Our Daily Bleed...
Whether it is a speaker, taut on a platform,
who battles a crowd with the hammers of his words,
whether it is the crash of lips on lips
after absence & wanting: we must close
the circuits of ideas, now generate,
that leap in the body's action or the mind's repose.
Over us is a striking on the walls of the sky,
here are the dynamos, steel-black, harboring flame,
here is the man night-walking who derives
tomorrow's manifestoes from this midnight's meeting;
here we require the proof in solidarity,
iron on iron, body on body, & the large single beating.
& behind us in time are the men who second us
as we continue. & near us is our love:
no forced contempt, no refusal in dogma, the close
of the circuit in a fierce dazzle of purity.
& over us is night a field of pansies unfolding,
charging with heat its softness in a symbol
to weld & prepare for action our minds' intensity.
— Muriel Rukeyser, "Metaphor to Action"
CHICO MENDES (1944-1988),
Defender of Amazon rain forest, native peoples rights;
murdered for his leadership in the struggle against the destruction of Amazon rainforests.
The goddess Alcyone is honored as part of the ancient Greek HALCYON DAYS festival, a special time of tranquillity & calm.
14th Century London: MEN'S SOCIETY OF PIU held annual feast & song festival to promote mirth, peace, honesty, joyousness & love.
USA: BILL OF RIGHTS DAY. First 10 Constitutional amendments become effective December 15, 1791. Yep. Bush & his Democrats are frantically working to announce the Bill of Rights will no longer interfere with our Right to Sleep.
921 -- Rabbi Saadiah Gaon cautions the Jews of Egypt to reject the religious calendar adopted by Rabbi Aaron B. Meir of Palestine. Probably a spat over Day Light Savings.
[Source: Robert Braunwart] [Hereafter noted with symbol: ]
1585 -- The first notable poet in Scotland to write deliberately in English, William Drummond, lives, Edinburgh. He is also be the first to use the canzone, an Italian metrical form, in English verse.
1616 -- Cervantes' "Persiles y Sigismunda" is accepted for publication.
1634 -- Thomas Kingo, clergyman & poet whose works are the high point of Danish Baroque poetry, lives, Slangerup.
1683 -- Biographer/author Izaak Walton (The Compleat Angler), 90, dies at Winchester.
"His landscapes are enameled like the meadows about the feet of Medieval saints. His innkeepers are both gentle & jovial. His barmaids are as wholesome as the ale they serve."
— Kenneth Rexroth, Classics Revisited
1711 -- Trumpeter John Shaw invents the tuning fork. Now he can play trumpet & eat tuna at the same time!
1766 -- Oliver Goldsmith's "Poems for Young Ladies" is published.
1787 -- US: First street person arrested for illegal goofing off.
1791 -- US: Bill of Rights ratified as first 10 amendments to Constitution.
Numerous modern polls have shown that, with questions couched in law & order terms, most Americans oppose the Bill of Rights.
1796 -- "Mad Anthony" Wayne dies.
1814 -- US: Convention of New England States recommends protection of citizens from possible draft, Hartford, Connecticut. (or 1815?)
1815 -- Jane Austen's Emma is published, one day before her 40th birthday. In it she notes: "One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."
1854 -- First street-cleaning machine used.
1855 -- George Meredith novel The Shaving of Shagpat is published.
1866 -- Italy: Luigi Molinari lives. Teacher, militant libertarian.
Molinari was arrested & convicted by a military tribunal for instigating an insurrection, in 1894, by armed bands of anarchists supporting Sicilian victims of the "State of Siege" (the government was repressing revolts against increased flour prices). Sentenced to 23 years in prison, Molinari was released in 1895 as the result of massive protests.
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1869 -- US: Norton I, Emperor of the United States & Protector of Mexico, & the greatest American ruler in history, leaves San Francisco to seek his yearly tribute from the legislature & lobbyists. He inspects the new capitol during the gala ball celebrating the buildings’ inauguration.
1876 -- US: There is a rain of snakes, Memphis, Tennesee. Skin, man.
1880 -- First Henrik Ibsen play in England is produced, "Pillars of Society," London.
1882 -- Australia: First women's trade union in Australia, of tailoresses, is formed.
1883 -- Scotland: You Shoulda Seen the One That Gottaway!!?? A shower of live perch falls, Airdric. As the saying goes, live free or die.
1885 -- Babette's Feast (in Isaak Dineson story & the movie).
1888 -- American playwright Maxwell Anderson lives. Noted for his efforts to make verse tragedy a popular form.
1890 -- US: Sioux Chief Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) murdered, South Dakota, as he steps from his cabin to submit to arrest as the alleged "power" behind the outlawed Ghost Dance Movement — a Messianic religion which preached that all Indians would soon be free.
Visionary war chief of the Ogalala Sioux; eliminated Custer at Battle of the Little Big Horn.
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La Revue Libertaire begins publishing, under the direction of Charles Chatel, Henri Gauche & Henri Guerin, in Paris. Victim of the anti-anarchist laws ("lois scélérates"), the review is shut down, after a mere five issues, on February 20, 1894. The epigraph for the first number (which changed each issue) is from Henrik Ibsen: "The State is the curse of the individual"
1896 -- Paul Citroen lives, Berlin, born of Dutch parents. Painter, graphic workman, photographer, writer.
1896 -- Henrik Ibsen play "John Gabriel Borkman" is published.
1904 -- Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, lives, in this NY borough.
1908 -- Donald Grant Mitchell, American farmer & writer (Reveries of a Bachelor & Dream Life), dies in Norwich, Connecticut.
1910 -- Musical producer John Hammond, Jr. lives, New York City.
JOHN HAMMOND 1997 PATRON SAINT
Rock, Jazz, popular musical producer without equal.
1913 -- US: Poet Muriel Rukeyser lives, New York City. Depicted social & political problems, issues of equality, especially feminism & class struggle. In addition to her 14 volumes of poetry, she wrote biography, books for juveniles, criticism, & translations of the poetry of Octavio Paz & Gunnar Ekelof, among others.
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
1913 -- US: Emma Goldman hosts a social gathering for British syndicalist Tom Mann. Mann was Secretary of the British ILP, & a leader of the famous 'dockers tanner' strike & later a founding member of the British Communist Party (in 1920).
1916 -- US: Dr. Ben Reitman is again arrested for distributing illegal birth control literature at one of Emma Goldman's lectures in Rochester, NY.
See Mecca Reitman Carpenter, No Regrets: Dr. Benjamin Reitman & the Remarkable Women Who Loved Him. A Biographical Memoir. (Lexington: Southside Press, 1996).
1917 -- US: [Agent Report] In re: Meeting held for Benefit of Alex Berkman at the West Side Auditorium, Chicago, 1917 Dec. 15 Reel 60
1919 -- Edna St. Vincent Millay play "Aria Da Capo" premiers, NY.
1921 -- Russia: Mollie Steimer, Jacob Abrams, Samuel Lipman, & Hyman Lachowsky arrive in Moscow after being deported from the US as victims of the Red Scare in America. They find that Emma Goldman & Alexander Berkman have already departed for the West, disillusioned by the turn the revolution has taken.
On August 23, 1918 Mollie Steimer, along with other members of her group (one of whom, Jacob Schwartz, was beaten to death in his cell by the cops) was arrested for distributing leaflets against the American invasion of Russia.
The resulting Abrams case, as it became known, is a landmark in the repression of civil liberties, cited in all standard histories as one of the most flagrant violations of constitutional rights during the Red Scare hysteria.
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1923 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Calvin Coolidge releases 31 WWI conscientious objectors still imprisoned five years after the end of the war.
1925 -- US: First road with a depressed trough, opened to traffic, Texass. Probably so all the blood from the state prison executions will have a place to flow.
1930 -- Albert Einstein urges militant pacifism & an international war resistance fund.
1932 -- Edna O'Brien lives, Twamgraney, County Clare, Ireland. Novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter noted for portrayals of women & sexual candor. Like James Joyce & Frank O'Connor, Ireland has banned her books.
1933 -- Canada: Emma Goldman arrives in Toronto from France, where she applies for a visa at the US consulate for a proposed three-month lecture tour.
1936 -- George Orwell dispatches manuscript of The Road to Wigan Pier to publishers & leaves for the revolution in Spain.
"This was in late December, 1936...The anarchists were still in virtual control of Catalonia & the revolution was still in full swing...when one came straight from England the aspect of Barcelona was something startling & overwhelming. It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle."
— George Orwell, Homage To Catalonia
1936 -- Lillian Hellman play "Days to Come" premiers, NY (7 performances).
1939 -- "Gone With the Wind" movie makes its world premiere, Atlanta, Ga. Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) can attend in the film only, because the theater is for whites only.
Thomas Dixon wrote high praise to Margaret Mitchell about how great Gone with the Wind was; Mitchell responded with great praise for Dixon’s extremist Klan-praising books. A 2008 survey found it the second most popular book in the country; “In truth, the film Gone with the Wind is Birth of a Nation without the bed sheets & hoods of the Klan.”
1941 -- US: After a brief visit to Hawaii, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox tells the press,
"I think the most effective Fifth Column work of the entire war was done in Hawaii with the possible exception of Norway."
This claim is made despite the complete lack of evidence of such sabotage. But then what is evidence to a politician — or the media?
1941 -- US: The AFL labor union pledges there will be no strikes in defense-related industry plants for the duration of the war.
1943 -- Black American jazz singer Fats Waller quits misbehavin', dies at 38, in Kansas City, Missouri.
1944 -- Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel.
1944 -- Brazil: Ecological martyr Chico Mendes lives, Pote Seco. Murdered in 1988 by landowners because of his efforts to stop the destruction of Amazon rainforests.
1948 -- US: Alger Hiss, former State Department official, indicted for perjury, after denying he passed secret documents to Whittaker Chambers for a communist spy ring. His second trial ended in conviction & five years in prison, on 21 January 1950.
1953 -- US: Veteran James Kutcher, who lost both his legs in WWII, informed his disability is being cut off due to his membership in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). This is in America, Land of Freedom, by the way... first they come for your legs, then your food...
1954 -- Kirk Douglas/James Mason movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" released.
1957 -- Sammy Davis Jr. initiates a Westinghouse syndicated radio talk show with a "round-table" discussion of rock & roll. His guests are Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller & MGM Records president Arnold Maxim. When Davis & Miller blast rock & roll as "the comic books of music," Maxim takes an opposing viewpoint & says, "I don't see any end to rock & roll in the near future, as long as Buddy Holly is alive."
1960 -- US: Government announces it backs a right-wing group in Laos; it seizes power tomorrow.
1961 -- Israel: Adolf Eichmann, former Nazi leader, sentenced to death, Jerusalem. Hannah Arendt argued he showed no trace of anti-Semitism & was not psychopathic, calling him the embodiment of the "banality of evil." Hanged June 1, 1962, his last words, reportedly, "I had to obey the rules of war & my flag."
1965 -- US: Labors AFL-CIO pledges "unstinting support" for the US war effort in Vietnam.
1965 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Communist Party Honcho Gus Hall delivers an address later published as "Communism, Mankind's Bright Horizon," Columbia University. Yup. Bright & receding.
1966 -- US: Animator & fascist sympathizer Walt Disney dies. (He's still in the fridge).
1966 -- US: 67 arrested in blockade of Manhattan army induction center, New York City.
1968 -- Grace Slick, performing with the Jefferson Airplane on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," appears in blackface & raises a black-leather glove in the black power salute at the conclusion of "Crown of Creation." The incident is one of several which leads to the TV show's cancellation the following season.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way & let them have it.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Circolo Anarchico Ponte della Ghisolfa de Milan (CAPDG) commemorates 27° anniversaire de la mort de Giuseppe Pinelli (murdered by the police).
ADD TO INDEX 1996 15/12 Milano · CAPDG Manifestation pour le 27° anniversaire de la mort de PINELLI.
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