nezua:

azaadiart:

NOW YOU HAVE TOUCHED
THE WOMYN YOU HAVE 
STRUCK A ROCK 
YOU HAVE DISLODGED A BOULDER
YOU WILL BE CRUSHED
versatilequeen:

You Have Struck a Rock
Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone and Botswana  1981

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.

nezua:

azaadiart:

NOW YOU HAVE TOUCHED

THE WOMYN YOU HAVE 

STRUCK A ROCK 

YOU HAVE DISLODGED A BOULDER

YOU WILL BE CRUSHED

versatilequeen:

You Have Struck a Rock

Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone and Botswana  1981


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.

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Israel's Manifest Destiny

Nineteenth century America was pockmarked with deplorable actions which were justified with the concept of “Manifest Destiny” (a quasi-religious ‘right’ for America to expand it’s borders across all of North America), notably the genocide of the indigenous Americans. Similarly, since its creation in 1948 (and the ensuing conflict), Israel has expelled Palestinians from their homes, prohibited economic development and annexed Palestinian land- all justified with a religious mandate to return ‘home’.

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

fuldagap:

Glory and immortality to the martyrs and the struggle of Tel Al-Zaatar. (1976)

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

fuldagap:

Glory and immortality to the martyrs and the struggle of Tel Al-Zaatar. (1976)

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

dynamicafrica:

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!

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

‘PEOPLE OF AFRICA, STRANGLE THE COLONIZER!’

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

‘PEOPLE OF AFRICA, STRANGLE THE COLONIZER!’

Israeli Apartheid: Tourists venture to West Bank to 'shoot terrorists'

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

The white supremacists in Israel take the next step beyond “Trayvon Martin shooting targets.”

Summer camp, warfare style: Like a frozen turkey plunged into boiling oil, a group of American tourists descend from an air-conditioned van into the scorching heat of the West Bank. Flashing smiles all around, they march into Caliber 3, a local shooting range. 

“Move it!” the Israeli guide suddenly yells. “Destroy that terrorist,” he orders them, and they charge, guns loaded, at cardboard targets. 

Gush Etzion has become a hot destination in recent months for tourists seeking an Israeli experience like no other: The opportunity to pretend-shoot a terror operative. Residents of the nearby settlements, who run the site, offer day-trippers a chance to hear stories from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range.

Alice Walker's 'rejection letter' to Israeli publisher

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

June 9, 2012
Dear Publishers at Yediot Books,

Thank you so much for wishing to publish my novel THE COLOR PURPLE.  It isn’t possible for me to permit this at this time for the following reason:  As you may know, last Fall in South Africa the Russell Tribunal on Palestine met and determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.  The testimony we heard, both from Israelis and Palestinians (I was a jurist) was devastating.  I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse.  Indeed, many South Africans who attended, including Desmond Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than  what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated South Africa for so long.

It is my hope that the non-violent BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, of which I am part, will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation.

In that regard, I offer an earlier example of THE COLOR PURPLE’s engagement in the world-wide effort to rid humanity of its self-destructive habit of dehumanizing whole populations.  When the film of The Color Purple was finished, and all of us who made it decided we loved it, Steven Spielberg, the director, was faced with the decision of whether it should be permitted to travel to and be offered to the South African public.  I lobbied against this idea because, as with Israel today, there was a civil society movement of BDS aimed at changing South Africa’s apartheid policies and, in fact, transforming the government.

It was not a particularly difficult position to hold on my part:  I believe deeply in non-violent methods of social change though they sometimes seem to take forever, but I did regret not being able to share our movie, immediately, with (for instance) Winnie and Nelson Mandela and their children, and also with the widow and children of the brutally murdered, while in police custody, Steven Biko, the visionary journalist and defender of African integrity and freedom.

We decided to wait.  How happy we all were when the apartheid regime was dismantled and Nelson Mandela became the first president of color of South Africa.  

Only then did we send our beautiful movie!  And to this day, when I am in South Africa, I can hold my head high and nothing obstructs the love that flows between me and the people of that country.

Which is to say, I would so like knowing my books are read by the people of your country, especially by the young, and by  the brave Israeli activists (Jewish and Palestinian) for justice and peace I have had the joy of working beside.  I am hopeful that one day, maybe soon, this may happen.  But now is not the time.

We must continue to work on the issue, and to wait.

In faith that a just future can be fashioned from small acts,
Alice Walker


A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.

A Palestinian woman in training camp. Jordan, 1969.

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"Great Britain Plays Apartheid Anthem Before Field Hockey Game"

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

South Africa players stand as their anthem is played before the Investec London Cup pool game against Great Britain in the Investec London Cup at the Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground, London, Tuesday June 5, 2012. (AP Photo / Ady Kerry)

British field hockey officials have issued a “full and unreserved apology” to the South African women’s team for playing an apartheid-era version of the national anthem before a London Cup match on Tuesday.

A version of “Die Stem,” the old anthem of a divided South Africa, was played before the team upset fourth-ranked Great Britain in their opening match of the tournament.

“As far as I’m concerned, that was the full version of ‘Die Stem,’ from start to finish,” she said, according to Sport 24. ”I was so shocked I couldn’t even watch the rest [of the game].”

Black girls faces are priceless. SA has had a new anthem since 1994.. almost 20 years ago! Why would the Brits even still have the old anthem to play?

Britain, forgetting that the world has moved on? INCONCEIVABLE!

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), on patrol in occupied Gaza.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), on patrol in occupied Gaza.

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astrangerdanger:

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
~RePrEsEnT~
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

astrangerdanger:

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

~RePrEsEnT~

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

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fyeahafrica:


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.

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fyeahafrica:

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.

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artofpolitics:

Remove all repressive laws now!, African National Congress, c1990-94, South Africa. Image: CALA

artofpolitics:

Remove all repressive laws now!, African National Congress, c1990-94, South Africa. Image: CALA

journeyonlifesway:

I RESIST

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