The jury is still out on whether the maker movement could bring about a new American industrial revolution. But anecdotal evidence suggests it’s well on its way to reinventing retail. Consider the craft maker whose merchandise got so much exposure through a recent Etsy-Nordstrom partnership that she and her husband both quit their day jobs to handle production and sales. Or take the math professor who sent his rocket cup design to Shapeways to produce a 3D ceramic tool for teaching students about paraboloids. After cup sales went gangbusters on Shapeways, a Fred & Friends wholesale order put it onto Urban Outfitters shelves.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, A Tribute to Women in Struggle
In a conversation with Dr. Felicia Mabuza Suttle, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela talks about the challenges her and other women like Albertina Sisulu faced for freedom in South Africa.
“When they came to fetch me from my cell I knew I had to survive fighting or surrender. I was taken to the HQ of Interrogation…this is where people lost their lives. I was interrogated and tortured for 7 days and 7 nights non-stop, continuously… We are the women who gave up our lives for the struggle… Where are the accolades? I will always remind them of the painful past they want us to forget.”
“I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman?”
Image: Sojourner Truth by Mike Alewitz Detail, Mural Commissioned for the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism Museum of the City of New York (Work in Progress)
Speech Delivered 1851 at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio:
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and its military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, mourns the martyr comrade and the fighter Mutaz Washaha, assassinated today by Israeli occupation forces after invading soldiers fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition and a number of shells at his home. Birzeit, West Bank, Occupied Palestine.
Sergey Lazo was a Communist leader in the October 1917 Revolution in the Russian Far East.
In 1917, he was a cadet at the Imperial Russian military academy when he joined the Bolshevik forces and was entrusted with several missions in Siberia during the Russian Civil War. In March–August 1918 he was a commander of the Zabaykalski (trans-Baikalan) Front, and fought against Ataman Grigory Semyonov. Later he fought in Bolshevik partisan units in the Vladivostok area.
On January 31, 1920 the Bolsheviks took power in Vladivostok, but on April 5, 1920 Lazo and other commanders were arrested by Japanese troops. Then, Lazo disappeared, along with Vsevolod Sibirtsev and Alexey Lutski. Reportedly they were shot shortly after, but the exact details of the execution have never been known yet. It is widely believed that the Japanese or Cossacks of the White movement burned them in the firebox of a steam engine in Muravyevo-Amurskaya (currently Lazo) station.
A number of locations in the Russian Far East now bear Lazo’s name.
This book presents a collection of writings from Chile’s Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) from 1968 to 1974. The original compilation, made by members of that organization who saved many internal documents from oblivion or destruction, focused on the work of the Secretary General of the MIR, Miguel Enríquez. For this reason, many important texts to understand the positions and ideas of MIR were absent. However, the expanded edition shows how the thought of Miguel Enríquez represents a collective political and ideological development. It is also the result of the work of many activists who contributed to one of the greatest political and ideological developments in the history of popular struggles in Chile and in our America.
TWELVE days ago Julia Gillard declared that General Vo Nguyen Giap, a hero of Vietnam’s revolution and one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century, was dead.
The Prime Minister told Australian veterans attending a Vietnam Remembrance Day ceremony that the war was now “just a page in the history books” and that its chief actors such as US presidents John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, Australian prime minister Robert Menzies and General Giap “are all gone”.
But yesterday in a Hanoi military hospital General Giap celebrated his 100th birthday with family members after Vietnam’s communist leaders had decorated him with even more medals, flowers and a basket of lotus, a symbol of beauty and vitality in Vietnam.Advertisement: Story continues below
Although frail and suffering from respiratory problems, General Giap’s mind is still alert, aides said, although it is not known if he is aware of Ms Gillard’s premature announcement of his death. Aides said General Giap still insists on being briefed on international and national affairs and until three years ago regularly received visiting foreign dignitaries in his French-style villa in Hanoi.
The four-star general signed thank-you notes to his comrades for their birthday wishes.
General Vo Nguyen Giap with well-wishers in hospital. Photo: AP
On August 27, our delegates in Havana, in the revolutionary Cuba of Fidel and Che, in the socialist homeland of José Martí, signed the so-called general agreement to end the conflict and to build a stable and lasting peace. Thus again is a dialogue process to achieve peace in our country initiated, a noble and legitimate aim pursued by the Colombian rebel movement for half a century. …
We are fully aware that the key to peace lies not in the pocket of the President of the Republic, and also not in that of the Commander of the FARC-EP. The only real depositary of such a key is the people of this country. It is the millions of victims of this elite and violent regime, the victims of neoliberalism, who dream of real democracy in a livable, developing and peaceful country. …
We call on the entire Colombian population to take a position, to demand his or her participation in the streets and squares, to exercise their power, as we have learned over the centuries. …
For our part, we come without rancor and without arrogance to the negotiating table, to tell the national government that it must take the people seriously, that their goals should not be judged as stupid, that they cannot act incompetent to do great things, that they must recognize the people’s right to participate in important national decisions.
With the close support of the masses, we have no plans to rise from this table until these demands have become a reality. We have sworn to win and we will win!