Wednesday, January 28, 2009


On 22 January 1888, Louise Michel, an anarchist and participant in the Paris Commune was wounded in an attack on her life. She testified for her attacker, urging his acquital, because of her lifelong campaign against the penal system.

Interestingly, after the slaughter of the Communards, Louise Michel survived. She was dragged before the court and the judge released her, laughing and saying that she was the ugliest woman he'd ever seen. His decision was based on his belief that no woman SO ugly would have any impact on society.

He was proven very wrong after Michel continued to live a life of political activism.

Yesterday was the United Nation's Holocaust Remembrance Day, which excluded all involvement of Roma/Sinti. Our political organizations continue to be ignored or stonewalled by the United Nations, which should be ashamed.

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