August 11 — Val Plumwood
Australian eco-feminist, theorist of radical ecosophy.
August 11, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
FESTIVAL OF HAPPY FEET. RETURN YOURSELF TO THE FOOD CHAIN DAY.
ALSO ON AUGUST 11 IN HISTORY…
1833 — Agnostic iconoclast Robert Ingersoll born, Dresden, New York.
1921 — Malcolm X “auto”-biographer Alex Haley born, Ithaca, New York.
1882 — Anarchist critic of Bolshevism Voline born, Tikhvine, Novgorod, Russia.
1939 — “Radical ecosophist” Val Plumwood born, near Sydney, Australia.
1961 — Berlin Wall completed, escalating Cold War politics.
1965 — Race insurrection in Watts, Los Angeles, California leaves 35 dead.
1997 — Vanguard composer, activist Conlon Nancarrow dies, Mexico City, Mexico.
Arthur is proud to present scans of essential documents produced by and about the San Francisco Diggers, who were in many ways the epicentral actors in the Haight-Ashbury during the epic, wildly imaginative period from late ’66 through ’67. The Diggers’ ideas and activities are essential counter-cultural history, sure, but they are also especially relevant to the current era, for reasons that should be obvious to the gentle Arthur reader.
Most of the documents that we are presenting are broadsides originally published on a Gestetner machine owned and operated in the Haight by the novelist Chester Anderson and his protege/sidekick Claude Hayward, who used the name “Communication Company,” or more commonly, “Com/Co.” According to Claude, these broadsides were then “handed out on the street, page by page, super hot media, because the reader trusted the source, which was another freaky looking hippie who had handed it to him/her.”
“Two-Page Racial Rap” is by Chester Anderson, dated February 9, 1967. Contents are self-explanatory.
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