Red Tide, Vol. II, No. 5 [Issue #9]
Shorts & Briefs
[By Michael Letwin and Karen Pomer]
Students in Europe
In Greece, thousands demonstrated in downtown Athens on Feb. 16th against a new law permitting the drafting of any dissident students. The Greek military dictatorship passed the law to try to crush a two-week strike of 4,000 students at Athens Polytechnic. The strike called for the end to repression and for student voice in educational policies.
Carrying signs in solidarity with the Greek students, 15,000 Belgian high school students marched through Brussels protesting the Belgian defense Ministry’s plan to abolish draft deferments.
In Egypt: After the government closed down the universities for 3 weeks, mass student demonstrations are continuing. The main chant of the marching students was “Where is Democracy?”
Students Win Rights in New Hampshire
On Feb. 23, a federal district court ruled high school students have the right to distribute literature in school, have access to outside speakers, and have a hearing before being suspended for more than five days. The ruling, which will affect all New Hampshire high schools, stems from a case brought by Evon Mayo of the Portsmouth High School Black Student Union, and Calvan Vail of the Young Socialist Alliance.
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Fashion shows, bake sales, macramé demonstrations and spinster hops are some of the activities usually planned for “Girls Week“ around the city at various high schools.
This year is was different at Uni High. A group of women got together and decided to make the week more relevant, so they planned women’s week from March 5-9. Monday they invited the rock band “Lizzy Tisch” to play on the field. Tuesday a film and speaker from the UCLA Women’s Union was presented. Holly Near, a co-star in the FTA film and in Slaughterhouse 5, sang on Wednesday. [On] International Women’s Day, a group of people went to the march downtown. On Friday a film was shown by a Vietnamese woman, Nam Hau, of the Union of Vietnamese in the U.S. These women at Uni hope that women at other schools will be inspired to plan similar events in the future.
Shell on Strike
Striking workers at Shell Oil Co. have asked people to stop buying all Shell products, and to turn in all Shell credit cards with a note explaining that you will not purchase Shell products until the company agrees to the workers’ demands. The strike centers around worker participation in safety at plants. When the company refused this and other demands dealing with safe working conditions, the 4,000 Shell employees at the refineries, members of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers international Union (AFL-CIO) struck.
Just a reminder . . . U.S. planes are still bombing Cambodia and Laos. The aid promised to the Vietnamese still has not been given. The over 200,000 political prisoners in Thieu’s jails have now been classified as “criminals” and are not expected to be released. And in general there have been many violations of the “cease fire,” violations that must continue to take place until the Vietnamese control, once and for all, their own country, without any interference from unwanted visitors.
This month commemorates the first anniversary of Uni Hi’s historic sit-in and similar activities to secure the right of distribution of material on campus. On March 14 , about 500-700 students occupied the halls of the administration building for several hours in protest over the suspension of two students for distributing the RED TIDE. At this time, no material was allowed to be distributed on campus, but the pressure of the sit-in, the media publicity that followed and student involvement in general forced the School Board to partially obey the State Education Code, and allow material on campus. This action was a major part of the struggle to gain student rights on campus.