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Yossel “Joe” Slovo was a Jewish South African revolutionary. Born in Obeliai, Lithuania in 1926, he spoke only Yiddish until his family fled from the growing Nazi threat to South Africa when he was 8 years old. When Joe was 16 years old, he joined the South African Communist Party, of which he would later become General Secretary. After volunteering in the fight against Nazism in Europe, he returned and earned a law degree, in the same class as Nelson Mandela. After a short series of stints in prison for communist activity, Joe emerged as a leader in Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC, which he led from exile in Britain, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique from 1963 to 1990. After waging war against the apartheid system for decades, he briefly served as Minister of Housing in Nelson Mandela’s new government before passing away in 1995. Many streets and buildings in South Africa are named in his honor. May his memory be a blessing! zt’‘l

On This Day: June 28

Stonewall Riots Anniversary

  • 1885: Francesco Saverio Merlino is in Paris in an effort to coordinate Italian and French anarchist groups.
  • 1894: Labor Day becomes an official United States holiday in wake of deaths of workers at hands of US military during the Pullman Strike. It is celebrated on the first Monday of September.
  • 1905: 1905 Revolution: Battleship Potemkin enters port of Odessa under control of its mutinous crew.
  • 1906: Shūsui Kōtoku speaks at a large public meeting in Tokyo.
  • 1911: Anarchist singer Gaston Coute dies in Paris.
  • 1914: Third session of the anarchist conference in São Paulo.
  • 1916: 50,000 workers participate in one-day protest strike over the trial of socialist anti-war leader Karl Leibnecht.
  • 1917: 9,000, including WEB DuBois, parade silently down Fifth Avenue in New York City against lynching & racist laws.
  • 1919: International Labour Organisation formed as part of the League of Nations.
  • 1929: Edward Carpenter dies in Guildford, Surrey. He was a socialist poet, philosopher, anthologist, and early activist for rights for homosexuals.
  • 1934: Anarchist Kenneth Patchen marries Miriam Oikemus.
  • 1936: Alexander Berkman dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Nice, France.
  • 1942: Marxist Chris Hani born in Transkei, South Africa. He was leader of South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC.
  • 1947: Black Panther Party activist Mark Clark born in Peoria, Illinois.
  • 1950: Bodo League massacre begins. 200,000 communists & other political prisoners are killed by the South Korean military during the Korean War.
  • 1956: A crowd of 100,000 workers gather in Poznan, Poland. The government responds with 400 tanks. Seventy-four are killed.
  • 1964: Organization of Afro-American Unity is founded by Malcolm X, lasts until his death.
  • 1969: Stonewall Riots begin at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan.
  • 2005: The Zapatistas release the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.
  • 2006: Léo Ferré performs at the Teatro Calabresi in San Benedetto del Tronto.
  • 2010: G-20 Toronto summit protests ends.