Monthly Archives: August 2012

500 Days for Mandela

The City of London Anti-Apartheid Group celebrated the 500th day of its Non-Stop Picket for the release of Nelson Mandela on 31 August 1987.  They held a special candlelit rally on the Non-Stop Picket to mark and celebrate this occasion. … Continue reading

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Launching the first Non-Stop Picket, August 1982

The main focus of this blog is the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy from April 1986 until February 1990.  That picket was not, however, the first Non-Stop Picket of the London embassy.  At 1pm on 25 August 1982, … Continue reading

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Remembering Solomon Odeleye (1955 – 2012)

We learnt recently of the death of Solomon Odeleye, from cancer, at the age of 57.  Solomon came to Britain from Nigeria as a young teenager in the late 1960s to study at Worcester College for the Blind (now New … Continue reading

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Tricky pronouns: reflections on finding my teenage self in the archive

It is no secret that, in addition to researching the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy, I was a participant in that protest as a teenager.  It is no secret either that in the final years of the Picket … Continue reading

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Celebrating South African Women’s Day

South African Women’s Day celebrates the demonstration by 20,000 women of all races on 9th August 1956 against the pass laws.  Since 1994, it has been a public holiday in South Africa.  On or around that date each year in … Continue reading

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(Still seeking) other perspectives on the Non-Stop Picket

Over the last year, the Non-Stop Against Apartheid research project has collected many stories from people who participated in the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London between April 1986 and February 1990.  Those stories have come through … Continue reading

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Fighting for workers’ sanctions against apartheid, in Leicester

In late July 1989 two Leicester-based trade union militants discovered that the company they worked for had accepted a contract to supply goods to South Africa.  Ross Galbraith and Gary Sherriff refused to work on the contract and were sacked.  … Continue reading

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