Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — AMADOU BAMBA

Senegalese mystic, pacifist, anti-colonialist, Sufi poet.

*Dunmore Piory, England. Flitch Day. Beginning in 15th century, the monks offered a flitch of bacon as prize for any married couple who could prove to a jury of bachelors and maidens that they had lived together in harmony and fidelity for the past year. Very few took home the bacon.
*Ancient Egypt: New Year. Season of the Nile’s rising, season of inundation.
*Nicaragua: Revolution Day.
*Festival of Sirius.

1500 — Hailstorm brings down ceilings of the Papal Palace, Rome.
1692 — Five women hanged as witches in Salem, Massachusetts.
1898 — New Left Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse born, Berlin, Germany.
1927 — Senegalese Sufi poet, mystic Amadou Bamba dies, Touba, Senegal.
1979 — Sandinista rebels overthrow Nicaraguan strongman Anastasio Somoza.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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