Occupy Wall Street!

Song For Today (version 2.0), the podcast, launches today, for the occasion of the anniversary of the first of the Occupy Wall Street protests, in New York City on September 17th, 2011.

I did a concert from my living room to the internet, via YouTube live stream. This is the higher-quality audio version I recorded with my SE1 USB mic and laptop, at the same time I was streaming via my iPad.

On June 20th, 2015, the Golden Rule set sail again. The ship was among the first to be used by activists to protest nuclear testing in the Pacific, back in the 1950's, when such protests were far more rare than they became a decade later.

On June 19th, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the federal government in the state of Massachusetts. They were convicted for being Soviet spies.

The Bonobo Connection

On June 13th, 2012, scientists published their findings that humans are just as closely related to bonobos as we are to chimpanzees.

Pulse Night Club Massacre

On June 12th, 2016, a mass killing took place at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida.

CeCe McDonald

On June 5th, 2011, a young Black, trans woman named CeCe McDonald went out to a bar with friends. A white male fascist in the bar took exception to CeCe for being the wrong kind of woman.

First Opium War Began

On June 3rd, 1839, Chinese troops burned 20,000 crates of British opium, leading to Britain initiating a “trade war” of aggression. It became known as the First Opium War. The purpose of it was to force China to import an addictive drug, in order to allow the British Empire to profit off of the misery of the Chinese people.

The Merthyr Rising

On June 2nd, 1831, workers in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil marched on the Castle Inn, where local bosses and magistrates were meeting with the High Sheriff of Glamorgan. Workers demanded a reduction in the price of bread and an increase in wages. When their demands were rejected, they attacked the inn, rioted, and took over the town, marching under a red flag. It took the 93rd (Highland) Regiment over a week to restore the status quo. The rebellion later came to be known as the Merthyr Rising.

On June 1st, 2005, Paul Wolfowitz was appointed by President George W Bush to head the World Bank. The appointment of Wolfowitz to this ostensibly financial institution was especially notable at the time because his role just prior to this appointment was overseeing the wholesale privatization of the economy of occupied Iraq. Conflict of interest, anyone?

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