foundation for “The South Africa We Want” Campaign by collecting demands of community members and workers – using a process similar, if not more democratic, to that which led to the creation of the Freedom Charter; and

4.2.8 Two Days of Action – Budget Day and the day of the announcement of the Marikana commission’s outcome or 21 March – on which we could consider having national protected strikes.

4.2.9 Using the above and preparations for the UF launch for laying the foundation for “The South Africa We Want Campaign”.

[How should this campaign integrate the participation, interests, needs and mobilisation of children?]

4.3 Possible long-term campaigns – need to set up working groups around key areas to determine what could be long term campaigns. This will allow us to prepare for the assemblies as a means for collecting concrete demands in those areas.

4.3.1 jobs for all a living wage and a living income for the unemployed;

4.3.2 Food prices;

4.3.3 Hunger;

4.3.4 Universal access to quality, equal and free education;

4.3.5 Safety and security;

4.3.6 Corruption;

4.3.7 Police brutality and repression (with a focus on justice for Andries Tatane and the Marikana mineworkers who were killed on 16 August 2012);

4.3.8 Violence against women, LGBTI people and children;

4.3.9 E-tolls;

4.3.10 Drugs and gangsterism

4.3.11 Load-shedding and energy policy issues;

4.3.12 Economic policy options informed by climate change and climate justice;

4.3.13 Privatisation;

4.3.14 Land redistribution;

4.3.15 Agrarian reform;

4.3.16 Rural democracy;

4.3.17 Universal access to quality facilities and amenities for sports, arts and recreation; A tax for sports, arts and recreation;

4.3.18 Democratising local government;

4.3.19 Apartheid debt and working class debt;

4.3.20 Evictions;

4.3.21 Housing, electricity, water, sanitation and other basic services;

4.3.22 The 40 year RDP housing issue;

4.3.23 Nationalisation;

4.3.24 Concrete campaigns for the realisation of the social justice, equality and other progressive goals of the Constitution;

4.3.25 “The South Africa We Want” Campaign should include space for progressive review of the Constitution from below;

4.3.26 The Assembly agreed that these require debate, refinement, consolidation, prioritisation, sustained action at various levels, and must be linked to concrete local actions and “The South Africa We Want Campaign”. The 25-27 April launch of the UF will be a key moment to do this. Beyond that, there will be a need to pool together existing resources, build working groups on the various themes, build UF capacity and perspectives, localisation of actions and debates, etc.


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