Northern Ireland civil rights movement Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom which has witnessed violence over many decades, known as the Troublesarising from tensions between the British UnionistProtestant majority and the Irish NationalistCatholic minority following the Partition of Ireland in The civil rights struggle in Northern Ireland can be traced to activists in Dungannon, led by Austin Curriewho were fighting for equal access to public housing for the members of the Catholic community.
They also ran the government. In addition to the cops, Great Southern maintained a private armed security force to maintain "labor discipline. Company gunmen and the SPLL assaulted union members, evicted them from company housing, burned private homes, kidnapped, and tortured organizers.
Finally, to suppress the union and end interracial cooperation, they formed an armed posse of more than men, attacked the union hall, and shot to death four union leaders. But Bogalusa survived because the logged-over acres had been replanted with fast-growing yellow pine which sustained paper-products and chemical plants built on the old mill site.
By the s, Bogalusa has evolved into a new kind of company town.
Three big factories in the heart of town are owned by Crown-Zellerbach CZone of the largest corporations in the nation today they are part of the Georgia-Pacific conglomerate. Economically and culturally, Washington Parish is similar to adjacent Pike County Mississippi McComband the Pearl River region on both sides of the state border is often referred to as "Klan Nation.
There are no Black cops, firemen, or public officials. In the CZ plants there are "white" jobs and "Colored" jobs. Blacks cannot be hired or promoted into "white" jobs, and whites will not demean themselves by doing "Colored" work.
The facilities in CZ plants are segregated, toilets, time clocks, lockers, even the pay-windows. Afro-Americans are served food in the cafeteria, but only after whites, and then they have to eat the food in a separate wooden shack. While CZ will only contract with whites to cut the timber that forms the raw material for their plants, the actual cutting and hauling labor is done by Black subcontractors who pay a commission on each load to the white man who holds the prime contract with CZ.
A court ruled the purge unconstitutional in both purpose and effect, but that did not restore Black voting rights. The rising tide of Freedom Movement activity in the early s inspires Black workers to begin challenging job discrimination and segregation in the CZ plants. Reed Hunt, Chairman of Crown-Zellerbach, responds that the company has no inclination to "alter the accepted pattern of race relations in the community.
In they end segregation in the company cafeteria, allowing Blacks to actually eat in the same room with whites. White workers are furious. They boycott the facility and force it to close.
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When the shower-room is integrated, whites refuse to take showers. Hundreds of white and Black workers are laid off. A joint seven-month strike by both the white and Black union locals is unable to halt the lay-offs.
Bysome jobs have been eliminated and the workforce cut to white, Afro-American.
Membership in the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan increases, as does their influence with the white population. When news reports announce that President Kennedy has been assassinated in Dallas, white patrons in the local bank burst into spontaneous applause.
In January,the KKK stages multiple cross burnings around the parish. On May 30, some Klansmen, half in white hoods and robes, stage a Klan rally in Bogalusa. In an attempt to head off a social explosion, Bogalusa mayor Jesse Cutrer forms a 21 member biracial committee that includes some of the old-guard Black leaders from the BVCL.
The BVCL leaders ask them to hold off and give the biracial committee a chance. They believe they can use the threat of CORE protests to extract concessions from the white power-structure.
They agree to delay activity in Bogalusa until the end of The BVCL strategy fails.
The Klan rally in May reveals a membership of at least By some estimates more than CZ employees are in the Klan, as are many business owners, police officers and firemen. Robert Rester, the City Attorney, is the Exalted Cyclops of the local Klavern which also includes a number of other city and parish officials.
Klan harassment and threats drive a white family suspected of socializing with Blacks from town, a white Tulane student who participated in the New Orleans sit-ins is brutally assaulted, a white CZ worker is kidnapped and whipped with leather belts for the "crime" of playing folk music with Blacks in his private home.
The editor, Lou Major, begins carrying a pistol because of death threats. Terrified of KKK violence and economic boycotts, business owners are unwilling to end segregation as required by the Civil Rights Act of At the end ofBogalusa is still as segregated as it was in the s. As year ends, a small committee of racial moderates seek assistance from the Federal Community Relations Service CRS which was established by the Civil Rights Act to help communities ease racial tensions.
They invite former Arkansas Congressman Brooks Hays, now a CRS official, to address an invitation-only, interracial dinner at a prominent white church. The Klan mobilizes to stop this "race-mixing. Warned it will be bombed, the church withdraws use of its facility.
The meeting never occurs.Throughout the Fall of and into early , SNCC and COFO organizers and volunteers continue to work with dedicated local activists to provide a Freedom Movement presence in Issaquena County.
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