Watching a documentary about this marvelous woman and compatriot, Tina Anselmi:

After being forced by fascists as a student to assist to the hanging of 31 young partisans when she was still in high school, she becomes a partisan herself.
First female minister of the Republic of Italy (first ministry of work and later of health)
Mother of Italy’s Universal Helthcare Reform
Champion of womens’ rights and equality between man and women (eliminated laws that required women to ask their husband’s permission for everything)
Despite being Catholic, introduced the abortion bill and made it a rule of law to have consultories on the territory to promote family planning
Victim of a terrorist attack by fascists who put a bomb under her home, fortunately she wasn’t harmed
President of the committee on one of the biggest enquiries into political corruption ever happened in the country, she was “punished” for doing too much of a good job and she was banned from candidacy in her traditional district to have her in a heavily right wing one, just to have her lose her Senate seat “legally”.
Member of a committee to investigate on the rise of sexual violence as a warfare tool in 1997 Somalia.
Member of a committee for the restitution of the possessions confiscated during the enactment of discriminatory laws against the Jewish citizens of 1938.

In short: a damn, great woman.

Every aspect of the battered women’s movement—the shelters with their paid and unpaid staffs, the defense committees and legal strategies for women who killed their tormentors, the legislative initiatives on local, state, and federal levels, the advocates who helped their unfortunate clients thread their way through a confusing maze of social services, the writers who produced a steady stream of books and articles—played a role in uncovering the heretofore hidden phenomenon of domestic violence. As in all the causes unearthed and promoted by feminist activists and theoreticians, the earliest pioneers were dedicated utopians on a mission, but this time, with this issue, they really had a tiger by the tail. By tackling spouse abuse, they were challenging male supremacy and patriarchal rule inside the family, where for centuries, aided by tradition and papered over by the conservative tenets of religion and an indifferent criminal justice system, any outside interference had been kept at bay. Once the battered women’s movement made its voice heard, a man’s home was no longer his castle.
—  Susan Brownmiller, In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution

Today gay marriage in Germany overcame one of the biggest obstacles. The legal committee of our parliament agreed that a vote about it can take place this week and that all formal legal requirements are met. They also adviced all members of parliament that they should agree to this draft.

The CDU (Merkel’s party) and CSU wanted to stop that vote. They tried basically everything. They voted unanimously against it and wanted to buy time by asking for additional readings and discussions. That was denied as those readings and discussions have already taken place before. The parties who voted for it where SPD, Linke and Grüne. 

This is seen as a revolt by the CDU and CSU as the SPD is in a coalition with them and now acted against them. Merkel thought of dismissing all ministers of the SPD and thought of threatening to break up the government over this. She dismissed the idea though, because these are the last three days of parliament before a new election takes place anyway. 

The vote in parliament is now scheduled for Friday. It is expected that it will get through that with ease. Even if CDU and CSU want to stop it, all other parties combined have the majority and they want this.

The journées of 31 May – 2 June 1793 (Raymonde Monnier)

Being a major episode and essential political turning point which G. Lefebvre has called the Revolution of 31 May and 2 June, these journées put an end to the struggle between the Gironde and the Montagne, which had been started in the Legislative Assembly. They took place after a series of military setbacks, for which the Girondins and their policy found themselves blamed. Worried by the first measures of public safety, it was the Gironde itself that accelerated the crisis, which had been brewing since Dumoriez’ treason. It remained powerful in the Assembly, due to the support of the Plain, which was alarmed by the emergence of the popular movement.

The acquittal of Marat, whom it had caused to be brought before the Revolutionary Tribunal, was a failure for the Gironde, but it scored points in the provinces, where the sectionary movement triumphed in Marseille and in Lyon. Against the Commune of Paris, it obtained the creation of the Commission of Twelve, whose authoritarian measures crystallised the sectionary and Montagnard opposition to the Gironde, until its temporary suppression on 27 May. The arrest of the major Parisian leaders, Hébert, Varlet and Dobsent, mobilised the militants in a violent struggle for the control over the general assemblies and over the committees of the sections, a struggle which, incidentally, did not end with the fall of the Gironde, but continued throughout the whole summer in many of the sections.

Thirty-five sections had come on 15 April, with the Commune, to demand the deposition of the 22 Girondin deputies from the Convention. In order to garner public support, the Gironde attempted to bring the debate onto social territory: Pétion, in his Letter to the Parisians, incited the affluent citizens to join the struggle. Robespierre, however, presented his draft for a Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen at the Convention, which proposed a new definition of the droit de propriété. The political engagement of the moderates in the sections was in no way inferior to the one of the sans-culottes. The partisans of the Gironde had diverse social origins ; being convinced republicans, engaged in the sectionary struggles from where personal rivalries were certainly not absent, they paid, often quite late, the price for their opposition to the Jacobins and to the sans-culottes.

The decisive event was Robespierre’s intervention at the Jacobins on 26 May in order to call the people to insurrection. The Jacobins rallied to this on the same evening. The decisive insurrectional action was up to an extra-legal organism, the Evêché Committee. It was the secret committee out of the six, stemming from the assembly of the commissioners of the section that had legally gathered in the Evêché, which took the decision of insurrection on 29 May. The commissioners of 33 out of the 48 sections, having assembled following the call of the Section de la Cité, formed the Committee of Nine in the night from 30 to 31 May, at first presided over by Varlet, later by Dobsent after the latter’s liberation on 31 May. This committee was expanded on 31 May to a Central Revolutionary Committee of 25 members, by the addition of 4 members of the Commune and 11 representatives of the department.

On 31 May, the petitioners of the sections and of the Commune came to demand the exclusion of the Girondins and the implementation social and revolutionary programme from the Convention. The journée was a parrial failure, because the Convention limited itself to voting the suppression of the Commission of Twelve. The movement began again on 2 June: 80,000 men, under the command of Hanriot, surrounded the Assembly, while a deputation demanded the arrest of the leaders of the Gironde. Being a prisoner of the Parisian armed force, the Assembly attempted to exit behind its president, Hérault de Séchelles, who asked: « What does the people want? Is the Convention not assembled only for its happiness? » Hanriot retorted: canonniers, à vos pièces!, which forced it to return to the session room, where it passed the décrets d'arrestation of 29 Girondin deputies, as well as of the ministers Clavière and Lebrun.

The events of 31 May – 2 June: an insurrection or a coup d'état? In any case, they were the last great, victorious Parisian journées, journées without bloodshed where the Commune, the representatives of the sections and the battalions of the National Guard, mobilised by Hanriot, imposed the décret d'arrestation against the Girondins on the Convention. The anatomy of the insurrection shows that the Jacobins did not lose the initiative and the political direction of the event at any moment, which could not exceed the aim set by the leading Montagnards and Jacobins. The Enragés, advocates of radical social measures and of direct democracy, were the losers of these journées, to whose preparation they had contributed, and would soon after be the first victims of the Terror, which they had wanted against the enemies of the Revolution. The Central Revolutionary Committee was rapidly transformed into an administrative organism without political power, the Committee of Public Safety of the department.

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This #BlackoutDay, we’re focused on the recent #BaltimoreUprising to get answers about the death of Freddie Gray. There has been a lot of questions/concerns about the uprising, however, there’s also a lot of misinformation going on. 

So, along with fergusonresponse​, we are giving you the information you can use to get answers as well as verified organizations that are on the ground, doing the work needed to support the uprising. 

If you would like starting talking points to discuss with family & friends, check out this post about the top 3 complaints of the #BaltimoreUprising. Remember, use these notes as starting points, but make sure to do your own research so that you are more informed.

Here are links to verified committees and organizations.  

Finally, as some of you may know, Whole Foods and Five Guys have donated food and time to the National Guard instead of the thousands of Baltimore students that depends on the food programs in schools. 

Here’s a verified organization that is helping feed protesters as well as other on the ground called Help or Hush (the organization behind #BaltimoreLunch):

Lastly, if you shop at Whole Foods and you want alternatives to them in response to what they done, but don’t know any alternatives, here’s an article from Blacvity to support local Black Farmers.

As always, stay tuned to our official channels for more ways to help.

-The Blackout Team (blkoutqueen, expect-the-greatest, nukirk)

Time for some San Diego Comic Con panel squee!

We are excited to announce that FYeahCopyright’s heidi8 will be moderating a panel on “Fandom Is My Fandom” at Comic Con (probably Thursday late afternoon, although it’s technically subject to change); panelists include:

Amanda Brennan (aka continuants) (Community & Content Tumblarian, @staff)

flourish Klink (Chaotic Good, Inc., Transmedia Producer for East Los High)

meredithgene (Fanthropologist, ZEFR)

Aron Levitz (Head of Business Development, wattpad)

elizabethminkel (Writer, New Statesman/The Millions)

Betsy Rosenblatt (Legal Committee Chair, transformativeworks

Missyjack (aka Jules) (Editor in Chief, supernaturalwiki)

Here’s some info about the panel:

Fandom is My Fandom, or We All Live in a Coffeeshop AU Fandom” isn’t just one thing these days, and it never was. But now that fans - and their creativity, content and consumption -  are something for media companies to understand, PR people to focus on, social media to thrive on and news organizations to report about  - what happens to the “traditional” fan community and the fanboys and fangirls that create the culture and content? Are follow-on works like fanart, vids and fanfic to be mocked, tracked, supported, enjoyed within an organic community, or considered a stepping-stone to a creative career? What if the answer is “sometimes one, sometimes all, and sometimes something else”? We’ll look for answers and information from deep inside popular fandoms, the media companies that work with them and the sites that host them.


When we know the official date/time/location, we’ll update this post with the info - if you’re coming to SDCC, we hope to see you there! We’ll have giveaways, bookmarks, badge ribbons (including our “Ask Me About My Fanfiction” and “Ask Me About My Fanart” ribbons) and some fantastic discussions.