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No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression. If such a movement has caught hold of the imagination of the masses they will seek a vent in song for the aspirations, the fears and the hopes, the loves and the hatreds engendered by the struggle. Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant, singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few, and not the faith of the multitude.
—  James Connolly
On This Day: May 24

International Women’s Day for Disarmament

  • 1798: The United Irishmen Movement begins against British rule, influenced by French and American revolutions.
  • 1856: Pottawatomie Massacre - John Brown and supporters kill five pro-slavery settlers in Kansas part of violent runup to Civil War.
  • 1894: Cripple Creek miners’ strike begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
  • 1906: British suffragist Dora Montefiore refuses to pay taxes and barricades house against bailiffs in protesting for women’s vote.
  • 1917: Mass anti-conscription protests in Montreal’s Victory Square.
  • 1918: All Canadian women over 21 win the right to vote in federal elections regardless of whether they can vote provincially.
  • 1921: The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti began.
  • 1940: Stalinist agents attempt to assassinate Leon Trotsky in Mexico for the first time.
  • 1949: UAW labour leader Victor Reuther, organizer during Flint GM plant sit-down strikes, shot and wounded at his home in Detroit.
  • 1961: Freedom Riders arrested right after arriving in Jackson, Mississippi, as they entered whites-only bus station waiting room.
  • 1968: At Stockholm University, students occupied their Student Union Building at Holländargatan until the 27th to send a political message to the government.
  • 1968: Louisville Riots: After a claim of police brutality, police and thousands of National Guard confront rioting protesters and looters. Two black teens die before order is restored.
  • 1968: Four protesters sentenced in Baltimore to 6 years in prison for pouring blood over draft records during Vietnam War.
  • 1968: In midst of national strikes and protests, French President de Gaulle asks nation to “back me or sack me”
  • 1971: Twenty-nine US soldiers sign anti-war newspaper advert in North Carolina.
  • 1980: Over a thousands are arrested during an occupation of nuclear power plant construction site in Seabrook, New Hampshire.
  • 1981: International Women’s Day for Disarmament declared. Calls for end to horror and devastation of armed conflict.
  • 1987: Romanian anarchist Eugen Relgis dies in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 1990: Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney of Earth First! car bombed in Oakland, CA. Police sabotage case and witch hunt local activist groups.
  • 1992: Thai dictator General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.
  • 2000: Israeli troops finish withdrawal from southern Lebabnon, ending 18 years of occupation.
  • 2012: Quebec Student Strike: The “Casseroles” series of nightly protests had rapidly expanded to most Montreal residential neighbourhoods outside of the usual protest routes.
  • 2015: Death of Morris Beckman, one of the 43 group against Moseley’s fascists during the 1940s.
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White women need to deal with the fact that most of you voted for Trump. It’s the not the job of black women or any marginalised and oppressed person to take responsibility for the actions of their oppressor or to educate their oppressor.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking in Syracuse at the New York Democratic State Convention in 1936.

FDR’s satirical rebuke against Republicans who opposed Social Security and the New Deal during the 1936 election.

80 years later the very same Republican Party used the same rhetoric unironically to justify taking away health insurance from 20 million Americans.

i also think this new trend of neo-victorian purity culture in fandom that ridicules people for shipping “bad” ships and attacks writers whose fics have “problematic” content is subtly tied to fandom’s new visibility and conditional mainstream acceptance. because of twitter and the increasing celebrity and showrunner interaction with fans, and because representation politics have somehow melded with respectability politics, there’s this push to “cleanse” ourselves of weird, freaky, disturbing, embarrassing content and present ourselves to the world as just “normal” people who love tv shows and books. because if they see we’re normal and cool, they’ll listen to us right? they’ll respect our demands right? they’ll give us our ships right? nope! instead we’re experiencing a massive dearth in fandom creativity because people are only invested in supporting and uplifting canon ships and canon stories, and instead of looking to ourselves for creativity and representation we’re depending on showrunners who’ve never had our best interests at heart. and honestly eff that. i don’t care about being seen as “normal”. i’m a weirdo! i’m a freak! fandom is weird and freaky and i’m okay with that! in fact, there’s power in that. we don’t need some stamp of approval from showrunners and celebrities, and we certainly don’t need to justify why we write or desire certain content in our fics. be weird! be freaky! be embarrassing! own it! it’s the only thing that’s truly ours.

Celebrating African-American Social Dance

This is the Bop. The Bop is a type of social dance. Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community. A social dance isn’t choreographed by any one person. It can’t be traced to any one moment. Each dance has steps that everyone can agree on, but it’s about the individual and their creative identity Because of that, social dances bubble up, they change, and they spread like wildfire. They are as old as our remembered history.

In African-American social dances, we see over 200 years of how African and African-American traditions influenced our history. The present always contains the past. And the past shapes who we are and who we will be.

Now, social dance is about community and connection; if you knew the steps, it meant you belonged to a group. But what if it becomes a worldwide craze? Enter the Twist.

It’s no surprise that the Twist can be traced back to the 19th century, brought to America from the Congo during slavery. But in the late ‘50s, right before the Civil Rights Movement, the Twist is popularized by Chubby Checker and Dick Clark. Suddenly, everybody’s doing the Twist: white teenagers, kids in Latin America, making its way into songs and movies. Through social dance, the boundaries between groups become blurred.

The story continues in the 1980s and '90s. Along with the emergence of hip-hop, African-American social dance took on even more visibility, borrowing from its long past, shaping culture and being shaped by it. Today, these dances continue to evolve, grow and spread.

Why do we dance? To move, to let loose, to express.

Why do we dance together? To heal, to remember, to say: “We speak a common language. We exist and we are free.”

From the TED-Ed Lesson The history of African-American social dance - Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown is a choreographer fusing dance and social commentary to explore race, sexuality and femininity.

Title Design by Kozmonot Animation Studio 

Daily reminder that the United States is prosperous and existing as it is today only because of the exploitation, destruction, and theft of resources, governments, and people from Central American, Carribbean American, South American, Indigenous North American, African, Southwest, Southeast, and Eastern Asian countries, nations, confederations, and tribes all throughout North American history to today.

America only became great from the destruction, enslavement, and manipulation of others.

And no matter who’s in charge of the nation, this trend will always continue.