Category Archives: Interview material

Non-Stop Against Apartheid in 2013

Two events in 2013 brought significantly increased traffic to the Non-Stop Against Apartheid blog: the first was Margaret Thatcher‘s death; the second, of course, was Nelson Mandela’s. The day after Thatcher died, this blog received its most traffic in a single … Continue reading

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A tribute to Mandela from Trafalgar Square to Houghton

When the members of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group stood for four years outside South Africa House in the 1980s communications with South Africa could be tricky. The South African government’s censorship meant that news of anti-apartheid protests in … Continue reading

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Non-Stop for Mandela: reflections on London’s four-year continuous protest for his release

Nelson Mandela’s death has been announced tonight (5 December 2013). Although this news is not unexpected, its impact on people around the world will be significant, not least for those who maintained a four-year protest for his release in central London. In the late 1980s … Continue reading

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Ken Bodden: anti-imperialist singer (1950 – 2013)

Another former activist from the Non-Stop Picket died this week.  Ken Bodden, who during the time of the Non-Stop Picket worked politically under the name Ken Hughes, died on 20 October following a heart attack. Ken had experienced a number of … Continue reading

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(Demo)graphics: who we have interviewed

There is nothing quite like the rapid approach of the start of a new academic year to focus the mind.  As the new term loomed at Leicester, we concluded the main set of interviews with former participants in the Non-Stop … Continue reading

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Thoughts on young people and critical geopolitics

Last week I gave a paper about the Non-Stop Picket at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London.  The paper was called “The Young Ones: adolescence, political engagement, and the anti-apartheid movement” and was presented in a double … Continue reading

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“Did you really think I wouldn’t write on your walls?”

One of the pleasures of writing this blog is the opportunity it provides to record the stories of small incidents from the history of City Group’s anti-apartheid activism that might not end up being used in our other work.  This … Continue reading

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Former British ambassador praises the Non-Stop Picket

A work email account can often bring pain, as new, unanticipated tasks make unexpected and competing demands on one’s time, derailing the best laid plans.  This week, however, an email arrived that had quite the opposite effect – we received … Continue reading

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“Being arrested is now a way of life”

One useful way for a protest group to gain sympathetic coverage in the mainstream media can be to enrol the assistance of a well-known and seemingly neutral observer.  In June 1987 the novelist Lynne Reid Banks placed a feature article … Continue reading

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How to get 100 people to a political meeting on a Friday evening

A couple of weeks ago I had promised to attend a political meeting on a Friday evening.  I didn’t.  The meeting seemed important, but at the end of a long working week, I just couldn’t face being sat in a … Continue reading

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