Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones' Army Treated to Shaves by Union Barbers on The Children's Crusade

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

Wednesday July 15, 1903
Elizabeth, New Jersey - Mother Jones and the Industrial Army Arriving Soon in Elizabeth

The Army marched the eleven miles from New Brunswick to Rahway yesterday, coming by way of Metuchen. In Rahway they were provided a large room in the Rahway Inn by H. C. Wilson, owner of the inn. Mother Jones arrived by train accompanied by Charles Sweeney, Chief Marshal of the Army, and by John Loprez, First Lieutenant. Three women are also traveling with Mother: Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Hanson, and Mrs. Clinton.

The Army now consists of the Industrial Band and about thirty-five Crusaders. They were treated to shaves by local union barbers.

Mother gave a speech before 2000 supporters. She insisted that a public aroused on the issue of child labor would result in:

Blessings not only to the children but to the whole nation.

The Army has been on the road marching since early this morning and are expected to arrive in Elizabeth soon. Mother Jones and the women will arrive by train. While in Elizabeth, the Crusaders will be hosted by the Socialist Party of Elizabeth.

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Sunday Train: Why Does Congressman Mica Lie About Amtrak?

Congressman John Mica, Republican from the Florida 7th district and member (former chair) of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, has been on the attack against Amtrak again. During the testimony to the committee by John Robert Smith, head of Transportation for America and Reconnecting America, and former Republican mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, faced aggressive questioning by Congressman Mica promoting his desired defunding of Amtrak:

... But Mica spared his real invective for the next part, where he let Smith know he’s seen “your little memo that you sent to my mayor.” Something about the belittling, eyes-in-the-back-of-my-head tone there was just chilling, like he’s saying he found the love notes Smith was writing to his wife. “House of Representatives slash Amtrak funding, putting the future of the national system in jeopardy!” Mica read the line in a high-pitched tone, mocking the hysteria Smith was clearly exhibiting when calling Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley’s attention to the House cuts.

 
Does Smith really think a cut of $1.4 billion to $950 million is such a big deal? Well, yeah, actually. “Don’t you think the United States is under threat when you’re in debt up to your eyeballs, when you’re borrowing 40 cents on the dollar to underwrite your service?” Mica exploded. “You’re aware that every ticket on Amtrak last year was underwritten more than $40 per passenger ticket? You’re aware of that?”
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Mica railed against Amtrak’s “Soviet-style operations” and the money losses on food service aboard the trains and asked Smith if he should “go back and tell that mother [of the soldier not getting hot breakfasts], ‘You know, we need to put this money into Amtrak; we can’t take any cuts out of Amtrak.’”

 
To which John Robert Smith firmly replied: “That’s a false choice, Congressman.”

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PJ Torokvei, 1951-2013

 photo PJ_torokvei_zps0f7fb0b2.jpgPJ Torokvei was an alum of Second City and SCTV where she worked with John Candy. She later became producer and head writer of WKRP in Cincinnati, a situation comedy that ran from 1979 to 1982 and is no doubt still appearing in reruns across the nation. PJ and her colleagues won two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.

PJ also cowrote the films Real Genius, Back to School, Caddyshack II and Guarding Tess.

PJ transitioned from male to female in 2001. On July 3 she died of complications from liver failure.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "I have seen children maimed and torn." The Children's Crusade

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

Tuesday July 14, 1903
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Mother Jones: "I have seen children maimed and torn."

Mother Jones and her Army remained in this city yesterday. She continued to make speeches while the little Industrial Band of fife and drums paraded the streets raising money for the march to New York City and for the textile strikers of Philadelphia. The following is an example of a speech by Mother Jones:

Child Labor

I have seen some children killed by slow starvation and others maimed and torn. What is to become of the next generation when this generation is being torn from the cradle to be thrown into the factories. Statistics show that out of every ten hours of labor, the laboring man is paid for two, while the other eight are stolen by the capitalist...There are three ways of making a living-working for it, begging it and stealing it. And the capitalist steals it from the working man.

The Industrial Army left New Brunswick this morning bound for Rahway by way of Metuchen.

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Transgender in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian legislator became the first to appoint a transgender political secretary in what is hoped is a step forward for transpeople in that country.

Teh Yee Cheu of the Democratic Action Party has selected Hezreen Shaik Daud, 33 to push for the welfare of the transgender community in the Malaysian state of Penang after a proposal to set up a committee was approved last week. The opposition party has of course warned that the existence of the committee could lead to (horrors!) same-sex marriages.

Since 2009, I have been asking for the committee be set up to handle issues related to this community to show that we are an open government.

--Teh

 photo Hezreen_Shaik_Daud_zps8de255d3.jpgHezreen speaks Malaysian, English, Mandarin, and Hokkien and formerly was employed as project offer for an NGO. She says that companies have refused to hire her because of the fear that she would not fit in with their male employees.

I am grateful to [Teh] for offering this job to me and I am looking forward to the challenge.

It is difficult for us to be hired by companies so I hope that with my appointment, we can show that we are as capable in our work as others.

--Hezreen

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "God help the children." Preacher no help to Children's Crusade.

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

Monday July 13, 1903
New Brunswick, New Jersey - "God help the children," Mother Jones

An open air meeting was held Sunday evening in this city. The Industrial Band paraded about town and money was raised to assist the Army's march to New York City. Mother Jones gave a speech and related this encounter with an area preacher. She said that when she approached the clergyman and requested aid for the little children who toil in the textile mills, he referred her to the politicians. Mother replied:

God help the children when the churches turn them over to the politicans.

The Industrial Army has been camped on the banks of the Raritan while Mother Jones and the other women stay in a hotel. Rain and mosquitoes have plagued the army causing a few disgruntled members to complain to The New York Times before returning to Philadelphia. The Times reports these few defections with great glee. But never a word of sympathy for the little children who are plagued with long hours of toil in dirty, dusty, hot factories. No decent member of the Industrial Army should begrudge their aged leader a bed in a hotel.

The local Federation of Labor has been assisting the Army while they are in New Brunswick. The plan had been to push on to Metuchen this morning, but it now appears that the Army will spend one more night in New Brunswick.

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Party On The Square- How Does It Feel?

Hey there, Party People! This week at the Party it's all about feelings. Tunes that have the word feel, feeling or a particular feeling in the title or lyrics. You can even go with tunes that evoke a certain feeling just for you! You know my roolz, play what you like~.

Baby You're A Rich Man

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ENDA: Doom in the future

 photo Kristin-Beck-615x345_zpsca0d500a.jpgBack in June I wrote about Kristen Beck, who was came out as transgender after a career as a Navy Seal. She shares the process in her memoir, Warrior Princess: A US Navy SEAL's Journey Coming Out Transgender.

Kristen is back in the news after having spoken out about ENDA. She has the current platform to speak about our issues (i.e. reporters are going to listen to her for awhile when she speaks).

In a country where workers can be fired for expressing their gender identity, people are not free.

--Kristin Beck

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