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(en) Daily Bleed: Mackay, Bertoni, Seattle General Strike, Ryner, Luce, Patou

From BleedMeister <recall@eskimo.com>
Date Mon, 7 Feb 2000 05:48:42 -0500

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

1694 - Brazil: Destruction of the Mocambo de Macacos in the last
expedition of the Quilombo de Palmares.

       We poets hate hate & make war on war.

             — Pablo Neruda

They fight man to man on the edge of the abyss. There are so many dead
is no place left to fall down, & the slaughter continues in the scrub.
Many blacks try to flee, & slip down the precipe & throw themselves off
Flames devour the capital of Palmares. From the distant city of Porto
the huge bonfire can be seen burning throughout the night.

Burn even the memory of it...
        — Eduadro Galeano, Memory of Fire: Genesis

1864 - Gay individualist anarchist novelist/poet John Henry
Mackay lives. As noted in the Encyclopedia Britannica, he is
instrumental in making prominent the writings of Max Stirner's
anarchism. See “Daily Bleed” Saints Page,


Ever reviled, accursed, ne'er understood,
Thou art the grisly terror of our age.
"Wreck of all order," cry the multitude,
"Art thou, & war & murder's endless rage."
0, let them cry. To them that ne'er have striven
The 'truth that lies behind a word to find,
To them the word's right meaning was not given.
They shall continue blind among the blind.
But thou, O word, so clear, so strong, so true,
Thou sayest all which I for goal have taken.
I give thee to the future! Thine secure
When each at least unto himself shall waken.
Comes it in sunshine? In the tempest's thrill?
I cannot tell - but it the earth shall see!
I am an Anarchist! Wherefore I will
Not rule, & also ruled I will not be!

       — John Henry Mackay

1872 - Luigi Bertoni (1872-1947) lives, Milan, Italy. Swiss
anarchist, typographer, & an untiring participant in the
newspaper "Il Risveglio" (the "anarchist alarm clock" of Geneva)
founded in July 1900. Fought on the Huesca front with Italian
comrades during the Spanish Revolution.

1910 - Philadelphia shirtwaist makers voted to accept arbitration
offer & end strike as Triangle Shirtwaist strike winds down; see
Sept 27, February 15.

"If the union had won," explained 1909 Triangle Shirtwaist
Company striker Rose Safran,

we would have been safe. Two of our demands were for adequate
fire escapes & for open doors from the factories to the street.
But the bosses defeated us & we didn't get the open doors or the
better fire escapes. So our friends are dead.

1919 - US: Seattle General Strike begins, 10am. Shipyard strike
of 32,000 workers sparks General Strike as workers take control
of the city for a week. Crime drops dramatically. Began in
response to government sanctioned wage cuts. Sees the formation
of a workers, soldiers & sailors council. Succumbs to
bureaucratic labor union intervention as the latter scramble to
seize control.

It is this sort of 'wildcat' activism which leads the Postmaster
General, in the 30s, to refer to the US as being comprised of
these "47 states & the Soviet of Washington".

Harvey O'Connor's sympathetic “Revolution in Seattle” is the best
book on this event. Originally published by Monthly Review Press;
reprinted with new introduction by BleedMeister, by Left Bank
Books. Howard Zinn excerpt:

1935 - Who Owns You?: The game of "Monopoly" invented.

1938 - Algeria: Han Ryner (1895-1938) dies. French teacher,
anticlericalist, pacifist, anarchist, philosopher (called  a
"contemporary Socrates"). See
<http://www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/1207.htm>7 December &
<http://www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/0107.htm>7 January 1895.
Married to poet/author Georgette Ryner.

1939 - Spain: 130,000 refugees cross the border, fleeing Franco's

1941 - Maximilien Luce, 82, dies. French painter & engraver. A
reader of Jean Grave's "La révolte", & eventually his friend. In
1887, Pissaro, Seurat & Signac inducted him into their group of

Luce produced many drawings for libertarian newspapers such as
"Le père Peinard", "La révolte", "L'en dehors".

In 1894, during the repression following the attacks of Ravachol,
Valiant & others, Luce was imprisoned -- indicted as a "dangerous
anarchist" whose drawings were judged "inciting people to
revolt". Luce produced a series of lithographs based on this
prison experience, accompanied with text by Jules Vallès. After
his release he collaborated on the review "Les temps nouveaux".
Became President of the Society of Independent Artists in 1934, &
signed a petition calling for antifascist fighters. Luce left
many thematic works involving the Paris Commune, the daily life
of the common worker & peasant, etc.
<LI>Three pieces by Luce in

<LI>Luce Maximilien (1858-1941) (France): Prices up for works
before 1904. Between $80,000 & $450,000

1956 - Autherine Lucy, the first black student to enter the
University of Alabama, is suspended after three days of riots due
to her presence. It is not clear why the University, in its vast
academic wisdom, did not elect to suspend the rioters.

1961 - US: The jail-in movement begins when students in Rock
Hill, South Carolina are arrested & demand jail time rather than fines.

1973 - US: 200 American Indian Movement protesters clash with
police for three days in Custer, South Dakota, over the murder of
Wesley Bad Heart; 37 arrested.

1975 - Hélène Patou (1902-1975) dies. French writer, militant
anarchist & néo-Malthusian. See
<http://www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/0203.htm#1902>3 February 1902.

1976 - Canada: Native American activist Leonard Peltier is
captured &, on the basis of fictitious affidavits generated by
the FBI, is later extradited to the US. Federal prosecutors later
admit they don't have a clue who committed the crime they
convicted Peltier for. The FBI is often fondly referred to,
because of its criminal conduct in cases like this, as the
Federal Bureau of Fabrication.

February 6 of each year has become THE INTERNATIONAL DAY IN
SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER. Protest gatherings to publicize
Peltier's plight & help gain his release are held around the
world, from a few individuals in small towns, to thousands on the
Internet registering their protest with elected officials & the White

1985 - England: Peace camp evicted by army at CIA base, Molesworth.

1989 - Last person shot to death crossing the Berlin Wall, Chris
Gueffroy. Meanwhile, German citizens taking pieces of the wall
grumble about the shoddy quality of the wall.

on the 24 anniversary of his arrest.

Supporters of Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier
hold protests & starting hunger strikes in an effort to pressure
the Clinton Administration to keep its 1992 campaign promise.

These protests happen all over the world including Amsterdam,
Brussels, London, Washington DC, San Diego, Tacoma & Rapid City,
South Dakota.

Contacts, resources:

"Many say that millions would die if the present techno-global
fealty to work & the commodity were scrapped. But this overlooks
many potentialities. For example, consider the vast numbers of
people who would be freed from manipulative, parasitic,
destructive pursuits for those of creativity, health & liberty."

 — John Zerzan

---anti-copyRite 2000
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