NOW YOU HAVE TOUCHED
THE WOMYN YOU HAVE
STRUCK A ROCK
YOU HAVE DISLODGED A BOULDER
YOU WILL BE CRUSHED
You Have Struck a Rock
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now
“This poster was created for Women’s Day, a South African national holiday commemorating a 1956 demonstration in Pretoria. Thousands of women gathered to protest the apartheid government’s pass laws, which required black South Africans to carry documents authorizing their presence in racially restricted areas. The text is based on a song that became the anthem of women’s struggle against apartheid and that today represents the strength of South African women in general. The poster was printed by Medu Art Ensemble, a collective of South African exiles and activists formed in 1978 in Gaborone, Botswana, eight miles across the South African border.”
that’s beautiful and powerful, even the rhythm of it.
Glory and immortality to the martyrs and the struggle of Tel Al-Zaatar. (1976)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
Happy 94th birthday to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a living hero of our times and a man whose life has been dedicated to the militant struggle and activism against oppression not only in his home country of South Africa, but throughout the world.
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18th, 1918, in the village of Mvezo, near Mthatha in the Transkei, South Africa.
Throughout the brutal racist Apartheid regime in South Africa, Mandela actively fought against the successive governments throughout this period.
In 1952, he was a prominent leader in the ANC’s (African National Congress) Defiance Campaign which involved a plan of national action to actively protest the unjust laws implemented by the white-ruling Apartheid system. As a result, Mandela and 8, 500 people were imprisoned. In 1955, he was part of The Congress of the People - a meeting held in Kliptown, Soweto that consisted of various anti-Apartheid organizations, that drafted The Freedom Charter.
Mandela had obtained a law degree from the University of Witswaterstrand and during this time, together with friend and fellow activist Oliver Tambo, provided free or low-cost legal counsel to black people who had been denied access to such information as a result of the highly oppressive racist system.
Despite his nonviolent approach, in 1956 Nelson Mandela and 150 others were arrested and charged with treason by the state government in what is known as the Treason Trial of 1956. The trial lasted until 1961 when all defendants were found non-guilty. The arrested consisted of 105 Africans, 21 Indians, 23 whites and 7 colored leaders of various anti-Apartheid organizations but were segregated racially whilst in jail. By the end of the trial, the 150 initially charged was whittled down to 30. Mandela was a part of the final 30 defendants.
Between 1963-1964, another trial took place in which ten members of the ANC were tried for 221 acts of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the Apartheid government. Mandela was once again arrested, along with notable ANC leaders and anti-Apartheid activists Walter Sisulu, Goven Mbeki (father of former President Thabo Mbeki), Lionel Bernstein and Denis Goldberg. This trial, known as the Rivonia Trial, resulted in eight of the accused sentenced to life in prison, two acquittals, with the final two having escaped from prison.
Nelson Mandela would spend 25 years and eight months in prison as a result the Rivonia tria, 18 in the infamous Robben Island jail, until his release in 1990.
South Africa’s first multi-racial democratic elections were held on the 17th of April, 1994 and as leader of the ANC, Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first black President, as well as the oldest elected President (he was 75 at the time).
Once his term came to an end in 1999, Mandela officially retired from politics.
Mandela has been married three times (he is currently married to Graca Machel), has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren.
We wish you well, Madiba!
‘PEOPLE OF AFRICA, STRANGLE THE COLONIZER!’
A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.
Member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), on patrol in occupied Gaza.
Got an anon asking if “that’s ANOTHER Palestinian flag” on my wall, and how “I shouldn’t smear such a quality post about Israel with Palestinian filth”
I had this awesome smartass reply all typed up, pressed publish…and got an error page, with the question gone
Well, this is for anon
ALL OF THE PALESTINIAN FLAGS, I HAVE THEM
also PFLP flag in the background
Also felt I should throw on the Tarboosh for good measure
This is what happens when I’m at school all day and spend my entire first day of International Relations arguing with everyone
seriously, the ENTIRE CLASS IS OBSESSED WITH ROMNEY AND GLEN BECK
WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO
I’m feeling slightly burned out and in desperate need of sugar
An historic 1979 photo shows two leaders of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle against racist Rhodesia: Lookout Masuku, commander of the Zimbabwe People’s Liberation Army (Zipra) and Solomon Mujuru (aka Rex Nhongo) of the Zimbabwe National Liberation Army (Zanla).
Comrade Mujuru died on Aug. 16. Some 40,000 people turned out for his funeral.
Remove all repressive laws now!, African National Congress, c1990-94, South Africa. Image: CALA