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These are people who have made a difference or otherwise stood against injustice and tyranny. They may not always have been successful,  but they remind us of the human spirit to resist injustice and instinctively stand up for what they believe is right.


The “Tank Man”

“Tank Man” temporarily stops the advance of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Despite his anonymity, he is commonly (though not necessarily correctly) referred to in Chinese as Wang Weilin (王維林), as dubbed by a Sunday Express article.


Dame Whina Cooper

Dame Whina Cooper (1895 – 1994) – Dame Cooper’s land-hikoi in 1975 raised awareness of Treaty breaches and vast tracts of Maori land that has been unjustly seized and confiscated by colonial, and more recent, governments. Without doubt, her courage contributed to the formation of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1975 – a model for addressing grievances from First Peoples throughout the world.


Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis, the retired Philadelphia police captain who became a hero to the Occupy Wall Street movement when he was arrested on 16 November 2011.


Rami al-Saidd

Rami al-Said – Blogger, Citizen Journalist. Killed in Syrian uprising in February 2012, by forces loyal to the tyrant, Bashar Assad.


See: Bloggers lament the ultimate sacrifice for freedom


Sue Bradford


Sue Bradford. Ex Green Party MP. In 2005, a parliamentary ballot allowed the discussion of Bradford’s member’s bill, the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill 2005. The Bill proposed amending Section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 to remove the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assault on their children. The Bill became law after it passed 113 to 8 on 16 May 2007. The Bill sparked widespread debate largely due its depiction as an “anti-smacking” bill.
New Zealand has one of the worst rates of child abuse, neglect, and murders in the world.
Death threats were made against Ms Bradford in 2007 and 2009, and she was vilified (unfairly), as her Bill was taken up by Labour and supported by National, NZ First, as well as the Greens.


An Unknown Protester

Protester standing against deforestation crews in the Amazon.


See:  Youtube Video


te Whiti O Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi

te Whiti O Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi – leaders of the pacifist community of Parihaka, who led a non-violent resistance in the late 1800s, against theft of their land by colonial forces. They based their non-violent resistance on Christian beliefs. The colonial government responded with 1,500 armed “constables” who attacked and looted Parihaka.


See:  The History of Parihaka


Rosa  Parks

Rosa Louise Parks was nationally recognized as the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement” in America. At a time of legally-sanctioned racial segregation, her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, in December 1, 1955, created a wave of protest throughout the United States. Her quiet courage changed America, its view of black people, and changed the course of history.


See: Rosa Louise Parks Biography



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  1. 29 July 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I guess we all have our own heroes in mind frank i got to thank sue bradford for speaking out for those that cannot speak for themselves ”our young children n babies bringing in the anti smacking law thumbs up to her effords

  2. 29 July 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Good post Frank. Heroes standing against the establishment…

  3. Gail
    30 July 2012 at 12:00 am

    Fantastic Frank and so great to see all such inspirational people, another to mention is Irena Sendler, please see link, Irena was responsible for saving the lives of many children and identifying them so that their lives were not only saved but also reunited with their families, a remarkable woman who was captured and tortured so severely here arms and legs broken but she didn’t stop her humanitarian pursuit of justice and to save as many lives as she could. Thanks again Frank. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler

  4. 12 August 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I thought that anti-smacking bill was somehow rammed through by the Greens. Imagine my surprise when I learned that National voted for it as well!

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