Jock Palfreeman

At the time I wrote this song, last summer, Jock Palfreeman was well into the 12th year of a 20-year prison sentence. By the time I recorded the song in October, coincidentally, Jock received parole. Since then, he's been in detention, awaiting a deportation back to Australia that may or may not come, since powerful forces in Bulgaria are overriding normal procedures in order to revoke Jock's parole.

This is a track from Strangers & Friends --

The Eureka Stockade

On December 3rd, 1854, British troops opened fire on the gold fields of Ballarat in Australia, in the course of a revolt of miners that became known as the Eureka Stockade.

Police Riots in Miami

November 21st, 2003 was one of several days notable for the entirety of downtown Miami being a ghost town, boarded up except for riot cops and protesters, outside of the meetings for the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

On November 19th, 1915, the most well-known bard among the many cultural workers that defined the spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World was executed by firing squad.

Armistice Day

On November 11th, 1918, the global carnage that became known as the First World War came to an end.

The Palmer Raids

On November 7th, 1919, the FBI began raiding union halls across the US, many of which were burned to the ground by patriotic World War 1 veterans, organized under the banner of the American Legion.  In this first nationwide raid conducted by the country's new national police force (which is what the FBI is) and their volunteer thugs, most of the leadership of the Industrial Workers of the World were arrested and imprisoned, thousands of members of this immigrant-led union were deported, and untold numbers were beaten, lynched or shot in the ensuing days of anti-union carnage.

If you're alive today, it's quite likely you have a Russian man named Vasili Arkhipov to thank for that.  It was on October 27th, 1962 that he saved the world.

John Brown’s Body

On October 18th, 1859, John Brown and his fellow armed abolitionists surrendered to General Robert E Lee in Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

First Sunday SPECIAL

Here's the first of a series of livestreamed concerts and other things I'll be putting out there on the first Sunday of each month.  It first appears as a multi-platform livestream (on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch), then it goes up in podcast form.

The Death of Loukanikos

It was in October, 2014 that the general public learned of the untimely death of one of the world's most beloved and infamous dogs -- Loukanikos, the Riot Dog.

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