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Report Back from India and the 75th Anniversary Salt March

Date:
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Other
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Location Details:
New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., San Francisco

Revaz Farok Ardesher and Francesca Rosa, participants in the 24-day anniversary Salt March, will show slides and discuss their experience from the March/April 2005 event.

In 1930 Mohandas Gandhi and 78 handpicked followers (all pledged to total non-violence) marched from Ahmedebad in Gujarat State to Dandi Beach 241 miles south. Thousands joined en route. 24 days later in Dandi, Gandhi and his followers 'illegally' harvested salt in violation of colonial British salt laws. In response they were brutally attacked by the British army. Gandhi and many others were jailed. This event was considered the real beginning of the Independence movement and one of the first successful modern manifestations of Satyagraha, or non-violent civil disobedience.

75 years later, an anniversary Salt March or 'Dandi Yatra' was organized by Tushar Gandhi (great grandson of Mohandas Gandhi), the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation and the Congress Party of India to commemorate this historic event and as a response to the widespread violence in Gujarat State in 2002 against the local Moslem population.

$5-$10 sliding scale donation - no one turned away for lack of funds.
Funds benefit Mahatma Gandhi Foundation (and flood relief in Mumbai).

Sponsored by New College Center for Education and Social Action.
Endorsed by Global Exchange, Norcal ISM (Northern California International Solidarity Movement) and American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee - San Francisco.

For more information:415-552-6430. For more information about the Salt March: http://www.saltmarch.org


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