Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — BUENAVENTURA DURRUTI

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July 14– BUENAVENTURA DURRUTI
Anarcho-communist militant, Spanish Civil War martyr.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_SsqCOEiH8

JULY 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Bastille Day: Tremendous festivity throughout France. Paris dances all night along the Seine and in the streets.

ALSO ON JULY 14 IN HISTORY…
1789 — Storming of the Bastille in Paris heralds French Revolution.
1811 — Luddites break machines at Sunnon-in-Ashuano.
1896 — Spanish anarchist leader Buenaventura Durruti born, Léon, Spain.
1912 — Woody Guthrie, peoples’ songwriter, born, Okemah, Oklahoma.
1995 — MP3 digital file format introduced.

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 — Mikhail Bakunin

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July 1– MIKHAIL BAKUNIN
Conspirator, anarchist, rival of Marx, assassin of God.
From Bakunin’s God and the State:

“Yes, our first ancestors, our Adams and our Eves, were, if not gorillas, very near relatives of gorillas, omnivorous, intelligent and ferocious beasts, endowed in a higher degree than the animals of another species with two precious faculties-the power to think and the desire to rebel

JULY 1, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Half-Year Day.
Canada Day.
Roman Catholic Church: Feast of Precious Blood.
Japan: Mt. Fuji Day, opening of the climbing season.

ALSO ON JULY 1 IN HISTORY…
1566 — Death of rhyming prognosticator Nostradamus. Saw it coming?
1656 — First Quakers arrive in America, having come to what will be Boston.
1804 — Feminist writer,“lifestyle anarchist” George Sand born, Paris, France.
1876 — Russian anarchist theorist Mikhail Bakunin dies, Bern, Switzerland.
1916 — 20,000 slaughtered on first day of Battle of the Somme.
1983 — Bucky Fuller, Canadian engineer, inventor, social theorist, dies.

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 — Gaston Couté

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June 28 — Gaston Couté
French vagabond poet, cabaret anarchist, songwriter.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOQlCOlcWQY&feature=player_embedded

JUNE, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Paul Bunyan Day.
*Festival of Terrible Poetry.

ALSO ON JUNE 28 IN HISTORY…
1712 — French philosopher, writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau born, Geneva.
1816 — England: Luddites attack Heathcoat and Bodenmila.
1887 — Greenwich Village free-love radical Floyd Dell born.
1911 — French anarchist cabaret musician Gaston Couté dies, Paris, France.
1964 — Malcolm X founds Organization of Afro-American Unity.
1979 — Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries hikes oil prices 24 per cent.

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 — EMMA GOLDMAN

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June 27– EMMA GOLDMAN
Writer and activist editor of Mother Earth, exile, she knew innumerable jailings, revolutions, love affairs.
Read Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman online.

JUNE 27, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Provence, France: Festival of the Thrasque. The man-eating monster charges down city streets, snapping at people.

ALSO ON JUNE 27 IN HISTORY…
1869 — Anarchist rebel Emma Goldman born, Kaunas, Lithuania.
1872 — Black American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar born, Dayton, Ohio.
1880 — Deaf, mute, blind socialist Helen Keller born, Tuscumbia, Alabama.
1884 — French philosopher Gaston Bachelard born, Bar-sur-Aube, France.
1905 — Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) founded in Chicago.
1969 — Police harassment provokes Stonewall Riot of gays in New York City.

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

Report on "The Coming Insurrection" book launch at NYC Barnes and Nobles, Sephora, Starbucks

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During the last week this mysterious message made its way across the internet:

SEMIOTEXT(E) Book Launch: The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee

“Two centuries of capitalism and market nihilism have brought us to the most extreme alienations—from ourselves, from others, from worlds. The fiction of the individual has decomposed with the same speed that it once became real. Children of the metropolis, we offer this wager: that it’s in the most profound deprivation of existence—perpetually stifled, perpetually conjured away—that the possibility of communism resides.”

—The Coming Insurrection, Introduction to the English edition

THE COMING INSURRECTION has been labeled a “manual for terrorism” by the French government, who recently arrested its alleged authors. Philosopher Giorgio Agamben has called the book “one of the most intelligent works of our time” and numerous commentators have seen it as a heir to the legacy of situationist Guy Debord. Meanwhile, bootleg translations have circulated around the world and passages from the book appeared on the walls of Athens during last December’s uprising.

Anonymously written in the wake of the riots that erupted throughout the Paris suburbs in the fall of 2005, THE COMING INSURRECTION articulates a rejection of the official Left and its reformist agenda, aligning itself instead with the growing number of those—in France, in the United States, and elsewhere—who refuse the idea that theory, politics, and life are separate realms.

Please join us for the official book launch, including discussion of the text as well as content-appropriate activities, on Sunday, June 14 at 5pm on the fourth floor of Union Square Barnes and Noble.

I arrived at the fourth floor of Barnes and Nobles right on time. Continue reading

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint –LOUISE MICHEL

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May 29 — LOUISE MICHEL
Feminist hell-raiser, key figure in the Paris Commune of 1871.

MAY 29, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Jewish Shavuot.
*Netherlands: Luilak (Lazy Bones Day). Troops of young people whistle & beat on pots and pans, ringing doorbells & waking everyone up. Anyone refusing to join the fun is branded Luilak.

ALSO ON MAY 29 IN HISTORY…
1829 — “Hollow Earth” theorist John Cleves Symmes dies, New Jersey.
1830 — French Communard leader Louise Michel born, Vroncourt, France.
1989 — Tien-An-Men Chinese student protesters construct replica of Statue of Liberty.

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