You Have Touched the Women, You Have Struck a Rock
by Women Against Imperialism
San Francisco, California, United States
Undated, August 1985?
Leaflet distributed at the University of California (UC), Berkeley saying, "Now You Have Touched the Women, You Have Struck a Rock, You Have Dislodged a Boulder, You Will Be Crushed." The leaflet says this was said by women of Azania (South Africa) on August 9, 1956, when 20,000 women gathered in Pretoria to protest the extension of pass laws to women, touching off a national wave of protest. The leaflet expresses inspiration by the growing movement against apartheid; more people are uniting from a common anger against U.S. racism in this country and its support for slavery in South Africa. In solidarity with the resistance of the people of Azania, we want to help build a movement to end apartheid and aid the liberation struggle in taking power and establishing majority rule. South African women are following resistance set by their grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Because of their militant struggle in the early 1900s, passes for women were withdrawn and were not re-instituted until the 1950s. The leaflet explains the history of protests against passes for African women during the 1950s. The leaflet demands an end to UC investment in South Africa, which is investing in genocide. Black South Africans are denied all political, economic and social rights. The leaflet says Women Against Imperialism supports the growing movement in Azania. We work with women in order to overturn our weaknesses and fears and develop our strengths. Women's solidarity with one another and our desire to achieve justice for ourselves and the people and children of the world opens up a force that not one of us has alone. The women of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Palestine and South Africa are showing us the way. The leaflet discusses divestment, AZAPO (Azanian People’s Organization), the UDF (United Democratic Front), the PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), and the ANC (African National Congress). • HISTORY OF RESISTANCE • DIVEST NOW
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers