Hellraisers Journal: Defense Further Demolishes Case Against Cripple Creek Strike Leaders

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

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Wednesday March 2, 1904
Cripple Creek District - Witnesses for the Defense Demolish Case Against Union Leaders

Cripple Creek Strike, Colorado: The Bull Pen

The work of demolishing the case against the district leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, begun early last week by the "persecution's" own witnesses, was completed later in the week by the witnesses for the defense. The case for the defense was presented, beginning on Friday. Mrs. Emma F. Langdon offers this report from the courtroom:

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Transgender Arkansas Episcopal Priest Severed from her Church

 photo gwenfry_zpseec1fd42.jpgGrace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas has had its priest dismissed for revealing her gender identity. Gwen Fry received a letter on February 26 informing her that her connection to Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas would be severed.

Rev. Fry revealed she was transgender to the congregation last Sunday.

Of course the letter, which was addressed to both Fry and "members of the vestry," misgendered Fry and used her former name…as did all of the press coverage.

 

 

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: Mounted Chicago Police Attack Unemployed and Striking Waitresses at Henrici's

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

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Sunday March 1, 1914
From The Inter Ocean: Chicago Police Attack Unemployed, Arrests Striking Waitresses

Unemployed at Soup Kitchen, Chicago
Unemployed Men Line Up at Soup Kitchen

As the unemployment crisis deepens across the nation, we can expect more scenes such as the one which took place in Chicago two days ago, described below as justifiable police action against "mobs."

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Collecting the Past

On Tuesday I was taking a break from the copious amount of grading I should have been doing and decided to Deja Me myself. If you are not familiar with the term, it refers to doing an Internet search on yourself. Back in the day, we considered it a sign of insecurity to some extent, although I admit to occasionally doing it in order to discover items which have been lost to the past…dropped along the way of the journey to now.

Part of the reason for doing so was that Friday I did an interview with my colleague Hank Smith who is also retiring from teaching in about 75 day…me after 38 years and Hank after 42. It was to involve memories of how we got to herenow and thoughts about what we may do in the future.

And this Internet search was no different. Items were found. And I choose to share them today, what with Winter Storm Titan bearing down on us.

There were acknowledgments that I had reviewed certain mathematical texts. I shall ignore those. I shall also ignore most of the links to comments I have made in various places. And apparently one can purchase a copy of my entry in the Marquis Who's Who i(Women in Science volume, as I recall).

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Hellraisers Journal: Annie Clemenc In Chicago, Stands With Young Waitresses On Strike at Henrici's

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

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Saturday February 28, 1914
Chicago, Illinois - Annie Clemenc Stands with Striking Waitresses at Henrici's


Annie Clemenc, The Joan of Arc of Calumet

From today's edition of The Day Book comes the story of Annie on the picket line with the courageous young waitresses of Chicago:

THE JOAN OF ARC OF THE CALUMET COUNTRY
SIZES UP THE WAITRESSES' STRIKE
BY JANE WHITAKER

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Portsmouth seeks to ignite transgender rights in New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is perhaps going to be the ignition point for transgender rights in New Hampshire. The state is the only New England state which has not passed protections for transgender people.

New Hampshire is one of four states which has protections for people on the basis of sexual orientation, but not on the basis of gender identity or expression. The others are New York, Wisconsin and Maryland. I reported on efforts to change that status in Maryland in January.

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I want to make sure the 'City of the Open Door' has a welcome mat for all residents and visitors. There's nothing more important than the way we treat one another. 

--Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine

Splaine and transgender advocates spoke Wednesday to the editorial board of the Seacoast Media Group.

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Gender Prison: Victories, though rare, should be acknowledged when they occur

At the end of January, I published It's never to late to discriminate, concerning the tribulations Robina Asti encountered when she sought to access survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration after the death of her husband.

The 92-year-old Robina was told that her marriage did not meet the Federal requirements for Social Security widow's benefits because "at the time of your marriage, you were not legally a woman"…even though the federal government had recognized her as a woman for over 30 years.

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I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to recognize me as a woman and treated my marriage to Norwood in such a disrespectful way. I have lived a very private life, but the SSA is forcing me to speak out. I don’t want other people to have to experience this. 

--Robina Asti

Well, Lambda Legal announced yesterday that the SSA paid Robina the back survivor benefits to which she is entitled…receiving the amount to on Valentine's Day. We presume that her March check from the SSA will reflect the survivor benefits as well.

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Politics is Uninspiring in the Age of Hopeful Delirium Affecting the Deranged Changed Masses

They forgot what they said about getting involved to help out the lower and even middle classes. Instead, they make asses out of anyone who believed, thinking they achieved, something through the pretense of taking a stand for a brand.

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Sunday Train: Carolina High Speed Rail & The Piedmont Service

The Southeast HSR corridor can be divided between the "real" SEHSR corridor, where there is actual, ongoing work on improving the speed and, even more critically, the capacity of the corridor in support of services that will begin operating within the current decade, and the "notional" SEHSR corridor, the land of feasibility studies and preliminary planning, where even if a pedal to the metal intercity rail investment program were to commence in 2017, any new services entering into operation before the latter half of next decade would be subsidized conventional rail service.

And given the importance of state governments in the current bottom-up process of intercity rail development, it should be unsurprising that the boundary between the two part of the SEHSR runs quite close to a state boundary. As discussed two weeks ago, Georgia lies in the middle of "notional" SEHSR country, with Rapid Rail connections to Birmingham; Columbus, GA; Savanna; Charlotte, NC; and Chattanooga / Nashville / Louisville at various stages of being studied, but without active ongoing investment. By contrast, there is current active investment and planned roll-out of new service throughout Virginia and North Carolina, all the way through to Charlotte, NC.

One reason that Virginia and North Carolina are engaged in ongoing investment is that they are well positioned for incremental development of Rapid Rail passenger service, with a legacy of through Amtrak corridors providing a platform to build upon, urban development taking place along urban arcs in both states, and close enough to the growing major metropolitan center of Washington, DC to use Washington as an anchor for longer distance intercity transport.

The greatest current focus of investment in the "real SEHSR" is the Piedmont Corridor in North Carolina, which is the focus of this week's Sunday Train.

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Hate Crime on Campus

A transgender woman was the victim of a hate crime at the University of North Florida on February 6. University police say it is the first reported hate crime on the campus.

The victim apparently feared legal reprisal if she used the women's restroom and so used the men's restroom in the Social Sciences building. A male followed her into the restroom, verbally assaulted her and tried to touch her inappropriately.

 

 

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