Silent Assembly

7 Mar

Can you imagine living in a country where you were denied the right to silent assembly? That is exactly what happened March 4, 2007 in Iran. Several dozen women were silently protesting court proceedings against four women’s rights activists when they were rounded up, placed into two vans, and taken to a maximum security prison controlled by the Information Ministry. The eight youngest were released two days later, but the remaining women have not been allowed to see family or lawyers. One major question about the arrests is if they have anything to do with International Women’s Day (March 8).


International Women’s Day has been held since the early 1900’s. It is supposed to be a day of recognition for women, but I wonder what it means that I’ve never celebrated this day. Does it say something about the USA that it’s citizens choose not to celebrate it, yet developing nations do? How does this make you feel? I’ve heard of Sweetest Day, President’s Day, and Halloween; holidays that mean nothing to me. Why haven’t I heard of this day?


13 Responses to “Silent Assembly”

  1. Tempest Knight March 7, 2007 at 9:44 am #

    Our students aren’t allowed to have silent assemblies to protest against the university either.

    I hadn’t heard from Woman’s Day either until a friend of mine sent me an email of congratulations. *shakes her head*

  2. rhian March 7, 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    oh hey Tempest! Good to see you again!
    Scoop – i’ve never heard of it either and i thought i was all in touch with my feminist side. We should ask Racy Li – she’s like my feminist goddess.

  3. scooper March 7, 2007 at 7:47 pm #

    Tempest & rhian- I say that next year we need to be on top of women’s day and celebrate it to the max. I mean, let’s start the week before and tell as many people as we can about it. We deserve this. What do you say?

  4. rhian March 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm #

    I say HELL YEAH. If you remind me a few weeks before hand i can design a blog banner that we can distribute to the Tribe. (I may forget due to the mountain of design work that i do in a year.)

  5. scooper March 7, 2007 at 10:03 pm #

    You’re on. I’ll be reminding you next year.

  6. Wylie March 7, 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    Hiya Scooper!
    I’ve never been to your site before. I’m impressed!! And I’ll be back 🙂
    I’m in total awe (with a healthy dose of jealousy) at the number of books you’ve read in 2007. Jaw dropping!

    Where’s your TT?

  7. scooper March 7, 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    It’s coming. I’m going to post 13 radio stations. I’m just waiting until it’s officially Thurs. to put them up. Sorry.

  8. spyscribbler March 7, 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    That is appalling! I stumbled across your blog from Susan’s TT. I’m going to have to make a point of stumbling by!


  9. rhian March 8, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    Racy Li featured it on her blog as well BTW. Racy kicks butt. For real.

  10. Holly March 9, 2007 at 3:32 pm #

    I haven’t heard of either. How strange. I’m in on celebrating next year if y’all remind me. 🙂

    And the state of affairs in Iran depresses me greatly. 😦

  11. rhian March 11, 2007 at 9:10 am #

    ooohhhhhh Holly! Pretty pretty blog. Made me all shivery. You’re counted in. BTW Scoop – Melissa Schroeder has agreed to join as well. Wahoo! Now we are five… tomorrow we take over the world. Heh.

  12. scooper March 11, 2007 at 4:49 pm #

    rhian- I’m going to need to make a separate page on this blog strictly for IWD. Then we can all blab about it in one spot. (Not to mention we won’t forget who agreed to participate.)

  13. Holly March 12, 2007 at 11:35 pm #

    Thanks Rhian!

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