Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Phoolan Devi


India’s Bandit Queen, dacoit, rape survivor, avenger.

*England: St. James’ Day. Opening of oyster season.
*London: St. Christopher’s Day. Cars line up outside Church of St. Michael Paternoster for royal “blessings” to guard against hazards of the road.
*Belgium: Procession of Penitence, followed by Pleasure Fair.
*Puerto Rico: Fiesta of Santiago, whose cult is somewhat fused with that of Yoruba warrior god Shango. Festival of Picaresque Animality.

1867 — Karl Marx’s Das Kapital first appears in Germany.
1908 — Radical poet, theoretician Luce Fabbri born, Rome, Italy.
1969 — German social critic, painter Otto Dix dies, Hemmenhofen, Germany.
2001 — India’s “Banidt Queen” Phoolan Devi shot dead by avengers, New Delhi.

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 2022: I publish a weeklyish 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., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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