International Street Vendors Day - 14th November 2013

Message from Oscar Roberto Silva: President StreetNet InternationalOnce again StreetNet International celebrates International Street Vendors Day and I am happy to share with you our unity towards realising the rights of all members in our sector.

Last year it was a great celebration for all affiliates, most of whom were very creative and enthusiastic. We had the funds to supports posters, leaflets and t-shirts. However, this year although we cannot afford this, I encourage you to celebrate this day with different activities, as you did last year.

From Lesotho to New York, Malawi, India, Argentina, Guinee, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Tanzania, Chile Bangladesh, Madrid, Monrovia and many more we are united celebrating this meaningful day. On 14th November 2012, StreetNet affiliates and partners around the globe celebrated our 1st International Street Vendors Day.

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StreetNet International participating in the International Conference “The New Trade Unions and the democratic left: Historical roots and ideological landmarks”

Under the initiation of five national trade union centers: Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR), the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP), the Confederation of Trade Unions of Georgia (GTUC), the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KSPK) and also under the support of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK), the international conference "The New trade unions and the Democratic Left: historical roots and ideological landmarks" took place in Kyiv on November 2-3, 2013. The idea of conducting this international event was also supported by the Global Labour Institute (GLI), the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), the International "Memorial" (Moscow), the social critique magazine Commons/"Spilne" (Ukraine), the "Praxis" Center (Russia) and others. The financial support was provided by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

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The Municipality evicts street vendors from several avenues

From this Monday 50 inspectors and 50 police officers will be on the street to control the unauthorised installation of stalls. Vendors are asking for a solution so that they can continue work.

Street Vendors of the main avenues were evicted by the Municipality of Montevideo who warned them that the next time their merchandise will be confiscated.

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L.A. council members push to end street-vending ban

L.A. City Council member Jose Huizar appeared at a news conference Wednesday to propose a study on legalising street food vending. (Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times / November 6, 2013)Two Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday called for the city to legalise street food sales and no longer penalise those who sell fried pupusas, fresh-cut fruit and bacon-wrapped hot dogs on sidewalks.

The current city code prohibits selling things on sidewalks, exposing vendors to hefty fines, confiscated equipment and even incarceration. That needs to change, said Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the Eastside of Los Angeles, and Councilman Curren Price, whose district takes in much of South L.A.

"Los Angeles has a world-class street food culture,`` Huizar said at a news conference at City Hall.”But we sometimes want to pretend it doesn`t exist."

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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.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

StreetNet International

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