July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13 Peace Love Activism


NYC draft riots

July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13 to July 16, 1863: The New York City draft riots were violent disturbances that arose from the culmination of working-class discontent with new laws passed by Congress that year to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War.

President Abraham Lincoln diverted several regiments of militia and volunteer troops from following up after the Battle of Gettysburg to control the city. The rioters were overwhelmingly working-class men, primarily ethnic Irish, resenting particularly that wealthier men, who could afford to pay a $300 commutation fee to hire a substitute, were spared the draft.

Initially intended to express anger at the draft, the protests turned into an ugly race riot, with the white rioters attacking blacks wherever they could be found. At least 100 black people were estimated to have been killed. (see January 31, 1865)
Leonidas Dyer

July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13 1923: US House representative Leonidas Dyer of St Louis stated taht he was not surprised at the acquittal of a George Barkwell at Columbia, Missouri on the charge of murder in connection with the lynching of James Scott, a Black. Dyer referred to statistics which, he said, showed that 3,824 lynchings had been recorded during the last thirty-five years and that in all those cases there had scarcely been a conviction. (see Aug 24)
Henry Dee

July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13, 1964: the disarticulated lower torso of Henry Dee was found in the river in the same area as Moore the day before.( BH, see July 16; Workers, see Aug 4; Moore/Dee see Nov 6)
Trayvon Martin Shooting
July 13, 2013:  the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. He was also acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge. (BH, see July 18; Trayvon, see July 19)

Religion and Public Education

July 13, 1935: in an effort to have the Butler law declared unconstitutional, defense attorney Clarence Darrow delivered a long, fiery speech arguing that the law violates freedom of religion. Darrow argues that "we find today as brazen and as bold an attempt to destroy learning as was ever made in the Middle Ages." (see July 14)

John F. Kennedy

July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13, 1960: Democrats nominated John F. Kennedy for President at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.


July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13 – 16, 1964: at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine became the first woman whose to be nominated, but Barry Goldwater was eventual nominiee. During his acceptance speech, Goldwater  stated that, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” (see February 26, 1965)

Road to Bethel and the Woodstock festival

July 13, 1969: Ulster County assemblyman Clark Bell, a Republican from Woodstock, released a statement to the press about a letter he’d just sent to Governor Rockefeller requesting the appointment of a coodinator to oversee the festival. He also recommended that the National Guard be alerted. (see July 14)

see Live Aid for more

July 13, 1985 – Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London held for famine relief in Ethiopia. (see May 26, 1986)
July 13 Peace Love Activism

Irish Troubles

July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13, 1981:  Martin Hurson (29) died after 46 days on hunger strike. (see Aug 1)


July 13, 1984: the CDC stated that avoiding injection drug use and reducing needle-sharing “should also be effective in preventing transmission of the virus.” (see Dec 17)

Cold war

July 13 Peace Love Activism

July 13, 1997, the remains of Che Guevara were returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades. (see October 17)

Sexual Abuse of Children

July 13, 1998: Dallas diocese forced to pay more than $31m to victims of Rudolph Kos. 

In 1999,  former Massachusetts priest John Geoghan was indicted on child rape charges and Bishop J. Keith Symons of Palm Beach, Fla., becames the first U.S. bishop to resign after admitting molestation. That scandal was greatly compounded in 2002 when Bishop Anthony O'Connell, the successor Rome appointed to clean house, resigned for the identical reason. (see January 8, 2002)

Hurricane Katrina

July 13, 2010: Katrina shootings and cover-up:: a federal grand jury indicted Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon, and Anthony Villavaso in connection with the shooting and subsequent cover-up. Additionally, Arthur "Archie" Kaufman (lead investigator on the case) and Gerard Dugue (another investigator) were charged with falsifying reports and false prosecution in the conspiracy to cover-up the shooting. (see August 5, 2011)

Occupy Wall Street

July 13, 2011: Adbusters, a pro-consumer magazine, proposed a peaceful demonstration on Wall Street. (see Aug 23) Image from Adbusters: 


Fair Housing
July 13, 2015: the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued new guidance on rules to ensure that gay people were protected from discrimination in federally subsidized housing, particularly in programs designed for older Americans.

HUD’s announcement is a strong step toward ending discrimination against LGBTQ people in federally supported senior housing,” Michael Adams, executive director of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), said in a written statement. “With a recent report showing that housing discrimination against LGBTQ elders is rampant, this is just the kind of leadership we need from the federal government. Now we need to make sure that these anti discrimination protections are effectively implemented.” (LGBTQ, see July 13; FH, see Aug 19)
July 13, 2015: U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning heard arguments about Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Davis was one of a handful of local officials across the country who had refused to comply with the court's order. Davis and others said it violated their religious beliefs.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Davis on behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples who were denied licenses. Davis told the Louisville Courier-Journal said that her "deep religious convictions" prevent her from complying with the Supreme Court's decision, and so she has decided to issue no more marriage licenses to any couple -- gay or straight. (see July 16)

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