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kmiller blog 9

http://www.law.stetson.edu/conferences/highered/archive/media/higher-ed-archives-2009/document/ii-lewis-may-4-shooting-at-kent-state-pdf.pdf

On May 4, 1970 four students of Kent State University were shot and killed by U.S. National Guardsmen while protesting the Vietnam War. More specifically, the students formed the protest following President Nixon’s announcement of the American invasion of Cambodia. I chose this article, and the Vietnam War protests because it shows the other side of our typical vision of soldiers. The Vietnam War was widely contested by American citizens, and lacked national support towards the end. Protesters pleaded with the government to bring our troops home. I think this ultimately arose for multiple reasons. In particular, the draft took many men from their homes who had no will to go to war. Conscription divided the people of this nation into two polarized sides, and the government saw the largest opposition to a war in history.

The Kent State protest, in particular, led to a divisive community. The fact that U.S. troops were firing on American citizens brought anger and questioning into the minds of the American people. In the aftermath of the Kent State protest, more than campuses across the nation closed due to both violent and non-violent protest activities. These additional protests brought more death and more division among the American people.

 

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Strager Hero 9

 

In late May 2012,  Nasrin Musarti,  was murdered outside of the battered women’s shelter she had been living at with her two children for two years. This is the result of something called an honor killing.

Honor killings are the practice of killing a female family member for shaming the family. Examples of this are by having sexual relations out of wedlock, disobeying requests, such as arranged marriages, or asking for a divorce. Culturally in some parts of the Arab world, the women have the power to shame their family by not adhering to social and country laws. A way to gain family honor back is to kill or mutilate the family member who shamed them. Very often women are brutally raped by other men or abused in a marriage, but instead of getting the help they need, their horror continues. Instead of blaming the perpetrator for their horrific crime, the women are blamed and cruelly punished, sometimes fatally.

After the death of Nasrin, a demonstration by the Na’am NGO, which helps at-risk women of all ages in the Arab sector, was held.  The Imam of Ramalah, a city in Israel, came to the protest to speak out against honor crimes saying, ““No religion agrees to murder and the Islamic religion is no exception. Anyone who uses Islam to justify murder is doing the wrong thing.”

The most important part of this dilemma is that people are starting to speak up. The main issue was that these killings were seen as acceptable by parts of society and officials turned a blind eye and let the killers get away. Fortunately, we are seeing more and more protests in the last year such as a protest in Iran where two-thousand people show up (picture above) as well as others in Pakistan in early march of 2012.

 

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/01/06/the-courageous-demonstration-of.html

http://raquelevita.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/iranians-protest-honor-killings-after-the-death-of-another-young-woman/

http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&sid=8c0ae901-e953-46c9-a901-7596c6ae8689%40sessionmgr113&hid=120

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JVonick Blog 9

Unfortunately, there was another protest in South Africa. Because of labor unrest, 50 wine farm workers were arrested. Riot police and the protestors clashed in Grabouw, a town in the Western Cape close to the southern tip of South Africa,that resulted in two deaths. One of the more notable events during the protest happened was at a local supermarket. After dozens of protestors rioted and took over the store, police arrived and drew guns, leading to the protestors fleeing. South Africa is a huge wine distributor and producer, so for riots to happen again in the industry truly prove that there is unrest not just on farms, but throughout the country.

While I could not find scholarly articles on the issue, one more riot just instills the message that other countries are still struggling with any sort of peace. True injustices are happening, throughout that country and throughout countless other countries. It’s easy for me to talk about it while I’m on the other side of the world, but it’s scary knowing that riots of that nature are still happening. I’m not saying I know how to stop it: this is no easy task for anyone or any group of people to take on. But I think the awareness of events like this can only be a good thing so that people in better-off countries, such as the United States, understand what’s going on. If people know about it, some ideas and actions could make a difference. Will all problems be solved? No. but like anything in life that must be fixed, it’s a gradual process, and anything in the right direction is a step up.

http://www.keyc.tv/story/20551345/south-africa-farm-workers-protests-turn-violent

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jkaufman6 blog post 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout our history, there have been many influential protests that have shaped the world we live in today. A protest is simply a form of expression, by words or action, that challenges a certain policy at hand. Protesters often organize their protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy. Protests can be very controversial and may even endanger the lives of many.

For my article I looked at the New York Times, to examine a very big situation going on in Hong Kong. In my article Protesters March as New Hong Kong Leader Is Sworn In, pro-democracy demonstrators march the streets of Hong Kong hours after Leung Chun-ying is sworn in as a chief executive. Recently President Hu Jintao of China swore in a new chief executive and cabinet for the territory. Many people of Hong Kong were upset with the new chief executive Leung Chun-ying, as democracy activists stated, “he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” The Hong Kong government has constantly backed him up even stating he would protect the civil liberties of the country.

The result of this controversial new chief executive, is a spark of one of the biggest protests in Hong Kong in the past decade. People came out of Victoria Park where they marched for more then four hours. Protesters then marched toward two government office complexes carrying a variety of banners. A variety of messages were being represented, including greater democracy in Hong Kong and better state pensions. The police stated that the number of people in the park at the beginning of the march had been 55,000. Organizers said that 400,000 people had participated in the march, including many who marched for nearly two miles. According to the article, Ivan Choy a Hong Kong political analyst at the Chinese University, said this protest would make it extremely hard for Mr.Leung to preserve his political legitimacy. Government continues to be corrupted as the divide between the rich and poor is at the greatest point in any Asian economy.

The government in Hong Kong continues to effect citizens everyday. I believe the protestors are fighting against a system that is unjust and they must continue to seek a change. The citizens of Hong Kong seek a political system of democracy, rather then a political system dominated by a few wealthy people. The faster the people are able to drive out Mr.Leung, the faster they can begin to address the serious economic problems they face.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/world/asia/protesters-march-as-new-hong-kong-leader-is-sworn-in.html?_r=0

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JKelly 9 M-15

Many people think of protests occurring in places of war and poverty but after researching locations around the globe it is obvious that this is not true. In the socialist country of Spain, after the large increase in the underemployment and the increase in the retirement age the Spanish people took action, specifically the youth. It was this new generation that changed the way protests are connected by utilizing social media sites to spread their beliefs, gather a following and organize their members across the country. On May 15, 2011 protestors around the country began to march through the cities. At the end of the march protestors held a peaceful sit-in on the street which got violent with police involvement. The National Police estimated about 20,000 protestors were present in Madrid alone. These riots continue today around Spain demanding a better representation in political parties and more democracy for their government.

The motto of the group says, “we are not goods in the hands of politicans and bankers”. It is this statement that reminds me of the American revolution and how many colonists felt that they were being used by the British government in order to turn a profit. Like those colonists, the Spanish people are merely demanding more of a voice in their government. I believe that this is a valid protest, the source I used for this information does not hint at any violence by the protestors so I don’t see the harm in what they are doing. They should be allowed to voice their opinion and to demand change from their government if they are being unfairly represented. I think that the next logical step for the government is to talk to the leaders of the protests and see what they can do by working together in order to make Spain a better country. Like V said, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18070246

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Spanish_protests

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ABebout – Blog 9

During the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, there was an outbreak of extreme violence and horror in Spain called the Red Terror. Throughout this time period, there was intense religious persecution by the leftist groups in Spain. Over 6,800 members of Catholic clergy were murdered. This statistic included 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarists, 2,364 monks and friars, and 283 nuns. Most of these anti-clerical assaults stemmed from the Republican government implementing secular laws. For example, they were enforcing secularized education and prohibit religious education in school. Thus, a wave of anti-clericalism grew popular, and many of the Republican supporters set cathedrals on fire and ended up murdering thousands and thousands of religious Catholic leaders. Murder was not the only pain that these religious individuals experienced; they also experienced mockery, insults, beatings, cutting, skinning, and other forms of torture.

The article emphasizes that this horror in Spain’s history has not only been forgotten by the world, but also by Spain itself. At the time, Spain had “justified the killings as the outraged reactions of mobs against insurgent priests and clerics” (Cueva 358).  It could be that these justifications assuaged Spain’s guilt and helped them forget the horrors of the Red Terror era or that this incident was forgotten because of Spain’s embarrassment of the incident. From my study abroad experience in Barcelona, I realized that many Spaniards, especially Catalonians, who were tortured under Francisco Franco’s rule, had forgotten the massacre of the Catholic clergy. It was only the elder generation, such as my host family, who vividly remembered these killings.

I completely agree with this article in the fact that these murders of religious leaders seem to be completely erased from history. This article details the brutality of some of these tortures, and the horror of it all cannot even be fully comprehended. Because of this horrific period in Spain’s history, I feel that there should be more awareness and education about it so that history will not repeat itself. That is one of the reasons why the Holocaust is discussed in every classroom – so that history will not repeat itself. The faith and bravery of these Catholic clergy should be remembered for years to come.

Article:

Religious Persecution, Anticlerical Tradition and Revolution: On Atrocities against the Clergy during the Spanish Civil War
Julio de la Cueva
Journal of Contemporary History , Vol. 33, No. 3 (Jul., 1998), pp. 355-369
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Phinney Blog 9 The Pentagon March

The Pentagon March occurred October 19-21, 1967. This weekend “marked a major turning point in the development of militant antigovernment protest” (26). The purpose was to “Confront the Warmakers” (26). There were over 100,000 participants in the weekend’s march who believed that the war between the United States and Vietnam was unjust because the draft was forcing men to risk their lives for a cause in which they did not necessarily believe.

Clark Akatiff believes there to be an ideology relating geography to the experience of the protest. His argument is the battle between the opposing sides represents “a distillation of the environmental forces that lead to them, and they provide an essential reality by which the observer of social phenomena might judge the causes of such phenomena” (26). This relationship provides key information behind reality, thus demonstrating whether over-reactions or injustices were occurring.

I don’t feel people were over-reacting. Although I am a big supporter of our military and am pro-war, I believe that the people had every right to react in the manner they did. Their family members were being taken away from them without a choice, often never returning home. Therefore, the actions of the people were understandable. On the other hand, I wouldn’t argue that true injustices were happening. It is our nation’s responsibility to protect itself, and if a draft is necessary, then citizens must comply.

This article suggests the reality of the march. It places a unique spin on a frequently analyzed protest. I feel that this protest as many others can be justified; yet I cannot say that I would have been one of the protestors.

The March on the Pentagon, Clark Akatiff, Annals of the Association of American Geographers , Vol. 64, No. 1 (Mar., 1974), pp. 26-33, Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of the Association of American Geographers, Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2562178

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Csilverman Blog 9

The protest against injustice that I decided to talk about was the protest against law enforcement officials for violating innocent civilians rights. After a music teacher named Christian Paetsch committed a bank robbery stealing nearly 26,000 dollars in earnings, authorities had set up a road block using a GPS device that was buried in the 26000 dollars he stole. However due to the fact that there were 20 cars in the intersection that he was tracked at and only the slightest physical description of the person and vehicle that the device was in, the police trained their weapons on all 20 cars and ordered people to show there hands. For nearly two hours, the police ordered every driver and passenger out of their cars, and handcuffing some of these people before discovering the loaded firearms in Mr. Paetsch’s S.U.V. According to Mr. Belcher a lawyer on the case “the fourth amendment should keep the police from rounding up large groups of people at gunpoint based merely on a hunch.” According to the defense, a 4 year old girl urinated on herself while strapped in her car seat, and a mother was ordered to crawl through a passenger-side door and was then handcuffed in front of her son. David Lane a lawyer representing passengers in 6 cars said that his clients would seek a settlement with the city. My reaction to this is if officers rely purely on technology going forward, then cases just like this are prone to happen relatively frequently. They need to update there forces with the updated technology that continues to progress if they want to ensure that situations like this don’t happen again. Overall I do understand why this protest is taking place, I can see why many parents and children were extremely scared during this time when they did nothing wrong.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/us/case-pits-police-use-of-technology-against-citizens-rights.html?ref=policebrutalityandmisconduct

 

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Crispi Blog 9

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I chose to take a very conventional route when it came to this assignment. When I thought of the word “protest” I could not help but think about the Westboro Babtist Church and their notorious actions throughout the years and their infamous reputation for protesting in the most bizarre ways, and often sparking major conflict in communities. They make national headlines for their outlandish actions and I chose their Protest of the Golden Globes last year as an example of their behaviors.

 

In last years Golden Globes, the Westboro Baptist Church chose to hold a public protest because of a rising national conflict in how homosexuality is portrayed in the media. Westboro baptist church is a very twisted organization that has insanely disgusting viewpoints and their hatred for gays indirectly causes them to protest many events including the Sandy Hook shooting funerals, Arizona shooting victims, and more. They are  even denounced by the Ku Klux Klan. In this case, they picketed the Award ceremony because they believe that “popular movies and TV shows push the homosexual agenda, and that these awards shows further glorify it.” The signs they used were very offensive and downright insane.

 

I personally do not endorse or support gay marriage. I am a Catholic and we do not believe that. However I believe it is very wrong what Westboro does when they protest funerals and they are downright tasteless and everyone in their organization is out of their mind and the “church” deserves to lose that title and be known as a cult organization. Protesting the Golden Globes for the purpose of homosexuality is so out of line and I believe that in the future, with groups such as “Anonymous” fighting them back, we will see this organization and these protests come to an end in the near future.

 

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EClausen Heroes Blog 9

 

When first thinking about protests, I think about PETA because they are constantly fighting for the rights of animals. These people are fighting against using animals skin as fur, just as fur. They fight for many other animal rights but basically they look to educated and stop the abuse of animals. In this particular protest, anti-fur activists covered themselves in fake blood to protest against the use of fur. All the activists got completely naked and laid in cages and on the floor covered in the fake blood. They wanted to show the world how the animals feel in cold, covered in the blood of the animal the shared homes with. They also wanted to show people how humans would look and feel if their roles were reversed with animals. Thousands of people wanted to lye naked in the street covered in fake blood to convey their message. Although they wanted the message to be kind of “in your face” I personally think that is was a bit of over reacting. Sometimes seeing the images of animals being slaughtered would not be considered over the top because it is reality. However, seeing our own kind, naked, shivering, covered in blood and laying in the street, I believe is over the top. There is an invisible line that you have to be careful not to cross when dealing with people because if you cross that line, there is a possibly you will lose credibility and following. Although I believe this protest went a bit far when it came to exposing the human body, there are injustices when it comes to animal abuse. Wearing fur is perceived by these activists as cruelty to animals because they are using the animals solely for their fur. The article represents these activists as brave people fighting for the rights of those who cannot represent themselves, such as animals. This is an extremely popular organization, and its reasons for wanting to fight for the rights of animals are completely valid. Because this organization is so popular and animals are popular as well in society, people fighting for the rights of living things, in my opinion is valid and it should be done.

Resource: Huffington Post and the NY Post 2004

 

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