Posts Tagged ‘direct action’

March 20, 2003 SF shut down to Protest Iraq Invasion

In 2003, the US invaded Iraq. Big oil corporations desired Iraq’s nationalized oil and corporate globalizers wanted to force Iraq and the entire Middle East into the corporate globalized marketplace. Global protests—the biggest in history— took place on all seven continents, and in more than one-hundred nations in February in protest of the coming war.…

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March 17, 1966 Farm Workers March

In September of 1965, Filipino-American grape workers walked out on strike against table and wine grape growers, protesting years of poor pay and cruel conditions. The Filipino workers asked the latino workers to join their strike.   Cesar Chavez and other leaders believed it was too soon to strike, but also knew how growers historically…

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March 7, 1965 Bloody Sunday, Selma March

Fifty-two years ago, hundreds of civil rights activists and community members began a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama to the capital, Montgomery. The march would be the first of three organized in protest of voting intimidation and segregationist policies. Just after crossing a bridge on the outskirts of Selma, the marchers were brutally attacked…

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March 3, 2003 Global Theatrical Dissent Opposing Iraq War

In the first-ever worldwide theatrical act of dissent, at least one thousand-twenty nine stagings of Lysistrata, the Ancient Greek anti-war comedy, were presented on the same day to oppose the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Performed in fifty-nine countries (including Iraq), the play tells of Athenian and Spartan women who unite to deny their lovers sex…

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Feb. 22, 1943 Sophie Scholl is Executed

At the age of 21, Sophie Scholl was executed in Germany on Feb. 22, 1943, during the Holocaust, for her involvement in The White Rose, an organization that was secretly writing pamphlets calling for the end of the war and strongly denouncing the inhuman acts of the Nazis.   When the mass deportation of Jewish…

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Feb. 17th 1975 Activists Occupy Planned Nuclear Site, WIN!

 In 1975, hundreds of residents in Wyhl, Germany occupied the site of a nuclear power plant to halt construction. The contractor had begun building in defiance of a court order. Police responded to the protestors with dogs, water cannons and arrests. By the following week however over twenty-five thousand had joined the occupation and police…

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