Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – RIRETTE MAITREJEAN

French individualist anarchist, Bonnot gang member.

Sardinia: FESTIVAL AT SASSARI, which originated following a 16th-century plague. A great procession of people carrying enormous lighted candles, each with many long ribbons attached and held by others, with ballet-like movements to flute and drums, and ending at the MADONNA OF THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST.
Chicago: BUD BILLIKEN DAY, a Black children’s holiday.
Massachusetts: LIBERTY TREE DAY.

1765 — Stamp Act riots begin in Boston.
1842 — Seminoles forced on the Long March to Oklahoma.
1887 — French Direct Action anarchist Rirette Maitrejean (Anna Estorges) born.
1930 — Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky commits suicide.
1935 — U.S. Social Security Act signed.
1956 — German dramatist Bertolt Brecht dies, Berlin.
1963 — Broken by McCarthyism, lefty playwright Clifford Odets dies, Los Angeles.
2002 — Maverick painter Larry Rivers dies, Southhampton, Long Island, New York.
2003 — Largest power blackout in history hits huge swatch of U.S. Northeast.

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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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