This Thursday, PopRally presents a collaborative “visual concert” from musician and sound artist Julianna Barwick and photographer and moving-image artist Matthew Brandt. The performance will be followed by a reception and an after-hours viewing of Ernie Gehr: Carnival of Shadows. Get your tickets now!
1849: Mikhail Bakunin participated in the beginning of the May Uprising in Dresden, part of the 1848 German Revolutions.
1886: During strike for 8-hour day, Chicago police kill at
least 2 workers. Anarchists call a rally in Haymarket Sq for the next
1916: Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke & Thomas MacDonagh are executed for their role in the Irish Easter Uprising.
1919: Women in Yukon Territory win the right to vote.
1919: Pete Seeger born in Patterson, NY. He was a musician
and activist involved in labour & civil rights movements, and was
later blacklisted in 1950’s.
1920: Andreas Salsedo, an anarchist printer, “falls” to his
death from a FBI detention room in NYC. Dario Fo later writes play about
1921: Polish insurgents under Wojciech Korfanty rise up in Upper Silesia against German rule.
1928: Severino Di Giovanni bombed the Italian consulate in Argentina to protest the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini
1937: The Communists attacked the anarchists at the start of the May Days in Barcelona.
1937: Without knowledge of the Catalan government, the
Catalan councilor for public order, the Communist Rodriguez Salas, tries
to take control over the city’s central telephone office, which has
been controlled since the beginning of the war by the CNT and UGT. Salas
got this order directly from the Catalan minister for inner affairs,
Ayguade, also a Communist.
1960: The Anne Frank house in Amsterdam opens after having
been saved by a demonstration against demolition & public
1963: Police in Birmingham, Alabama change tactics and begin
using hoses & dogs against civil rights protesters using direct
1968: Activists protested the participation of two apartheid
nations, Rhodesia and South Africa’s, in the international tennis
competition held in Båstad, Sweden. The protest was among the most
violent between Swedish police and demonstrators during the 1960s.
1968: Students at the Sorbonne University in Paris met to
protest against the closure and the threatened expulsion of several
students at Nanterre.
1968: 100 black students occupy at Northwestern University in
Evanston, Illinois, demanding inclusion of African-American history,
literature & art.
1971: Nixon orders arrest of May Day Tribe: Over 12,000
anti-war protesters are arrested on the third day of the 1971 May Day
Protests in Washington, DC.
1980: 60,000 march on Pentagon urging an end to US military involvement in El Salvador.
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Musician Taylor Swift attends the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/ Larry Busacca/David Fisher/REX