Tag Archives: Norma Kitson

“I’m only doing my job”: a grandmother’s protest

South African Freedom Day has long been celebrated on 26 June. The day commemorates the general strike and national day of protest that the African National Congress called on 26 June 1950. It also remembers the signing of the Freedom … Continue reading

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A parcel from Cape Town (and a letter from Robben Island)

A thick envelope covered in South African stamps arrived in my office just before Easter. It contained copies of correspondence relating to the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group from the Mayibuye Archive at the University of Western Cape. We have to … Continue reading

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Stories from the green crates: exploring Steve Kitson’s papers

There are two green, plastic crates full of papers sat on the end of my desk. They smell a little damp. My office smells a little damp. The papers are squeezed so tightly into the boxes that I fear for … 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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“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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Norma Kitson and creative innovations in British protest

Since writing last week’s blog piece about Norma Kitson and the accusations that she was “a difficult woman”, we have interviewed a number of other former Non-Stop Picketers.  One interview, in particular, offered a different perspective on Norma’s contribution to … Continue reading

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Transition or revolution? The politics of being a ‘difficult woman’

Several times over the last two years, I have been told by people who were heavily involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain that the AAM’s problems with the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group originated with Norma Kitson.  Time and … Continue reading

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