Category Archives: uprisings

Tactics Used by savvy #Never Again activists in Parkland, Florida

Please add and correct tactics used in Never Again to add to my book draft Resist! Goals and Tactics for Changemakers. I’m happy to share chapters of interest. Gkimball at csuchico dot edu

Never Again Tactics

Print and Social Media

Wednesday, February 14: Video from insides a locked school office during the shooting, taken by David Hogg.

 

TV News shows including CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

 

Op-ed in the New York Times by 14-year old

 

Never Again Facebook and other social media pages, the title coined by Cameron Kashy as he was in his ghost-busters pajamas. He said, “We need to take it into our own hands” since politicians haven’t addressed gun control.

 

Twitter used to prod politicians

 

On the Street

 

Thursday: candle-light vigil at Pine Trails Park, “No more guns”

 

Friday: School walk-out at nearby South Broward High School, organized by Amy Campbell-Oates, 16, and two friends. They chanted, “Your silence is killing us. Prayers and condolences are not enough.” “It could have been us,” Other students joined in around the country.

 

Saturday: Rally at Fort Lauderdale’s federal courthouse, featuring Emma Gonzales “shame on you” talk, written on the back of her AP Government notes. “The people in the government who are voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent his, we call B.S.” She told a reporter, “We students figured our there’s strength in numbers.” A video of her speech was quickly viewed more than 100,00 times. Other speakers were Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Alex Wind, and Jaclyn Corin.

 

Demonstration at the Miami gun show

 

Monday: lie-in at the gates of the White House by 17 young people, sponsored by Teens for Gun Reform. They read the names of the slain students and teacher. “We’re not going to back down, no matter what, until this country changes.” They chanted, “Enough is Enough.”

Demonstration in front of the NRA headquarters in Virginia

President Trump said he was in favor in background checks for gun buyers.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday: Tallahassee demonstration

 

Wednesday: President Trump had announced a listening session with students, but hadn’t contacted them. Students are holding a rally.

March 24 March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

 

Other groups join in:

The advocacy group Moms Demand Action formed a student advocacy groups

 

The Network for Public Education and the American Federation of Teachers called for a walk-out, sit-ins, and other protests on youth@womensmarch.com

 

April 20 anniversary of Columbine shooting, which didn’t produce student activism.

 

 

The Women’s March Youth Empower group called for a 17-minute walkout at 10 am on March 14, wearing orange. https://www.womensmarch.com/empower/

 

Slogans

Enough

Your Silence is killing us

Protect our children

Never again

Vote them out

Do something now

Don’t let my friends die

Guns don’t kill people….umm yes they do

My friends died for what?

 

Quotes

Sarah: Prayers won’t fix this, but gun control will prevent it from happening again.

 

Cameron Kasky: We’re going to lead the rest of the nation behind us. This time we’re going to pressure the politicians to take action. This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t’ about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. At this point, you’re either with us or you’re against us.

 

Kevin: we want everyone to know we want change, looking for bipartisan solutions, this isn’t about banning assault weapons or partisan changes, we’re looking for bipartisan solutions, we can’t use partisan tactics so that the right thinks we’re crazy partisans.

 

Adam Alhanti, if students need to rally together as a school and across the nation and back us, we really want to make a change. I want to see our politicians listening and I don’t’ think they are. It’s not a mental health issue but a gun control issue. The president is coming first, not the people. Stop playing golf, look us in the eye and say he’ll make a difference.

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global young women’s activism–global feminism

Brave: Young Women’s Global Revolution.

Two volumes: 1) Global Issues, 978-0-938795-58-2 and 2) Regional Activism, 978-0-938795-60-5.

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

Each volume is $29.99. Volume 1 is 400 pages. Volume 2 is 600 pages.

 

What makes Brave revolutionary is its global rather than regional reach and its rare inclusion of many young women’s actual voices from around the world. Brave explores young women’s global activism, based on hundreds of interviews—some videotaped and on YouTube, and over 4,000 surveys from 88 countries. The book includes popular cultural references and feminists’ critiques of the economic and political system. Volume 1 is about global issues and Volume 2 is about regional activism. Discussion questions and activities are included, along with extensive references for changemakers.

Volume 1 discusses: The Future is Female, Global Desire for Equality, Global Status of Young Women, Consumerism Targets “Girl Power,” and Global Media Both Helps and Inhibits Girls. Volume 2 includes chapters on the West, Development, Muslim Countries, Egypt, Latin America, Africa, India, China, and Russia.

 

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D., is the author or editor of 16 books and was the first Coordinator of Women’s Studies at CSUC. She blogs at https://globalyouthbook.wordpress.com/.

 

Incredible! Carmen Rios, Ms. Magazine editor

 

Finally, we hear the authentic voices of young women from around the globe. Listen–they are the future. Encompassing views from traditional to radical, Brave is a work unlike any other in the fields of women’s, youth, and global studies. Rigorously researched, and including input from young women everywhere, it is a work not to be ignored. Morgan Brynnan, MLS

 

The #MeToo Campaign Against Sexual Harassment

The #MeToo campaign started by actor Alyssa Milano in response to revelations about sexual harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017 generated millions of responses from women reporting sexual assault or harassment. It generated even more hits than #EverydaySexism that started in England[i] with millions of responses from women reporting sexual assault or harassment (more than six million hashtags were posted from October to December).  Women around the world joined in to post their stories on social media, including in Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan and India. French women called their campaign “Expose Your Pig” (#AlanceTonPorc) Muslim women started #DearSister to express their voices. In Pakistan, the controversial film Verna (2017) tells the story of a teacher who is abducted and raped by the son of a governor. The Central Board of Film Censors banned the film for “maligning state institutions,” but an appellate board lifted the ban due to the #UnbanVerna campaign. (Saving Face about the victim of an acid attack and A Girl in the River, about an attempted honor killing, also addressed violence against Pakistani women.)

Public awareness of sexual harassment was sparked in 1991 when Anita Thomas was seen on TV testifying to the all white male Judiciary Committee about Clarence Thomas, which incited more women to enter politics especially when the committee wouldn’t allow other women to testify against Thomas. Currently about 40% of women say they have experienced unwanted sexual attention or coercion at work, but one study found three-quarters of people who spoke up about harassment faced retaliation. What makes women vulnerable is their low status and lack of power at work: Women are 35% more likely to live in poverty than men. In Scandinavia women have more independence because the “nanny state” provides cradle-to-the-grave security. The #MeToo Twitter campaign again raised public awareness around the world and resulted in some prominent harassers like Harvey Weinstein being fired; articles about him published in October of 2017 resulted in action. The movement also encouraged the 19 women who accuse Trump of harassment to speak out and one of them, Summer Zervos, filed a suit against me for defamation of character for calling her and the other liars.[ii] Some solutions are stronger and more unions, raising boys differently, more women in power, and restricting nondisclosure agreements. The TIME Magazine persons of the year were the “Silence Breakers.”

Over 300 women prominent in the entertainment energy, featuring women of color (i.e., Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera), developed “Time’s Up” announced on January 1, 2018. They secured $13 million in donations to a Legal Defense Fund to help blue-collar women, promote legislation to penalize companies with ongoing harassment, and a push for gender equality in the entertainment industry. Their webpage with resources is https://www.timesupnow.com. They asked women to wear black at the Golden Globes film awards and to talk about the problem rather than who designed their dresses. Leaderless, they organize in working groups in Los Angeles, New York and London. Rhimes explained, “We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible. Why shouldn’t it be?”[iii] Rheese Witherspoon said, “We have been siloed off from each other….We’re now locking arms in solidarity with each other….”

[i] http://mashable.com/2017/10/16/me-too-hashtag-popularity/#O2RzT_A5piqN

[ii] “The 19 Women who Accused President Trump of Sexual Misconduct,” The Atlantic, December 7, 2017.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/what-about-the-19-women-who-accused-trump/547724/

[iii] Cara Buckley, “Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan,” New York Times, January 1, 2018.

16-year-old girl stands up to Israeli soldiers

A 16-year-old girl, Ahed Taminmi became the poster child of the resistance when she slapped and kicked two Israeli soldiers who were on her family’s property in December of 2017. They left as seen on video.[i] The video of course went viral and a military court indicted Ahed and her mother for aggravated assault although she said the same shoulders shot her cousin in the head with a rubber bullet an hour earlier in front of her house. She was well-known for first raising her fist to an Israeli soldier in 2012 when she was a little girl with a blond ponytail, shown in the endnote.

[i] https://www.timesofisrael.com/military-court-indicts-soldier-slapping-teen-ahed-tamimi-her-mother/

 

Song lyrics by Nattali Rize Speak for her Generation’s Issue

The Lyrics for Generations Will Rize by Nattali Rize feat. Notis & Kabaka Pyramid have been translated into 2 languages

You wont see us on the TV, you wont read it in the news feed. but the time it come, Change keeps beating like a Drum. Cause The People have the Power, They keep Waking by the hour.And the Youth them see so they’re breaking Free from your mental slavery. Generations will Rize, Governments they will fall, We’re the only ones who will carry us through it all, If the words they are clear and the actions are strong, Oh my People We can’t go wrong… so hold on. hold on. hold on. hold on. Staring down their lie of democracy will you fight on your feet or live pon ur knees…? This is not the way that life’s supposed to be I’m callin’, callin’ yeah. These generations are making that change, they’ve learnt your system now they’re gonna rage, better take care and babylon you be aware, this a warnin’ warnin’ yeah. Generations will Rize, Governments they will fall, We’re the only ones who will carry us through it all, If the words they are clear and the actions are strong, Oh my People We can’t go wrong… so hold on. hold on. hold on. hold on. It’s just a drop inna di ocean of revolution, every ripple felt by the younger generation. Just Rize and take your stand where you belong cause it’s awakening, replacing them false religions. Truth it spread like wild fyah in di streets, any thing less than equal rights get delete cause higher consciousness we seek, open up your heart and let that inner voice speak. In the midst of these crazy times we’re gonna find our place, if we open up our hearts and let love lead the way. To the world that we want to see, we nah have no place for dem capitalism and dem economy. So open up your heart and let Love lead the way again.

https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Nattali-Rize-Notis-feat-Kabaka-Pyramid/Generations-Will-Rize