2017 has not been an easy year, as the forces of white supremacy, kleptocracy, and exclusive nationalism have gained ground in the United States and indeed in many other countries around the world. Yet we have also seen a new wave of resistance, which I am convinced is destined to grow in 2018. And I am sustained, as are you, by personal networks and communities of struggle that extend across many borders.
Most of you, I know, began to grow such networks in your youth, enriched by opportunities to travel and dialogue. Quite a few of you have walked the paths of Making the Road with me. So I am asking you to help make it possible for others to make these connections. In 2018, I will be taking seminar groups to both Southern Africa and Cuba. The theme for both seminars is "Teaching 'Africa' in a Transnational Age: Countries, Continents, and Global Social Justice."
We already have six people who have filled out pre-applications, half of whom will need to do personal fundraising and seek scholarship help from Making the Road. Whether we can respond to these and others signing up in the coming months depends on your support. Special thanks to those who have already given recently!
Make your secure tax-deductible donation on-line through the South African Development Fund, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for Making the Road. Be sure to designate your donation for Making the Road. You can also send a check, made out to the South Africa Development Fund and designated for Making the Road, to SADF, 555 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02130.
Any contribution, from $25 to $100 or more, makes a big difference.
Best wishes for a safe and productive year ahead, in both your personal and collective endeavors.
A Luta Continua, Prexy
P.S. Please note. This email address this is sent from is used for updates related to the Making the Road trips. For personal messages to Prexy, please use his personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making the Road in 2016 and 2017
In Cuba in May 2016, travelling with 45 parents, teachers, and students from the Village Leadership Academy in Chicago, we visited the small town of San Felipe south of Havana. The photo above shows some of the students at the railway station.
Standing with me in the next photo is one of the passengers we met at the station, who turned out to be a veteran of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola, a decisive turning point in the liberation of Namibia and South Africa.
In July 2016 the "Unfinished Agendas" seminar group traveled to Mozambique as well as to South Africa. Among the groups hosting us was the Mozambican branch of Women in Law in Southern Africa, directed by Terezinha da Silva (in center of photo).
The Mayibuye Southern Africa seminar group, consisting primarily of progressive lawyers, visited Namibia as well as South Africa in August 2016. The seminar included time for multiple cultural contacts. The photos here are from Cape Town. The first is from The Crypt in Cape Town, a unique live jazz venue, in space underneath the historic anti-apartheid church St. Georges Cathedral. The second comes from an arts center with which the group connected in the township of Khayelitsha. In the year and a half since the participants returned to the United States, they have maintained contact, raising funds for the center and hosting an artist from there in the Bay Area.
The Making the Road seminar to South Africa and Namibia in June 2017 began their trip in Gauteng province, before going on to Cape Town and to Windhoek in Namibia. Photo immediately below is meeting with the Women's Rights Unit at the University of Pretoria Center for Human Rights.
The next photo is in Johannesburg: a selfie by tour coordinator and driver Jacob Chisvo, with the Making the Road 2017 delegation at the historic Women's Jail on Constitution Hill. Also pictured are Cecilie Palmer and several other former political prisoners, as well as Carrie Pratt, who planned the Gauteng segment of the Making the Road seminar.
In Cuba in August 2017, our group met with members of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade. This Cuban initiative, including more than 1,500 medical professionals, responds to international disasters and won an award from the World Health Organization in May 2017 for "contributions to public health ... far beyond the normal call of duty."
The Making the Road seminar group at exposition of Cuban artists. The slogan, from the early 20th century Spanish poet Antonio Machado, translates as "Making the Road by Walking,"