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& I continue to resist him with all the strength I know
& most of the time I do just fine
'Til I hear that whistle blow
Then I catch myself rememberin' those days out on the main
The freedom of the open road & the romance of the train
— Buzz Potter, excerpt from "The Hidden Hobo Side"
Turkish-born French theorist of radical political autonomy.
England/Canada: BOXING DAY. They beat each other silly.
Ireland: DAY OF THE WREN. Masked revelers & musicians go door-to-door asking for money. All day feasting.
NATIONAL WHINER'S DAY.
First day of KWANZAA (first fruits) — daytime fasts precede night-time feasts on soul food, the sharing of stories & musical recitation. The Swahili Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, provides seven days of celebration of black cultural heritage, linking modern black experience to the African homeland. Today is the feast of ujoma (unity).
Though the Knights' central office denounced socialists & anarchists, the Order spawned them; Victor Drury, Joseph Buchanan, Daniel DeLeon, & two of the Haymarket martyrs sharpened their radical teeth in KOL locals. The KOL denounced strikes, but grew when they were won; it called for an end to the wage system, but accepted employers into its ranks.
Powderly denounced Joseph R. Buchanan as an anarchist in 1888, but apologized four years later when he needed allies to fight Hayes. The fact that Buchanan was an anarchist was secondary to Powderly's quest to maintain personal power. (pg. xviii-xix)
1872 -- England: Peace advocate Norman Angell lives. Labour Party MP, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933. The pacifist movie The Grand Illusion was deliberately given its title in reference to his book, Europe's Optical Illusion (1909).
1877 -- US: Workingmen's Party reorganized as the Socialistic Labor Party. Political activists gain control. It is later named the Socialist Labor Party.
"Everything that happened to me happened too late.... It was even so with my birth. Slated for Christmas, I was a half hour too late."
"The plotted book with the hero & heroine is an old-fashioned form. It's like capitalism, the goods distributed to a few favored players. . . . We should do away with the plot & its concentration in the hands of major characters."
— Meridel Le Sueur
In New York City, on rooftops, empty shirts flap their arms.
1971 -- US: Two dozen Vietnam Veterans Against the War "liberate" the Statue of Liberty (sit-in), to protest resumed bombings in Vietnam, & fly an inverted US flag from the crown (flying the flag upside down is a naval signal of a ship in distress).
1972 -- US: A study rates conditions in half of Washington's state prisons to be "inhuman." A good Christian might remind you only 10% of the prison population is human anyway.
1981 -- US: Supreme Court upholds right of three Indian tribes to use gill nets to fish in Lakes Michigan, Superior, & Huron.
1985 -- Primatologist Dian Fossey, friend to a bunch of big ol' apes is killed by poachers, Karisoke Center. She had launched an international campaign against poachers who killed one of her favorite gorillas. Daily Bleed Saint, January 16.
1988 -- Brazil: Funeral of Chico Mendes, murdered by landowners for his leadership in the struggle against the destruction of Amazon rainforests.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint December 15th
(1944-1988), Defender of Amazon rain forest, native peoples rights; murdered for his leadership in struggle against the destruction of Amazon rainforests.
1988 -- England: Hunt Saboteurs' Association marks umpteenth year of anti-hunt activities by disrupting annual Boxing Day Hunts.
1991 -- Top Gun?: Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction: Almost brand new, only fired once, on a Sunday.
1992 -- Serbia: Women In Black begin campaign against rape in war, Belgrade.
They have failed to read their bible:
"Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, & kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves".
— Numbers 31:17-18
I take the rainy landscape from my window, remove the shadow of the wutong tree, wipe you off.
— Yang Mu, The Woman In Black
1992 -- Turkey: A group of Turkish anarchists begin publishing "Ates Hirsizi" (Fire Thief) in Istanbul, with articles mainly in Turkish, with a few in English & Kurdish.
1992 -- Spain: María Bruguera (1915-1992) dies. Member of Mujeres Libres, anarchist, antifascist fighter. Went with the CGT following the CNT split in the 1970s, & putting most of her efforts into the collective group Mujeres Libertarias luchadora libertaria Maria was a libertaria fighter. Common, but full phrase of real, solid content.
1996 -- US: In Boulder, Colorado, JonBenet Ramsey, a six-year-old girl, is found murdered in the basement of her home, several hours after her parents called the police to say she had been kidnapped.
Over 1,500 children are murdered in the US in 1996, but none of these murders attracts media attention as much as the case of JonBenet. In the year 2006 her case is still being worked over in the mainstream media.
1996 -- South Korea: The largest series of strikes & walkouts in South Korean history, involving hundreds of thousands of workers, takes place to protest new labor legislation allowing companies to lay off & fire workers more easily & to avoid paying overtime in a more flexible work system.
1997 -- Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) dies. Aka Pierre Chaulieu or Paul Cardan.
Social critic & editor of the journal Socialism or Barbarism (1949-1967). Castoriadis was an activist in the extreme left of the Trotskyist movement before moving to France, where he formed the "Socialism or Barbarism" group in 1948 with Lefort & Lyotard.
Cornelius Castoriadis (aka Pierre Chaulieu & Paul Cardan) ... The former specialist of ultraleftist politics [Cornelius Castoriadis, aka Cardan] is awestruck at discovering, along with structuralism & social psychology, an ethnological ideology completely new to him: the fact that the Zuni Indians did not have any history appears to him as a luminous explanation for his own inability to act in our history.
"Now, the SI," Situationist International 1964
1999 -- Curtis Mayfield dies. Combined pop music & social issues, civil rights, etc., to prod & push. No place like America today:
Don't you know — if you want a good life
Best look into yourself
'Cause the world is cold – & everybody's bold
And there's no one else
Time makes you suffer – when seasons change
2000 -- US: Tech Worker Guns Down 7 Co-Workers in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Our fellow Internet workers went to work & were murdered. Cheryl Troy Craig Wood Janice Hagerty Jennifer Bragg-Capobianco Louis Javelle Paul Marceau Rose Manfredi
2004 -- High Seas: Massive 9.0 earthquake near Indonesia triggers deadly Tsunami, killing thousands & leaving nearly 1 million homeless along Asian, Indian & African coastal areas.
"If ever time should come, when vain & aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
— Samuel Adams, Beer Brewer
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