Our Daily Bleed...
it plunges into the red flesh of the soil
it plunges into the blaxing flesh of the sky
my negritude riddles with holes
the dense affliction of its worthy patience.
— Aimé Césaire, excerpt, "Cahier d'un retour au pays natal" (Return to My Native Land)
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British novelist, anarchist journalist, anti-Stalinist.
Spain: FIESTA OF STANA OROSIA. Pilgrims climb to murdered maiden's mountain sanctuary where the saint's head is displayed, picnic, sing, dance, drink, fight & make love.
FESTIVAL OF THE OPTIONAL HOLIDAY.
841 -- Fontenoy-en-Puisaye: Defeat of Emperor Lothair of the Holy Roman Empire by Charles "the Bald" & Louis "the German."
1096 -- Old World: Crusaders murder Jews who escape the massacre at Koln, Wevlinhofen.
1178 -- Five Canterbury monks report something exploding on the Moon.
1240 -- France: Public debate between Rabbi Jehiel of Paris & apostate Jew Nicholas Donin begins at the French Court to decide the fate of confiscated volumes of the Talmud — they are burned two years hence.
1594 -- Margrett Fray & Agatha Birenseng burned as witches.
1630 -- New Old World: Forked Tongue? Governor Winthrop introduces the table fork in Massachusetts Colony.
1684 -- England: Archbishop Robert Leighton dies, London. Leaves his valuable library to the diocese of Dunblane where he was Bishop after the Restoration. It still remains open to the public.
1694 -- England: Viagra? London contracts for the erection of the first British lamp-posts.
1735 -- First copies of William Hogarth's "Rake's Progress" engravings are published.
1798 -- US: Congress passes the 2nd Alien Act, providing for deportation.
1822 -- German phantasist author E.T.A. Hoffman dies, Berlin.
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German phantasist, visionary, proto-surrealist.
1825 -- US: Capture of Bob Forbes, leader of the Maroons (blacks resisting slavery) in Virginia.
Gone to Croatan: Origins of North American Dropout Culture
— Ron Sakolsky & SaintMeister
James Koehnline, editors:
Lost history viewed through cracks in the cartographies of control, including "tri-racial isolate" communities, buccaneers, "white Indians," black Islamic movements, the Maroons of the Great Dismal Swamp, the Métis nation, scandalous eugenics theories, rural "hippie" communes, & many other aspects of North American autonomous cultures. A festschrift honoring historian Hugo Lemming Bey of the Moorish Science Temple.
1867 -- Lucien Smith patents barbed wire. Lucien Smith patents barbed wire. Rhymes with Empire. First used for military defense, by US forces, in Cuba in 1898.
1868 -- US: Congress establishes 8-hr day for government laborers, workmen & mechanics.
1870 -- Puerto Rico: As a result of the efforts of Roman Baldorioty de Castro, Luis Padial & Julio Vizcarrondo efforts, the Moret Law is approved, giving liberty to slaves born after September 17, 1868 & to slaves over 60 years old.
1870 -- Author Robert Erskine Childers lives. Author & Irish nationalist who was executed in 1922. Credited with writing the first spy novel. Fully involved in the struggle against British rule following their brutual supression of the Easter Rebellion. He joined Sinn Féin, forming a close association with Éamon de Valera & Michael Collins.
1875 -- Uruguay: In Montevideo the Fédération Ouvrière Régionale Uruguayenne is founded. It adheres to the antiauthoritarian A.I.T. & becomes, in August 1876, a section of the International at the time of the Congress of Verviers. It is the primary vehicle for workers' & revolutionary fights in this country during the first quarter of the 20th century.
1876 -- US: Got Reservations? Lakota, Cheyenne & Arapahoe tribes defeat the US Army at Little Big Horn, Montana. Resisting the authority of the US government efforts to herd them onto "reservations" (internment camps), they liquidated Red-baiting General Richard Armstrong Custer & wipe-out his troops at Little Big Horn, Montana. Euphemistically called "Custer's Last Stand."
"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
— acting Beloved & Respected US President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow, when a student asks about US treatment of Native Americans
1878 -- US: Despite mass protests, Ezra Heywood gets two years hard labor for advocating free love / sexual emancipation as part of women's rights.
Heywood was an individualist anarchist "arrested" by prude & vigilante Anthony Comstock. He was married to Angela Tilton, considered more radical than he in her day. One admirer, the anarchist Dyer D. Lum, was inspired to write a poem to immortalize the phrase that Angela used when she referred to marriage — that is, 'The Penis Trust.'
Released on 19 December 1878, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Rut Hayes issues a pardon the following day.
1878 -- The first of three major revolts against French colonialism in Kanaky (French Caledonia) begins.
Kanaks are well-prepared for the uprising, having gathered guns, made systematic reconnaissance of military outposts, & established guerrilla camps with food gardens where the rebels can retreat. The revolt lasts more than nine months & although it ends in defeat & massacre, it provides a heritage of resistance that is taken up again in insurrections in 1917 & 1984.
[Source: Calendar Riots]
1881 -- US: Crystal Eastman lives (1881-1928). Greenwich Village feminist, Bohemian, free-lover. Lawyer, antimilitarist, feminist, socialist, & journalist. Founded the Woman's Peace party (renamed the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom in 1921). During the War to End All Wars, she organized the National Civil Liberties Bureau to protect conscientious objectors, & this later became American Civil Liberties Union. After the war, she organized the First Feminist Congress (1919). She co-owned & edited a radical journal of politics, art, & literature, "The Liberator", with her brother Max.
1887 -- George Abbott — producer, director actor, playwright — lives, Forestville, New York.
Haymarket Martyrs' Monument is dedicated. Erected by the Pioneer Aid & Support Association, an organization begun by Lucy Parsonsaka Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons, Albert Parsons' widow.
It features a woman as Justice placing a crown of laurels on the brow of a fallen worker, while preparing to draw a sword. Sculptor Albert Weinert's design was inspired by a verse from the French anthem, the "Marseillaise," which the five anarchists had sung before their hanging.
On the front of the monument are the last words of August Spies: "The day will come..."
On this day thousands of workers & visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition marched to a train station & rode to the cemetery. Floral tributes were sent by several nations. Speeches were made in English, German, Polish & Bohemian, & an orchestra played the Marseillaise.
Tomorrow, Illinois Governor Altgeld pardons the three survivors: Neebe, Schwab & Fielden. Michael Schwab died in 1898 & Oscar Neebe in 1916, & were both buried here beside their comrades. Samuel Fielden, who died in 1922, is the only one of the eight not buried in Waldheim.
Every year on the Sunday closest to May 4, & the anniversary of Black Friday, November 11th, labor organizations come to this monument to pay tribute — though most are loathe to recall or avoid mention that the martyrs were anarchists.
His first book, Down & Out in Paris & London, relates his near-destitution while struggling to become a writer.
The biting satire of Communist ideology, The Animal Farm, followed his horrendous experiences with the Stalinists, especially in the Spanish Revolution (see his Homage to Catalonia). Then came his anti-utopian Nineteen Eighty-Four.
'All animals are equal,
but some animals are more equal than others.'
Other writer-witnesses in the Spanish Revoution include:
Ernest Hemingway, Federico Garcia Lorca, André Malraux, Langston Hughes, Ilya Ehrenburg.
In the days when Czechoslovakia was a feudal society, "robota" referred to the two or three days of the week that peasants were obliged to leave their own fields to work without remuneration on the lands of noblemen. For a long time after the feudal system had passed away, robota continued to be used to describe work that one wasn't exactly doing voluntarily or for fun, while today's younger Czechs & Slovaks use robota to refer to work that's boring or uninteresting.
Francisco Ascaso, Buenaventura Durruti & Gregorio Jover, meet for a banquet in a Parisian restaurant to celebrate their recent release; in addition to their families, those released are joined by the "Comité International de Défense Anarchiste," some 30 militants, including Sebastien Faure, Nestor Makhno & Louis Lecoin (who mastermind their release).
Célebre poeta e médico santista, José Martins Fontes nasceu em 23/6/1884 e faleceu em 25/6/1937, também em Santos. Suas principais obras: Arlequinadas, Verão, Rosicler, Nos Rosais das Estrelas, A Canção de Ariel, Nós e as Abelhas e Decameron. O texto desta página foi publicado em Antologia de Humorismo e Sátira, de R. Magalhães, Jr.
And we gave new courage to the men
Who carried on in nineteen-ten
And shoulder to shoulder we'll win through
Led by the ILGWU
hail the waistmakers of nineteen-nine
making their stand on the picket line,
Breaking the power of those who reign
Pointing the way, smashing the chain
— The Uprising of the 20,000, dedicated to the Waistmakers of 1909
1940 -- Songster Earl Robinson's "Ballad for Americans" premiers, NY Philharmonic.
"Ballad for Americans" was the theme song at both Republican & Communist Party national conventions in 1940.
Seattle-born activist & musician Earl is remembered for writing some of the labor movement's most famed ballads, including "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night." (Don't Mourn, Harmonize!) Robinson attended West Seattle High School & the University of Washington.
Robinson's cantatas set the tone for a genre of patriotic composition. His "Ballad for Americans" was first performed on radio in 1939 with the great Paul Robeson as soloist.
See Ballad of an American: The Autobiography of Earl Robinson
The platformist (FCL) offered “critical support” during the Algerian revolution & cultivated links to the small anarchist movement that existed in Algiers in 1954.... show details
1956 -- ¶ Beatster Jack Kerouac begins job training as a mountain firewatcher in Washington State. From July-September he's alone on Desolation Peak in the Cascade Mountains watching for fires. In September, after 60+ days of solitude Kerouac comes down from the mountain & travels to Seattle. From here he heads to México City, rents a one-room apartment above Bill Garver on Orizaba Street, during September-November, where he completes Tristessa & begins writing Desolation Angels.
1959 -- US: Charles Starkwether executed.
1959 -- Mao Tse-tung writes his poem "Shaoshan Revisited."
1959 -- Russia: USSR proposes a Balkan/Adriatic denuclearized zone (rejected by peace-loving West).
1961 -- Iraq: Government announces Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees). England & US march in on their mechanized moral horses to save the day, right?
[ Poster by Leon Kuhn ]
1962 -- US Supreme Court rules official prayers unconstitutional in public schools.
1964 -- US: Riots erupt in Saint Augustine, Fla., when a mob of 800 whites attacks part of a parade of several hundred African-Americans participating in an integration parade.
1967 -- The first global telecast is made this day; Beatles on tv introduce "All You Need Is Love."
|"You are either on the bus or you're not on the bus."||
At a Veterans Administration hospital, Kesey was a paid experimental subject, taking mind-altering drugs & reporting their effects. Experiences as an aide at a psychiatric hospital & LSD sessions served as background for One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest. The book was a vehicle for Ken Kesey’s anarchist rant against the oppressive conformism imposed by society’s institutions, particularly the dehumanising social conformity of the 1950s.
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The Revolution must take place in men before occurring in things.
— GRAFFITI FROM THE WALLS OF PARIS: 1968
The new government espouses the aims of establishing a socialist society & elimination of white minority regimes in southern Africa. The country provides a haven for Zimbabwean nationalist forces despite strong Southern Rhodesian military reprisals.
"I am freer than anybody else. I am free to choose the parents I want, the country I want, the age I want."
— Anarchist author B. Traven, according to Mrs. Lujan (his widow), The New York Times, June 25, 1990
"No daring is required to protest against a great injustice."
— Emma Goldman, anarchist activist & organizer, lecturer & agitator, feminist, spokesperson for the new drama, advocate of birth control & free speech.
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