[The courage and determination of South African women will be celebrated at the Pass Book Burning Ceremony being held on International Women's Day, Friday, March 8th.]
by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement
Oakland, California, United States
An International Women's Day event on March 8 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Oakland will have the theme, "Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock." A Pass Burning Ceremony will focus on a symbol of one of the worst roles played by companies such as IBM and Control Data that are essential for the functioning of the Pass Law system. Linda Tillery and her band will open the ceremony and Edward Mogane, President of the Building, Construction and Allied Workers Union of South Africa, will give an update on the struggle in South Africa with a focus on the role of women. Then, an excerpt from the South African play "Homelands" will feature a discussion between the American domestic worker and the South African servant. Yvonne Golden, Principal of Alamo Park High School, will speak about conditions affecting U.S. women and their linkages with the lives of South African women and their families. Pearl Alice Marsh, a Black American with extensive experience in South Africa, will lead off the Testimony and Pass Book Burning. The Ceremony will end with an action at IBM's Oakland headquarters.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers