Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights’

April 22, 1970 Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. On April 22,1970, twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the destruction of the environment. Groups…

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April 2012- Maple Spring- Student Strike Rocks Montreal

In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike, rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protests and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of this Canadian metropolis. Several times during this tumultuous spring, the numbers in the streets would reach…

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April 3rd, 1967 MLK gives “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

A year and a day before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, He gave a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.” The speech called for an end to militarism, materialism, and racism… A worldwide movement towards peace placing life above profit. This is an excerpt from this famous speech, QUOTE  “The words of the late John…

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March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Fire

March 25th is the anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Company fire. The fire was the deadliest industrial disaster in New York City, killing one-hundred and forty-three people, mostly immigrant women and young girls, age thirteen to twenty-three. They were working in sweatshop conditions, locked inside the building by the company owners in order…

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March 29, 1987 Veterans March and Organize for Peace

As the United States destabilized Nicaragua by funding the terrorist Contras, Veterans for Peace organized and flew to the country to show support. On March 29th 1987, they marched from Jinotega to Wilculi, interviewing hundreds of people and compiling a forty page report for the United States which was sent to over five thousand stakeholders…

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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 8th 1908 Garment Workers Strike, International Women’s Day

Thousands of workers in the New York garment industry demonstrated and began a strike for higher wages, a shorter workday and an end to child labor. Those who organized, primarily immigrant women defied the labor leaders who believed they were unable to advocate for themselves. Their rallying cry, QUOTE “We’d rather starve quick than starve…

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