New game: "Burn the Tranny"

Richard Thomas' mother is defending him. According to her, the 16-year-old Thomas is not homophobic and didn't mean to hurt anyone last Monday.

My son is not a hateful person. He's not homophobic. He was joking, and he didn't know it would go that far.

I am very sorry, very sorry for my son's actions. I did not raise him that way.

--Ms. Jackson, Thomas' mother

 photo sasha_zpsd2829755.jpgHis mother says Richard is very sorry and is writing a letter of apology to his 18-year-old victim, Sasha Fleishman. Fleishman identifies as gender-neutral…which is sometimes called neutrois. Fleishman made the mistake of dozing off on a public bus in Oakland. Thomas thought it would be funny to set fire to Fleishman's skirt.

The intentional and callous nature of the crime is shocking and will not be tolerated in our community.

--Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney

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Transgender Heroes: "God didn't make garbage."

Leahnora Isaak identifies as a transsexual woman. She is also a Mormon. She is attempting to gain recognition from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so that she can live her life...inlcuding worship...as a woman. She says she will be filing a formal request in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

Leahnora says she was born without external genitals, but she was given testosterone treatments as a child and was raised as a boy. She later married and raised a family in Ohio.

Her local stake (an assembly of local churches) has been supportive. Church leaders have met with fellow members to help them cope with Leahnora's transition.

I want happiness. I want companionship. And I want to live the gospel. That's what I want. And I want this equal for everybody. I want people to celebrate who I am. Because I'm not ashamed of who I am.

--Leahnora Isaak

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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners on strike in Michigan aided by United Mine Workers

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

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Tuesday November 3, 1903
From The Arizona Republican: Victory for 35,000 Striking Miners in Spain


SPANISH STRIKERS

They Got All They Asked But Can Not Organize

Bilboa, Nov. 1-Never in the history of Bilboa has there been a strike of such consequences to the iron workers of Spain as that which terminated to-day. The miners will no longer be compelled to live cooped in barricades provided by the mining companies, and they will no longer be forced to purchase food from the company stores, which has been often declared unfit to eat.

Instead of being paid by the month, they will hereafter be paid every week. They have been refused, however, the right to organize, and it is believed this refusal will lead to trouble in the future.

The strike affected 35,000 men and 10,000 infantry, cavlary and artillerymen were brought here to settle it.

The arrival of Lieut. Gen. Zappino, commander-in-chief of the Basque provinces, was followed by conferences, which resulted in the settlement. It is officially stated that four persons were killed and twenty-one wounded during the strike, but the wounded will exceed this number.

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Hellraisers Journal: John H Walker of Illinois State F of L in Michigan to Support Copper Strikers

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

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Monday November 2, 1903
From The New York Times: N. C. F. Pleads for Conservatism from Labor Unions

Manufacturers and employers of labor all over the country are pleading with labor unions to go slowly and conservatively while the present scary feeling as to business conditions lasts. Discussing the general business situation, Marcus M. Marks, President of the Clothiers' Association and a member of the executive Committee of the National Civic Federation, said:

"...At such a period, employers should be patient with labor, and not shut down the workshops without absolute necessity; and it is important for the labor unions to go ahead very slowly, to read the signs and study the situation; to moderate their demands as occasion requires, and to avoid calling strikes until all reasonable efforts to bring about conciliation have been exhausted. Employers and wage earners should join hands in a great endeavor to keep the wheels of manufacture moving smoothly until the disordered machinery of Wall Street, gets into the safe groove again."

Whether or not, this plea for conservatism by Mr. Marks is aimed at his cohort in the N. C. F., Mr. John Mitchell, we do not know. John Mitchell, President of the United Mine Workers of America, has just authorized a massive coal strike in District 15 which includes the entire state of Colorado. The strike could begin any day.

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Gender Prison: Oh, noes!!! Transgender teachers!

The Weekly Standard's John McCormack couldn't resist. In the face of the Senate's immanent passage of the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, McCormack stated the real concern: ENDA Would Grant Transgender Rights to Elementary School Teachers…by which I believe he is concerned with the fact that transgender people might…just might…become elementary school teachers.

John, John, John, oh, John. That boat left the dock decades ago. Teaching is one of the foremost occupations that transgender people gravitate to in their lives before transitioning.

McCormack bemoans the numbers calimed by the Human Rights Campaign…that 88% of Fortune 500 companies have formal employment policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. McCormack even brings up the fact that Rick Santorum has a gay friend and confidante.

It's hard to imagine that in the year 2013 that any business in the country could fire someone simply because he is gay without facing a major backlash and boycotts.

Transgender, on the other hand, is a different matter.

ENDA contains no exceptions for schools at any age level (though the law does contain a modest religious liberty provision).

Horrors! Transgender teachers! Run!

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Sunday Train: The Cross-Rail Chicago Project and Midwest HSR

The Midwest HSR Association has long been a Chicago-Centric organization, which is fitting because for many of the urban areas in the nine states that are members of the "Midwest Regional Rail Initiative" intercity rail planning organization, Chicago is included among their top three to five intercity travel destinations.

With the Cross-Rail Chicago proposal, the Midwest HSR Association is proposing to start building from the inside out, providing a set of profits in the Chicago Area that will then provide the through-Chicago system for intercity rail avoiding the difficult "last mile" problem that the California HSR has to tackle in getting into downtown San Francisco and to Los Angeles Union Station. The proposed project proceeds in phases, with each phase addressing a Chicago regional transport need, even as the total project provides the infrastructure that 110mph and 125mph Rapid Passenger Intercity Rail and 220mph "bullet train" HSR can use to connect to Chicago Union Station and O'Hare International Airport.

The phases are:

  • Expanding Union Station, making use of two existing through tracks and reconstructing unused mail platforms for passenger use;
  • Union Station to O'Hare, reconstructing Metra's "Milwaukee West" district and building a short section of new rail, initially to a station connecting to the "ATS" people mover extension to the new rental car facility, and eventually via underground stations connecting directly to the O'Hare terminals;
  • Reconstructing the St. Charles Air Line elevated tracks along 16th Street to connect the Union Station through tracks to Metra's Electric and Rock Island Corridors south of Union Station;
  • With I-90 extensions northwest of O'Hare to Elgin, and then to Rockford Illinois;
  • With I-56 extensions south of the 16th Street Connector to University Park, and then to Kankakee and Champaign

The Midwest HSR Association's indicative cost estimate for this project is $9.6b, with the Phase One from the 16th Street Connector through Union Station to the O'Hare Transfer Station estimated at $2b.

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Hellraisers Journal: Eighteen Hundred Men, Women, & Children Come Marching to Greet Militia

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

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Sunday November 1, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Women's Auxiliaries Receive Charters from C. F. of L.

Last month the women of the strike zone began organize themselves to fight alongside their men. Women's Auxiliaries were formed in Cripple Creek, Victor and Anaconda, and they have all been granted charters by the Colorado State Federation of Labor. They are making their presence known by providing relief for families of strikers who are sick or otherwise in need.

Business men who are in any way connected with the Citizens' Alliance have had to sit up and take notice for these women have declared that they will not patronize businesses so connected. Many business have already hung out the white flag of surrender, promising to end that relationship. General Bell may yet meet his match as the women of the Cripple Creek District continue to organize.

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Iowa: Bathrooms and Locker Rooms times three

Two Iowa transwomen have won the right to use public women's restrooms, while one transwoman has been denied the use of women's facilities at the Burlington, IA YMCA.

In 2007 Iowa added gender identity to the state's nondiscrimination policies. In the fiscal year 2008, there were six complaints filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on the basis of gender identity. That has increased to 51 complaints in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013. Beth Townsend, director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission attributes that to increased awareness about the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

The new law does require ... that individuals are permitted to access (restrooms) in accordance with their gender identity, rather than their assigned sex at birth, without being harassed or questioned.

--Sara Stibitz, civil rights specialist with the Commission

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Hellraisers Journal: May the wonderful spirit of old Mother Jones march like the soul of John Brown!

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

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Friday October 30, 1903
Trinidad, Colorado - That Dangerous Woman Comes Bearing Trouble for 20,000 Miners

Of the many newspapers across the country which featured the story of Mother Jones delivering the strike authorization from John Mitchell to District 15 of the United Mine Workers of America, The Atlanta Constitution seems to have been the newspaper most alarmed by the news:

MOTHER JONES BEARS TROUBLE
She Takes Orders To Colorado For 20,000 Miners To Quit

We must note that this same newspaper does not at all concern itself with the high rate of death and injury to the miners, nor with the deplorable living conditions of the miners and their families in the company towns.

But the nation's miners and their struggle for justice abide ever first and foremost in the heart of Mother Jones. This poem was printed in the July 17, 1902 edition of the United Mine Workers Journal, a tribute to the beloved Miner's Angel:

Mother Jones, Miner's Angel

MOTHER JONES
- BY O. L. FORD

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Hellraisers Journal: Governor Orders Entire Colorado National Guard into Southern Coalfields

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

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Thursday October 29, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Mother Jones returns with message for miners from John Mitchell

Newspapers across the country are reporting that Mother Jones returned to Colorado last night directly from meeting with John Mitchell in Indianapolis. She arrived bearing the authority from the President of the United Mine Workers for a strike to be called by the District 15 coal miners. We have received reports that the strike is due to start next Monday. However, William Howells, District 15 President, stated that the exact date of the strike call had not yet been fixed.

Meanwhile, today is Mitchell Day in the state of Pennsylvania, and will be celebrated with speeches, picnics, and parades. The miners have declared this day to be a holiday bringing coal mining to a halt in the area. The largest celebration will be in Scranton where 40,000 miners are expected to attend a "monster mass meeting." Mr. Mitchell arrived in that city yesterday. After the parade, the festivities will be held at the circus grounds. John Mitchell will address the gathering as will officials from the United Mine Workers and the American Federation of Labor.

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