Boycotts Do they work?

During the time before the civil rights movement black people were treated unfairly and were not be equal to white people because white people would discriminate against them. The civil rights movement is about the black people in the US taking a stand for their rights as a citizen. Some stands were violent but most were non violent. An example of this is the Montgomery bus boycott which is the most well-known boycott ever but there were other boycotts that are less talked about.

1960 consumers' boycott on dryades st.

In New Orleans in April 1960, the Consumers' League of Greater New Orleans launched a boycott of the Dryades stores that wouldn't employ blacks for anything but menial labor? The boycott was effective. A few stores began to hire blacks, but most continued to refuse.Over the next months, the boycott continued and customers took their business elsewhere. Many stores closed or moved to white suburbs rather than hiring Blacks. The Consumers’ League boycott, apart from stopping business as usual on Dryades Street, helped cohere the black community in New Orleans.The boycott inspired other protests which led to the formation of the Citizens’ Committee, a federation of black organizations that worked on desegregating downtown stores, businesses and employment between 1961 and 1964.

In March 2011, Rite Aid Pharmacy experienced a strike at six rite aid stores in the Cleveland area. This strike is unusual because picketers were holding up signs saying “Don’t Shop Rite Aid”. That’s no longer just a strike: it’s a call to boycott. According to state laws, unions can not call for boycotts against businesses that force workers to join a union. By calling for consumers to shop elsewhere, then the unions violated that law. Further more is that Rite Aid has both union and non-union stores in Cleveland.

US President Jimmy Carter issued an international issue that the United States would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan. When they refused, Carter led over 60 nations to boycott the 1980 summer games including Japan, West Germany, China, the Philippines, Argentina and Canada quickly joined in. Then the UK and France supported the boycott, but left the decision to the individual athlete. So Spain, Italy, Sweden, Iceland and Finland represented Western Europe, along with a few Americans with dual citizenship in other countries. Many athletes marched under the Olympic Flag in place of their national flag, and replaced their national anthems with the Olympic anthem (in some events, the medals ceremonies raised three identical Olympic Flags).

"If Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan within one month, the United States would boycott the Moscow Olympics in summer 1980." (President Jimmy Carter 1980)

protest began on September 8, 1965 when Filipino farm workers in Delano, California, walked off the job. At the time, farm laborers were among the lowest-paid workers in the US, and all they wanted were wages equal to the federal minimal wage . A week after the strike began, Cesar Chavez’ and the Mexican-American National Farmworkers Association joined in, forming what eventually became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW).

The Montgomery bus boycott was successful that they were able to desegregate the buses so blacks can sit anywhere that also goes for the white people at the time as well.

This is a newspaper article in the time period of the Montgomery bus boycott. This is when they said they will keep the boycott up peacefully and not with violence.

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