Hellraisers Jounal: Child Labor Continues Today in Our Own Backyard

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday July 21, 1903
Passaic, New Jersey - Mother Jones and Her Army Arrived in Passaic in the Rain

Mother Jones at her desk.

Mother Jones arrived in Passaic at about 7 o'clock last evening by buggy. The Army came marching into town about a half-hour later. A hard driving rain caused the cancellation of the open-air meeting which had been planned. The Army camped out at a dance hall in the immigrant section of town, while Mother spent the night in a hotel. The Crusaders head on to West Hoboken today where they will be guests of the Socialists.

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GLSEN adopts transgender student support and activism group

 photo TSR_grad_zps9a5d8da8.pngGLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) has thrown their support behind a relatively new student-created support organization called Transgender Student Rights.

TSR was  formed in 2009 in response to the advocacy needs of transgender and gender nonconforming students. Its past accomplishments have included a student rights resolution with a sample district policy, educational resources, direct service, and popular social media pages. In GLSEN, TSR’s leaders see an opportunity to build upon the powerful foundation that they laid, and increase the capacity, sustainability and impact of their organizing efforts.

One of the problems with student organizations is always the fact that students graduate and move on, making it a struggle to keep student interest and find effective leadership.

Where previously TSR was run by volunteers, there will now be full-time GLSEN staff members helping us reach our goals. GLSEN’s strength in policy, research, education and advocacy will do incredible things for trans* and gender nonconforming justice in K-12 education.

--TSR leaders Alex Pratt, Camden Goetz, Eli Erlick and Emet Tauber

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks at Annual Picnic of Social Democrats on Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday July 20, 1903
Paterson, New Jersey - Mother Jones takes a side trip to speak to Social Democrats

Mother Jones gave a speech at the annual picnic of the Social Democrats of New York City last evening at Sulzer's Westchester Park. When she was introduced on the platform, she was greeted by wild cheering from the crowd of 4000. She had to wait several minutes for the cheering to cease before she could begin her speech:

I will be here with my children from the textile works Thursday evening, when I will address you at some length. I am too tired to do so now, and as you see, I am very hoarse.

There is one thing I must tell you, and that is that I am going to complete the journey to Oyster Bay with my army to see the President. The newspapers say he will not see me. I am going there to find out if he is the President of the capitalists only, or whether he is the President of the working men too. If he is the President of the capitalists only, he will be wiped out at the next election.

Mother was escorted about the park and she enjoyed the tests of strength very much, especially the sledge hammer competition. She also enjoyed watching the children at their games such as egg racing and rope skipping. She said that she was happy to see them playing in the open air and glad that they had a chance to go to school.

The Industrial Army paraded about Paterson this morning with their drum corps before taking to the road again, headed for Passaic.

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Hellraiser Journal: Mother Jones Says Her Army Will Not Be Bluffed on the Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Sunday July 19, 1903
Paterson, New Jersey - Mother Jones says her Army will not be "bluffed."

Mother Jones and the Industrial Army arrived in Paterson at noon yesterday. They came from Newark by trolley car, and were taken to Helvetia Hall for a luncheon and entertainment provided for them by the Trades Council.

Charles Sweeney made this statement:

We have sent a letter to President Roosevelt asking him to receive us and hear our story, but have not yet had an answer. We hope that the President will not refuse our request. We will probably go to Jersey City, and thence to New York for several days, as so many unions have asked us to visit them that there is no chance that we will get out of the city in less than a week.

In the evening, Mother spoke to a packed audience at Helvetia Hall. Daniel Tewan, Secretary of the Textile Workes' Union introduce Mother Jones, and she was given a vigorous reception by the crowd. Mother Jones said that the Army had every intention of visiting Oyster Bay, and that they would not be "bluffed" in their efforts to see the President.

New York City Chief Inspector Cortright insists that Mother Jones and the Industrial Army will not be allowed to parade in the city without a permit, and he doubts that a permit will be granted to Mother Jones.

Mother is scheduled to address the United Silk Weavers here in Paterson this morning. She will address the Democratic Socialist Party at their annual picnic later on today.

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Christian "activists" hating on trans kids

The Christian right just hates the idea of transgender children. Their specific target this time is a camp for transgender girls.

 photo 10_zpsfe1d1c00.jpgThe camp, known as "You Are You", is in its third year. It's a place where trans kids and their families can gather to network with others in a similar situation. You can see for yourself just how obscene that can be as documented by photographer Lindsay Morris. Or, you know, you could choose to see kids being happy.

The camp offers itself as...

...a temporary safe haven where gender-variant boys can freely express their interpretations of femininity alongside their parents and siblings.

But there is a different view from those so-called "activists".

There is a risk of locking children into a life course, which, if they had been left to develop naturally, they would have outgrown.

--Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council

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Hellraisers Jounal: Big Bill Haywood Ill, No Longer Active in Paterson Silk Strike

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Saturday July 18, 1903
Newark, New Jersey - Mother Jones and Industrial Army Are Guests of Trade Council

Mother Jones and her Army arrived in this city, yesterday, in the early afternoon. They came from Elizabeth on foot and by trolley. They paraded, banners waving, through Broad Street to their temporary headquarters where a luncheon was served.

In the evening, Mother Jones spoke before a large open-air meeting in front of the courthouse. Several hundred supporters cheered her speech entusiastically. Delegates from the Essex County Trades Council also spoke giving a warm welcome to the "miners' friend" and her Industrial Army. The Trades Council hosted the Crusaders while they were in Newark.

The Army set out this morning for Paterson, and are expected to arrive in that city by noon today

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to President: the cost of our prosperity?! The Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Friday July 17, 1903
From the Newark Evening News: A Letter to President Theodore Roosevelt

The Evening News published this letter yesterday. The letter is an appeal from Mother Jones to the President on behalf of the little children who spend their days in the industrial prisons of the nation rather than in school:


President Roosevelt relaxing
at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay

To Theodore Roosevelt
President of the United States
Dear Sir:
Being citizens of the United States of America, we, members of the textile industry, take the liberty of addressing this appeal to you. As Chief Executive of the United States, you are, in a sense, our father and leader, and as such we look to you for advice and guidance. Perhaps the crime of child slavery has never been forcibly brought to your notice.
Yet, as father of us all, surely the smallest detail must be of interest to you. In Philadelphia, Pa., there are ninety thousand (90,000) textile workers who are on strike, asking for a reduction from sixty to fifty-five hours a week. With machinery, Mr. President, we believe that forty-eight hours is sufficient.
If the United States Senate had passed the eight-hour bill, this strike might not have occurred. We also ask that the children be taken from the industrial prisons of this nation, and given their right of attending schools, so that in years to come better citizens will be given to this republic.
These little children, raked by cruel toil beneath the iron wheels of greed, are starving in this country which you have declared is in the height of prosperity-slaughtered, ten hours a day, every day in the week, every week in the month, every month in the year, that our manufacturing aristocracy may live to exploit more slaves as the years roll by.
We ask you, Mr. President, if our commercial greatness has not cost us too much by being built upon the quivering hearts of helpless children? We who know of these sufferings have taken up their cause and are now marching toward you in the hope that your tender heart will counsel with us to abolish this crime.
The manufacturers has threatened to starve these children, and we seek to show that no child shall die of hunger at the will of any manufacturer in this fair land. The clergy, whose work this really is, are silent on the crime of ages, and so we appeal to you.
It is in the hope that the words of Christ will be more clearly interpreted by you when he said "Suffer little children to come unto me." Our destination is New York City, and after that Oyster Bay. As your children, may we hope to have the pleasure of an audience? We only ask that you advise us as to the best course.
In Philadelphia alone thousands of persons will wait upon your answer, while throughout the land, wherever there is organized labor, the people will anxiously await an expression of your sentiments toward suffering childhood.
On behalf of these people, we beg that you will reply and let us know whether we may expect an audience.
The reply should be addressed to "Mother" Jones's Crusaders, en route according to the daily papers.

We are very respectfully yours,
"Mother" Jones, Chairman

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TransLife Center opened in Chicago

 photo RibbonCutting_zpsa9737727.jpgLast Monday Chicago House cut the ribbon to open the TransLife Center (TLC).

I first wrote about plans for the TLC a little over a year ago.

TLC is describing itself as the first facility of its kind for the transgender community. It is located in Chicago's Edgewater community. It will offer residential living, employment assistance, and healthcare.

Chicago House CEO Rev. Stan J. Sloan introduced Stormie Williams, who will be the first resident of the house. Williams cut the ribbon.

She says that staff have already helped her find employment.

I know there are more things to come.

--Stormy Williams

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones & Army Guests of Socialists in Elizabeth on The Children's Crusade

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday July 16, 1903
Elizabeth, New Jersey - Mother Jones and the Industrial Army Receive Warm Reception

Mother Jones arrived here by train yesterday at 12:15 PM. The Industrial Army marched into town a bit later. The Army, lead by Mother Jones, then marched to Washington Hall on Elizabeth Street. They will be the guests of the Socialist Party of Elizabeth while they are in town. Mayor Ryan and the local labor unions also gave the Crusaders a warm welcome.

In the afternoon, the Army held a parade through the factory section of town and collected donations as the workers quit for the day. In the evening, another parade was held and Mother Jones spoke at Washington Hall, followed by another meeting and another speech at Eller Park.

Atwell Bartholomew, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Trades and Labor Unions, has issued a statement "repudiating certain views" of Mother Jones:

While organized labor is in full sympathy with "Mother" Jones's views on child labor, she did not express the sentiment of organized labor toward the Church. We see no reason why the Church and labor should not be considered as allies, working together for the uplifting of Humanity.

Readers of Hellraisers will remember that Mother was critical of one preacher in New Brunswick who said that it was the politicians, and not the church, who should help the children. She did not say that the Church and labor could not be allies. Thankfully, Mother has more courage than the F. of L. leaders when it comes to standing up to those preachers who concern themselves more with "proper society" than with the poor and dispossessed.

The Industrial Army stayed last night at Washington Hall as guests of the proprietor, Edward Danneberger. They plan to visit the factory section of town again today. And will leave for Newark tomorrow.

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