Sunday, August 19, 2012

Highlights Culled from The Daily Bleed for August 19th, a Radical, Literary and Labor Based Anarchist Calendar of Days

The Daily Bleed is collected and conceived by the BleedMeister at Recollection Books.

Federico García Lorca

Andalusian poet & dramatist, martyred by fascists.
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— Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letter #38's_Park,_Berkeley 

1662 -- Blaise Pascal (Pensees) dies at the convent of Port Royal, France, at the ripe old age of 39.

1692 -- New Old World: Five people, including the town's former minister, hanged in Salem, Massachusetts for witchcraft.

1843 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Edgar Allan Poe story "The Black Cat" is published. 

1867 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: National Labor Congress assembles at Chicago.

1871 -- US: Orville Wright aviator lives.

1871 -- Long after the death of his wife Elizabeth, Robert Browning writes to a family friend: "The simple truth is that she was the poet, & I the clever person by comparison."

Pierre Jules Ruff, anarchiste

1877 -- Algeria: Pierre Jules Ruff lives (1877-1942), Algiers. Militant anarchist & antimilitarist. Arrested & perished in a Nazi concentration camp. 

1886 -- Joseph Conrad, Polish-born, becomes a British subject.

Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent … [constructs] anarchism as a form of fraudulent self-deception symptomatic of a widespread social degeneracy in British society. The...novel's ambivalent engagement with Nietzsche, showing how through a dialogue with Nietzschean intertexts anarchism is constructed as a form of religious fanaticism that is connected with the dangers of both foreign imperialism & the lower classes.

Ricardo Mella, anarchist

1888 -- Spain: In Seville, Ricardo Mella republishes the newspaper Solidaridad which is, asMax Nettlau characterizes it, one of the last ramparts of anarcho-collectivism in Spain. On January 12, 1889 it publishes his article, "La Anarquía no admite adjetivos" (Anarchy needs no adjectives).
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1894 -- Large anarchist gathering in New York welcomes Emma Goldman back. Among the speakers are Voltairine de Cleyre, Englishman Charles Mowbray, & the Italian Maria Roda.

1902 -- Ogden Nash lives, Rye, New York.
Poets aren't very useful 
Because they aren't consumeful or produceful

1909 -- Jerzy Andrzejewski lives. Polish novelist, short-story writer, & political dissident.
Portrayed in Czeslaw Milosz's Captive Mind (1953), which revealed the problems of intellectuals living under Stalinism. 

In the 1950s & '60s Andrzejewski moved towards more or less open criticism of the government, starting from the novel The Inquisitors (tr. 1960). His ambiguities of style & thought eluded simplistic interpretation & several of his works went unpublished. In 1979 he helped found the workers' defense committee (KOR) to aid families of striking workers, who were jailed or dismissed from their jobs.

IWW black cat

1909 -- First edition of The Little Red Songbook published.
(You'll get pie(d) in the sky...)

1916 -- US: Strikebreakers hired by the Everett Mills owner Neil Jamison attack & beat picketing strikers in Everett, Washington.
Local police watch & refuse to intervene, claiming that the waterfront where the incident took place was Federal land & therefore outside their jurisdiction. (When the picketers retaliated against the strikebreakers that evening, the local police intervened, claiming they had crossed the line of jurisdiction.) Three days later, 22 union men attempted to speak out at a local crossroads, but each was arrested; arrests & beatings of strikebreakers became common throughout the following months, & on October 30 vigilantes forced IWW speakers to run the gauntlet, subjecting them to whipping, tripping, kicking, & impalement against a spiked cattle guard at the end of the gauntlet. In response, the IWW called for a meeting on November 5. When the union men arrived, they were fired on; seven people were killed, 50 were wounded, & an indeterminate number wound up missing.

1921 -- Georges Darien (pseudonym for Georges Hippolyte Adrien) dies. French novelist & anarchiste.
1929 -- "Amos n' Andy" radio show debuts.

1936 -- Federico García Lorca dies. Andalusian poet/dramatist/artist. Murdered by Franco's fascists. Accused of subversive activity, however evidence today suggests that it was a hate crime in response to his homosexuality. His writings remained censored until Franco died in 1975. Despite this, Lorca became one of the most widely read writers in the world.

1936 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Newspaper Guild strike of the Hearst-owned Seattle Post-Intelligencer, shuts it down for nearly four months. 

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Communist Control Act is passed, at the height of McCarthyism, outlaws the Communist Party.

1958 -- US: NAACP youth council begins sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters in Oklahoma.

1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Brazil: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Quadros awards a decoration to Che Guevara, Brasilia.

1961 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Peruvian-American anthropologist & author Carlos Castaneda becomes an apprentice of don Juan. 

1969 -- US: Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale is arrested in San Francisco & charged with murder.

1969 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Trumpeter Miles Davis begins recording the ground-breaking jazz-fusion album "Bitches' Brew," NY.


1977 -- Film comedian Groucho Marx(ist) dies.
"You've got the mind of a five year old. & even he was glad to get rid of it."

1977 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: Parliament outlaws strikes by government employees.

1989 -- South Africa: Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu is among hundreds of black demonstrators who are whipped & sandblasted from helicopters as they attempt to picnic on a "whites-only" beach near Capetown. 

1991 -- Russia: On the second day of the coup against Beloved Respected Comrade Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, coup leader & Soviet Vice President Gennady Yanayev announces that Gorbachev is suffering from "serious health problems" & is unfit to govern. Meanwhile, at the Parliament Building, Boris Yeltsin presides over a huge crowd of protesters that includes defecting government troops.

1993 -- Brazil: 16 Yanomami Indians massacred by gold miners in Amazon jungle.

1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: A court finds Dow Chemical guilty of conspiracy for withholding information about the safety of silicone breast implants.

1998 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: Ronald McDonald is now a union man: first North American McDonald's is unionized, Squamish, BC.

2000 -- Luce Fabbri, (1908-2000) dies. A life-long activist, thinker, & writer.

2006 -- US: Great Lakes Anarchist Gathering, Bowling Green, Ohio, (August 19-20th). Regional networking, workshops, presentations, dinner, music.

"Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; & if they could, they would still be destroyed — chased & hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. Few that fell trees plant them; nor would planting avail much toward getting back anything like the noble primeval forests..." 

— John Muir 

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