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Our Daily Bleed: Ramón Álvarez Palomo, Jacques Perdereau, Simón Radowitzky, Margaret Sanger, Congrès of Paris (l'Union Anarchiste), CNT militants arrested, Polytechnic School Uprising, Libertarian Book Club, Charles Bukowski, anarchico, anarchiste, anarquista, What Happened on this day, in recovered history November 14


If you have taken this rubble for my past
raking through for fragments you could sell
know that I long ago moved on
deeper into the heart of the matter

If you think you can grasp me, think again;
my story flows in more than one direction
a delta springing from the river bed
with its five fingers spread.

— Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)


Great French feminist & socialist theorist, writer.

The night of the 13th/14th is noted for its preponderance of visible shooting stars. In Seattle, where it rains non-stop, we wouldn't know about stars.

On the first day young people blacken their faces & make the rounds collecting food for the next day's feast. At the feast men & women ask each other for coveted possessions, which are turned over. After a large percentage of village property has changed hands, everyone dances.

From the Indians we learned a toughness & a strength; & we gained

A freedom: by taking theirs: but a real freedom: born

From the wild & open land our grandfathers heroically stole.

But we took a wound at Indian hands: apart our soul scabbed over:

— Thomas McGrath, poet

1666 -- Samuel Pepys reports on first blood transfusion (between dogs).

1714 -- Welfare Program?: William Congreve, 44, nearly blind, is made a searcher of customs, a job that pays him a modest salary.

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea & scandal, according to their ancient custom.

1803 -- American author Jacob Abbott lives, Hallowell, Maine.

Abbott wrote the first fictional series for children, introducing many of the key types & techniques of series books, popularizing the genre virtually single-handedly, & wrote some of the earliest American juveniles deserving of the term "children's literature"

1840 -- Claude Monet impressionist, lives, France.

1843 -- Flora Tristan, French feminist/socialist, dies.

FLORA TRISTAN, Jubilee Saint 1999

1851 -- Whale of a Tail!: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick — based on Mocha Dick's exploits (reportedly wrecked seven ships & 20 boats & killed 30 men) — published by Harper & Brothers, New York.

1861 -- Historian Frederick Jackson Turner (The Frontier in American History) lives, Portage, Wisconsin.

1872 -- US: Large earthquake is used by Roman Catholic priests to justify missionizing the Chelan Indian tribe in Central Washington state.

1887 -- Richard Jefferies dies in Goring-by-Sea, Sussex, England. Not highly thought of in his own Victorian Age, increasingly recognized since & some of his work compared to Thomas Hardy.

May the Circle Be Unbroken
1889 -- American feminist / journalist Nellie Bly sets out to circle the world. Gained world fame by beating Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg's record for traveling around the world in 80 days by more than a week. (That's also a week faster than 21st-century freeway commuters get to work on any given weekday.)

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1893 -- Carlo Emilio Gadda lives, Milan. Italian essayist, short-story writer, novelist outstanding for original/innovative style. Best-known novel is Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (1957, That Awful Mess on Via Merulana), a story of a murder & burglary in fascist Rome & the subsequent investigation.

Free Society masthead
1897 -- US: Free Society begins publishing in San Francisco. It's editor, Abe Isaak, was the former editor of the Firebrand (1895-1897) in Portland, Oregon. Free Society, published from 1897-1904, became the most important & enduring English language anarchist-communist paper in the US at the turn of the century.
Free Society masthead, issue 30, March 1902

1900 -- American composer, teacher, author, conductor Aaron Copland lives, Brooklyn, New York.

1903 -- US: National Women's Trade Union League forms, Boston.

WhizBang film poster
1906 -- Actress Louise Brooks lives, Cherryvale, Kansas.

Brooks is the fourth most written about actress (in terms of major magazine articles) after Clara Bow, Joan Crawford & Colleen Moore.

1907 -- Italy: In Rome the republican, socialist, & anarchist leagues threaten to hold a General Strike unless the government releases 50 anarchists.

aftermath, Falcon's carriage; source
1909 -- Argentina: Simón Radowitzky, legendary "martir de Ushuaia," a young Polish anarchist, kills police chief Ramon Falcon with a bomb in Buenos Aires. Falcon had ruthlessly suppressed a renters strike & the workers' May Day celebrations.

"Simón non era outro que Radowitzky, aquel lexendario anarquista que vengara aos traballadores asasinados polo Coronel Falcón....."

"Simón (Szymon) Radowicki kills colonel Falcón, the chief of Buenos Aires police that ordered the massacre of workers demonstrating on May Day ..."

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Gropper illustration: McCarthy destroying Bill of Rights
1909 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader TailJoe McCarthy (Sen-R-WI), anti-communist lunatic, lives.

TailJoe destroyed the personal & professional lives of hundreds of Americans, including some of the country's most prominent writers & artists & stomped on civil liberties & the exercise of freedoms with impunity. The darling of a spineless US mainstream media, liberals, conservatives, etc. The government approved, Congress sanctioned, & the courts upheld — until he outlived his usefulness.

When Joe was waving his list of godless commie buttfuckers at folks, nobody could decipher the strange coding.

Until now.

In an unseemly twist of fate, it seems to be the Daily Bleed's subscriber e-mail addresses.

But not to worry. There is comfort in knowing we are being watched over.

"The Bleeding Truth is often stranger than fiction!"

— HemoMeister

1909 -- Pietro Gori, A Portoferraio tiene l’ultima conferenza in commemorazione di Francisco Ferrer.

Pietro Gori holds l?ultima conference in commemoration of Francisco Ferrer.

Source: [Chronology by Franco Bertolucci]

1910 -- Norman MacCaig lives, Edinburgh. Scottish poet whose later work recalls the 17th-century Metaphysical poet John Donne. Reveals his passionate love for the Highlands landscape in Far Cry (1943), & The Inward Eye (1946).

1914 -- Saki, master of the short story ("The Open Window"), is killed in action in World War I.

1915 -- US: Booker T. Washington, educator, orator, founder of Tuskegee Institute, dies on the college's campus.

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1916 -- US: Margaret Sanger is arrested for operating a birth control clinic.

1918 -- Switzerland: Lucien Tronchet witnesses strikers being gunned down in Granges. Never to forget those three deaths, they weigh mightily upon his subsequent years as an anarcho-syndicalist militant.

1920 -- The NY Times & Tribune call Charles Gilpin's portrayal of Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones "a performance of heroic stature."

Gilpin premiered in the play with the New York-based Provincetown Players, & was named one of the 10 most important contributors to the American theater of 1920 , & the 1921 recipient of the NAACP's Spingarn Medal.

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1920 -- France: Founding congress of the Union Anarchiste (UA), Paris (14th-15th). List of anarchist congresses; Le 14 et 15 novembre 1920, à Paris, se déroule le congrès constitutif de "l'Union Anarchiste" (U.A).

1920 -- Italy: In Turin, Cronaca Sovversiva, the anarchist weekly, announces it can no longer publish while Luigi Galleani & the manager of the paper, Piero Rayneri, are subjects of warrants for their arrest.

1920 -- Russia: Last White army under the reactionary Wrangel evacuates the Crimea.

1925 -- France: Surrealist art exhibit opens in Paris, causing great scandal.

Smoking ashtray, animated
1927 -- US: It's the Pitts? A huge cylindrical gasometer — the largest in the world — located in the heart of the industrial center of Pittsburgh, Pa., develops a leak.

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1930 -- US: During this month 6,000 people a day are selling apples on the streets of New York alone. Remember this?:
Shivering, ragged apple sellers standing over pitiful wooden crates beseeching passersby to buy an apple for any amount of money.

These people are classified by the Census Bureau as "employed."

"Many persons left their jobs for the more profitable one of selling apples."

stop-action Bullet going thru apple

— Beloved & Respected Comedian Leader President Herb Hoover

1938 -- Germany: All Jews are expelled from colleges.

1938 -- US: Supreme Court denies appeal by Siuslaw tribe of Oregon to receive any compensation for their stolen land.

1940 -- France: Jacques Mesnil (pseudonym of Jean-Jacques Dwelshauvers; 1872-1940) dies, Montmaur-en-Diois. Militant anarchist, journalist, historian & art critic. Met his partner Clara Koetlitz, in Florence, where they lived for 10 years & shared a passion for Renaissance & art history. Mesnil contributed to the Italian, Belgian & French anarchist press, & wrote Le Mouvement anarchiste, le Mariage libre, Esprit révolutionnaire et syndicaliste, Frans Masereel, as well as several works on the Florentine Renaissance, Botticelli, Raphaël, etc.

As the Germans invaded western Europe, Mesnil fled, ultimately to a monastery in France were, in the words of Fritz Saxl, "he died a refugee in a monastery on a bed of straw." Whether he took his own life or died naturally was never clear.

1942 -- US: An attack on a man widely perceived as an informer at Poston & the subsequent arrest of two popular inmates mushrooms into a massive strike by Japanese Americans. A similar uprising takes place at the Manzanar concentration camp next month.

1943 -- During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, & all of America's top military brass, narrowly escape disaster aboard the US battleship Iowa, when a live torpedo is accidentally fired at them from a US destroyer.

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1944 -- South Africa: Bus strike in Alexandria, lasting seven weeks, forces roll back of bus fares.

1951 -- Spain: 75 members of the CNT are tried in Seville prison, accused of reorganizing their union & aiding guerrilleros, particularly for their attempt to evacuate a group of guerrillas by sea in 1949 from under the thumb of the fascist government.

Two death sentences are handed down, others get eight to thirty years’ imprisonment...

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1952 -- Spain: Agustin Rueda lives (1952-1978). Anarchist militant, who after years of harassment, is arrested in 1977 & dies from beatings (most likely administered by the prison administration). Efforts to keep his life from being forgotten have resulted in commemoration gatherings around Spain, including one on the 25th anniversary of his death (2003) & another, October 2004, celebrated with recollections, music & poetry.

1954 -- US: "Ten Million Americans Mobilized for Justice" began campaign to collect 10 million signatures on a petition ordering the Senate not to censure Beloved Comrade Leader Joseph McCarthy. Effort fell about 9 million signatures short.

1957 -- US: Crime Pays: 20 underworld kingpins stage "Crime Convention" in Appalachia, New York.

We are Devo!
1957 -- West Germany: 150,000 metalworkers rally against rearmament, Baden-Wuerttemberg.

1965 -- Vietnam:

November 14-16, 1965
The first major military engagement occurs between US & North Vietnamese forces.

Check back in about 6 years, we'll tell you who won.

Vietnam: 1,500,000 How Many More?
1967 -- US: 5,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters demonstrate, battle police, outside NY foreign policy banquet addressed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

SI dingbat
1967 -- France: Publication of The Society of the Spectacle, by Guy Debord, the primary theoretical text of the Situationist International. (Éditions Buchet-Chastel, Paris).
[Situationist Resources]

1968 -- Italy: Students lead a nationwide General Strike.

LBJ & Great socity going up in flames Poster
1968 -- US: Fourth National Day of Resistance against the war in Vietnam. Not financed by funds from Hannah!

1968 -- US: National Turn in Your Draft Card Day is observed with rallies & protests on college campuses throughout the country.
[Source: WholeWorld is Watching]

1969 -- US: Mob of "Weathermen" & "Crazies" storm South Vietnamese Embassy & are thrown back by riot police, which they in turn pelt with rocks & bottles.

1969 -- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concert with Joy of Cooking (at Winterland in Frisco) before Mobe demonstration tomorrow.

1969 -- Antiwar Strike! poster3,500 march in Seattle against the Vietnam War.
Seattle Radical Timeline
Vietnam Drop Out button

SI dingbat
1970 -- Resignation of Raoul Vaneigem, French section, Situationist International.
Background, see Orientation Debate
[Situationist Resources]

1972 -- US: Filipino activist Bob Santos leads a multiracial march demanding more federal housing aid in Seattle.

There are lots more people in the House. I don't know how many exactly — I never counted but at least a couple hundred.

— Conservative think-tank Darling & future American President Dano Quayle, attempting to explain the difference between the House & the Senate

1980 -- Guinea-Bissau: Government falls.

Green (Eggs &) Ham
1983 -- England: Got Cruise Control? US cruise missiles arrive at Greenham Common.

1985 -- US: Crime Pays! Most scandalous year in Wall Street history ends with Ivan Boesky's agreeing to plead guilty to an unspecified criminal count, pay a $100 million fine, & return profits; he was barred for life (oh...sure) from trading securities. Next up, Enron!

No Bush
1988 -- "As we sat in front of our TV set, we realized that something had changed.

"No longer did the programming include, at regular intervals, footage of violent criminals going through revolving doors, recitations of the horrors that might be visited on peace-loving Americans if a card-carrying member of the ACLU becomes President or bursts of talk about Boston Harbor & "Taxachusetts."

"George Bush is not even President yet, & the United States was already a kinder & gentler place, because the Bush campaign was over."

The New Yorker

1990 -- Fools Rush In?: Peace treaty ending World War II (officially begun in 1939) signed by Poland & Germany.

Horses head?
1990 -- The Who's Pete Townshend, author/musician, confesses his bisexuality to Newsweek. Says Pete,

"I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. & I won't be classified as just a man."

1990 -- More than 4,000 riot police & special commandos from all over Germany brutally evict the barricaded Mainzerstrasse.

1992 -- Germany: 200,000 protest in Bonn against racist neo-Nazi violence & the deportation of asylum seekers.

Crack the CIA!
1993 -- US: CIA role in Haitian drug trade disclosed. US media yawns; US government declines to investigate itself.

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1993 -- US: Appeals court in Daytona Beach, Florida, rules that an African American couple was deprived of a fair trial by an all-white jury that compared blacks to chimpanzees & told racist jokes.

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1995 -- Greece: The Polytechnic School Uprising anniversary.

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1996 -- Meridel Le Sueur (1900-1996) dies, Walt Whitman's writings at her bedside. Life-long radical agrarian socialist fiction author, poet, journalist, writer about working-class women & justice seeker.
See Constance Coiner, Better Red: The Writing & Resistance of Tillie Olsen & Meridel Le Sueur.

1997 -- Hi Dave,

I wish I had a year to dally at your site. I loved it. Your links are the greatest. I think I've died & gone to heaven. I can sit in the corner with no one around & laugh my head off. (& the man in the white coat won't carry me away)

Thanks for providing me with a great time.

— LaffingBleedster Roberta (just before being carried away.)

Sometimes I aint so sho who's got ere a right to say
when a man is crazy & when he aint. Sometimes I think
it aint none of us pure crazy & aint none of us pure sane until
the balance of us talks him that-a-way...

William Faulkner ....As I Lay Dying

Wounded students in street
1997 -- Indonesia: Military enters the grounds of University of East Timor to quell anti-government protests, shooting at least six students.

1997 -- US: News from the microradio movement & mainstream news accounts on the struggle to free the airwaves today: More details on Free Radio Berkeley's court victory; Free Radio Memphis Contacted by the FCC.
Source: [Pirate Radio Kiosk]

anarchist film book cover
1998 -- Bruce Miller's Death of an Anarchist screened in Frisco at the hi/lo Film Festival.

2000 --

Y2K countdown 47 days, 2 hours, 43 minutes

2000 -- US: November Anarchist Forum, sponsored by the Libertarian Book Club in NYC, screens "Steal This Movie" & presents a discussion of it & Abbie Hoffman by some of Abbie's anarchist friends. Sorry, bring your own popcorn.

2003 -- Spain: Ramón "Ramonín" Álvarez Palomo (1913-2003) dies. Asturian militant anarcho-syndicalist, CNT militant involved in the insurrection of 1934 & imprisoned with Durruti before taking refuge in France. Fought in Spanish Revolution. Publisher of Acción Libertaria until 1994. Writer & historian with a number of books to his credit.
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2003 -- anarchist diamond; anarquistaBrazil: 2nd Forum of Organized Anarchism (FOA) 2003, convenes in Sao Paulo, November 14 - 16.

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2003 --
Jacques Perdereau (1953-2003) signals no more.

Fédération Anarchiste activist, producer of the Epsilonia broadcast on Radio Libertaire (89.4Mhz) — left, much to soon...we miss our friend (est parti, bien rapidement... nous manque).

Jacques, un certain vendredi

Des cheveux dans le ventre
Un verre de vin rempli de terre
Un fauteuil vide dans un théâtre d'ombre
Une absence
Un accroc dans le rire
Un désaccord du temps
Et des larmes qu'on accorde
Aux vivants encore là
La vie, putain la mort
Le lierre
La mauvaise herbe
Et rien dessous
Le gris de la lave
Et le rouge de ta cendre
L'embrasement de la douleur
L'odeur d'un bidis écrasé
Au cendrier du compte à rebours

Cathy Ytak (in Anartiste n°4)

3000 --

"Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with; something better than political opportunist slamming hate horse shit in the public park."

— Charles Bukowski

Flag waver in movie Breakfast of Champions

On this day, November 14, anarchists; Anarchy Now!
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