Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – KENNETH REXROTH


DECEMBER 22 — KENNETH REXROTH
American beat poet, literary essayist, anarchist.

DECEMBER 22, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu world:  PONGOL OF THE SUN.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 22 IN HISTORY…
1880 — British novelist George Eliot dies, London, England.
1894 — French court-martial finds Captain Alfred Dreyfus guilty of treason.
1905 — Beat writer and essayist Kenneth Rexroth born, South Bend, Indiana.
1927 — British anarchist painter Fermin Rocker born, London, England.
1985—Minutemen guitarist D. Boon dies, in a van accident near Tucson, AZ.
1989 — Irish playwright, novelist Samuel Beckett dies, Paris, France.

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 – PHIL OCHS


DECEMBER 19 — PHIL OCHS
Emblematic American protest folksinger of the Sixties.
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DECEMBER 19, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu FESTIVAL OF THE GODDESSS ANKRANT. The gods wake up after six
months of sleep. A day for exchanging gifts, feasting and visiting.

Guatemala: FIESTA OF SANTO TOMAS (Dec. 19-25). Celebrated by the
Chichicastenango Indians. Features the flying-pole ceremony: A pole
made from a tall pine is consecrated and erected in the village. Plat-
forms and ropes are attached, dancers climb to the very top and,
attached to ropes coiled around trees, they fly into the air in
ever-widening circles.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 19 IN HISTORY…
1848 — British novelist Emily Bronte dies, Haworth, Yorkshire, England.
1875 — Black educator, historian Carter G. Woodson born, New Canton, Virginia.
1910 — Criminal, gay author Jean Genet born, Paris, France.
1940 — American protest folksinger Phil Ochs born, El Paso, Texas.
1946 — Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh launches war against French.
1968 — Socialist politico Norman Thomas dies, Huntington, Long Island, New York.

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 – 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 – MARTY GLABERMAN


DECEMBER 17 — MARTY GLABERMAN
American radical political theorist, proto-autonomist.

DECEMBER 17, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Ancient Roman SATURNALIA (December 17– 23): “Unrestrained and intemperate jollity.”  Relaxation of social rules, no business transacted, courts closed, wars suspended, feuds forgotten,slaves take place of masters. LORD OF MISRULE selected.


Above: “Saturnalia” by Antoine-François Callet

ALSO ON DECEMBER 17 IN HISTORY…
1790 — The great Aztec stone calendar discovered, Mexico.
1830 — Latin American liberationist Simón Bolívar dies, Santa Maria, Colombia.
1936 — Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy make first appearance.
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. 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 – HUTCHINS HAPGOOD


NOVEMBER 19 — HUTCHINS HAPGOOD
American author, journalist, anarchist, free love advocate.

NOVEMBER 19, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
GROUP RATES FOR GROUP SOULS DAY.         HAVE A BAD DAY DAY.

ALSO ON NOVEMBER 19 IN HISTORY…
1493 — “Christ-bearing Dove” Christopher Columbus “discovers” Puerto Rico.
1915 — Labor organizer Joe Hill executed by firing squad in Utah.
1919 — Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo born, Pisa, Italy.
1944 — American anarchist Hutchins Hapgood dies, Provincetown, Massachusetts.
1961 — Michael Rockefeller presumed eaten by cannibals, Asmat, New Guinea.

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 – JUDI BARI


NOVEMBER 4 — JUDI BARI
Homespun American humorist, speaker of truth to power.

NOVEMBER 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
England, Australia and New Zealand: MISCHIEF NIGHT.

ALSO ON NOVEMBER 4 IN HISTORY…
1870 — French proto-surrealist Comte de Lautreamont dies.
1879 — American humorist Will Rogers born, Oologah, Oklahoma.
1922 — Tut-ankh-amen’s tomb discovered, Egypt.
1949 — Earth First environmental activist Judi Bari born, Baltimore, Maryland.
1972 — U.S. Communist Party headquarters in New York City firebombed.
1979 — 65 American hostages taken in Iran.
1982 — Maverick Canadian classical musician Glenn Gould dies, Toronto, Ontario.

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