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A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

October 4th – The Battle of Cable Street

The Battle of Cable Street

4th October 1936


The Battle of Cable Street occurred when a union of antifascists, communists and local Irish, Jewish and English people opposed a march of Oswald Mosley’s Union of British Fascists through the streets of London. The British Government refused to ban the march and instead offered police protection to the fascists leading to violent clashes with those who opposed the march. Continue reading “October 4th – The Battle of Cable Street”

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September 22nd – Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair

22nd September


Folsom Street Fair is an annual event celebrating leather, BDSM and fetish culture held in San Francisco. It began in 1984 and is now the third largest outdoor single day event held in the city.

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September 13th – Attica Prison Rebellion

The Attica Prison Rebellion

13th September 1971


The Attica Prison Rebellion was an uprising following the killing of a prisoner who had been campaigning for better living conditions. It ended with a disproportionally violent repression from the State and Prison officers resulting in the deaths of 33 people. Continue reading “September 13th – Attica Prison Rebellion”

September 9th – Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

 

9th September 1828 – 20th November 1910

“We do not acknowledge allegiance to any human government. We recognize but one King and Lawgiver, one Judge and Ruler of mankind. Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity only as we love all other lands. The interests and rights of American citizens are not dearer to us than those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism to revenge any national insult or injury”

–  The Kingdom of God is Within You, Leo Tolstoy


Leo Tolstoy was a Russian author and spiritual leader. After a successful career as literature author Tolstoy experienced a spiritual awakening which lead him to become a dedicated follower of the teachings of Christ as an Anarchist and pacifist. Continue reading “September 9th – Leo Tolstoy”

August 24th – Sophie Lancaster

Sophie Lancaster

26th November 1986 – 24th August 2007


Sophie Lancaster was a young English woman who was murdered for belonging to the goth/alternative subculture. Continue reading “August 24th – Sophie Lancaster”

August 4th – Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan

15th September 1981 – 4th August 2011


Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of armed police officers lead to riots lasting several days across the whole of the UK. Continue reading “August 4th – Mark Duggan”

July 26th – Jacques Hamel

Jacques Hamel

30th November 1930 – 26th July 2016


Jacques Hamel was a French Roman Catholic priest who was martyred whilst celebrating Mass in his parish church. He was a faithful priest dedicated to serving the Church he loved for over 60 years.

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July 22nd – Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

22nd July


Mary Magdalene was the first person to meet the Resurrected Christ and so has the honourable title of Apostle to the Apostles. Despite being marginalised and slandered by the Church throughout the years she remains one of the most important people of all time and a key person for the Christian faith.

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July 20th – St Wilgefortis

Wilgefortis

20th July


Saint Wilgefortis was crucified for miraculously growing a beard after a period of prayer and was a popular religious figure across Northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Continue reading “July 20th – St Wilgefortis”

July 19th – Seneca Falls Convention

Seneca Falls Convention

19th – 20th July 1848

 


The Seneca Falls Convention was the first convention on the rights of women in America. The convention discussed the civil, social and religious condition of women and provided a space for women to speak in public during a time when society frowned on such activities. Continue reading “July 19th – Seneca Falls Convention”

May 15th – Nakba Day

Nakba Day

15th May


Nakba Day is a Palestinian day of commemoration of Israel’s declaration of Independence and the mass displacement of Palestinians in 1948.

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May 3rd – Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen

30th May 1926 – 3rd May 1989

“I gave the sexual revolution a good swift kick in the pants”

-Christine Jorgensen


Christine Jorgensen was a transgender woman who is famous for being the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement treatment.

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