T-shirts (from events/ summits): Federation Anarchiste (Francophone) distributed shirt, obtained after 2007 IFA congress (WSF)

As noted elsewhere on this site, a member of the Workers Solidarity Federation (South Africa) attended the November 1997 congress of the International of Anarchist Federations (IFA) at Lyon, France. IFA affiliates present included French, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian and German groups (the Argentinean affiliate could not attend); there were observers from Guyana, Czechoslovakia, Colombia, Holland, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Finland and South Africa (Turkish observers also could not attend). The Federation Anarchiste (Francophone) (FA), which operates in France as well as French-speaking Belgium, is a very sizeable formation: around 100 branches, a weekly paper, a radio station and a presence on some local stations of others, various bookshops etc. It was the congress host, and host for the WSF. The t-shirt below was purchased at the FA’s Paris shop, called Publico.

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About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 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 100s of papers conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 4 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and produced five books. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. My books includd include 'Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives' (2018, co-edited with Kirk Helliker), 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' and 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014).