In an unfortunate coincidence, on the International Vendors Day 2012, the administrators of the Condominium Building where FUTRAND operated threw all our belongings to the street.
Almost a year ago it was very sad to face reality of our belongings on the street, without headquarters, equipment and documents. Today we can say that with pride and courage we could get up, thanks to the efforts of our Leaders, affiliates and STREETNET in the person of its President, OSCAR SILVA, we have grown in spite of the adversity. We are doing ant´s work to return to business as usual for the members and comrades, who plead for FUTRAND to continue defending their labor rights. We are preparing for democratic elections, and we have already made motivational visits to our affiliates in the States: Tachira, Lara, Barinas, Portuguesa and Aragua to invite them with love, joy and sense of belonging to participate in the election of the new Executive Committee of FUTRAND. Once legitimised and legalised, we will begin to work as usual, to confront the problems that arise every day, looking for solutions, because it is our right to exist as a conglomerated organisation of workers, whose work stability is very vulnerable, hence our struggle for vindication of fundamental human rights for all workers.
We wish to express our gratitude to President of StreetNet, OSCAR SILVA, we will never forget your precious help, with incalculable gratitude that has left your gesture of humanity and generosity to our organisation.
We're rising from the ashes.
BRAVE IS NOT THAT NEVER FALLS,
BUT STILL STANDING UP AND FORWARD
SUCH AS FUTRAND, BRAVE!
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
StreetNet Newsletter 31 [pdf]
INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).
TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015) by Ludovick Kazoka.
INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:
BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).
USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.
INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.
ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).
SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.
MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).
INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.
StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.
Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.
The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies