Our Daily Bleed...
— Ken Mitchell, "Evolutions"
Indian anti-colonialist, freedom fighter, communalist.
Egypt: NIGHT OF THE DROP. A night of deliberation & prognostication caused by the mysterious rise of the Nile River.
Dublin, Ireland: BLOOMSDAY.
Illustration by Flavio Costantini
South Africa: SOWETO DAY.
NATIONAL MORTICIANS DAY.
ARE OUR UNIONS REFORMABLE? Our friend Mike Delacour has been active with the PEOPLE'S PARK 45th Anniversary events in Berkeley, California. A symposium, called “WHAT IS TO BE DONE” NOW? took place at The Art House (2905 Shattuck, between Russell and Ashby) in Berkeley on Saturday, 26 April 2014. There was an Open Free Speech Mike. Admission was free, and direct participation was allowed and encouraged. Mike Delacour reported that a number of interesting rants and discussions took place, including : “Are more People's Parks the solution? Is Revolution possible? What kind of organizations do workers need to build now? Are our unions reformable? How should we deal with Climate Change? What should we do about the homeless?” _____________________________________ ALL THE PAST HAS FAILED On Sunday, 13 April 2014, our friend Mary Halpin of Warrensburg, Missouri participated in a protest vigil at Overland Park, Kansas in opposition to the killings there of three people by an old leader of the Ku Klux Klan. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/14/us-usa-kansas-shooting-idUSBREA3C0MX20140414 Mary Halpin said “In the struggle to undo the effects and consequences of bigotry, racism, and anti-semitism, ALL the past has failed! Now is the time for new creativity, new thinking, and re-thinking, and new acting to fashion a better future!” _____________________________________ MILITARY COLONIZATION Our friend the playwright Margaretta D'Arcy was released from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, 22 March 2014. Margaretta was incarcerated for an act of nonviolent civil disobedience against the U.S. military. Margaretta complained of the “improper use of Shannon Airport by the U.S. military, who have colonized an Irish airport. Since 2003, over 2 million U.S. soldiers and their weapons and thousands of U.S. military aircraft and cargo planes have transited Shannon Airport on their way to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere. The Government of ‘neutral’ Ireland has improperly facilitated these movements of troops and weaponry through Shannon, and failed to inspect any of these military cargos. They've also never inspected any of the C.I.A. planes implicated in illegal rendition flights.” http://www.shannonwatch.org/blog/statement-margaretta-darcy-her-release-mountjoy-prison http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaretta_D'Arcy _____________________________________ THE MOA STRIKE AND LOCKOUT Our friend Séamas Cain has written an article concerning the end of the strike/lockout of musicians of the Minnesota Orchestral Association [MOA]. It was the longest work stoppage in U.S. orchestra history. Titled “Locked out musicians return,” this article was published on page three of the March-April 2014 issue of NEWS & LETTERS ... http://www.newsandletters.org/issues/2014/Mar-Apr/NL59no2.pdf Also, see Cain's “Why read and write for News & Letters?” on page six of the same issue. http://www.freewebs.com/seamascain _____________________________________ REFUSE UNSAFE WORK !! Tim Bartley, in the current issue of the journal “Social Forces” (Volume 92, Issue Number 3, for March-April 2014) has written a positive and very favorable review of our friend Jeff Hilgert's book “Hazard Or Hardship : Crafting Global Norms On The Right To Refuse Unsafe Work.” Tim Bartley wrote “Even in places with flexible labor markets, this particular way of de-commodifying labor has sometimes been respected ... This story of a path-not-taken is a very compelling aspect of ‘Hazard Or Hardship’ ... If only all scholars of global scripts and standards were this attentive to alternative models that have been pushed to the wayside! Instead, far too many sociological analyses focus on the institutionalization of the ‘winning’ global model without attending to this prior competition. The book left me wondering what other conceptions of labor regulation are being obscured in the ILO's current ‘core labor rights’ agenda and what other alternatives might be found in the detritus of global norms. In addition, Hilgert's narrative of the ideological attacks against health-and-safety regulation contain some fascinating and memorable details ... the book that Hilgert has given us is valuable and informative in its own right. It speaks to an important set of issues in a resolute voice. It has influenced my own understanding of health-and-safety regulation, and I believe it will be similarly helpful for other scholars of domestic and global labor standards.” http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100093600 http://www.jeffreyhilgert.com Workers in Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland north and south, Mannin, the Philippines, Québec, Scotland, South Africa, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the U.S., have expressed interest in Jeff's ideas for new approaches and new strategies for labor action. _____________________________________ JUSTICE & SOLIDARITY FOR TOM GILLIAM !! “FREEDOM” in London, England : published our report of the attack against our friend Tom Gilliam “Dissent and Reprisal” in its web-journal for Wednesday, 2 April 2014 ... http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/2014/04/02/tom-gilliam-dissent-and-reprisal _____________________________________ JUSTICE & SOLIDARITY FOR TOM GILLIAM !! “MUTE MAGAZINE” in London, England : published our report of the attack against our friend Tom Gilliam “Dissent and Reprisal” in its web-journal for Wednesday, 2 April 2014 ... Web-site : http://www.metamute.org/community/blog-roll _____________________________________ THANK YOU !! We thank the Autonomous Students Network, cockaygne's NEWS FROM NOWHERE on Twitter, the Edinburgh University Anarchist Society, “THE FIFTH ESTATE,” “FREEDOM,” “MUTE MAGAZINE,” the RA Forum, StumbleUpon.com, and others for their efforts to circulate the report “Dissent and Reprisal” to as many activists as possible. _____________________________________ SOLIDARITY MESSAGE !! To Tom Gilliam: Dear comrade, we have received the information about the very dangerous “incident” and whats happened with you and want to express our solidarity with you in this difficult situation! In Solidarity, on behalf of the NSF-IWA Arbeidsutvalget, H. Gren — Secretary THE NORWEGIAN SYNDICALIST FEDERATION, Oslo, Norway _____________________________________ THE PASSION OF PUSSY RIOT Our friend Masha Gessen has written a book titled “Words Will Break Cement : The Passion Of Pussy Riot,” published in 2014 by Riverhead Books at New York, New York. The book chronicles and documents the Pussy Riot anarchists in Russia, and their acts of political confrontation in Moscow as they were punished for their defiance ... http://www.amazon.com/Words-Will-Break-Cement-Passion/dp/1594632197/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397313948&sr=1-1&keywords=Pussy+Riot We also recommend “Pussy Riot! : A Punk Prayer For Freedom,” published in 2013 by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York ... http://www.amazon.com/Pussy-Riot-Punk-Prayer-Freedom/dp/1558618341/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397313948&sr=1-3&keywords=Pussy+Riot _____________________________________ THE LINE BETWEEN FREEDOM AND SECURITY THE WASHINGTON POST has reported that our friend John Dennis Apel is the focus of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. After twenty years of organizing protests against the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, in opposition to the expansion of warfare and weaponry “into the higher frontier of space,” Apel has been banned from the Base — even from a location designated by the U.S. military itself as a place for protests. The Supreme Court will decide if the U.S. military has gone too far in its never-ending zeal to restrict or prevent criticism and protest. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-supreme-court-confronts-the-line-between-free-speech-and-security-with-protesters-case/2013/11/30/d074246c-5757-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html _____________________________________ A WORKING LIFE Our friend Steve Dalachinsky has published a book with Autonomedia and Unbearable Books in Brooklyn, New York. Titled “A Superintendent's Eyes,” the book is a one-of-a-kind neo-noir document of a working life in the rickety world of Lower Manhattan at the turn of our new century. Séamas Cain says that Dalachinsky is “the Jack Kerouac of the Inter-net age!” http://bookstore.autonomedia.org/index.php?main_page=pubs_product_book_info&cPath=71&products_id=713 http://www.autonomedia.org _____________________________________ PRECARIOUS COMMUNISM We also recommend the book “Precarious Communism” by our friend Richard Gilman-Opalsky, just published by Autonomedia. John Asimakopoulos says that “Gilman-Opalsky lays bare ideological specters of the past that continue to haunt the present. This book is a must read for anyone interested in what autonomy, dignity, and association mean today, and in understanding the insurrectionary hope of people everywhere.” http://bookstore.autonomedia.org/index.php?main_page=pubs_product_book_info&products_id=733 _____________________________________ MIKHAIL ALEXANDROVICH BAKUNIN Our friends of the Circolo Carlo Vanza, based at Locarno in Switzerland, will be holding a Mail Art Exhibition to mark the bicentennial of the birth on 30 May 1814 of Mikhail A. Bakunin. Mail Art pieces may be mailed to the Circolo Carlo Vanza at their address ... http://www.anarca-bolo.ch/vanza/index.php Mail Art was invented by Bern Porter, John Cage, and other anarchists as a new type of creativity for the anti-commodity FLUXUS movement in the arts. It is very appropriate that Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin himself should be the focus of such an exhibition today. _____________________________________ THE GRASS-ROOTS MOVEMENT : SPONTANEOUS AND PARTICIPATORY Several of us, who were members of SNCC in the early 1960s, have been saddened in recent years by the increasing obsession with describing the movement(s) of those days in terms of “leaders” and even a cult of “leadership.” Our distinct memories are that most of the real work of THE MOVEMENT was done by rank-and-file activists, and with great difficulties. The “leaders” kept running as fast as they could to get to the front of the parade. Now our friends at THE LABADIE COLLECTION have digitized the complete set of Selma Project Newsletters and made them available to the public via the HathiTrust Digital Library. These newsletters document the grass-roots struggle for civil rights in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi from 1965 through 1974, and can be accessed at ... http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002650714 Julie Herrada, the curator of THE LABADIE COLLECTION, an archive of anarchist and radical history, told us that “this newsletter is of interest to anyone researching primary sources of on-the-ground activism of the civil rights era.” Then Julie Herrada told us “It’s extremely difficult to track down activists from 50 years ago who own the rights to these little-known publications. The people described in these Newsletters were so courageous. We are thrilled to be able to make their stories accessible to everyone.” Herrada was able to contact the original publisher — Francis X. Walter, 81, now living in Tennessee. He assigned a Creative Commons license to make the newsletters available to the public. THE LABADIE COLLECTION had the wherewithal to digitize the whole collection. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Walter was a member of a support organization for civil rights activists working in small towns in the rural Black Belt across central and southern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle. Walter started the Selma Project Newsletter in December 1965 in the wake of the murder of Jonathan Daniels, a white seminarian killed while defending a black teenage girl from a shotgun-wielding “special deputy” who was later acquitted of manslaughter. Julie Herrada and THE LABADIE COLLECTION deserve thanks and praise for their efforts to preserve and make available the records and documents of the grass-roots movement. http://www.lib.umich.edu/labadie-collection firstname.lastname@example.org _____________________________________ THE DEATH OF CELIA OTTER Celia Otter died on 1 January 2014. We remember Celia as a thoughtful active woman who always spoke her mind. Throughout her life, graciously, intelligently, she insisted on speaking-truth-to-power! She had been a life-long peace activist, anarchist, anti-vivisectionist and humanitarian. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Celia Otter was active in the Ban-the-Bomb Movement in Britain, taking part in the civil disobedient campaigns against nuclear weapons. Celia had been arrested at Holy Lock during the direct actions there and was also arrested and imprisoned during other protests and sit-downs of the Committee of 100. Indeed, Celia and her husband Laurens Otter spent their “honeymoon” in separate prisons : Celia was confined in Holloway Prison and Laurens was confined in Oxford Prison (in the old castle). Celia Otter was a founding member of the Committee of 100, the Anarchist Federation of Britain [AFB], and the Northern Anarchist Network [NAN]. She was also a member of the Syndicalist Workers' Federation [SWF], then the affiliate of the AIT-IWA, the Syndicalist International. Also, Celia was one of the founders of the Animal Liberation Movement in Britain. For many years Celia Otter worked as head teacher for a school of maladjusted children. She was known throughout Shropshire as the only “head” who refused to exclude ANY child from the school. For the anarcho-syndicalist Brian Bamford's eulogy for Celia Otter, go to ... http://northernvoicesmag.blogspot.com/2014/01/celia-otters-new-year-death.html Our friend the feminist Rachel Whitaker spoke at the funeral for Celia Otter. For Brian Bamford's description of the funeral, go to ... http://northernvoicesmag.blogspot.com/2014/01/at-celia-otters-funeral.html For additional information, see the book “Serious Politics Begins With The Bomb” by Laurens Otter, published in 1985 by Wrekin Libertarians. Copies are available from the SAN, at the address given below. _____________________________________ For a multi-dimensional freedom, THE SYNDICALIST ACTION NETWORK [SAN] 323 Fourth Street, Cloquet, Minnesota, U.S.A., 55720 - 2051 Phone : +218.879.8628 E-mail : Syndicalist.Action@gmail.com
1567 -- Mary Queen of Scots thrown into Lochleven Castle prison.
1641 -- Death of John Suckling.
1671 -- Russia: Cossack rebel leader Stenka Razin tortured, executed in Moscow.
1716 -- The first volume of Alexander Pope's translation of the lliad appears. Classical scholar Richard Bentley: "It is a pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not call it Homer."
1763 -- Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) lives. Also called Kobayashi Yataro. Eighteenth-century Japanese poet, master of haiku. Some sources indicate he was born May 5, 1763.
1784 -- Holland forbids orange clothes.
What took them so long?
— Bleedster Michael John Thompson, June 2002, Antiquarian Bookseller, President, Canadian Booksellers Association
Anita Bryant & the Canadian Orange Lobby.
1817 -- Lord Byron play "Manfred" is published.
Source: [Robert Braunwart]
[Hereafter attributed with symbol: ]
Elie Reclus lives. Ethnographer & journalist; participated in the Commune of Paris in 1871. Member of the great generational anarchist family, including Élisée Reclus (Daily Bleed Patron Saint, March 15), & Paul Reclus.
Of related interest is John Clark's review of a book on Eliée Reclus,
1836 -- England: The London Working Men's Association is formed, beginning of the Chartist movement.
1848 -- Germany: The arsenal at Berlin is captured by rebellious citizens.
1850 -- US: Steamer Griffith burns on Lake Erie, killing 300.
1857 -- US: Soccer Match? Corrupt NY Municipal Police Force stages a pitched battle with the NY Metropolitan Police Force, sent by the State Legislature to replace it, on the steps of City Hall. The result: a bloody victory for the Municipals.
Street Fightin' Man? An attempt is made to arrest Mayor Wood in NY for an assault on the Street Commissioner.
1866 -- German Confederation declares war on Prussia (Seven Weeks' War). We have no idea how long this war lasted.
1869 -- France: In the small mining town of Ricamarie troops are called in to suppress a workers' strike. They open fire on demonstrators protesting the arrest of 40 workers, killing 14 (including a 17-month-old girl in her mothers arms) & wound about 60 (including 10 children).