Monthly Archives: July 2012

The ethics of remembering: how to retell personal stories from a political archive?

One of the delights of working with the archive of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group’s papers, over a decade’s worth of correspondence and the minutes of meetings, has been tracing the connections City Group forged with other anti-apartheid activists … Continue reading

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The power of moffies: Simon Nkoli and international lesbian and gay solidarity

One of the events that I remember most clearly and most fondly from my own time on the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy is not one of the large rallies, or one of the daring direct actions,  it is … Continue reading

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Creative practice, activism and place-identities seminar (Bristol, 4 September 2012)

Here are details of an event I’ll be talking at in Bristol in September.  My talk is called “Creating solidarity: performance and material culture in British anti-apartheid direct action”  I’ll be talking about the songs, banners, placards and creative acts … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela (the writing’s on the wall)

The Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London (1986 – 1990) existed to call for the release of Nelson Mandela (and all other political prisoners in apartheid South Africa).  As I wrote last year, 18 July, Mandela’s birthday … Continue reading

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Zephania Mothopeng speaks in London, July 1989

Zephania Mothopeng was the President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), one of the liberation movements that fought apartheid in South Africa.  Following his unconditional release from jail in South Africa in November 1988, he spent several months … Continue reading

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Red Reprisal strikes at Savimbi

When Jonas Savimbi, the leader of UNITA (the South African and US backed group that was waging a guerrilla war against the Angolan government) visited London in early July 1988 he was met with protests.  In the early hours of … Continue reading

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Report on “(Re)thinking Protest Camps” workshop

Originally posted on Protest Camps:
On the 26th June 2012 40 researchers and activists gathered at Leicester University for a one-day workshop on protest camp. It was jointly organised by the protest camp collective, the department of geography and the…

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