Our Daily Bleed...
Yesterday the people woke
stripped & with nothing to cover themselves,
hungry & with nothing to eat,
& now today has dawned justly hateful
& justly bloody.
In their hands the rifles
long to become lions
to finish with ferocity those
who have been so many times ferocious.
Even if you have no weapons,
people of one hundred thousand strengths,
don't let your bones thin;
punish those who wound you
as long as you have fists,
fingernails, saliva, & you have
heart, entrails, guts,
testicles & teeth.
— Miguel Hernández
excerpt, Sitting upon the Dead
"Lady Day." Great American jazz singer, performer.
It's Not Fair?: Epping Forrest, England: FAIRLOP FAIR. Daniel Day found a gigantic, ancient hollow oak tree in the forest fitted with a round table that seated twelve & Day held an annual picnic there. The picnics grew into a full-scale English Fair. Then one year a bough fell from the tree, mortally wounding Day. He ordered his coffin made from the bough. Shortly thereafter the oak burned down. & Fairlop Fair was no more.
FEAST OF THE CLOCKLESS NOWEVER.
"Lost interest?? It`s so bad I've lost apathy."
1555 -- Author Richard Carew lives.
1742 -- William Somerville, poet (Hobbinol, or the Rurul Games), dies at Edstone, Warwickshire.
1791 -- Champ de Mars massacre: parting of the ways between the big bourgeoisie & the rest of the third estate.
1794 -- US: Biggest rebel victory in Whiskey Rebellion. Mob of 500 armed men, protesting a new excise tax on distilleries, clashes with troops from Fort Pitt after firing on a revenue collector & burning down his home. Within the next three weeks, 15,000 uniformed militiamen enter into the fray, including Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton (whose close associates in the rum business were among the major benefactors of the tax), & the "Whiskey Rebellion" came to an end.
Whiskey Rebellion Camp:
1821 -- US: Florida ceded to the US by Spain. America now has a place to house Senior Citizens, Mafiosa, & Cuban refugees.
1862 -- US: Congress authorizes Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Lincoln to accept blacks for military service: US army can use blacks as laborers. Over 186,000 African-Americans serve in the Union Army, with 38,000 losing their lives."If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
— Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
1874 -- Italy: Michael Bakunin clandestinely joins his friends, during this month, in Bologna where they have planned an uprising.
Bakunin is forced to escape, cleverly (& ironically) dressed as a priest (!), returning to Switzerland to Lugano. (Bakunin had spent the first half of 1874 living with Cafiero, who had established a refuge near Locarno).
Source: Cronologia del Socialismo Italiano, http://www.ossimoro.it/socialismoit.htm
1877 -- US: Great Railroad Strike of 1877 begins, eventually spreading from West Virginia to cover the whole country, leaving over 100 dead & thousands of rail cars destroyed.
When West Virginia rail workers walk out over a 10% pay cut, the state militia sent to prevent blocking of the trains instead join the workers & America's first general strike spreads through Chicago, New York & St. Louis. Workers in steel, flour, sugar, chemical & lead industries occupy the factories & begin self-managed production for distribution to strikers .
1882 -- Australia: Australasian Secular Association (ASA) founded, Melbourne.
As in the USA & England, Free Thought in Australia encompassed breaks with 'traditional' thinking in areas besides religion. Soon a youngish band of free thinkers rebelled against the restrictions of organised Free Thought itself, one result of which was the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC). Secularists prominent in Australian anarchism include the brothers David & Will Andrade, Fred Upham, Donovan & George Newberry, "Chummy" Fleming, Rose Stone, William McNamara & J.A. Andrews.
1883 -- Barthélemy De Ligt lives. Outstanding antimilitarist & Dutch libertarian pacifist.
A pastor, he is repudiated by his church, for encouraging disobediance in the face of full mobilization for WWI. His Christian pacifism evolves to anarchist pacifism. Active following the war, including l'Association Internationale Antimilitariste & the War Resisters International.
On July 27, 1924, at the "Maison du Peuple" in the Hague, De Ligt spoke alongside Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, Rudolf Rocker, Emma Goldman, Pierre Ramus, et al, for the 20th anniversary of the A.I.A.
He was active in the 1930s also, & wrote the handbook of passive resistance, The Conquest of Violence, especially influential amongst English & American pacifists.
"S'il y a des conflits armés entre les pouvoirs réactionnaires et les masses en révolte, les tenants de l'action révolutionnaire non-violente sont toujours du côté des révoltés, même quand ceux-ci ont recours à la violence."
De Ligt did not live to see the government-sponsored butchery of WWII, as he died in 1938.
1886 -- Gerard Manley Hopkins decides to become a Roman Catholic.
1887 -- Dorothea Dix, reformer, suffragette, dies.
1888 -- Shmuel (Yosef) Agnon lives, Buczacz, Balicia, Austria-Hungary (now Buchach, Ukraine). Israeli writer, one of the great Hebrew novelists/ short-story writers, awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature with Nelly Sachs.
Settled in Palestine in 1907. A founder the journal Der Jude. Became friends with businessman Salman Schocken, his lifelong patron & publisher. Widely published in Germany in the early 30s. When the Nazi's closed Schocken's publishing house, the company moved to Tel Aviv. Later opened a branch in New York City, bringing Agnon's works to new readers.
In the late 1950s critic Edmund Wilson proposed Agnon receive the Nobel Prize. His greatest novel is generally considered The Day Before Yesterday (1945), an examination of the problems facing the westernized Jew who immigrates to Israel.
Further reading: S.Y. Agnon by H. Fisch (1975), The Fiction of S.Y. Agnon by B. Hochman (1970), Shay Agnon's World of Mystery & Allegory by I. Rosenberg (1978).
1889 -- Erle Stanley Gardner lives, Malden, Massachusetts. Also wrote as A.A. Fair, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny. Prolific American author / lawyer, whose best-known works center on the lawyer-detective Perry Mason, his helpmates loyal & beautiful secretary Della Street, private detective Paul Drake & the opponent District Attorney Hamilton Burger. His books have sold over 200 million copies in some 30 languages.
Kicked out of Valparaiso University in Indiana, he boxed & arranged unlicenced wrestling matches. Worked as a typist in an law office in California, he 'read law' without formal instructions & became a lawyer.
Dedicated many books to penologists & specialists in forensic medicine. A founder of the Court of Last Resort (The Case Review Committee), an association who reopened cases wherein a person might have been falsely convicted.
Won the 1952 Fact Crime Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Died 11 March, 1970. Thomas Chastain continued the Perry Mason series after his death.
Further reading: The Case of Erle Stanley Gardner by Alva Johnston (1947); Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Real Perry Mason by Dorothy B. Hughes (1978); Murder in the Millions by J. Kenneth Van Dover (1984)
1890 -- Italy: Emanazione della legge sulle opere pie che pone tutte le istituzioni di beneficenza nell'alveo dello stato ed esclude gli appartenenti alla Chiesa.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1892 -- Carlo Cafiero dies, in a section of Nocera’s asylum.
After being arrested & soon released, in 1881 Cafiero went to London, where he remained for a long time. There he was the victim of a strange disease, bringing him to feel persecuted, seeing everywhere spies & being frightened by the telephone ... Emaciated & feverish he chose exile & in Chiasso he again attempted suicide. Emilio Bellerio took Cafiero to his house in Locarno (Switzerland) & Errico Malatesta wrote of him,
"if his mind is ill, his heart is still healthy..."
Malatesta, in a letter to Serafino Mazzotti, remembered the ancient & beloved comrade with these touching words:
"Carlo was first of all great for his inner nature, for the affect treasure, for the ingenuousness of his faith. These memories must not be lost, even today when there is the need to elevate the moral level of anarchists, when we must react against egoism & brutality that invade us, to return to unselfishness, to sacrificial spirit, to the sentiment of love of which Carlo was a so splendid example."
— Giampiero Galzerano, modified, 1992
1894 -- France: Chamber of Deputies meet & pass additional "Lois scélérates," laws designed to reinforce repression already being used against the anarchist movement. The first set of these "villainous laws" were passed in December 1893.
The "Lois scélérates" ("villainous laws") violate the elementary principles of the right of expression, freedom of the press, & criminalize individuals who — for a simple article in a newspaper, a friendship, or an indiscretion or slip of the tongue — may now land unexpectedly in prison doing hard labor.
Needless to say, free expression is now impossible. The courts take even further steps to prohibit printing of critical opinion or debate during the trials, for fear they will be used for libertarian propaganda.
Source: http://www.ephemanar.net/juillet26.html Le 28 juillet 1894, à Paris, la Chambre des députés vote les dernières "Lois scélérates" destinées à renforcer la répression contre les menées anarchistes. Elles violent les principes élémentaires du droit d'expression, de la liberté de la presse, et criminalisent les individus qui, pour un simple article de journal, une amitié où une confidence, deviennent passibles des travaux forcés suivie de la relégation. Inutile de dire que l'expression libertaire est alors impossible. Les tribunaux prendront même le soin d'interdire la reproduction des débats lors des procès, de peur qu'ils ne servent à la propagande.
1897 -- US: First ship arrives in Seattle carrying golds from the Yukon. "There be golds in them thar hills!"
1898 -- Spain: Madrid: In Catalonia, the golden province of Spain, a Separatist party, claiming misrule by Spain, seeks semi-independence under the protection of France.
1902 -- Australian-American novelist Christina Stead (The Man Who Loved Children) lives, Rockdale, Sydney.
1911 -- Frank Snowden lives, York County, Va. Scholar on blacks in ancient history, notable for his books Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience & Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks.
1912 -- Michael Gilbert lives. English mystery writer, published thrillers, espionage & police procedural novels.
Gilbert's highly entertaining novels have gained wide audience with their complex plotting, detailed settings, & well portrayed characters.
Founding member of the British Crime Writers Association. Named a Grand Master by the Myster Writers of America in 1988, & won the Life Achievement Anthony Award at the 1990 Bouchercon in London.
1913 -- US: Potlatch Riots. The incident feeds fears, inflamed by Alden Blethen, publisher of the "Seattle Times," who hated free speech & feared "radical elements." Blethen was highly critical of liberal Mayor Cotterill for allowing IWW labor organizers & "anarchist" street speakers to hold forth in downtown Seattle. Blethen's red-baiting led to further violence, as soldiers & sailors ransacked IWW & Socialist headquarters. The precipitous riots — attempts to suppress free speech & labor organizers — is an unsettling precursor & preview of the post-World War I nationwide Red Scare.
See "George Cotterill, Hiram Gill & the Potlatch Riots " by Murray Morgan.
1915 -- US: Emma Goldman delivers 24 lectures in San Francisco; topics include "The Psychology of War," "The Follies of Feminism (A criticism of the Modern Woman's Movement)," "Religion & the War," & "The Right of the Child Not to Be Born."
According to Ben Reitman, Emma presents "an inspired address" on "The Philosophy of Atheism" before the Congress of Religious Philosophy at the Civic Auditorium.
1917 -- Christiane Rochefort lives, Paris. French writer, social critic, feminist.
She worked also with Henri Langlois at the Cinémathètique Française. In 1968 she is canned from her post at Cannes Film festival because of her too liberal views. In the same year the festivals were closed by the 'events' of May 1968.
1917 -- Phyllis Diller lives. Why?
1917 -- US: Alexander Berkman, a notorious anarchist, is wrongly indicted in absentia in San Francisco for complicity in three murders stemming from the bombing at the July 16, 1916 Preparedness Day parade.
1917 -- US: The Justice Department instructs its attorneys & special agents to keep tabs on local Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) & ascertain their plans, sources of income, & any data that might link them to anti-war or pro-German activity. No incriminating evidence surfaces however.
1917 -- Brazil: El 17 de julio, estalla la huelga más importante recordada en el país, después del asesinato del zapatero José Martínez por la policía.
1919 -- Spain: Militant cenetista Pabloalt spelling, Pau Sabater Lliró (aka "El Tero") is assassinated by a rightwing band of pistoleros controlled by the Barcelona police chief Bravo Portillo.
35-year-old Sabater was president of the Barcelona Dyers Union (CNT) which had just carried out a strike. He is one of the first victims of the business owner's terrorism, which breaks out in earnest at the beginning of the Twenties, employing gangs of thugs to murder anyone they deem troublesome.The sombrero is not recognized.
Two months from now, in retaliation, Portillo is assassinated. Police found a cap dropped by the culprits, but witnesses refuse to identify them:
1923 -- London: Mr. Philip Snowden’s resolution in favor of Socialism was defeated by the House of Commons.
1923 -- Author James Purdy lives.
1927 -- Nicaragua: First aerial military bombing of a civilian population, by a US Marine squadron of seven airplanes at Ocatal, kills 300.
1928 -- México: General Alvaro Obregón, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader president, assassinated. Obregón is responsible for the crushing of Zapatistan autonomous initiatives 10 years ago. His assassin is not an anarquista, but rather an activist Catholic. anarchist
1931 -- Iconoclastic American journalist Erwin Knoll lives, Vienna. Editor-in-chief (1973-94) for The Progressive magazine in Madison, Wisconsin.
1932 -- Karla Kuskin lives, NY City. Her first book, Roar & More, was written as a college project & published by Harper in 1956. In 1979, she received the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE) Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Kuskin also created picture books, including: The Philharmonic Gets Dressed; The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed.
1932 -- Spain: José Prat dies (??-1932). Eminent anarcosindicalista, one of the "parents" of the CNT. Early advocate of women's liberation, arguing that the condition of women is their repression by men. "‘Nature’ has nothing to do with this.... If woman is backward, it is because in all times man has kept her inferior ..." (1903).
In 1903, Jose Prat insisted women take the reins of their own emancipation. // En 1903, José Prat instó a las mujeres a tomar las riendas de su propia emancipación. Unos años más tarde Federica Montseny afirmaba www.lahaine.org/index.php?p=15894 -- re @'s over supporting allies during WWI The most notable of the Spaniards was Ricardo Mella, who argued in Acción Libertaria against the position taken by José Prat in Tierra y Libertad. (doesn't say who took which position) http://flag.blackened.net/infohub/organise/content.php?article.171 & http://chumpfish.blogspot.com/2005/12/excerpts-from-anarchists-in-spanish_06.html José Prat, eminent revolutionary syndicalist, a parent of the anarchosyndicalist CNT, defines the two types of unionism: The battle of a simply reformist tendency for small immediate improvements for the working class & make them into habits & fix them in bourgeois laws, & the revolutionary tendency which, while not ignoring all the immediate improvements that are positive, proposes or tends to the total economic emancipation of the working class from capitalist exploitation. // José Prat, eminente sindicalista revolucionario, uno de los padres de la CNT, anarcosindicalista íntegro donde los haya, define así a los dos tipos de sindicalismo: La tendencia reformista batalla simplemente para obtener pequeñas mejoras inmediatas para la clase obrera y hacerlas entrar en las costumbres y fijarlas en las leyes burguesas, por otro lado la tendencia revolucionaria, que, sin desdeñar todas aquellas mejoras inmediatas que sean positivas, se propone o tiende a la total emancipación económica de la clase obrera de la explotación capitalista. 1903, for example, José Prat argued that "women’s ‘backwardness’ is a consequence of the way she has been, & still is, treated. ‘Nature’ has nothing to do with this.... If woman is backward, it is because in all times man has kept her inferior, ANARCHIST REVOLUTION & THE LIBERATION OF WOMEN by Martha A. Ackelsburg http://zabalaza.net/texts/txt_anokrev&womlib_ma.htm
1935 -- Irish man of letters AE (George William Russell) dies in Bournemouth, Hampshire, failing to have grown & developed as a poet. Once considered an equal to William Butler Yeats.
"George William Russell":
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1935 -- Composer-humorist Peter Schickele lives, Ames, Iowa. Created P.D.Q. Bach, who in turn wrote "Concerto for Horn & Hardart," the oratorio "Iphegenia in Brooklyn," & "Blaues Gras" (the Bluegrass Contata).
1936 -- Spain: Right-wing military uprising against the Spanish government is declared in Spanish Morocco. The Fascist military uprising against the Republican government, led by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Generals Francisco Franco, Mola, & Sanjurjo, triggers the Spanish Revolution & Civil War.
Barcelona workers of the largest & most powerful trade union, the anarchist CNT, seize 200 rifles & distribute them on the 19th. Where the workers offer armed resistance, the fascists are defeated.The weapons are immediately distributed to the militants of the trade union of transport & metallurgy.
1937 -- Spain: Republican campaign against Brunete (-26), near Madrid, is unsuccessful.
1938 -- Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan leaves NY for LA, winds up in Ireland.
1938 -- Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan is finished.
1938 -- England: Emma Goldman is one of several speakers at a Hyde Park demonstration to celebrate the second anniversary of the Spanish Revolution; it draws a small crowd, largely because the Communists & their allies hold a rally in Trafalgar Square at the same time.
1942 -- US: 3 feet of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15.
1944 -- US: Two ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California kills 322 — including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work forms the basis of the trial & conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny.
The glare of the explosion could be seen in San Francisco, some 35 miles away. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. Officially, the world's first atomic test explosion occurred on 16 July 1945 at Alamogordo, New Mexico; but the Port Chicago blast may well have been the world's first atomic detonation.
1947 -- ¶ Beatster Jack Kerouac takes a bus to Denver. (This begins his first trip on the road. He takes buses & hitchhikes to the West Coast via Denver, returning to NY in October.)
1948 -- US: A humble shop owner becomes horrified & disillusioned after seeing Green Lantern defeated in a public melee with the Sportsmaster — the episode that destroys his storefront. The man becomes unhinged & uses the Sportsmaster's wooden baseball bat to kill a number of people...
1951 -- Charles Desplanques (1877-1951) dies. French. Hairdresser, anarchiste militant, trade unionist (a C.G.T. secretary) & antimilitarist.
Desplanques wrote for Jean Grave's "Temps Nouveaux," advising of current developments in the revolutionary syndicalist movement. In 1906, he was imprisoned for a year for signing a circular of "l'Association Internationale Antimiliatiriste." He ran the C.G.T.'s paper, "La Voix du Peuple" while Pouget was in prison. A male nurse during WWI, he moved away from syndicalism, continuing to collaborate with the libertarian press, & particularly for "Plus Loin," the review published by Dr. Marc Pierrot
1955 -- Disneyland opens, Orange County, California.
1958 -- US: Death of a missile mechanic at Cape Canaveral sparks a 4-day walkout, a successful strike for local health & safety programs.
1959 -- Billie Holiday dies, New York City.
"Please don't talk about me when I'm gone...."
1959 -- Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old). First Nixon, then Reagan, deny it's theirs.
1959 -- Tibet: Serfdom abolished.
1966 -- Allen Ginsberg reads poetry & Sopwith Camel performs in concert at the Fillmore, to benefit A.R.T.S. Gary Goodrow of The Committee emcees.
History of Sopwith Camel
1967 -- John Coltrane, jazz great, dies, New York City.
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Great Black American jazz composer, performer.
1967 -- Moore Galley exhibition in San Francisco, at 535 Sutter St., of the works by Rock poster artists Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin & Alton Kelley.
1972 -- Canada: A bomb placed under a ramp at the Montreal Forum blows out the cones of 30 speakers stored inside one of the Rolling Stones' equipment trucks. Montreal radio stations receive at least 50 calls from would-be bombers. It's never determined who planted the dynamite & the show goes on.
1975 -- Running Hot & Cold?: After grappling for decades in a Cold War, US & USSR couple in space orbit.
1975 -- Modoc the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal). Outlived Joe Camel by 77 years.
1978 -- US: AIM (American Indian Movement) "Longest Walk" arrives Washington, DC.
1980 -- Canada: 28 female members of Parliament of all parties announce they will fight for repeal of section of Indian Act that denies Indian status to Indian women marrying non-Indians.
1981 -- US: Going Down?: Interior elevated walkway crashes onto a crowded dance floor at a Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Kansas, killing 113 people, injuring 200.
1981 -- Nicaragua: First land titles distributed to peasants under land reform.
1982 -- Frank Zappa & his 14 year old daughter Moon Unit have a novelty hit with "Valley Girl." It debuts at #75. Val-speak makes its way to commercials & network television.
1983 -- Germany: End of a 500-person occupation against nuclear waste dumping, Gorleben, West Germany.
1991 -- James Brown is honored by his home state of Georgia for his comeback following a two year prison term: "I feeeeel good."
1995 -- Michael Meeropol Statement on Ethel & Julius Rosenberg issued.
Note: Following statement issued by the sons of the Rosenbergs, as an initial reaction to the release by the NSA of the "Venoa" documents purporting to prove their parents were Soviet spies. As far as we know their statement was never reported in the mainstream press.
1997 -- Italy: Cops raid anarchist centers & homes across the country. The Italian Anarchist Federation denounces the raids as a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate & criminalize the movement.
Today the judge presiding over the preliminary inquiry of the Roman Tribunal, Claudia D'Angelo, reads the following sentence: "Let us remind you that all of the defendants were accused of — subversive association...
[Details / context]
1998 -- US: NY Times reveals report admits CIA worked hand-in-hand with drug traffickers. Proves that old news travels fast.
Crack the CIA:
2000 -- US: Another rally to protest the killing Frederick Finley is held outside the federal building in downtown Detroit, attended by about 1,000 people.
The killing of Finley evoked considerable outrage among workers & youth, & on July 5th some 7,000 people, mostly young & predominantly black, rallied outside the Dearborn mall to demand the arrest of Finley's attackers.
2001 -- US: TIERRA Y LIBERTAD! (¡yee ha!) Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution in NY City, with a rockin' video called "Durruti in the Spanish Revolution!!" Plus slideshow & discussion, ¡free beer & pizza!, & ...
2007 -- Channel Tunnel Rail link officially completed between England & France.
"...& the clocks were striking thirteen."
Amazon Erases Orwell E-Books From Kindle. Two books are erased by Amazon Swindle from its electronic book service. Orwell's 1984 features a totalitarian regime that erases documents deemed inappropriate. The e-books were dropped down the "memory hole," & replaced with the catchier 2009 & the earthy romance, Amazon Farm (1984) by Jeff "Big Brother" Bezwell. Few customers are upset after discovering Amazon can erase books from their over-priced & defective machines (cracked screens).What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley (Brave New World) feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one . . . . .
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The individual who dares commit a crime is guilty in a two-fold sense; first, he is guilty against human conscience, &, above all, he is guilty against the State in arrogating to himself one of its most precious privileges.
— Mikhail Bakunin
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