[sixties-l] Year of Protest

From: Ted Morgan (epm2@lehigh.edu)
Date: 01/03/01

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    >From the Village Voice (C)
    Village Voice
    Published January 3 - 9, 2001
    The Year in Protest -  It's a Mad, Mad World
    Agitators. Activists. Fed up citizens. They surrounded parliaments and
    conference centers, they rappelled office towers and donned costumes,
    they linked arms, and swelled in the streets from thousands to hundreds
    of thousands. They demanded higher wages, a cessation in test-bombing,
    an end to police brutality, new presidents.
    These photos, documenting a handful of the year's events, tell a starkly
    different story from the standard script about prosperity, consensus,
    and apathy that dominates the evening news. They tell of rage and
    riot^at fuel tax hikes, corporate domination, leather jackets. And while
    Americans caught 30-second glimpses of these complex conflicts on their
    TV screens, many protests outside the U.S. never reached the news
    assignment desks. Have demonstrators been heard? Perhaps. California
    janitors won a significant new labor contract, and Yugoslavians ousted
    Slobodan Milosevic. Are New York City police less brutal? Perhaps. Are
    the ice caps still melting? Probably. Are genetically altered foods
    finding their way into your body? Yes.
    What do these images augur? That holding governments and corporations
    accountable often requires hitting the streets. The madder and louder
    people get, the harder they are to ignore. ^Lenora Todaro
    The Year in Protest: Philadelphia
    Authorities vowed they would be prepared for the mass demonstrations
    planned for August's Republican convention.   They spied on activists in
    New York, enlisted the feds, and spent millions on the latest in
    antiriot technology. But in the end, protesters said, the cops fell back
    on an old tactic: manhandling and jailing dissenters, First Amendment be
    damned. ^Chisun Lee
    The Year in Protest: Florida
    Reverend Jesse Jackson jolted awake the long dormant voting rights
    movement in the weeks after the presidential election, taking to the
    Florida streets with African Americans and Jews who complained of
    rampant irregularities. Jackson has promised to turn up the heat as the
    January 20 inauguration approaches. "If Bush is one rail, and Gore is
    another rail, then civil rights is the third rail," he said. "It's the
    hot rail." ^Laura Conaway
    The Year in Protest: New York City
    The death of Amadou Diallo turned a Bronx vestibule into a landmark and
    a mother into an activist. Here, Kadiatou Diallo looks out from the
    doorway where her unarmed and innocent son was shot at 41 times by
    members of the NYPD Street Crime Unit. The killing, and this February's
    acquittal of the four officers, ignited a citywide anti-police-brutality
    movement. ^Chisun Lee
    The Year in Protest: Brooklyn
    The March 16 police killing of Haitian descendant Patrick Dorismond
    riled the city's already outraged communities of color. Thousands turned
    out for Dorismond's funeral; police accused some of violence. But
    attendees said the police, with their aggressive antiriot tactics,
    disrespected a community's mourning. ^Chisun Lee.
    The Year in Protest: Los Angeles
    There were 8500 of them, clad in their bright red "Justice for Janitors"
    T-shirts, swinging noisemakers, getting arrested at mass rallies of
    civil disobedience. Long invisible to the city's executives and power
    brokers, they were a workforce overwhelmingly composed of Latino
    immigrants, subsisting on wages of less than $7 an hour. But for three
    weeks last April, the janitors demanded a steep wage hike and new
    respect in their working lives. The strike, led by the Service Employees
    International Union, worked: On April 22 the janitors' union settled
    with nine cleaning companies for a 25 percent increase over three years.
    ^Tom Robbins
    The Year in Protest: Brooklyn
    When they first walked off the job in June 1999, the 284 workers at the
    Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg had every reason to believe their
    fight was just and victory would be theirs. The British firm Tate &
    Lyle, the owner of Domino, had all but dared them to strike, proposing
    the elimination of 100 jobs, the right to subcontract out all work at
    will, and an end to extra weekend pay. The Domino workers have
    languished on the picket line through two summers, two falls, and
    another winter. In one of the most painful strikes in years in the
    metropolitan area, some 100 workers swallowed their pride and crossed
    their own picket line this spring. The remainder have stood strong,
    despite little aid from the top leaders of their powerful union, the
    International Longshoreman's Association. ^Tom Robbins
    The Year in Protest: Prague
    Since Seattle, economic conferences have never been the same. Following
    the Washington, D.C., demo against the IMF and World Bank, Europeans
    mobilized 12,000 activists on September 26. The anticipation of conflict
    sparked international surveillance and numerous protesters were stopped
    at the border of the Czech Republic. Most confrontations were
    nonviolent, but riots erupted in isolated pockets of the demonstration.
    More than 800 protesters were detained in prison, and 100 people were
    injured, among them police and bankers. The finance ministers cut short
    their meetings.  ^Lenora Todaro
    Ted Morgan
    Department of Political Science
    Lehigh University
    Maginnes Hall #9
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
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