Heroes in the headlines and around the web during the month of April 2013
Activist and Dickinson College junior, Noorjahan Akbar is named Glamour’s Top 10 College women for her risks to organize marches and political action to challenge the harassment of women in Afghanistan. Later in the month she is interviewed by GlobalVoicesOnline where she shares how, why and what she does.
Malala Yousafzai was active in April following her release from the hospital. She began simply by attending school for the first time since she suffered from a failed assassination attempt because of her efforts for female education. Later she signed a book deal in an effort to raise funds and awareness, and at the end of April she spoke via video to the Peace and Sport Dubai Forum to help launch the football for peace initiative.
Google faces backlash for honoring the heroic Cesar Chavez. Chavez’s birthday fell on Easter Sunday this year, causing many who knew little of Chavez to wonder why Google hadn’t doodled an Easter Egg or the sort. Hopefully, out of all the confusion and frustration more learned about Chavez’s heroic life.
Additionally, a video showed up on YouTube featuring singer Rex Munn and his recollections of how the Dock Workers (Wharfies) used peaceful methods of resistance / support for Paul Robeson and Nelson Mandela released by slowing down the towing and loading of ships bound for South Africa and the United States.
The family of jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo’s continues to face harassment and pressure from the Chinese government. Xiaobo’s brother-in-law was jailed on charges of fraud while his wife reminds the media and diplomats that she is not free as she leaves house arrest to attend her brother’s trial. Liu remains imprisoned for “inciting the subversion of state power.”
Iqbal Masih was remembered 18 years after his death April 16th 1995, through the “We Are Silent” campaign. In addition on the 29th of April National We Day was celebrated in Canada educating youth about their ability to be heroic. National We Day was started by Craig Kielburger, who himself was a child inspired by Iqbal.