Grassroots 1980 - 1990 PDF Print
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Publisher Grassroots Publications, Cape Town
Date 1980 - 1990
Resource type Journals
Language English
Keywords TOPIC 296a
PRESS
UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT
TRADE UNIONS
PUBLICATIONS
Coverage SOUTH AFRICA
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Extent 86 issues
Description Grassroots was started in 1980 as the first of a series of community newspapers designed to give a voice to the 'voiceless' and oppressed peoples of South Africa. Only 5000 copies of the first (March 1980) edition were printed although in subsequent years circulation grew to between fifteen and twenty thousand. Grassroots was made up of over 60 democratic organisations: the civics under Western Cape Civic Association (WCCA) and Cape Housing Action Committee (CHAC), women's and youth organisations, the youth under Cape Youth Congress (CYCO), many trade unions and the United Democratic Front (UDF) were all linked in some way. The members of these organisations kept Grassroots alive by giving news and selling the paper itself. Grassroots struggled financially, but was assisted by small donations and the advertising sold to small Cape Town traders. Eight months after Grassroots began, its first organiser, Johnny Issel, was banned. However, it survived many further attacks from the government, going on to help communities start their own newspapers: Saamstaan, for example, represented the oppressed communities of Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, George, Ladismith, Swellendam, Calitzdorp and many other small towns. It was largely through this democratising role that Grassroots fulfilled its potential by providing a voice for these communities, uniting them against oppression and injustice, and building opposition against apartheid.
Issues
1980 March
1980 April
1980 May/June
1980 August
1980 October
1980 December
1981 Volume 2 No 1 March
1981 Volume 2 No 2 April
1981 Volume 2 No 3 May
1981 Volume 2 No 4 June
1981 Volume 2 No 5 July
1981 Volume 2 No 6 August/September
1981 Volume 2 No 7 October
1981 Volume 2 No 8 November
1981 Volume 2 No 9 December
1982 Volume 3 No 1 February
1982 Volume 3 No 2 March
1982 Volume 3 No 3 April
1982 Volume 3 No 4 May
1982 Volume 3 No 5 June
1982 Volume 3 No 6 August
1982 Volume 3 No 7 September
1982 Volume 3 No 8 October
1982 Volume 3 No 9 November
1982 Volume 3 No 10 December
1983 Volume 4 No 1 February
1983 Volume 4 No 2 March
1983 Volume 4 No 3 April
1983 Volume 4 No 4 May
1983 Volume 4 No 5 June
1983 Volume 4 No 6 July
1983 Volume 4 No 7 September
1983 Volume 4 No 8 October
1983 Volume 4 No 9 November
1983 Volume 4 No 10 December
1984 Volume 5 No 1 January/February
1984 Volume 5 No 2 March
1984 Volume 5 No 3 April
1984 Volume 5 No 4 May
1984 Volume 5 No 5 June
1984 Volume 5 No 6 August
1984 Volume 5 No 7 November
1985 Volume 6 No 1 February
1985 Volume 6 No 2 March
1985 Volume 6 No 3 April
1985 Volume 6 No 4 June
1985 Volume 6 No 5 July
1985 Volume 6 No 6 August
1985 Volume 6 No 7 September
1985 Volume 6 No 8 October
1985 Volume 6 No 10 November
1985 Volume 6 No 11 December
1986 Volume 7 No 1 February
1986 Volume 7 No 2 March
1986 Volume 7 No 3 May
1986 Volume 7 No 4 June
1986 Volume 7 No 5 August
1986 Volume 7 No 6 September
1986 Volume 7 No 8 October
1986 Volume 7 No 9 December
1987 Volume 8 No 1 February
1987 Volume 8 No 2 March
1987 Volume 8 No 3 May
1987 Volume 8 No 4 June
1987 Volume 8 No 5 July
1987 Volume 8 No 6 August
1987 Volume 8 No 7 September
1987 Volume 8 No 8 October
1987 Volume 8 No 9 November
1987 Volume 8 No 10 December
1988 Volume 9 No 1 February
1988 Volume 9 No 2 March
1988 Volume 9 No 3 May
1988 Volume 9 No 4 July
1988 Volume 9 No 5 August
1988 Volume 9 No 6 September
1988 Volume 9 No 7 October
1988 Volume 9 No 8 November
1989 Volume 10 No 1 January
1989 Volume 10 No 2 May
1989 Volume 10 No 3 July
1989 Volume 10 No 5 September
1989 Volume 10 No 6 October
1989 Volume 10 No 7 November
1990 Volume 11 No 1 February
1990 Volume 11 No 2 March
 
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