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On This Day: September 20
  • 1664: Maryland passes first anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men.
  • 1830: 1st Negro Convention of Free Men agree to boycott slave-produced goods.
  • 1835: Ragamuffin republican rebels capture Porto Alegre, starting the ten-year-long Ragamuffin War of independence.
  • 1850: Slave trade abolished in Washington DC.
  • 1857: The Indian Rebellion ends with the recapture of Delhi. Retribution against the rebels by the British was extensive and violent.
  • 1896: Anarchist activist (and later Bolshevik convert) Scarlat Callimachi born in Bucharest, Romania. They were nicknamed “the Red Prince”.
  • 1898: Brazil’s first anarchist martyr, Italian Polenice Mattei, is assassinated in São Paulo.
  • 1919: US steel strike begins.
  • 1932: Rabindranath Tagore encourages resistance to the practice of untouchability in British India.
  • 1932: Italian anarchists Giuditta Zanella and Ilario Margarita are expelled to France from Italy for holding “clandestine anarchist meetings”.
  • 1933: British socialist Annie Besant dies in Adyar, India. She was a women’s rights activist and writer and theosophist.
  • 1951: Swiss males votes against woman suffrage.
  • 1961: James Meredith refused enrollment to the segregated University of Mississippi.
  • 1977: The television program Gay News and Views premieres in Toronto.
  • 1982: Players in the US National Football League begin a 57-day strike costing the owners millions.
  • 1986: Namibian Food and Allied Workers Union founded; led originally by political prisoner John Pendeni.
  • 1999: Multinational peacekeeping force lands in East Timor after Indonesian militias kill thousands after vote for Independence.
  • 2003: Civil unrest breaks out across the Maldives after two prisoners are killed in prison in Malé.
  • 2011: The United States ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
  • 2012: General Strike against neoliberal “reforms” across India.
  • 2013: Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is boarded by Russian military.
  • 2016: Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, provoking violent protests in the city.

“This photo from the 1870s shows a man proudly standing in front of a mountain of tens of thousands of bison skulls - an iconic American species that was systematically slaughtered by the millions as European Americans colonized the west.

The US Army actively endorsed the wholesale slaughter of these animals for two main reasons: to remove any competition with cattle, and to starve Native American tribes who greatly depended on the bison for food. Without the bison, the resisting tribes of the Great Plains would either be forced to leave or die of starvation.”

Before you go sporting Redskins gear, think about the young native woman who was murdered and scalped not too long ago. Here, present day America.

Before you go prancing around in Pocahottie costumes, think about the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women (including Pocahontas herself, who was kidnapped, raped and forced into marriage to a white dude).

Before you go spouting off settler colloquialisms (“off the reservation”, “low on the totem pole”, “lets pow wow”), think about how it was American LEGAL policy Which displaced entire communities from their homelands, into territories that the government deemed useless.

Before you go around wearing moccasins, “native makeup”, war bonnets, smudging….think of the hundreds of American laws that banned Indigenous people from practicing their traditions for generations.

Before you go around slapping your mouth and making “war cries”, just take a moment to appreciate the hundreds of tribal languages that were beaten and raped out of tribes from missionary/boarding schools.

Walk a mile in someone’s shoes.

Bet your fragile ass wouldn’t last a day.

We see movies in which people are represented as being in love who never talk with one another, who fall into bed without ever discussing their bodies, their sexual needs, their likes and dislikes. Indeed, the message received from the mass media is that knowledge makes love less compelling; that it is ignorance that gives love its erotic and transgressive edge. These messages are often brought to us by profiteering producers who have no clue about the art of loving, who substitute their mystified visions because they do not really know how to genuinely portray loving interaction.
—  “all about love: New Visions” by bell hooks
On This Day: August 26

Women’s Equality Day

  • 1789: French Revolution: The Estates General in France passes the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
  • 1827: Militant anarchist feminist Nathalie Lemel born in Brest, France. She was active during the paris Commune and was a co-founder of the Women’s Union for the Defense of Paris and Care of the Wounded with Elisabeth Dmitrieff.
  • 1864: Revolutionary Anna Ulyanova born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She was a sister of Vladimir Lenin and a Soviet stateswoman.
  • 1899: Anarchist and unionist René Lochu was born in Vannes, France. He was the inspiration for the Léo Ferré song Les Étrangers.
  • 1907: Congrés Internacional Anarquista (International Anarchist Congress) begins. It is held in Amsterdam.
  • 1913: Start of the Dublin Lock-out. It was a major dispute as workers fought for right to organise, led by Jim Larkin.
  • 1919: Fannie Sellins, United Mine Workers union organizer, shot and killed by company-hired sheriffs during a Pennsylvania coal strike.
  • 1920: 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, officially part of US constitution.
  • 1924: Anarchist Vasily Postnikov is arrested in Moscow by the Bolsheviks.
  • 1930: Louis Eugène Jakmin, aka Jacquemin, dies in Paris. He was a founder of the Fédération révolutionnaire communiste (FRC).
  • 1935: United Auto Workers union is founded.
  • 1946: Animal Farm by George Orwell published in the United States.
  • 1956: Marxist Alfred Wagenknecht dies in Illinois. He played a key role in the founding US Communist Party in 1919.
  • 1970: Women’s Strike for Equality: 50 years after US women’s suffrage, 20,000 celebrate and march in New York City.
  • 1986: Italian anarchist Boris Franteschini dies in Melbourne due to complications caused by lung cancer. He was one of the last active members of the Italian Anarchist Movement in Melbourne.
  • 1989: Jean Barrue dies in Bordeaux, France. He was a communist militant and then a anarchist syndicalist. He took part in the creation of the French Communist Party.
  • 1997: Former East German leader, Egon Krenz, convicted of shoot-to-kill policy at people fleeing at Berlin Wall.
  • 2006: Five hundred employees at Progressive Enterprises in New Zealand begin strike for national collective agreement.
  • 2015: Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson dies in Montgomery, Alabama. She was a leader of the US Civil Rights Movement.

Courtesy of Ruth Cankudutawin Hopkins, The Truth Behind Pocahontas.

Image description: a picture of Disney’s version of Pocahontas with the following words:
“Pocahontas was a nickname (meaning The Naughty One). Her real name was Matoaka. If we believe John Smith’s account of events, she would have been 10 or 11 when she met him. That’s hardly a romantic scenario, unless you’re a pedophile.

Pocahontas was kidnapped by the English. She was imprisoned at the Jamestown colony for over a year, where she was assaulted. While still a teenager, our young heroine married John Rolfe. Marrying the Englishman was a condition of her release.

Pocahontas was then taken to England, as a sort of living specimen and advertisement for colonization. She died at the tender age of 21, unaware that the English would create the Pocahontas Myth; one where she was the good Indian who rescued the whiteman from her brutish, savage Tribesmen.

This myth birthed many colonial stereotypes of Native people and was used as justification to make war against us.”