PAKISTAN, Peshawar - Young Pakistani children hold toy weapons
as supporters of the banned organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) shout
anti-Indian slogans during a protest to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day, in
Peshawar on February 5, 2016. Pakistan observed Kashmir Solidarity Day
on February 5 to denounce Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region
claimed in whole by both countries. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED
Protester calls for Rahm Emanuel's resignation at mayors conference
A Black Lives Matter protester interrupted a United States Conference of Mayors event in Washington Wednesday calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.
April Goggans, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Washington, blocked the podium during the opening press conference for the group’s Winter Meeting. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was discussing the need for 2016 presidential candidates to address issues impacting cities at the time.
Goggans stood silently holding a sign that said “16 shots and a cover up #LaquanMcDonald #ResignRahm.” Others in the room chanted “Black Lives Matter.”
McDonald was a black teenager who was shot to death 16 times by a Chicago police officer. Emanuel has been fighting for his political life amid high-profile police shootings of young black men in Chicago, and the subsequent response from city officials. Accusations that the mayor and Chicago police were involved in an effort to cover up the video contributed to Garry McCarthy losing his job as Chicago’s police superintendent.
In 1968, Chicano students in Los Angeles peacefully protested to demand adequate education and an end to the racism that they encountered in textbooks, teachers, academic advisors, and administrators source
On this day in 1960, four African-American college students walked into the Woolworth store in Greensboro, NC. and sat at the whites-only lunch counter. By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum, especially following the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-6 which was prompted by Rosa Parks’s defiance of the city’s segregated public transport. Activists calling for black civil rights, influenced by Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent tactics, employed peaceful protest. The power of this approach was exemplified by Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond on February 1st, 1960. Inspired by previous sit-in protests, the black students were refused service in the segregated diner, but continued to sit patiently and wait to be served. As they sat, the students were threatened and harrassed by the white patrons, but they refused to respond with violence. The sit-ins continued for the next few days, with hundreds of demonstrators eventually joining the protest. The heroism of the Greensboro activists inspired a wave of sit-ins across the south, with 54 taking place by February 7th. By the end of 1960, over 1,500 black demonstrators had been arrested for taking part in sit-ins. However, their efforts were not in vain, and the sit-ins - along with widespread boycotts - prompted restaurants across the south to desegregate. Additionally, the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed that year to organise future grassroots protests. The decade that followed was characterised by stoic protests by African-Americans, despite the ever-present threat of violence. The first freedom ride occurred in 1961, followed by protest marches including the iconic March on Washington in 1963. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, important steps were made towards racial equality. The Greensboro sit-ins were not the first of their kind, but they mark a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement as they drew attention to the injustices of Jim Crow and inspired a youth-led movement to challenge segregation across the United States.
In conjunction with the Bay Area’s call for #96Hours of actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr.’s radical legacy, activists shut down traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge for nearly an hour. Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings. The action also resulted in several arrests.
The current dress code policy, set in 1975 and applying to all schools in the district, states that “male haircuts may not fall below the mid-point of a standard stand up shirt collar and earlobes must be visible.” It also states that earrings are “not appropriate or acceptable” for male students.