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regarding this comment. here’s a public service announcement:
**IF YOU COME ACROSS AN AMERICAN ARTIST, WRITER, JOURNALIST OR MUSICIAN RIGHT NOW WHO HAS NO POLITICAL OPINIONS AND/OR IS AFRAID OF TALKING POLITICS, BE VERY CONCERNED.**

go back to germany in 1935 and tell paul klee, bertolt brecht and the other poets, musicians, painters and novelists that “politics” had nothing to do with their “real lives”.

“life stories…”?
“things about my child….”?

these ARE the stories of my life.

if i thought that donald trump was going to have no effect on my life story…the story of my child…the story of my 300 million american brothers and sisters…i’d shut up. really i would.

it’s a good time to drag this evergreen quote out:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

-from Martin Niemöller, 1892–1984, who was a prominent Protestant pastor / outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

are you ready to speak?
are you ready to listen?

because it’s about to get very, VERY loud.

and it must, because if we don’t speak now, we will regret it.

love,
amanda

(and to drive the point home….this was typed and cut and pasted while literally breastfeeding a baby.)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

—  Martin Niemöller
What “President Trump” Means For My Family

Let’s try an exercise. Read this quotation.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Now replace the proper nouns in that quotation with ones you might be more aware of: Muslims, Gays, Women, Immigrants, Disabled.

The quote was taken from lectures by Pastor Martin Niemöller in the wake of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. He admitted his own antisemitism led to apathy as the dictator began collecting up his neighbors and countrymen.

I’ll say that again. His neighbors and countrymen.

All of the groups I listed have been targeted in speeches and proposed policies by president-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence. All of the groups I listed are your neighbors and countrymen.

When my boys woke to discover Trump had won the election, they asked what will happen. I said, “We make our voices heard at the highest levels of government. We work hard to protect the people we care about and the rights of Americans and those who seek to become Americans.” Our neighbors and countrymen.

So I will show my boys that we must engage with leaders who disagree that all citizens should have equal rights. We must show them that we all deserve safety and respect. And if those leaders will not listen, we must shame and ridicule them. And if they feel no shame, we must fight them. Because they very ideals that make America a beacon of hope and promise are in very real danger of crumbling, not just within my boys’ lifetime, but within their childhood. 

So whether you voted for Trump or not, when his promises begin to materialize and they come for your neighbors and countrymen, I will join you as you stand against them. Because history shows us that after our neighbors and countrymen are gone, the tyrants come for us, for our children.

And who then will speak out for you?

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

“First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.”

Martin Niemoller


They also came for the Romani, the gays, the disabled, the incurably sick, the blacks, the dissidents. Anyone who didn’t fit their ‘perfect Aryan ideal’.

The world was silent then. The world outside turned away boatloads of refugees, desperate to escape the slaughter. The world knew of the horrors, but did not, would not, act.

The camps were liberated, yes, but that was not the aim of the war. It was a sideline.

Nobody cared.


I can see a horrific mirror of those days beginning to appear now. Refugees turned away, the President of the United States proposing a Muslim Register, and a list of crimes committed by immigrants. The repeal of the ACA in the US, and the actions of the DWP in the UK, taken against the disabled and chronically ill.

Hate crimes against Jewish people and businesses, and anti semitism in general, on the rise. Honest to goodness Neo-Nazis on the streets and on the TV.

WE CANNOT REMAIN SILENT.

We cannot let this happen again. We must not let them divide us.

We must speak up, we must fight, we must resist!

On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, of all days, we must remember:

NEVER AGAIN

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller

History

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

- Martin Niemöller

"When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out"

Auschwitz-Birkenau
Belzec
Bergen-Belsen
Buchenwald
Chelmno
Dachau
Ebensee
Flossenbürg
Gross-Rosen
Janowska
Kaiserwald
Majdanek
Mauthausen-Gusen
Natzweiler-Struthof
Neuengamme Nordhausen (Dora-Mittelbau)
Sachsenhausen (Oranienburg)
Plaszow
Ravensbrück
Sobibor
Stutthof
Terezin (Theresienstadt)
Treblinka
Westerbork

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
… Reverend Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller (14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984)

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2017
Do not say it can never happen again. It can.
Do not say it can never happen here. It can.
Do not say nobody cares any more. We do.


Please share this to remind others: we must never let this happen again.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

                                         -  Pastor Martin Niemöller

Reifgraber/Union Automatic Pistol developed by anarchist and trade unionist Joseph Joachim Reifgraber who not only designed firearms, but also published and edited an anarchist newspaper out of St. Louis, Missouri called “Die Parole”.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

—  Martin Niemöller

Donald Trump’s Ban Is Un-American!

He Brings Shame On The United States!

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

—  Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
On This Day: March 25
  • 1805: Birth of George H Evans, reformer, trade unionist and publisher of radical newspapers “Workingman’s Advocate” and “The Radical”.
  • 1811: Percy Bysshe Shelley expelled from University of Oxford for publishing ’The Necessity of Atheism’.
  • 1863: Abolitionists Samuel Ward and Mary Ann Shadd publish “The Provincial Freeman” in Ontario for escaped US slaves.
  • 1872: The Toronto Typographical Union takes up the cause of the “Nine-Hour Movement” and goes out on strike.
  • 1873: Birth of German anarcho-syndicalist Rudolf Rocker in Mainz.
  • 1893: Fedir Shchus is born in Bolchai-Mikhailovka, Ukraine. He was a commander in the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine of Nestor Makhno.
  • 1894: Coxey’s Army of the unemployed marches on Washington, DC, demanding job creation in the midst of a 4-year economic depression.
  • 1901: Foundation of Argentina’s first national labour confederation, the Argentine Regional Workers’ Federation.
  • 1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company, occupying the top three floors of a ten-story building in New York City, was consumed by fire. One hundred and forty-six people, mostly women and young girls working in sweatshop conditions, died.
  • 1922: Brazilian Communist Party founded.
  • 1965: After the successful completion of the Selma to Montgomery March, and after Dr. King had delivered his “How Long, Not Long” speech on the steps of the state capitol, a white volunteer, Viola Liuzzo, is shot and killed by KKK members in Alabama, one of whom was an FBI informant.
  • 1966: Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations take place in many cities across the US and around the world.

By the way, the first people that were put into concentration camps in the Third Reich were not Jewish people. The Nazis very well knew that at first they had to get rid off the strong opponents. The first people in the concentration camps were political opponents, the socialists, the communists, the democrats, the trade unionists, intellectuals that would not put up a physical fight, but by silencing them they broke the backbone of the resistance.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
—  Martin Niemöller
On This Day: March 21

International Day of Forests

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

World Down Syndrome Day

  • 1851: Josiah Warren and others founded the intentional community Modern Times.
  • 1857: Birth of Alice Henry an Australian suffragist, journalist and trade unionist and a member of the Women’s Trade Union League.
  • 1884: Trade Unions legalised in France.
  • 1918: Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón was arrested under charges of violating the Espionage Act of 1917.
  • 1919: The beginning of the five month long Hungarian Soviet Republic led by Béla Kun and the fledgling Hungarian Communist Party.
  • 1920: Evelina Haverfield dies. A British suffragette involved in women’s suffrage group Women’s Social and Political Union.
  • 1920: The Second Rio Grande do Sul State Labour Congress from 21 to 25 March. Delegates attended from 30 associations, all committed to revolutionary syndicalism in Brazil.
  • 1921: Shanghai workers uprising.
  • 1928: Korean anarchists in China meet in Nanking to form the League of Eastern Anarchists. Main participants include Yoo Ja-myung, Lee Jung-kyu, Lee Eul-kyu, Baek Chung-kee, Shin Chae-ho, ChungHwa-am.
  • 1937: During the Spanish Civil War, the Iron Column voted to militarize itself.
  • 1937: 19 civilians are killed by police in the “Ponce Massacre” in Puerto Rico, as US appointed gov orders fire on peaceful march.
  • 1949: Slavoj Žižek born.
  • 1959: Chinese troops suppress an uprising against the occupation of Tibet.
  • 1960: Sharpeville massacre: South African police attack unarmed demonstrators. 69 killed - many shot in back.
  • 1965: Participants in the third and successful Selma to Montgomery march stepped off on a five-day 54-mile march to Montgomery, Alabama’s capitol.
  • 1970: During national US wildcat post strike an effigy of Pres Gus Johnson of the union local is hung at a meeting in New York.
  • 2008: The Aryan Guard staged a demonstration in downtown Calgary on Good Friday and United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism. More than 40 supporters of the Aryan Guard faced a crowd of more than 200 anti-racist protesters, including anarchists, communists and union leaders, who prevented the Guard from reaching their planned meeting place at the Mewata Armouries.

Today in labor history, October 4, 1936: An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 trade unionists, anti-fascist activists, and local residents barricade streets leading into London’s East End to stop a march by British fascists. The 6,000 police officers who attempted to clear a route for the fascists were met with fierce resistance in what became known as the Battle of Cable Street and the march was re-routed.

On This Day: March 16
  • 1895: Emma Goldman speaks at the “Great Commune Celebration” sponsored by the International Worker’s Association in New Haven.
  • 1901: Birth of Potti Sreeramulu an Indian revolutionary, follower of Mahatma Gandhi, died after fasting for Andhra statehood.
  • 1907: Police forcibly remove Emma Goldman from Workingmen’s Hall in Chicago, where she is scheduled to speak on “Anarchy as It Really Is,” an event organized by the newly created Freedom of Speech Society.
  • 1921: The War Resisters International founded with sections in Britain, Netherlands and Germany. Their slogan was “The right to refuse to kill”.
  • 1933: Germany’s Free Workers’ Union of Germany published their last newspaper in Dresden.
  • 1936: Death of Marguerite Durand, French actor, journalist, trade unionist and a leading suffragette.
  • 1950: Russian anarchist Gregori Maximoff died.
  • 1953: Paul Frölich, founder of German Communist Party’s newspaper, Rote Fahne and biographer of Rosa Luxemburg dies in Frankfurt.
  • 1960: The United Federation of Teachers formed in New York represent public school teachers and other education workers in the city
  • 1964: 25% of school students in New York City strike to protest segregation.
  • 1965: Alice Herz, age 82, self-immolates in Detroit, MI in protest of Vietnam escalation. Herz dies 10 days later.
  • 1966: 12 Australians burn their draft cards at a Sydney rally against Australia’s participation in the Vietnam conflict.
  • 1968: My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Wanton rape and murder of innocents by US GI’s creates enormous new anti-war outcry when news leaks in 1969.
  • 2001: “Sacco andamp; Vanzetti”, a play by Anton Coppola about anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti premiered.
  • 2003: Death of Rachel Corrie. A US activist for Palestine killed by an Israeli military armored bulldozer.
  • 2003: Over 5,000 co-ordinated candlelit vigils take place in an 11th hour co-ordinated protest against an invasion of Iraq.
  • 2005: 2005 Quebec Student Strike: Between 10,000 and 100,000 students took the streets for a peaceful march in Montreal, creating the largest student protest staged in Quebec until March 22, 2012.