Radical Saints

A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals



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”

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 1st – International Workers Day

International Workers Day

1st May

International Workers Day is a day of celebration for the working classes around the world and often involves mass demonstrations and strikes in support of workers rights, pay issues and economic injustices. 

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March 21st – Sharpeville Massacre

The Sharpville Massacre 

21st March 1969

The Sharpville Massacre occurred in South Africa when police officers opened fire on a protest containing over 5000 attendants, killing 69 of them.  Continue reading “March 21st – Sharpeville Massacre”

January 1st – CRH Mardi Gras Ball

CRH Mardi Gras Ball

1st January


In 1964 the Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) formed with the idea of bringing different Christian leaders together with leaders in the Gay community in San Francisco to discuss Gay issues and pursue more rights for the gay community. To raise funds for the organisation a costume ball was put on at California Hall in San Francisco on 1st January 1965 and was attended by both clergy members and gay couples.

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December 18th – The Abolition of Slavery in the USA

Slavery Abolished in the USA

18th December 1865

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

13th Amendment to the US Constitution

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December 12th – La Virgen de Guadalupe

La Virgen de Guadalupe

12th December

According to Catholic legend, in 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor indigenous man named Juan Diego and asked him to build a church at that place in Mexico City. When Juan informed the local Bishop he took with him tulips that had miraculously grown on the spot where the church was to be built. When he placed the flowers down they left an imprint of the Virgin on his apron which is still at the shrine to this day.

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