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On This Day: May 31
  • 1905: Anarchist Alexander Farras threw a bomb into a procession led by the French President Émile Loubet and Alfonso XIII of Spain, failing to harm either.
  • 1906: Catalan anarchist Mateu Morral threw a bomb in a bouquet at Alfonso XIII of Spain during his wedding, but Alfoson once again avoided harm.
  • 1909: The National Negro Committee, forerunner of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convened for first time.
  • 1910: Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman were struck by a train while driving in Spokane, Washington.
  • 1918: Spanish anarcho-syndicalist Juan Portales Casamar is born in Zahínos, Spain. He was a active CNT militant and fought in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1921: The Tulsa Race Riot takes place. Whites attack black area, leaving 10,000 homeless and perhaps 300 dead.
  • 1921: Trial of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti begins in Massachusetts.
  • 1940: Among others, Rudolf Rocker and Carlo Tresca spoke at a memorial for Emma Goldman.
  • 1955: US Supreme Court orders schools integration “with all deliberate speed” in the wake of Brown v Board of Education of Topeka.
  • 1957: Playwright Arthur Miller convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to reveal names of those alleged to be Communists.
  • 1966: Nguyen Thi Can, 17 year old Buddhist woman, commits suicide by self-immolation in Hue, Vietnam, over the war.
  • 1971: US military personnel in London petition at US Embassy against the Vietnam War.
  • 1982: Canadian anarchists Direct Action blew up a BC Hydro power substation.
  • 1984: Approximately 3200 police in riot gear at Orgreave from 13 area police forces force major confrontation with unarmed strikers.
  • 1986: Tiananmen Square demonstrations start their 18th day with 100,000 demonstrating in the square.
  • 1997: Rose Will Monroe, aka Rosie the Riveter, dies in Clarksville, IN.
  • 2000: Teachers protesting for better wages and education reform burn pamphlets near Los Pinos presidential home in Mexico City.
  • 2010: Israeli commandos board ships trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, and kill nine civilians.
  • 2011: The National Movement of Kurdish Parties in Syria, a coalition of Syria’s 12 Kurdish parties, boycotted a Syrian opposition summit in Antalya, Turkey.
  • 2012: Quebec Student Strike: The Quebec government stated that it was pulling out of talks meant to end the protest after four days of negotiations with student leaders, without having reached a stable consensus. By that day, more than 150,000 students were estimated to be on strike.

the lady who runs our local polls is pissed at me because i havent worked them since the election but after spending fifteen hours working the polls for the presidential only to go home and watch what happened happened i need a three thousand year break from poll work
Why Bernie Sanders' movement is much larger than this election | Tony Karon
A political revolution can’t be built in a single election cycle. What matters is that the movement continues after the election – whether or not he wins
By Tony Karon

The US media and political establishment insist on reading Bernie Sanders’ presidential run as a Don Quixote story – an underdog’s doomed, if poetically heroic, challenge to an immutable status quo that offers little hope to the poor.

But Sanders’ performance and prospects can’t be assessed by the metrics of traditional electoral politics, because he has always set the goals of his campaign on terms that defy the yardsticks of campaigning as we know it.

Despite the “Bernie” thing, Sanders presents his persona as no more than the sum of the ideas and principles he puts before the electorate in pursuit of a “political revolution” against a political system in thrall to corporate cash. It’s a project he hopes will outlive his candidacy, and even his person. Like Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, he is inviting any citizen running in local, state or nationwide elections – or waging local-level citizen campaigns – to be Bernie Sanders.

That’s not a win-or-go-home presidential bid.

“A campaign has got to be much more than just getting votes and getting elected,” he told an interviewer soon after launching his run. “It has to be helping to educate people, organize people. If we can do that, we can change the dynamic of politics for years and years to come.”

So I voted today...

Let me tell you, the New York political scene is so fucking suspicious and shady. I woke myself up at the asscrack of dawn to go back to my neighborhood in Queens to vote at the same school building that people in my neighborhood have gone to vote at for years. But apparently, when I go there and ask the security guards where the polls are, they’re like “oh, the location was moved.”

There were no signs indicating this, no one decided to canvas the neighborhood and let people know, and I had to hastily get on my phone to find the new address and walk an extra ten blocks to get there. 

I live in a working class neighborhood full of people that only have minutes to vote before they have to go to work, many of them elderly and disabled and therefore don’t have the resources to go check online to see the new location. They’ll probably assume that if the polls aren’t at the old location, there’s no need to vote. 

To make it worse, when I did get to the right polling place,  I had to find my address in the registration book because the woman couldn’t find it, I had to tell one of the poll workers that my photo ID wasn’t necessary, and it took five different people to decide how I should scan the ballot. 

This is the most inaccessible voting season I’ve seen, and I swear to God it’s like some sick, underhanded method of disenfranchising poor communities from voting. 

President Obama has reportedly chosen a location for his presidential library

With his presidency winding down, now comes the part where President Obama sets up his presidential library. From his home state of Hawaii to Chicago where he started his career, he likely had many options. But in keeping with tradition of breaking tradition, President Obama has now reportedly chosen a unique spot for his library. 

A Message to ANYONE voting tomorrow in the 2016 US Presidential Election (especially my home state of North Carolina).

In the name of reason, civility, progress, egalitarianism, and decency, make it blue!


“My heart is made of flowers, not cement”

Hundreds of Kaqchikel women from San Juan Sacatepéquez demonstrated today against the “state of prevention” halting basic civil rights for citizens since September 22, after the murder of 8 people two days before. The women, members of the 12 communities in this county, marched from the Obelisk to the Presidential Home and demand that President Pérez Molina halt this measure, which they say violates their rights. The “state of prevention” was declared amidst community protests over a cement plant in the community.