Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Ernst Toller

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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.

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – ALEXANDER BERKMAN


NOVEMBER 21 — ALEXANDER BERKMAN
Lover of Emma Goldman, failed anarchist assassin,
U.S. deportee, suicide following sorry Soviet heartbreaks.

NOVEMBER 21, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
NOSTALGIA FOR THE FUTURE DAY.     FALSE CONFESSIONS DAY.

ALSO ON NOVEMBER 21 IN HISTORY…
479 BC — Chinese philosopher Confucius dies.
1694 — François Marie Arouet de Voltaire born, Paris, France.
1783 — First free flight of manned balloon, France.
1866 — Egyptian pan-Africanist Duse Mohammed Effendi born.
1870 — Anarchist activist Alexander Berkman born, Vilna, Russia.
1898 — Surrealist painter René Magritte born, Lessines, Hainaut, Belgium.
1974 — U.S. Freedom of Information Act passed.

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 — GEORGES BATAILLE

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July 10– GEORGES BATAILLE
Radical French philosopher of the exuberant irrational.

JULY 10, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Bahamas: Independence Day.
*Ancient Greece: New Robe for Athena Day. Procession headed by model ship on wheels with her robe flying like a sail from the mast, followed by herdsmen with animals for sacrifice, musicians, slaves with trays of gifts, chariots and horsemen. At the Acropolis, sacrifices were made and robe was draped over Athena’s shoulders.

ALSO ON JULY 10 IN HISTORY…
1875 — Black educator Mary Macleod Bethune born, Mayesville, South Carolina.
1888 — Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico born, Volos, Greece.
1917 — Emma Goldman sentenced to two years for aiding draft resisters.
1962 — Philosopher of transgression Georges Bataille dies, Paris, France.
1987 — Musical producer John Hammond, Jr. dies, 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

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

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – Walt Whitman

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May 31– Walt Whitman
Singer of the Body Electric. America’s finest poet.

MAY 31, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Ancient Rome: Ambarvalia, no work; plows and tools wreathed in flowers. Silent processions, incense, chanting of priests, animal sacrifices to Ceres, Bacchus and others. Urns of the dead decked in flowers, followed by wine and noisy feasting.

ALSO ON MAY 31 IN HISTORY…
1790 — First U.S. copyright law introduced.
1819 — American poet Walt Whitman born, Huntington, Long Island, New York.
1910 — Car carrying Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman struck by train, Spokane.
2005 — W. Mark Felt admits that he is Watergate source “Deep Throat.”

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