I’ve been doing Inktober, but haven’t actually posted any of the drawings yet. Here’s a coupe based on the book about the Tolpuddle Martyrs that I’m currently reading. I particularly like the quote attributed to the man who my adopted city is named after.
1792: Tiradentes, a Brazilian revolutionary
influenced by Rousseau and American Revolution, executed for leading
1834: 30,000 march protesting imprisonment of Tolpuddle Martyrs, who unionized to protect their wages.
1841: Anselmo Lorenzo is born in Toledo, Spain. He was a
defining figure in the early Spanish Anarchist movement, earning the
often quoted sobriquet “the grandfather of Spanish anarchism,” in the
words of Murray Bookchin; “his contribution to the spread of Anarchist ideas in Barcelona and Andalusia over the decades was enormous”.
1856: Stonemasons and building workers in Melbourne achieve
an eight-hour day, the first organized workers in the world to achieve
an 8-hour day, with no loss of pay.
1879: Birth of Raden Ayu Kartini a prominent pioneer in the area of women’s rights for Indonesians.
1894: Start of the US national eight-week Bituminous Coal Miners’ strike.
1898: Errico Malatesta and others stood trial for criminal conspiracy in Italy.
1908: Anarchist poet Carlos Pezoa Véliz dies in Santiago, Chile.
1913: André Soudy, a member of the Bonnot Gang, was executed.
1921: Police fire on IWW-organised striking miners at Neversweat mine in Butte, Montana. Two are killed and thirteen are wounded.
1939: Birth of Helen Prejean. She was an activist against the Death Penalty.
1972: During the Quebec general strike, the Quebec government
passed Bill 19 into law, forcing the unionised workers back to work,
and banned fundamental trade union rights for a period of two years.
1989: In Beijing about 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen
Square to commemorate reform leader Hu Yaobang leading to democracy
1997: 2,500 Goodyear Tire United Steelworkers union workers
start three week strike in plants across US for job security, wages and
2003: Death of Nina Simone, singer, songwriter, musician and civil rights activist.
2011: Shanghai truck drivers enter second day of protest against inflation.
2013: Death of Leopold Engleitner an Austrian conscientious objector, Jehovah’s Witness and Holocaust survivor.