Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Ernst Toller

ernst toller
DECEMBER 1 — ERNST TOLLER
Leader of the Munich “soviet” of 1919. Playwright, bohemian, hounded to suicide by the Nazis.

“Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the sufferings of others, they would not make them suffer so.”

DECEMBER 1 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
INTERNATIONAL PRISONERS FOR PEACE DAY. WORLD AIDS DAY.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 1 IN HISTORY…
1893 — Munich “soviet” leader Ernst Toller born, Samotschin, Germany.
1919 — Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, and other radicals
deported from “Land of the Free,” go to Russia.
1935 — American filmmaker Woody Allen born, Brooklyn, New York.
1955 — Black American protester Rosa Parks refuses to go to back of bus.

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 the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of 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 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 one of five Angelenos 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. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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