Katherine Hamnett snuck an anti-nuclear protest t-shirt into a reception in 1984.
Where will the demonstration be tomorrow? - Kaveh Golestan
With the closure and censorship of newspapers, unofficial notice boards were an important means of communication for opposition groups such as the Marxist Tudeh Party and Mojahedin-e Khalq .
Indian Gang Rape Protests
New Delhi & Kolkata
December 27, 2012
AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Tens of thousands of Kurds walked to the prison in Wan (Van), where hundreds of Kurds have been on hunger strike for about 50 days.
October 30, 2012.
Members and friends of Women Strike for Peace, wearing veils and carrying yellow roses, gathering at Pershing Square before march through downtown streets to protest Vietnam policy.
March 21, 1965
Nothing makes me happiers than teens protesting things. NOTHING. Go cheer them on on their Facebook page if you feel like it.
JUNE 16TH 1976, SOWETO
Antoinette Sithole and Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying and 12-year-old Hector Pieterson moments after he was shot by South African police during a peaceful student demonstration in Soweto, South Africa
Photograph taken by Sam Nzima.
the more things change …
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Soweto Student Uprising, June 16th, 1976
On the morning of June 16, 1976, thousands of students from the African township of Soweto, outside Johannesburg, gathered at their schools to participate in a student-organized protest demonstration. Many of them carried signs that read, ‘Down with Afrikaans’ and ‘Bantu Education – to Hell with it;’ others sang freedom songs as the unarmed crowd of schoolchildren marched towards Orlando soccer stadium where a peaceful rally had been planned.
The crowd swelled to more than 10,000 students. En route to the stadium, approximately fifty policemen stopped the students and tried to turn them back. At first, the security forces tried unsuccessfully to disperse the students with tear gas and warning shots. Then policemen fired directly into the crowd of demonstrators. Many students responded by running for shelter, while others retaliated by pelting the police with stones.
That day, two students, Hastings Ndlovu and Hector Pieterson, died from police gunfire; hundreds more sustained injuries during the subsequent chaos that engulfed Soweto. The shootings in Soweto sparked a massive uprising that soon spread to more than 100 urban and rural areas throughout South Africa.
The immediate cause for the June 16, 1976, march was student opposition to a decree issued by the Bantu Education Department that imposed Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in half the subjects in higher primary (middle school) and secondary school (high school). Since members of the ruling National Party spoke Afrikaans, black students viewed it as the “language of the oppressor.” Moreover, lacking fluency in Afrikaans, African teachers and pupils experienced first-hand the negative impact of the new policy in the classroom.
The Soweto uprising came after a decade of relative calm in the resistance movement in the wake of massive government repression in the 1960s. Yet during this “silent decade,’ a new sense of resistance had been brewing. In 1969, black students, led by Steve Biko (among others), formed the South African Student’s Organization (SASO). Stressing black pride, self-reliance, and psychological liberation, the Black Consciousness Movement in the 1970s became an influential force in the townships, including Soweto. The political context of the 1976 uprisings must also take into account the effects of workers’ strikes in Durban in 1973; the liberation of neighboring Angola and Mozambique in 1975; and increases in student enrollment in black schools, which led to the emergence of a new collective youth identity forged by common experiences and grievances (Bonner).
Though the schoolchildren may have been influenced by the Black Consciousness Movement of the 1970s, many former pupils from Soweto do not remember any involvement of outside organizations or liberation movements in their decision to protest the use of Afrikaans at their schools. In his memoir, Sifiso Ndlovu, a former student at Phefeni Junior Secondary School in Soweto, recalls how in January 1976 he and his classmates had looked forward to performing well in their studies but noted how the use of Afrikaans in the classroom significantly lowered their grades. (Hirson 175-77; Brooks and Brickhill 46) Echoing Ndlovu, current Member of Parliament Obed Baphela recalled: “It was quite difficult now to switch from English to Afrikaans at that particular point and time.” [Watch Bapela video segment] The firing of teachers in Soweto who refused to implement the Afrikaans language policy exacerbated the frustration of middle school students, who then organized small demonstrations and class boycotts as early as March, April and May (Ndlovu).
also, here’s the thing about Afrikaans - it’s a language that’s spoken ONLY in South Africa. so not only is it the language of the oppressor, by mandating that black children would only be taught in Afrikaans (or that major subjects be taught in Afrikaans, i think things like art were still allowe to be taught in English and/or indigenous languages), they were effectively attempting to isolate Black South Africans TO South Africa. And to keep the outside world from them.
and my bitch ass needs us to go deep. waaaay fucking deep. as in “why are we trying to shut down clinics that provide abortions during the depths of the endless fucking michigan recession we’ve all been sitting in for decades?” deep. as in, “why is the control of “what a woman is” and “what a woman can do” all of a sudden so important for a state that people want to “let die” and that obama has centered as the cornerstone of his “recovery” project?” deep. deep as in, “why do the fucking white christians who have more money than anybody else in the state get to decide what’s best for all the poor ass broke folk who can’t manage to get a fucking break” deep."
Thank you. And before I sound like I’m not glad that we’re talking about this, or that I’m not excited (if mildly conflicted) that Eve Ensler will be performing The Vagina Monologues with Michigan women lawmakers at the Capitol next week, I just want to stress, as many times as I have to, that if we’re going to air our grievances, if we’re going to yell and scream and shout the word “vagina,” if we’re going to make a big event out of empowering ourselves—we have to do something with that empowerment. Very soon it will be time (if it’s not time already) to outline what the fuck we need to do and then fucking do it.
i had not heard about eve ensler.
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