revolutionary leaders

you don’t have to make history

In its original context, famed bumper sticker “well-behaved women seldom make history” wasn’t actually an exaltation of revolutionary women. It was historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s way of recognizing the voiceless majority: the women who keep the world running while the rest of us burn it down.

Right now I’m seeing many calls to action in the United States, and make no mistake: I’m grateful for them. It’s high time we instated collective action on this kind of scale. I think everyone can do at least a little. But in the spirit of Ms. Ulrich (who is one of my favorite historians), I think there’s a missing piece we ought to remember.

The wheels of progress have always been greased by invisible labor. Behind every great man there’s a a great woman, they say - more like an entire host of them. For every leader, every hero, every revolutionary who muscles world leaders to the table, there’s someone who makes dinner. There’s someone who lends an ear and a comforting shoulder when the odds seem too high. Someone who pays the bills, watches the children, makes the appointments you’re too burned out to make. For every person changing the world, there’s at least one more quietly running it. 

It’s only within that infrastructure that we’re able to meaningfully organize at all. Even the best and brightest break down without food and sleep. Yet it’s so easy to ignore it precisely because it’s so constant. I take for granted the bus service that delivers me to and fro every day - the bus service that enabled me to attend last night’s protest. I take for granted the warm cafe my friends holed up in to decompress afterward. We’re battling uphill these days, but we forget just how much steeper the hill could be.

So here’s to the well-behaved women, and men. Here’s to the ones who care for us as humans so we can care for the world as activists. We might not remember their names, but we can unearth their invisible work.

2005 週刊男前ニュース

嵐・世界初の頭上ステージ『ジャニーズ ムービング ステージ』

The idea of a moving stage isn’t pioneered by Arashi or Jun. Western acts like Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC have used moving stages in their concerts. BUT it was the details of Arashi’s moving stage that made it a world’s first - a transparent, fully-functional OVERHEAD moving stage with a height of 4 metres, width of 18 metres and distance move of 90 metres, the concert was their ONE summer tour in 2005.


You can read more about it here (all the links are in japanese though)

Again for 2014 “THE DIGITALIAN” concert, it wasn’t the first concert to have synchronised penlights (Coldplay had it too) BUT to involve the audience and be controlled by them onstage to not just 1 but 5 or more colours and synchronising to the beats of the music.

What makes Arashi (Johnny’s) concerts an EXPERIENCE to attend are the details:
- Balloons and streamers ✓
- Water fountains and waterfalls ✓
- Water screen effect ✓
- Hanging overhead cable wire works ✓
- Fireworks over the night sky ✓
- Sunset as part of the song atmosphere ✓
- Carts and carriages of different sizes for solo, duo, group ✓
- Floating balloon structures that goes around the dome  ✓
- Car carriage platform that goes around the dome ✓
- High-rising individual or group platforms ✓
- Transparent overhead moving stage ✓
- Remote-controlled synchronised penlights ✓
- Shape of the stage and walkways (花道) ✓
- Design and details of the stage background like kabuki curtains ✓
- Live orchestra and band ✓
and many more

Unfortunately, most people outside of Japan do not know it because they have never watched an Arashi concert and Johnny’s do not advertise it to the world.

I could not stand the condescending, paternalistic attitudes of some of the white people in [some socialist] groups. Some of the older members thought that because they had been in the struggle for socialism for a long time, they knew all the answers to the problems of Black people and all the aspects of the Black Liberation struggle. I couldn’t relate to the idea of the great white father on earth any more than i could relate to the great white father up in the sky. I was willing and ready to learn everything i could from them, but i damn sure was not ready to accept them as leaders of the Black Liberation struggle. A few thought that they had a monopoly on Marx and acted like the only experts in the world on socialism came from Europe. In many instances they downgraded the theoretical and practical contributions of Third World revolutionaries like Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Augustino Neto, and other leaders of liberation movements in the Third World.

Another thing that went against my grain was the arrogance and dogmatism i encountered in some of these groups. A member of one group told me that if i was really concerned about the liberation of Black people i should quit school and get a job in a factory, that if i wanted to get rid of the system i would have to work at a factory and organize the workers. When i asked him why he wasn’t working in a factory and organizing the workers, he told me that he was staying in school in order to organize the students. I told him i was working to organize the students too and that i felt perfectly certain that the workers could organize them selves without any college students doing it for them. Some of these groups would come up with abstract intellectual theories, totally devoid of practical application, and swear they had the answers to the problems of the world. They attacked the Vietnamese for participating in the Paris peace talks, claiming that by negotiating the Viet Cong were selling out to the u.s. I think they got insulted when i asked them how a group of flabby white boys who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag had the nerve to think they could tell the Vietnamese people how to run their show.

Arrogance was one of the key factors that kept the white left so factionalized. I felt that instead of fighting together against a com mon enemy, they wasted time quarreling with each other about who had the right line. Although i respected the work and political positions of many groups on the left, i felt it was necessary for Black people to come together to organize our own structures and our own revolutionary political party. Friendship is based on respect. As long as much of the white left saw their role as organizing, educating, recruiting, and directing Black revolutionaries, i could not see how any real friendship could occur. I felt, and still feel, that it is necessary for Black revolutionaries to come together, analyze our history, our present condition, and to define ourselves and our struggle. Black self-determination is a basic right, and if we do not have the right to determine our destinies, then who does? I believe that to gain our liberation, we must come from the position of power and unity and that a Black revolutionary party, led by Black revolutionary leaders, is essential. I believe in uniting with white revolutionaries to fight against a common enemy, but i was convinced that it had to be on the basis of power and unity rather than from weakness and unity at any cost.

—  Assata Shakur (who turns 70 today)

“I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”  Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, whose Zapatista peasant army fought a long guerrilla campaign south of Mexico City.  This picture was taken in Mexico City in 1914, after the revolutionaries captured the capital.  However, the victors soon fell out, and Zapata allied with Pancho Villa against the liberal Constitutionalist faction.  He did die, assassinated in 1919, but still has an iconic legacy in Mexico today.

Ernesto in his twenties.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14 June, 1928 – 9 October, 1967), commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.

“The Emancipation of women is not an act of charity, the result of a humanitarian or compassionate attitude. The liberation of women is a fundamental necessity for the revolution, a guarantee of its continuity and a precondition for its victory.” Speech delivered in 1973 by Samora Machel, revolutionary leader of FRELIMO and first Head of State of Mozambique. He was killed 29 years ago today in a plane crash arranged by the apartheid South African government. A Luta Continua!

Ya know another thing that most likely contributes to Dammeks extreme paranoia on top of being a wannabe revolutionary leader is the fact that he could get culled for having a Cuspidated Grimalkin as a lusus. When you use the Big Book of Beasts on Deerdad it says:

“Proud and respelant, Cuspidated Grimalkin prefer to bond with with bronzeblood wrigglers in whom they sense a strong aptitude for leadership. Such aspirations in lowbloods are grounds for culling, of course. and the primary cause of death for Cuspidated Grimalkin is in the defense of their treasonous wards.”

Edit:  “Anecdotal accounts suggest that those Cuspidated Grimalkin who manage to survive the death of their wards will typically seek out a similarly-orphaned troll and attempt to bond with them, although the selection process is, naturally, rather mysterious due to its staggering illegality.”

It goes on to say if the lusus survives an attempt at being culled it will try to bond with another bronzeblood wriggler. The bonding process is shrouded in mystery however because said bonding process is considered pretty goddamn illegal. (i didnt feel like writing down the exact words…. got lazy haha). 

So like… his very existence as a bronzeblood AND having an Cuspidated Grimalkin for a lusus paints an even bigger target on his back than most lowblood trolls.

Damn man, how the hell did this kid survive long enough to turn 14? No wonder he’s so freakin paranoid all the time.

Edit: Fixed some typos, added/changed a few things.

#100Days100Women Day 85: Mama Tingo was a Dominican farmer and land rights activist. She bravely stood against the plunder of peasant lands in the Dominican Republic and was widely respected, especially by fellow rural women. In 1975 MamaTingo was assassinated by a man hired by the man who was trying to dispossess the peasants of their land (this despite attempting to defend herself with a machete). However, her work still lead to over 300 farmers retaining the rights to her land. Today she is considered a martyr and heroine of the rights or poor & rural Dominicans.

shat•ter (ˈSHadər) [verb]: to use excessive force in order to break a Gem into several shards, thus dissipating the Gem’s physical form and dispersing their consciousness between each shard (the thoughts of which are only capable of basic ideas, like wanting to form or create a bubble).

Shattering is irreversible.

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Ya’ll are so worked up over Fidel Castro’s death, but as someone who lived under his dictatorship, I’m over here mumbling, “Meh.” I admire that he was able to oust and combat American imperialism, but he’s still an example of what happens when a rich boy reads some Marx, builds a movement, and is so corrupted by power that he outlaws all dissent. Stop idolizing a dictator, and expect more from revolutionary leaders. In addition: It’s possible to support Cuba’s revolution (as I do), denounce Castro’s reign (as I do), and recognize the role America has played in oppressing Cuban people and others worldwide (as I do). I’ve seen a lot of non-Cuban people prioritizing their ideologies and attempting to exonerate Castro by arguing that America is a greater Evil. Despite that being true in many ways, it doesn’t erase the suffering of a nation’s population at his hands, or their despair to escape. And if your love for communism + hero worship clouds your ability to acknowledge oppression and human suffering, I don’t see how you’re really any better than capitalists. In fact, one of the biggest failures of Castro’s revolution is that it’s caused Cubans to mistake capitalism for freedom.

Broadway High Part One

well, @pdothamman put the brilliant idea into my head, and since i have (no) spare time, i might as well write it (p.s it’s really bad)

Veronica (Heathers): [speaking] Welcome to the beautiful Broadway High! Home to famous revolutionaries and inspiring leaders…and to sinister villains and conniving gangs. Oh fuck that, it’s not that clear cut. In order to survive this place, you need to be in a play. What’s a play? How new are you? A play is a group of students, who have at least one teacher as their mentor. Take my group- I’m not so much of a part of it though- the Heathers. Our teachers are Mr. Murphy and Mr. O’Keefe and -

Glinda (Wicked): Don’t forget us, dearie. [to the audience] We’re the more popular group. Hey, Elphie, wait up!

[Glinda runs offstage, following a green girl dressed in black]

Veronica: [sighs] She can shut up. So currently we’re in the corridor headed to the cafeteria. I’m guessing you wanna go look.

[she enters the cafeteria. Her eyes widen, and she runs out]

Veronica: Let’s not go in there- they’re dancing [she shudders]

Angelica (Hamilton): Yo V, this is my sister, Peggy. It’s her first day her.

Peggy (Hamilton): I don’t need babying!

Angelica: Oh I think you do, miss I don’t want to go downtown

Peggy: Shut up!

Veronica: Okay, okay, sure. Good luck.

[Angelica and Peggy walk off, yelling for an Eliza to find them]

Veronica: Where to next? Not the computer room, the Newsies are probably in there, not the maths classroom, I heard the Rent gang totally destroyed that place, not the music room, Les Amis have their weekly meetings in there- I know! You’ll like this-

[she opens a door, and walks in)

Alexander (Hamilton): So Thomas Jefferson, the boy who comes to school wearing a pink coat, insults me on my fashion sense? Of course I punched him my dear ‘Liza, cause he’s a fucking jerk!

Eliza (Hamilton): For god’s sake Alex, calm down, let it go- does it matter?

Alexander: Yes!

Eliza: No, it doesn’t! John, you can persuade him

John (Hamilton): Alex, babe, you have a terrible fashion sense. But so does Thomas.

[they carry on arguing]

Veronica: Didn’t expect that.

Where the hell are the books, posters, praises for the partners, wives, lovers, etc. of those so-called "Revolutionary" men

I’ve been having this discussion with Muxeres about the wombyn (behind) the revolutionary men that have become so famous. Where the fuck are their movies, books, RECOGNITION!!! Dealing with my personal life and seeing how the males that I interact with, in the spaces I’m in, saying they are all about change and empowerment, and revolution. I’m always thinking about whom they have created relationships with, and 99% of the time the females they are with are totally the opposite of what they preach. Now i am not hating on them or saying that these guys have to stop being attractive to these types of females, but when the fuck will I see a “conscious” male with a badass Muxer?!? It pisses me off when these fools talk so much about “respecting” Muxeres and being our “allies” but never have i seen them with one of us. I personally wouldn’t date any of them seeing and learning how they are, i frankly hate their asses sometimes! So it goes back to my question, I’ve been thinking about these males who have become such highly respected revolutionary leaders but I have NEVER heard anything about their wives, that doesnt have to do with them staying at home and taking care of their children. 

For example, Che Guevara that mo'fo had, i believe, 5 children. While his ass was roaming Latin America and Africa, his wives had to stay behind to take care of their children. I tried reading his wiki and his wives were mentioned once or twice. WTF!! I know they had a bigger impact on his life than just two sentences in that damn wiki biography (and i dont take wiki info too serious but i need quick info). 

My roommate was telling me how Martin Luther King Jr. was a womanizer and used to hire white prostitutes. Again I dont have hard proof evidence on this. But just thinking about how his wife had to take care of their 4 children while he paraded around the country talking about civil rights and equality. Where is the wives/partners/lovers/wombyn of Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong, Huey P. Newton, etc. And i know there might be a bit of information here and there but rarely have i seen the attention paid to these wombyn as it has been for those males. 

it makes me wonder if there is hope for me to find a genuine guy who is down for the cause. 

I am not saying that these men are beyond horrible and we should forget about all their work and the change they brought. I am saying that there is more to their stories then just what they did. I want to know how did they get there? I bet you it wasnt just out of nowhere, their partners were probably the foundation to their starts, putting down all the hard, tedious work but of course we wouldnt know because these males never spoke about it/them. 

But seriously, one day i will write the book that looks at the wombyn behind the scenes, those who made it possible for the success these males had!! If there is already a book about it PLEASE let me know, I must know more :D and if my information is wrong, please correct me 

Today in history: September 2, 1969 - Hồ Chí Minh dies. 

Hồ Chí Minh was a Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). He was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945, as well as the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the Việt Cộng during the Vietnam War. He led the independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-led Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French in 1954 at the battle of Điện Biên Phủ. After the Vietnamese drove the U.S. out of Vietnam and united Vietnam as a socialist country, Saigon, the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam, was renamed Hồ Chí Minh City.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)