Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – MIRIAM MAKEBA


NOVEMBER 10 — MIRIAM MAKEBA
“Mama Africa.” South African songstress, anti-apartheidist.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs_CxmMMpW4

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Lousa, Portugal: ST. MARTIN’S EVE, FESTIVAL OF SANTA BEBIANA, said to be Martin’s sister. The name derives from “beber” (“to drink”). Martin, patron of revelry, presides over slaughter of festival pigs. Torchlight procession with “Bebiana” in wheelbarrow, a flask to her lips. She then delivers a sermon on the evils of drunkenness, a temperance hymn is sung, and everyone gets stinking drunk.
STANK DANCE IN PERPETUAL PEACE DAY.     FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUAL INDOLENCE.

ALSO ON NOVEMBER 10 IN HISTORY…
1483 — Anti-Church of Rome reformer Martin Luther born, Eisleben, Germany.
1697 — British satirist engraver William Hogarth born, London, England.
1879 — Patrick Henry Pearse, Irish freedom fighter, born, Dublin, Ireland.
1891 — Gay French gun-runner, poet Arthur Rimbaud dies, Marseilles.
1891 — Polish anarchist Simon Radowitzky born, Stepanesso, Ukraine.
1973 — Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 burned as “tool of the Devil” by school
board, and teacher who assigned it fired, Drake, North Dakota.
1995 — Eco-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa hanged, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2008 — South African singer Miriam Makeba dies, Castel Volturno, Caserta, Italy.

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 = https://jaybabcock.substack.com 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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