Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "Rise Up and Strike..Stand Together and Never Surrender."

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

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Thursday September 17, 1903
From the Denver Post: "Does Gov. Peabody Really Know What He Is Doing?"

The present attitude of Governor Peabody is that organized labor is treasonable. The situation at Cripple Creek is a reminder of the fact that the President of the United States and governor of a state have unlimited power in emergencies-but if they exercise it wrongly upon their heads be it; that is to say, the politician or the political aspirant who uses the supreme power of the state and it turns out to have been unnecessary is destroyed by his mistake. ...

So all the presidents of the United States and all the governors of states have hesitated long and well, and, indeed, there is no modern example of the thing Peabody is dong, save Cleveland's famous act in Chicago. The pretext there was that the United States mails had to be moved. The excuse for martial law at Cripple Creek is that there is conspiracy against the law. The real reason in Chicago was that President Cleveland decided to put an end to the railway strike and likewise the real reason at Cripple Creek is that the governor proposes to crush the miners' strike.

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Gender Prison: The shame of interacting with trans women

I am not a hip-hop fan. I'm more in to hippie acid rock and blues. But I couldn't miss the recent news out of that community which erupted last week and has been burning up the gossip pages.

Not that I am a big fan of gossip either.

There has been a multitude of commentary recently about the shaming of men for having encounters with transgender women. Starting with Janet Mock, and followed by Melissa Harris-Perry and Andrea James, the articles have focused on the hip-hop community's response to the recent resignation of DJ Mister Cee after he was forced to admit having sex with transgender women.

 photo MisterCee_zpsa748b7ce.jpgMister Cee did not quit because he was admitting criminal activity. But you would have never known that from observing the aftermath of the incident. Mister Cee resigned because of the shaming and criticism he received because of his sexual practices, believing that this would "distract from his effectiveness as a DJ and harm the station."

We transwomen and our allies have felt the need to participate in this discussion. You can join in also.

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Hellraisers Jounal: "We're coming Colorado!..Shouting the Battle Cry of Union."

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

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Wednesday September 16, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Big Bill Haywood, Secretary of the Western Federation of Miners

In the Denver office of the Western Federation of Miners, William D. Haywood, Secretary of the W. F. of M., is hard at work. Haywood is known simply as "Big Bill" by his fellow metal miners. He works in the office by day arranging relief for striking miners and their families, and seeking legal representation for those arrested. In the evening there are meetings to attend. Meetings for the smeltermen, Socialist Party meetings, and various union committee meetings all demand his time and attention.

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Sunday Train: Rapid Rail and Pedal to the Metal Climate Change Policy (part 1)

Earlier this month, Micheal Hoexter offered a "A Pedal-to-the-Metal Plan" to respond to the challenge of Climate Chaos at New Economic Perspectives, also crossposted to Naked Capitalism (part 1, part 2 and part 3).

His plan is an overarching plan for a 15-20 year equivalent-to-worldwar mobilization of our economy for the purpose of reducing the degree of severity of the climate catastrophe that our economy has signed up for under status quo policies. What I am looking at this week is the role that Rapid Freight Rail and Rapid Passenger Rail can play as part of the mix of Pedal to the Metal Climate Change policies addressing transport.

There is a tremendous gap today between the maximum that is politically feasible and the minimum required to make a serious dent in the challenge that we face. This piece lies primarily on the "minimum necessary" side of our current political dysfunction, looking at necessary (though not sufficient) structural transformations of our transportation system. However, it is also address in part to the "maximum feasible" side, since these are policies that can be put into place on the back of only a partial political breakthrough, which may not on its own be enough to get a complete Pedal to the Metal policy package in place.

I argue that both Rapid Freight Rail and Rapid Passenger Rail can play the roles of "front-runner" policies on the transport side of a Pedal to the Metal Climate Change policy package. One of the things we look for in prospective front-runner policies is that the policies stand on their own, but they also strongly complement follow-up policies that we would look to put into place to complete the Pedal to the Metal policy package.

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Hellraisers Journal: UMW Special Convention Begins in Trinidad, Colorado; Strike Call Expected

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

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Tuesday September 15, 1903
Editorial from the Rocky Mountain News: "BELL SHOULD BE REMOVED"

Adjutant General Sherman Bell should be relieved and removed from command of the troops at Cripple Creek. His mental characteristics are such as to make him an unsafe and even dangerous person to hold that position. This has been shown by his conduct since he went to the district in his disregard of the law and the most ordinary rights of citizens.

The troops have been used to make domiciliary visits, to enter peaceable meetings by force of arms and to make arrests without warrant or indictment and without giving information to the persons arrested or to the public of the reasons of the arrests. Some even are being held forcibly in durance without charge of any kind against them...

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Hellraisers Journal: Big Annie Clemenc, "If this flag will not protect me, then I will die with it."

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

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Monday September 14, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Telegram from "The Victims of Military Despotism"

The following telegram was sent from the strike zone to Charles Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners:

The victims of the corporations' tyranny greet you in the greatest gold camp in all the world.
The civil power has been supplanted by military despotism. The laws of the state are overridden with impunity and the powers that be are using the glorious American flag to cover crimes against the constitution of the illustrious state of Colorado, and the "Bill of Rights" of the United States of America. The rights of property has supplanted the rights of the individual and a lawless mob [militia] are arresting citizens without authority at their pleasure. Please arouse the citizens of the state and save us from this anarchistic anarchism, militaryism, un-Americanism, blatherskiteism and Bellism.

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Protesting Russia's anti-LGBT agenda

 

 

I've lived to bury my desires
and see my dreams corrode with rust
now all that's left are fruitless fires
that burn my empty heart to dust.
  

--Alexander Pushkin

 

 

 

Masha Bast is chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights. The association was founded in 2004, but didn't come into fruition until 2007.

Masha has come out as a bisexual transwoman in order to protest the Russian federal ban on "gay propaganda."

The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong

I remember being 10 and wanting to be a girl and putting on girl's clothes. I didn't understand what was happening to me.

This was in the Soviet Union and there was no information to explain what was happening to me.

--Masha Bast

There is more from Masha on the inside.

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Hellraisers Journal: Labor Secretary Accused of Conspiracy by Former UMWA Official

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

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Sunday September 13, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Member of Strike Committee Arrested by Military

Sherman Parker, a member of the strike committee of the Western Federation of Miner, was taken into military custody in the dead of the night. He was awakened shortly after midnight yesterday by a knock at the door, and taken away from his home and family without explanation. We are learning that the military has established a "bullpen" near the Strong Mine in Victor, and believe that Mr. Parker is being held there. He has not been allowed to consult with an attorney.

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AFL-CIO gives transgender equality a big push

 

The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, amended its constitution on Monday by adding a provision banning discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The AFL-CIO delegates have been at their annual convention in Los Angeles.

 

Several constituent unions had already added similar wording to their policies.

Very exciting. Labor has really been stepping up, and the AFL-CIO has been stepping up.

--Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality

The labor movement has long been a leader on full inclusion in the workplace. This important addition to the governing document of the largest federation of labor unions is a historic and important step forward to ensuring that every American has an equal shot at employment and equal benefits.

--Fred Saenz, vice-president of the Human Rights Campaign

HRC and NCTE are part of Americans for Workplace Opportunity, which is a national coalition pressing Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect LGBT workers from bias in employment.

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Hellraisers Journal: The Fighting Women of the Michigan Copper Country

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

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Saturday September 12, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - The Searchlight and the Gatling Gun


For Peace and Prosperity

Since the military began arriving about one week ago, they have been making their presence felt in the various small cities of the district. A searchlight has been hauled from mountain top to mountain top and used to disrupt the night-time peace of the citizens of the district. The military has also been hauling a Gatling gun about the district, rumored to be borrowed from Wyoming. Yesterday one was brought from Camp Goldfield to Beacon Hill and place on public display for the edification of the community.

General Bell and Governor Peabody have established a direct telegraph line from the General's office in Camp Goldfield to the Governor's office in Denver. On Thursday the Governor sent this message of congratulations:

Sherman M. Bell, Adjutant General
Camp Goldfield, Victor, Colorado:
Telegram this date received. I congratulate the people in Teller county upon the reported condition. Peace and prosperity will surely follow law and order. May both continue to exist throughout this commonwealth.
James H. Peabody, Governor

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