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On This Day: June 26
  • 1880: Anarchist anti-fascist Aurèle Patorni born in Paris. He was a writer, journalist and song writer.
  • 1886: Charles Gallo, hauled to court for sentencing for his attack on the Stock Exchange, is expelled from the courtroom shouting “Death to bourgeois judges! Long live dynamite! Long live anarchy!”
  • 1892: Taiji Yamaga was born in Kyoto. He was an anarchist and Esperantist. He helped with the publication of the Heimin Shimbun (The Commoner’s News) libertarian-socialist newspaper.
  • 1893: Imprisoned Haymarket anarchists not already hanged by the state of Illinois are pardoned by Illinois governor, John Peter Altgeld.
  • 1903: Anarcho-syndicalist Paul Louis Joseph Esteve born in Montels, France. He was a plasterer and militant at the Union Anarchiste (UA).
  • 1906: Francisco Ferrer, while imprisoned, begins writing to fellow anarchist Charles Malato.
  • 1910: In Paris, at the Pantin cemetery, funeral ceremonies are held for the anarchist Henri Cler (killed during a series of confrontations between police and striking cabinetmakers on June 13) — marked by violence, once again, by a mass of police attempting to disperse the thousands of people present.
  • 1917: 300 IWW miners strike against Phelps Dodge in Bisbee, Arizona.
  • 1919: Winnipeg General Strike ends after leaders are arrested.
  • 1936: Anarchist Régis Meunier dies in France.
  • 1937: Showing solidarity with POUM militants being persecuted by the Stalinists and the Republic’s police, the Bolshevik-Leninist Section calls for concerted action by the Section, the left of the POUM and the anarchist Friends of Durruti.
  • 1938: Thomas H. Keell dies in Gloucestershire. He was a compositor who edited the anarchist periodical Freedom.
  • 1948: Argentinian anarchist Raul Carbeillera dies in Spain. He committed suicide rather than be captured by police and the Guardia Civil in Montjuich.
  • 1959: Joëlle Aubron born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. She was a militant in the French group Action directe.
  • 1960: The former British Protectorate of British Somaliland gains its independence as Somaliland.
  • 1966: Article by Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco’s Culture and the Drift to the Right, published.
  • 1968: The abolition of censorship in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1975: FBI shootout with American Indian Movement at Oglala, South Dakota. Two FBI agents are killd. Leonard Peltier was arrested and remains in prison.
  • 1991: The Anarchist Youth Federation (F.A.M.) pickets at Bulgarian DS (State Security) for the release of Radionov and Nuznetzov, two young Russian anarchists who were arrested in Moscow in February.
  • 1996: Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.
  • 1997: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole dies in Honolulu. He was a singer and an activist for indigenous rights & independence.
  • 2002: J26 G8 Protests at Kananaskis, Alberta.
  • 2003: Clashes in Thessalonika Greece, during the EU Summit.
  • 2006: Mari Alkatiri, the first Prime Minister of East Timor, resigns after weeks of political unrest.
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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.