November Peace Love Activism
As always, some events in history cannot be pinned down to a specific date either because there's a lack of information or no one realized that the date might be historic someday. In any case, here are some peace-, love-, and activism-related November events.
Dred & Harriet Scott
In November 1837: the Army sent Dr. Emerson to Fort Jesup in Louisiana. The Scotts remained in Wisconsin Territory. (BH, see Nov 7; Scotts full story)
In November 1938,: Alabama Governor Graves denied all pardon applications. (full story)
In November 1968: deeply influenced by the Black Panther leaders Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, John Sinclair and Lawrence "Pun" Plamondon founded the White Panther Party. The ten-point program of the White Panther Party demanded economic and cultural freedom. “Everything free for everybody!” and a total “assault” on the culture by any means necessary were the essence of the White Panther program. (Black History, see Nov 5; Sinclair, see August 6, 1969)
In November 1991: Zantzinger pleaded guilty to 50 misdemeanor counts of unfair and deceptive trade practices. He was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and fined $50,000. The judge also sentenced Mr. Zantzinger to 2,400 hours of community service and directed him to help groups that advocate low-cost housing. (Zanzinger, see January 3, 2009; Black History, see April 29, 1992)
In November 1836: Angelina Grimké held her first "parlor talk" for women under the auspices of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Over the next year, she and her sister Sarah gave more than 70 lectures before an estimated 40,000 people. When criticized for speaking to audiences filled with men as well as women, Grimké launched a defense of the right of women to speak in public and participate as equals in public affairs. (see May 16, 1838)
In November 1956: a Science magazine article informed readers that women had tested a synthetic hormone as an oral contraceptive and it had been effective. In the summer of 1957 the FDA approved the use of Enovid for the treatment of severe menstrual disorders and required the drug label to carry a warning that Enovid would prevent ovulation. (see December 2, 1959)
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Future Woodstock Performers
- In November 1960: Joan Baez (age 19) released her first album, Joan Baez.
- In 1962 Ravi Shankar released his 4th album, Improvisations. He released his first at age 17 in 1937.
- In November 1968 Melanie (age 21) released her first album, Born to Be.
In November 1961, Hendrix met fellow serviceman Billy Cox. He was walking past the service club and heard Hendrix playing guitar inside. Cox, intrigued by the proficient playing, which he described as a combination of "John Lee Hooker and Beethoven", immediately checked-out a bass guitar and the two began to jam. Soon after, they began performing at the base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals. (see May 31, 1962)
In November 1967, authorities released Ken Kesey and he moved to Oregon. (LSD see February 4, 1968; KK, see November 10, 2001)
- In November 1968, Van Morrison released his classic album, Astral Weeks
- In November, 1969, Steppenwolf released the album Monster contained epic song by same name.
November Peace Love Activism
In November 1985, San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones conceived the idea of an AIDS Quilt. Since the 1978 assassinations of gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, Jones had helped organize the annual candlelight march honoring the men. While planning the 1985 march, he learned that AIDS had killed over 1,000 San Franciscans . He asked each of his fellow marchers to write on placards the names of friends and loved ones who had died of AIDS. At the end of the march, Jones and others stood on ladders taping these placards to the walls of the San Francisco Federal Building. The wall of names looked like a patchwork quilt. (see Nov 25)
In November 1987, Hugo Bedau and Michael Radelet published a landmark study in the Stanford Law Reviewdocumenting 350 cases involving defendants convicted of capital crimes in the United States between 1900 and 1985 and who were later found to be innocent. In the decade following the publication of that study, scores of additional death row inmates were discovered to have been falsely convicted, largely through the emergence of DNA evidence. (see June 29, 1988)
Sexual Abuse of Children
Reverend James Porter
During 1992 - 1993, the Reverend James Porter of Fall River diocese, Massachusetts accused of abusing children in five US states in the 1960s and 1970s. He later pleaded guilty to 41 counts of abuse.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
In November 1992, SNAP members traveled to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington D.C. At first, bishops refused to see them. Finally, three agreed to listen to their stories. The bishops said they would take what they learned “under consideration.” (see during 1992 – 1993)
In 1993, authorities brought the first legal proceedings against the Dallas diocese over sex abuse by the priest Rudolph Kos.
SNAP press conference
In November 1993, SNAP leaders from several cities traveled to Chicago to hold the organizations first ever national press conference. (see Sept 26, 1996)
In November 1995, according to audiotapes secretly recorded later by a Linda Tripp, Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton began a sexual relationship.
In November 2011, according to a study, States that had legalized medical marijuana saw fewer fatal car accidents in part because people might be substituting marijuana smoking for drinking alcohol. Comparing traffic deaths over time in states with and without medical marijuana law changes, the researchers found that fatal car wrecks dropped by 9% in states that legalized medical use — which was largely attributable to a decline in drunk driving... The authors also found that in states that legalized medical use, there was no increase in marijuana smoking by teenagers — a finding seen in other studies as well. But, in many cases, the laws were linked with an increase in marijuana smoking among adults in their 20s; this rise was accompanied by a reduction in alcohol use by college age youth, suggesting that they were smoking weed instead..." (see Nov 30)
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