Sept. 28 Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – VICTOR JARA


SEPTEMBER 28 —VICTOR JARA
Chilean song-writer, activist, martyr of Pinochet coup.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qXkXTaZiXg&feature=related

SEPTEMBER 28 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Jewish: YOM KIPPUR. Old China: CONFUCIUS DAY.
Egypt: FEAST OF KHEPERA, the Beetle God.
Huichol, Mexico: FESTIVAL OF WAWATSARI, God of Deer Peyote.

ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 28 IN HISTORY…
551 BC — Chinese sage Confucius born.
1573 — Painter of Italian street life Caravaggio born, Milan, Italy.
1820 — Marxist Comrade Friedrich Engels born, Barmen, Rhine, Prussia.
1864 — First Communist International formed, London, England.
1891 — American novelist Herman Melville dies, New York City.
1938 — Chilean folksinger Victor Jara born, Lonquen, Chile.
1966 — French surrealist André Breton dies, Paris, France.
1978 — Pope John Paul I dies suspiciously after only 34 days in office.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – OSSIE DAVIS


DECEMBER 18 — OSSIE DAVIS
American actor, civil rights activist, political radical.

Broadway production of Davis’ 1961 play, Purlie Victorious.

DECEMBER 18, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
HIJRA, Islamic New Year. Oaxaca, Mexico: FIESTA OF THE VIRGIN OF THE LONELY. Apache dancers, amusement park rides, gambling, plenty of fireworks.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 18 IN HISTORY…
1830 — Trial of Swing Rioters, peasants & workers who fought for minimum wage.
1865 — Chattel slavery abolished in U.S. (Wage slavery continues to thrive.)
1879 — Artist Paul Klee born, Bern, Switzerland.
1917 — Black American actor, civil rights activist Ossie Davis born, Cogdell, Georgia.
1946 — South African black-rights activist Steve Biko born, King Williamstown.
1969 — Great Britain abolishes capital punishment.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective. The 2010 Autonomedia Calender is now available on the Autonomedia site.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – TOOTIE MONTANA

DECEMBER 16 — “TOOTIE” MONTANA

New Orleans carnival chief, political activist.

DECEMBER 16, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Mexico: First of eight nights of POSADAS,the children’s Christmas
festival. Processions, singing, breaking piñatas.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 16 IN HISTORY…
1770 — Composer Ludwig von Beethoven born, Bonn, Germany
1773 — Boston Tea Party celebration, Boston, Massachusetts.
1775 — Romantic novelist Jane Austen born, Steventon, Hampshire, England.
1863 —Philosopher George Santayana born, Madrid, Spain.
1901 — Anthropologist Margaret Mead born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1922 — Yellow Pocahontas Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana born, New Orleans.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective. The 2010 Autonomedia Calender is now available on the Autonomedia site.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – ALLAN BÉRUBÉ


DECEMBER 3 — ALLAN BÉRUBÉ
Gay American historian, activist, independent scholar.
“None of us can do our best work until we believe that the life of the mind really does belong to us.”

DECEMBER 3, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS…
China: FEAST OF LU-HSING, the Stellar God of Happiness.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 3 IN HISTORY…
1847 — Frederick Douglass & Martin R. Delaney start North Star, anti-slavery paper.
1857 — Polish-born English sailor, novelist Joseph Conrad born.
1894 — Romanticist writer, critic Robert Louis Stevenson dies, Upolu, Samoa.
1930 — French radical filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard born, Paris, France.
1946 — Gay Americn historian, activist Allan Bérubé born, Springfield, MA.
1956 — Soviet artist Aleksandr Rodchenko dies, Moscow, Soviet Union.
1984 — Union Carbide disaster kills thousands in Bhopal, India.
1944 — Abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky dies, Paris, France.
2001 — U.S. radical political theorist Martin Glaberman dies, Detroit, Michigan.

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

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – ANDY PALACIO


DECEMBER 2 — ANDY PALACIO
Belizean Garifuna singer, cultural ambassador, folk activist.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ01Kcx8k6c

DECEMBER 2, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Belgium: LOVERS’ FAIR.     FEAST OF PIRATE UTOPIAS.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 2 IN HISTORY…
1620 — First English-language newspaper published, Britain.
1859 — Abolitionist, direct-actionist John Brown hung, Charleston, Virginia.
1885 — Zorba the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis born, Candia, Crete.
1902 — Cuban surrealist painter Wifredo Lam born, Sagua de Grande, Cuba.
1942 — First “controlled” atomic chain-reaction, Stagg Field, Chicago, Illinois.
1960 — Garifuna musicologist, folk activist Andy Palacio born, Barranco, Belize.

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

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – BRAD WILL


OCTOBER 27 — BRAD WILL
Indymedia activist, killed in street protests, Oaxaca, Mexico.

OCTOBER 27, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FEAST OF THE LORD OF MISRULE.     
PUNKIE NIGHT: Children parade with gourd lanterns on last Thursday in October.

ALSO ON OCTOBER 27 IN HISTORY…
1904 — New York City subway opens.
1912 — Player piano composer Conlon Nancarrow born, Texarkana, Arkansas.
1914 — Welsh poet Dylan Thomas born, Swansea, Wales.
1932 — American poet Sylvia Plath born, Boston, Massachusetts.
2006 — New York Indymedia journalist Brad Will killed, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – HIPPOLYTE HAVEL


August 13 – Hippolyte Havel
Scholarly, notorious anarchist dandy, critic, activist.

August 13, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE DAY.
Antigua, Guatemala: FESTIVAL OF THE VOLCANO commemorates the 16th-century uprising of King Sinicam. The re-enactment takes place on an artificial volcano built for the occasion. Traditional native music, dancing and food.
LEFT HANDER’S DAY.
People’s Republic of Congo: Three-day NATIONAL FESTIVAL.

ALSO ON AUGUST 13 IN HISTORY…
1521 — Cortez succeeds in capturing Aztec island capital city Tenochtitlan.
1818 — American suffragist Lucy Stone born, West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
1871 — Anarchist critic, dandy Hippolyte Havel born, Thabor, Austria.
1923 — Chicano Wobbly artist Carlos Cortez born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1931 — U.S. Customs closes border to keep citizens from gambling in Mexico.
1945 — Prophetic novelist, socialist H. G. Wells dies, London, England.