Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for May 24th


Text excerpts:

MAY 24

French individualist anarchist, military deserter, writer, traveler.

If all women are disarmed, only ....


1856 -- US: Abolitionist John Brown, whose "truth goes marching on,"
leads six men in the killing of five pro-slavery Kansans at Dutch
Henry's Crossing on the Pottowatomie River, Kansas.

1861 -- Leo Tolstoy, visits Turgenev, is shown proofs of Fathers
& Sons. Tolstoy, after skimming a few pages, falls asleep as
Turgenev looks on.

1864 -- Zo D'Axa lives. French lampoonist, publisher, writer &
anarchist propagandist. Published "La Feuille," & ran an ass in
the elections, which caused street brawls.

1874 -- Spain: Bull Algarrobo flees the bull ring in Cordova
with a woman on one horn & a policeman on the other.

1879 -- American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison dies.

1899 -- Henri Michaux lives (1899-1984). Belgian-born French
painter, journalist, & lyric poet, who revealed the inner world
by dreams, fantasies & drugs. His poems show his interest in
Surrealism & emphasize the impossibility to make sense of life.

1917 -- Canada: Mass demonstration against impending
draft calls, Montreal, Quebec.

1921 -- Beginning of the trial of Sacco & Vanzetti, anarchist
labor organizers, in Massachusetts. Their execution was the
culmination of a five-year government campaign to crush
political dissidents (particularly socialist & anarchist workers)
in the Land of the Free..

Here's to you, Nicola & Bart
Rest forever here in our hearts
The last & final moment is yours
That agony is your triumph

"Here's To You"
(Lyrics by Joan Baez, Music by Ennio Morricone)

1933 -- Jimmie Rodgers, knowing he only has a few days left
to live, records 12 of the 24 songs for his last album.

"Tea for Texass, Tea for Thelma, Tea
for Ice-Tea, gonna be the death of me..."

1940 -- Poet Joseph Brodsky lives, Leningrad. Early poems earned
him a reputation as a free thinking writer & he was convicted as
a 'social parasite' & sentenced to five years hard labor —
commuted in 1965 after protests.

1941 -- Singer/songwriter, antiwar folkie, Robert Zimmerman lives.

1943 -- Bulgaria: March against anti-Semitism leads to stop
in Jewish deportations.

1944 -- US: Shoichi James Okamoto is shot to death at Tule Lake
concentration camp by a guard after stopping a construction truck
at the main gate for permission to pass.

Private Bernard Goe, the guard, is acquitted after
being fined a dollar for "unauthorized use of government
property" — a bullet.

1945 -- Japan: The US makes a massive terror bombing on
Tokyo. This criminal act of terrorism against civilians is not
considered a war crime in the US.

1949 -- US: Labor honcho Victor Reuther is shot & nearly killed
at his Detroit home by a cop.

1959 -- US: First house with built-in bomb shelter,
Pleasant Hills (sic), Pennsylvania.


1963 -- Elmore James suffers a fatal heart attack in Chicago,
age 45. Probably the most influential electric blues guitarist
of all time.


1964 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Barry Goldwater,
running for President, proposes using nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

He sees a way brighter light at the end of the tunnel.

1968 -- Belgium, Germany, Italy, Chile: University occupations &
confrontations with authorities. In France such occupations have
led to a general strike of 9 million workers. As one person notes,

"The undertakers went on strike...


1968 -- France '68: By today, barely two weeks after the great
demonstration of May 13, approximately 10 million workers are
on strike. Immense demonstrations continue to occur, while the
government plans to call out the army.

In the evening battles break out in the streets & on the
barricades near the Lyon Station in the Latin Quarter.

In the provincial towns brawls break out.

1968 -- Nantes, France: the whole movement & events
of 1968 reach a pinnacle.

For a week the city & surrounding area is controlled
by workers themselves. The old guardians of power
& authority look on helplessly as workers control their
own lives.

1968 - US: Four protesters, including Philip Berrigan & Tom
Lewis, jailed six years each for pouring blood on draft cards,
Baltimore, Maryland.

Meanwhile the blood senselessly pours in SE Asia.

1970 -- US: "San Francisco Chronicle" reports Yevtushenko's
poem, "Flowers & Bullets," dedicated to 19-year-old Allison
Krause, one of four students killed by the National Guard
at Kent State University on May 4, has been printed in Pravda,
the Russian Communist party newspaper. It's theme is based on
her having put a flower on a National Guardsman's rifle
the day before her death, claiming that,

"Flowers are better than bullets."

See Flowers & Bullets & Freedom to Kill,
City Lights Books, 1970

1974 -- Jazz great Duke Ellington dies.
Daily Bleed patron saint 2006-2008
Big band composer, bon vivant, jazz genius.

1982 - Japan: Over 200,000 people participate in massive
anti-nuclear demonstration in Tokyo.

1983 -- US: Robert Toye, a blind man, is arrested for 17 bank
robberies, New York.

1984 -- New Zealand: Largest national gathering of women
in anti-nuclear demonstration, Aukland.

1985 -- Mexico: Strip Mining?? Miners in Hidalgo strip naked &
strike for 75 minutes; the company agrees to their naked demands.

1990 -- US: Bomb injures Earth First! members, Oakland, California.
Police arrest the victims!!

1993 -- Tibet: China uses tear gas on 2,000 anti-government
protesters, Lhasa.

2000 -- Canada: 10,000 Alberta health-care workers begin
an illegal strike.


The more things change, the more they remain the same Department:

"Corrupted by wealth & power, your government is like a
restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican
waiters on one side & a set of Democratic waiters on the other
side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the
legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street

— Huey Long



— Anti-Copyrite 5000 or thereabouts (exact change, please)

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