1913: One striker is killed after police shoot at a IWW & maritime workers picket against United Fruit Company in New Orleans.
1914: Emma Goldman finishes lectures in Los Angeles (May 15-June 11) delivering anarchist propaganda and modern drama lectures, which includes discussion of Irish playwright Seumas O'Kelly.
1920: Bartolemo Vanzetti is indicted for the Bridgewater hold-up.
1922: The anarcho-syndicalist Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) withdraws its provisional affiliation with the Third International in favor of the International Workers Association (IWA).
1925: During mine workers’ strike against British Empire Steel Corp in Cape Breton, company police beat strikers, shooting one dead.
1926: The first 5-day, 40-hour work week in the united States was won by New York furriers after a massive strike.
1931: National Congress of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) held in Madrid.
1944: Union Federation of Bolivian Mine Workers is founded.
1953: José Bové born. He is famous for destroying a partly built McDonald’s in Millau, France, protesting food import practice & hormone-treated beef.
1962: Students for a Democratic Society holds founding convention in Michigan.
1963: “The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door”: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands in front of a schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop desegregation by the enrollment of two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. Wallace stands aside after being confronted by federal marshals, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, and the Alabama National Guard. Later in life he apologizes for his opposition to racial integration.
1963: Thich Quang Duc self-immolates in Saigon protesting persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam government.
1965: The International Poetry Incarnation attended by philosophical anarchists, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as other members of the Beat Generation.
1968: Daniel Cohn-Bendit, key organizer of student & worker demos in France, arrives in Britain.
1968: Henriette Maîtrejean dies in Limeil-Brévannes, France. She was an individualist anarchist and member of the Bonnot Gang. She wrote for many anarchist publications, such as La Revue Anarchiste, La défense de l'homme and La liberté, which was founded by Louis Lecoin in 1959.
1968: Two workers killed by French riot police in the factories of Peugeot-Sochaux.
1970: Stuart Christie’s home is raided with explosives warrant.
1970: US Representative Martha Griffiths files petition to bring Equal Rights amendment to House floor for consideration after 22 years.
1973: General strike begins in Pamplona, Spain.
1990: Anarchists riot, forming barricades in the streets of Sofia against the election manipulations of the various political forces.
2001: Jeff Luers sentenced to 22 years for burning 3 SUVs.
2002: Earth First! & IWW activists Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney win false-arrest lawsuit against Oakland police.
2015: Syrian Civil War: More than 400 volunteers from Europe, the Americas and Australia have joined the YPG as of this date.
* Erase the aspects of our history that inspire pride in favour of a deceptive narrative that casts us as villains ill deserving of our achievements.
* Nip in the bud any optimism for the future via the combined propaganda machine of media, academia and modern politic smokescreen; propaganda designed to dull our primal instinct to defend and preserve our culture and traditions.
* Put us in an almost schizophrenic mindset by flooding our nations with those who are followers of a violent, warmongering cult, yet tell us we are to embrace them as own and to accept the growing pains that accompany them.
* Feign shock and outrage at the predictable chaos that ensues, all the while rubbing their hands together in glee at the combined prospect of an unlimited, ever cheaper workforce, and the prospect of expansion of the welfare state that perpetuates the already troublesome trend of an indolent, lazy and apathetic populace.
“The first modern propaganda agency was the British Ministry of Information a century ago, which secretly defined its task as “to direct the thought of most of the world” — primarily progressive American intellectuals, who had to be mobilized to come to the aid of Britain during World War I.“ - Noam Chomsky, ‘Destroying the Commons’ in Tom Dispatch
Casual reminder that lying manipulative fascist assholes always prefer you wasting your energy to stop them being lying manipulative fascist assholes
Casual reminder that you should support media outlets which report how and why these fascist assholes are lying
Casual reminder to research how modern fascist / totalitarian propaganda is dispersed and utilized to confuse and obscure the truth (see Politico’s “Putin’s Russia” for a snapshot of what a well crafted propaganda machine looks like…then go research COINTELPRO)
Casual reminder that you should save the majority of your energy for researching and participating in direct action and resistance against said fascist assholes’ actual intentions and actions