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1969-70: Crystal City Chicano Students Strike

In 1969 Mexican American students at Cristal City high school were subject to systematic discrimination by the school board. In response the students protested and staged a mass walkout with the support of other Mexican American groups.

May 1968 in Senegal

Protesters in Senegal's May 68

This is the last part of our series of five articles on the class struggle in French West Africa, centred in particular on Senegal. The series covers the period from the end of the 18th century up to 1968 and began publication in International Review n°145.

Timeline of UK schoolchildren's strikes

Schoolchildren on strike in 1985. Photo by Dave Sinclair

A chronology of school pupil walkouts which I have been able to discover in the UK from the 19th century to today.

The UK school students' strike, 1985 - Steven Johns

Striking schoolchildren march in Liverpool, 1985. Photo by Dave Sinclair

A short history of a successful national walkout of up to a quarter of a million school students against the Conservative government's workfare Youth Training Scheme.

The Stepney schoolchildren's strike, 1971

Stepney schoolchildren on strike, 1971

A short account of a strike of 800 pupils in Stepney, east London on May 27, 1971, which successfully won reinstatement of a teacher who was sacked for publishing a book of pupils' poetry.

The Burston Strike School, 1914-1939

Striking pupils and their parents, Burston, 1914

A short history of the longest schoolchildren's strike in UK history, when nearly all pupils at Burston school in Norfolk, England walked out in support of two unfairly sacked teachers who then started their own school with funds from the workers' movement.

The schoolchildren's strikes, 1889 - Steven Johns

Contemporary engraving depiction of the 1889 schoolchildren's strike

A brief history of walkouts of schoolchildren across the UK in October 1889 against corporal punishment and excessive workloads.

Massive protests in France over deportation of Kosovar schoolgirl

Last week Leonarda Dibrani, a 15 year old school girl, was dragged off a bus during a school trip and deported back to Kosovo by French authorities. The incident has brought fresh attention on the issue of immigration in France and has led around 12,000 students on to the streets to protest in support of Leonarda Dibrani, disrupting or closing over 170 schools across Paris, Marseille, Angers, and Grenoble. Many scuffles have broken out with the police as they have tried to dismantle makeshift barricades.

A class struggle perspective on the gun control debate

Yesterday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conneticut once again re-ignited the gun control debate. For US liberals, stricter gun regulations are the key to preventing future tragedies. For conservatives, responsible gun ownership and armed citizenry is the best defence. But neither position really gets to the roots of the issue.

Children's strikes in 1911 - Dave Marson

School children in Hull on strike in 1911 "for shorter hours and no stick"

Dave Marson's excellent 1973 pamphlet on the little-known mass walkouts of schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland in 1911, the same year that saw widespread industrial unrest and strikes. Their demands included shorter hours and an end to corporal punishment in the form of the cane and the strap.