Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones sent to Trinidad by urgent request of UMW Pres. John P White

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

Thursday September 3, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Striking Miner's Home Burned to the Ground

The home of a striking miner, Brother Dennison of the Western Federation of Miners, was burned to the ground last night. Incendiaries were used on the home in the middle of the night. As the family attempted to save a few of their belongings, company gunthugs from the nearby El Paso Mine stood by laughing. They offered no assistance in saving the family's home or belongings.

While we admit that there is no positive proof that these gunthugs of the El Paso Mine are guilty of setting this family's home ablaze, we will note that they have been harassing and abusing this family since the strike began. And we note that striking miners have been rounded up, jailed, and deported with far less reason for suspicion.

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Gender Prison: "I have never met a transgender detainee who hasn't experienced some kind of sexual harassment"

Horace commented on last evening's diary Transgender in the Hoosegow expressing concern about the treatment of transwomen in detention by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

“There are many violations of human rights. One of them is that inmates in solitary confinement are forced to take tranquilizers in order to keep them calm.”

The counselor said that during the first trimester of this year, at least 10 transsexuals – all of them Latina – were pressured into signing documents for voluntary deportation.

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) did not respond to requests for comment on the situation of transgender inmates.

--Transgender Immigrants Detail Detention Abuse, Voices of NY

ICE probably doesn't comment on transgender inmates because ICE officials consider us to be less than human. I could be wrong about that, but they would have to convince me.

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Hellraisers Journal: A. Philip Randolph Reads the Pledge at the March on Washington (Video)

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

Wednesday September 2, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Mine Owners attempting to organize Citizens' Alliance

It appears that attempts by the Mine Owners Association to organize a Citizens' Alliance in the city of Victor have met with little success. Victor merchants have thus far turned down requests to join this anti-union organization. However, such an organization is thought to exist in the city of Cripple Creek, although it is difficult to understand exactly what the organization hopes to accomplish.

Most of the customers of these merchants are union men and their families. The wage-scale established by the Western Federation of Miners is what put enough money into the pockets of their customers to enable them to patronize these local businesses. It is long past time for the merchants of Cripple Creek to realize exactly who it is that butters their bread.

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Transgender in the Hoosegow

Interesting word, hoosegow. Etymology Online says it is probably a mispronunciation of the Spanish juzgado: tribunal, court…past participle of juzgar: to judge, from Latin, judicare: to judge.

Gene Dickerson, 39, is a transgender state inmate in Dallas, Pennsylvania state prison. Because of Pennsylvania prison rules, she is housed, of course, with a male population.

Dickerson has filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging unsafe living conditions because of her transgender status. She also alleges that she has suffered harassment and discrimination at the hands of Department of Corrections officials because of her gender.

Dickerson says that DOC officials have failed to screen her cellmates for transphobia and homophobia, thereby exposing her to dangerous situations.

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Sunday Train: The Proposed Chicago - Fort Wayne - Columbus Rapid Rail Service

The Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, on 28 June 2013, announced the results of their study of a Northern Indiana / Ohio rail corridor to Chicago:

The proposed system would operate twelve trains each way per day, including at least six express schedules. With modern diesel equipment running at speeds of up to 110 miles per hour to start, the three-hundred mile trip between downtown Chicago and downtown Columbus would normally require only three hours, forty-five minutes (express service), or four hours (local service). Track and safety improvements in a potential future phase would support speeds up to 130 mph and a downtown Chicago to downtown Columbus express time of three hours, twenty minutes.

Longer time readers of the Sunday Train may recognize this as a piece of the Ohio Hub project, first developed in the 1990's. At the time that the Ohio Hub was originally developed, the Fort Wayne to Chicago link was slated to be the second connection from Ohio to Chicago, with the envisioned phasing being:

  • Phase 1: Chicago to Detroit; and Cincinnati - Columbus - Cleveland ~ the Triple C backbone of the Ohio Hub
  • Phase 2: Cleveland to Toledo, Toledo to Detroit, completing Cleveland to Chicago via Michigan
  • Phase 3: Fort Wayne to Chicago; Toledo to Fort Wayne; Columbus to Fort Wayne; Cincinnati - Indianapolis - Gary - Chicago, completing Dayton/Cincinnati to Chicago via Indianapolis and Columbus/Cleveland to Chicago via Fort Wayne
  • Phase 4: Cleveland to Pittsburgh via Youngstown, connecting with services to Philadelphia / New York on the Keystone Corridor
  • Phase 5: Columbus to Pittsburgh, connecting with services to Philadelphia / New York on the Keystone Corridor
  • Phase 6: Cleveland to Toronto via Buffalo and Niagara Falls, connecting with services to New York and Boston on the Empire Corridor

So what the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association is doing is pulling out a section of the Phase Three of the Ohio Hub and proposing it as a free-standing project. This free-standing project would bring intercity rail service back to Columbus, the largest or second largest urban area lacking rail service (depending on how you count Phoenix), and to Fort Wayne, the largest urban area in Indiana without intercity passenger rail service.

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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners' Strike in Colorado Spreads to Telluride Area

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

Tuesday September 1, 1903
Telluride, Colorado - Western Federation of Miners Calls Strike in Telluride

After all attempts at negotiation were rebuffed by the managers of the mills, the Telluride Union notified the smeltermen to quit work on September 1st. The men have answered the call. Most of the miners have been "laid off," with only a few still at work in the Tom Boy and the Smuggler-Union Mines. These mines are operating with a small contingent of scabs and some of the office workers. Word has it that the manager of the Smuggler-Union, Bulkely Wells, has taken Big Bill's advice and is now wearing overalls. Whether or not he got the overalls on loan from a striking miner, we do not know.

Telluride is located in San Miguel County about 280 miles west and south of Cripple Creek where a strike by miners of the W.F. of M. has been on since August 10th.

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Hellraisers Journal: In Terre Haute, Eugene Debs Visits With Mother Jones, Declares Populism Dead

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

Monday August 31, 1903
Terre Haute , Indiana - Eugene Debs Visits with Mother Jones, Declares Populism Dead

Eugene Debs spent a quiet day at his home yesterday with Mother Jones, a very special guest indeed. We are unable to learn the content of their conversation, but regarding the recent Populist Party conference in Denver, Debs made this statement:

The committee on the exhumation of issues and galvanization of corpses reported both in a state of satisfactory preservation. There is no inspiration in a cadaver. Populism is an echo of the past, with gray whiskers on it. The Denver funeral procession and its Populist pallbearers present a sorry picture in contrast with the advancing, enthusiastic, confident, cheering, revolutionary hosts of International Socialism.

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Transgender Heroes #6: Kingston Faraday

Filmmaker Cheryl Dunyje, well-known for the creation of The Watermelon Woman, Stranger Inside, and The Owls, is in production of a new short film entitled Black is Blue. In order to complete the film, Dunye has turned to Kickstarter.

 

 

 

 

In the starring role of Black is a transman who does not claim to be an actor. Kingston Faraday says he is a "defense-side investigator", activist and writer. He had appeared in two other short independent films and a documentary produced by a Mills College ethnic studies student…

All of which focused on the complexities of love and life as the topics relate to queer people of color, the militarization of women of color, and the intersections of oppression.

--Faraday

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