Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks before 5000 Supporters in Trenton for Children's Crusade

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

Saturday July 11, 1903
Trenton, New Jersey - Mother Jones Speaks to 5000 at Monument Park

After resting in the shade at Morrisville Point yesterday afternoon, the Industrial Army of Mother Jones paid a toll of 2 cents for each of the 52 Crusaders who crossed the Delaware River Bridge. The Army marched into Trenton and made their way to Monument Park where 5000 supporters where gathered for a mass meeting.

William Thomas, President of Trenton's Common Council, presided over the event. The main speaker was, of course, Mother Jones. She spoke out in condemnation of the wealthy textile manufacturers who squeeze their profits out of the labor of little children. And she took on President Roosevelt and his theories on "race suicide:"

Women have learned that their children are taken away from them and put to work when they should be in school. What is the use of bringing a lot of children into the world to make more money for plutocrats, while their little lives are being ground out in the mill and workshop?

The army I am leading on to New York is composed of intelligent workmen whose lives have almost been ground out in the textile mills of Kensington. Our cause is a just one and we propose to show the New York millionaires our grievances.

Mother also spoke last evening before the Central Labor Union of Trenton. In total, about $100 was raised for the Industrial Army in Trenton.

After enjoying the hospitality of the famous hobos' friend, "Glad Hand" Terradel, Mother Jones and her Army marched out of Trenton this morning bound for Princeton.

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Robyn's depressing day at Social Security

1998 by  Andrea Cuchetto for Who Do You Think We Are? photo robyn.jpgMost of the time I do not write about my own gendered interactions with American society, but they do happen. Most of the time I do not encounter ill-treatment.

As I announced a few months ago, I am planning to retire from my job as a college professor at the end of the next academic year…after being a teacher for 37 years. I sort of figured that was enough and that I could consider it a job well done.

This week I have some appointments about that life conversion. Tomorrow I meet with someone from TIAA-CREF about my retirement benefits. Yesterday I made a trip to the Social Security Office in Clifton, NJ.

It is that latter experience about which I shall write. Normally I have better days than yesterday. As in…almost always.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Crosses the Delaware, Speaks in Trenton for Children's Crusade

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

Friday July 10, 1903
Trenton, New Jersey - Mother Jones Speaks at Plumbers' Union Seeking Donations

Mother Jones reached Morrisville Point with her Industrial Army late yesterday afternoon. Mother immediately crossed the Delaware River and went to visit Mayor Katzenbach of Trenton. She was able to obtain permission to hold a mass meeting tonight at Monument Park but was denied a parade permit.

Mother spoke at a meeting of the Plumbers' Union last evening while members of her army visited other union meetings. A good sum of donations was raised in this solid union city last night, and it is expected that more will be raised at the mass meeting tonight.

The Army made camp at Morrisville Point in a shady grove on the Pennsylvania shore. They are spending the day today in camp, enjoying a pleasant rest until this evening when they will enter Trenton, somehow, without "parading."

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Chronic Tonic- I'm Running Out Of Compartments

If I were to be asked to write a paragraph or two about my life, my current situation, I don't know that I could do that. Yes, I could tell you in detail about this or that, but no, I don't ever even think about all of it all at once, let alone lay it all out in black and white:  It's called compartmentalization, and I'm somewhat of a gifted practitioner. I'm aware that this is a defense mechanism, and if taken to extremes, people can become detached to their own emotions, trust me.  That's not my deal.

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Gender Prison: Massachusetts Equal Access Act

Last year a North Shore shelter turned away a young transwoman who sought refuge because they refused to accept her as a woman. Instead they let her sleep on a mat in a storage room.

She’s told that she’s not allowed to stay in common spaces, and the message is that she’s not worthy of the same dignity and respect that other residents are entitled to.

--Jennifer Levi, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

I felt very disrespected. It made me feel bad because it was mad dusty in there. They just made it seem like, ‘Oh, we’re in charge. You have no say here.’

--the young transwoman

GLAD has filed a complaint against the shelter with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

LGBT youth are disproportionately homeless, so finding access to housing or a safe place to stay is especially important.

The Massachusetts legislature is going to reconsider a bill to protect transgender people in public accommodations in the coming session. Such a bill would protect the access of gender variant people to all public accommodations, including hospitals, public transportation, nursing homes, supermarkets, retail establishments, and all other places open to the public.

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Hellraisers Journal: The Industrial Army of Mother Jones Parades in Bristol for Children's Crusade

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

Thursday July 9, 1903
Bristol, Pennsylvania- The Industrial Army of Mother Jones Parades Through Bristol

Mother Jones rode into Bristol last evening in a wagon followed by her Industrial Army. The little textile band made up of six fifes, four snare drums, and a bass drum announced their arrival. The men and boys carried American flags and and held aloft banners proclaiming:

We are Textile Workers

We Have Schools and Ought to Use Them

We Only Ask for Justice

More Schools and Less Hospitals

The parade was followed by an open air meeting at the foot of Pond street near the old Dorranco mill. John Sweeney was the marshal of the event. Mother Jones followed Isaac Cowan of the Machinists Union to the platform. The Bucks County Gazette describes Mother Jones as she spoke to the crowd of supporters 2000 strong...

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones and Industrial Army Arrive in South Bristol The Children's Crusade

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

Wednesdy July 8, 1903
Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and Her Industrial Army Reach South Bristol

The Children's Crusade, also known as the Industrial Army of Mother Jones, reached Torresdale last evening where they camped for the night. They arrived at South Bristol this morning where they will camp for the day on the Simons estates. The "Crusaders" are coping with extreme heat, and many of the marches have returned to Philadelphia.

The children are equipped with knapsacks containing a knife and fork, a tin cup, and a plate. Meals are cooked in a large wash boiler when the army stops along the road. The commissary department consists of eight wagons carrying bread and canned goods. The grocers of Kensington have generously outfitted the army for the first few days of the journey. The marchers, who call themselves "Crusaders" have a watchword:

From Kensington to Wall Street.

The New York Times is reporting that the Social Democratic Party Executive Committee in New York City has been notified that Mother Jones and her Industrial Army should be expected soon. The Times describes the Children's Crusade as a "decent on New York" by Mother Jones to collect funds for the textile strikers of Philadelphia:

She brings an assortment of glass jewelry, fancy dresses, masks, megaphones, and other articles for use in getting up tableaus. "Mr. Capital" and "Mrs. Millowner" will be shown gorgeously attired. When the party reaches here it will be taken in hand by the committee of Social Democrats and arrangements will be made at once for a mass meeting and tableaus in Madison Square Garden.

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Sunday Train: Sidestepping the Koch Brothers' Climate Suicide Pact

Grist this last week covered an often overlooked element of climate suicide policy of those famed climate kamikaze's the Koch Brothers:

Since 2008, the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity has been urging candidates and politicians to sign its “No Climate Tax Pledge.” In 2010, we noted that many Republican House and Senate candidates had signed it, and in 2011, that at least one GOP presidential candidate had.

 
But it turns out the pledge has been far more widespread and influential than most people realized. From the Investigative Reporting Workshop:

 
A quarter of senators and more than one-third of representatives have signed a little-known pledge — backed by the Kochs — not to spend any money to fight climate change without an equivalent amount of tax cuts....

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Leads Her Army out of Kensington on 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 7, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mother Jones Leads Her Army out of Kensington

Today Mother Jones began what is being called "The Children's Crusade." At 11 o'clock this morning, starting from the Kensington Labor Lyceum, she led her army of 300 men, women and children out of Kensington toward the northeastern Philadelphia neighborhood of Torresdale where they will camp for the night. The little army was accompanied by fifes and drums, American flags, and union banners.

Before leaving Kensington, Mother gave an interview to the North American where she explained her reasons for undertaking the "Children's Crusade." We offer a few quotes from that interview:

The sight of little children at work in mills when they ought to be at school or at play always rouses me. I found the conditions in this city deplorable, and I resolved to do what I could to shorten the hours of toil of the striking textile workers so as to gain more liberty for the children and women. I led a parade of children through the city-the cradle of Liberty-but the citizens were not moved to pity by the object lesson

The curse of greed so pressed on their hearts that they could not pause to express their pity for future men and women who are being stunted mentally, morally, and physically, so that they cannot possibly become good citizens. I cannot believe that the public conscience is so callous that it will not respond. I am going out of Philadelphia to see if there are people with human blood in their veins.

I am going to picture capitalism and caricature the money-mad. I am going to show Wall Street the flesh and blood from which it squeezes its wealth. I am going to show President Roosevelt the poor little things on which the boasted commercial greatness of our country is built. Not one single Philadelphia minister of Christ's Gospel has so much as touched on the textile strike in this city. I shall endeavor to arouse sleeping Christians to a sense of their duty towards the poor little ones.

Understand me, I do not blame the manufacturers individually. They are, I repeat, victims of the competitive system. But I do blame society for allowing such evils to exist and to grow without an effort to destroy them. God help the nation if something is not done for a day of reckoning will surely come and with it bloody revolution.

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