Hellraisers Journal: Bishop Donahue Claims the Bible and mandatory church will cure all strikes.

Tuesday September 10, 2013
From Making Change at Walmart: "That was just a start!"

Walmart Workers have just begun to fight! Black Friday is fast approaching, and the time to start organizing for those events is NOW:

As a Walmart worker who participated in the protests last week, I want to thank you so much for your standing with us.

At times it can be intimidating to challenge the largest private employer in the world to do better. Your support helps remind me that we're not alone.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the day:

Thousands of community members and Walmart workers protested in 15 cities.
More than 100 people were arrested for participating in non-violent acts of civil disobedience to call for change at Walmart...

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Gender Prison: Coming to Rest

I wrote about Islan Nettles' death. I wrote about the vigil for her and her family.

The New York Times went out of its way to cover an event common to the transgender community: the funeral of Islan Nettles. The article is Embarking on a New Life, Transgender Woman Has It Brutally Taken.

After years of often being hungry and on the verge of homelessness, Ms. Nettles, 21, had recently moved into her own apartment, found a job at an H & M clothing store and was designing her own fashion line.

Most importantly, she had begun to live publicly as transgender. Seemingly overnight, friends and relatives said, she had metamorphosed from a shy and insecure youth into a radiantly confident young woman.

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Hellraisers Journal: Taking It Straight to Walmart Board Member Marissa Mayer’s Penthouse

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 9, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: "How We [Socialist] Move in Alabama"

An encouraging report on Socialist organizing in Alabama from the party's state secretary, F. X. Waldhorst:

Socialism in the South-in Dixie! Well, who would have thought such a thing possible? Only two years ago we had two small locals in the state and no agitation. To-day there is a good state organization. In 1902 we had nominees for state office and polled 2,312 votes, with absolutely no campaign money, no organization worth mentioning. To-day we are claiming and getting the attention of the public to such an extent that the plutocratic dailies are giving us space every time we ask for it....

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Hellraisers Journal: UMW District 15 of Colorado gives coal operators last chance to negotiate.

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 8, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Labor Day Parade attended by thousands.

All of labor throughout the Cripple Creek District turned out to celebrate Labor Day yesterday in the city of Cripple Creek. Thousands lined the sidewalks and cheered as 5,000 labor union men and women marched with the banners of their various unions held aloft. The Western Federation of Miners was well represented with 3,000 members marching together in an unbroken formation. It took more than an hour for the parade to pass by and the cheering continued loud and strong for that entire time. If the mine owners belie

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Transgender Workers Face "Broken Bargain"

Democrats and Republicans agree.

[T]he American dream is about freedom. Jobs mean freedom for workers to support their families.

--Nancy Pelosi

[The American dream is] allow[ing] us all to succeed economically, achieve stability and security for [our families] and leave [our] children better off than [our]selves.

--Marco Rubio

But for transgender Americans, this basic bargain of hard work, fair judgment on the merits, and the ability to advance in life is broken.

--Andrew Cray, ThinkProgress

  

 

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Is Syria the Kind Of Place where World Wars Start?

Burning the Midnight Oil for the Arc of the Sun

See also previously in the examination of the Sunset Empire Shuddering and Shaking

Now, you might think that we don't have enough observations to talk about "where World Wars start" in general. Still, this is something that keeps coming to my mind as I look at the Syrian Civil War, so as long as its kept in mind that this is suggestive rather than definitive, I'm going to have a look at it.

By the early 1900's, the Balance of Power politics of the 1800's had settled down into a polarized system of treaties. Germany's geopolitical strategy of isolating France had failed with the establishment of the Russian / French alliance, which in turn pushed Germany and Austria-Hungary closer together. Then the perceived threat posed to England by the alliance of the German and Austria-Hungarian Empires paved the way to the Entente Cordial with France in 1904 and then the Entente with Russia in 1907. That polarized network of treaty relationships was, of course, the bomb that exploded as WWI.

But the spark that famously set off WWI was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of the Austria-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo.

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Hellraisers Journal: In Michigan Copper Country, Girl Shot in Head by Deputies

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

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Labor Day Monday September 7, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Labor Will March 5000 Strong in Occupied Victor Today

As state troops continue to pour into the Cripple Creek District, the working men and women have not been deterred from holding their Labor Day Parade in the city of Cripple Creek. It is expected that 5000 will turn out to participate and that 3000 of those will be members of the Western Federation of Miners. Among the marchers will be the Newsboys Union No. 32 from the city of Victor, of which all forty are expected to march in their pure white duck suits.

Many protest meetings have been held in Cripple Creek and Victor, and resolutions have been passed against the military occupation of the strike zone. It has been learned that Mayor French, of Victor, made a formal request to the Governor for troops, and there have been calls for his resignation by the City Council of Victor. Similar meetings have taken place in Cripple Creek.

The District Trades and Labor Assembly met yesterday in Victor and passed strong resolutions condemning Mayor French and Governor Peabody. This Assembly represents all of the various unions of the Cripple Creek District. Mrs. Emma F. Langdon, of the Typographers, states that it would be difficult to describe the strong feeling that exists against the military occupation of the district.

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Hellraisers Journal: Eleven #WalmartStrikers Arrested at Renton #Walmart by Police in Riot Gear

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Sunday September 6, 1903
From the Appeal To Reason: Socialist Party Report from Pennsylvania

The Appeal recently published this report from Franklin H. Slick, Secretarty of the Socialist Party in Pennsylvania:

In no state in the union is there a more fertile field for Socialism than in the Keystone state. Here the trusts, corporations and corrupt capitalist politicians hold sway. The Socialist party is the only organized political force arrayed against these powers of greed, corruption and oppression. Previous to the anthracite coal strike it was almost impossible to convince the workers to join our party. The arrogance of the coal trust, Baer's declaration that he and his class were divinely appointed to take care of the working people, opened the eyes of the wealth producers and they showed their recognition of the class struggle by increasing our votes from 4,861 to 21,910 in the November election of 1902...

A strike of 100,000 textile workers is now on in Philadelphia. They asked for a reduction of the hours of work from sixty to fifty-five. The manufacturers have combined to starve them until they give up the strike. Our speakers are calling attention to what tariff laws have done to enrich the manufacturers and the prospects are good that thousands of workingmen who voted the old parties' tickets will vote for Socialism this fall.

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