“Fighting Globalisation”: meeting and poster, by Bikisha Media Collective, 2001

Poster for a Bikisha Media Collective “Red and Black Forum” at the Workers Library and Museum, Johannesburg,  in mid 2001 on the anarchists and the struggle against capitalist globalisation. The prominent anarchist role in the shutdown of the 1999 Seattle (US) World Trade Organisation (WTO) had given the movement a major boost internationally. Meetings like this were key Bikisha activities, sometimes used to mobilise for a visible (if rather modest) anarchist presence in anti-privatisation and anti-war protests in Johannesburg.

BMC anti-cap glob

About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 10th generation South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 450+ papers, including conferences and workshops, co-edited 4 journal specials (on global and African labour history, and the left), and produced five books. Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). I won the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ PhD thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) award for best African dissertation, for my thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have also done research in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.