Hellraisers Journal: United Mine Workers Forms Policy Committee for District 15

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

Wednesday August 26, 1903
Idaho Springs, Colorado - A Fair Judge, Part II

While issuing the restraining order against of the Citizens Protective League, Judge Owers made this statement:

This complaint states nothing but that which is a right of every citizen of the land, the right to attend to his business and stay at home if he desires. the restraining order must be granted.

He further issued arrest warrants for 42 members of the CPL who had participated in the deportations of 18 members of the Western Federation of Miners. These 42 prominent citizens found themselves in jail by the night of August 11, much to their surprise.

The Judge referred to these powerful citizens, including the president of the First National Bank, as a mob guilty of "sheer anarchy, an outrageous violation of rights guaranteed by the Constitution to the humblest person."

A Denver pastor may have summed up the miners' feelings toward Judge Owers when he preached from the Sunday pulpit:

The remarks of Judge Owers on the situation and principles involved have been most refreshing. There is no need to add to them, but it is fitting to say, thank God for such a man on the bench at such a time.

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Bathroom Panic and the Fear Monger's Shoppe

WND has cast rights for transgender students as a War on Children. A video, produced by WND, featuring an asshole named Molotov Mitchell, mocks the new California law to protect transgender students as "comprehensive bathroom reform."

The video never once uses the word "transgender," preferring to monger "bathroom panic", while casting transgender kids as "horny adolescent boys" sneaking into girls restrooms and locker rooms.

Thanks to this law, it's also legal for horny adolescent boys to join the girls' wrestling team if they so desire, to stand around in their locker rooms while they change, and even shower with them if they want. What a brilliant way to protect children!

Finally, at K through 8 schools, middle school boys can now go into little girls' bathrooms. What could possibly go wrong? I think we all know what can - and will - go wrong.

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Sunday Train: Florida Rapid Rail project moves toward a 2015 ribbon cutting

I saw on the twitter feeds of some transit/transport bloggers (twitter list) some interesting news about the ongoing All Aboard Florida project for a 3hr rail service between Miami and Orlando. They are seeking land for their Miami station complex:

Managers for All Aboard Florida, the project to build an Orlando-to-Miami passenger train service, are about to begin negotiations with Miami’s Community Redevelopment Agency to acquire two parcels in downtown Miami as part of the plan to build a massive train station and transportation hub downtown.
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He [Michael Reininger, president and chief development officer for the train project] said the two parcels are key to the project, as they are integral to the planned station and transport hub, a project he said will dramatically transform downtown Miami and Overtown, where project managers expect to create jobs and new opportunities for area residents and businesses. “We are not just developing these two blocks,” Reininger said. “In fact, we’re developing a very major infrastructure and development program that will be transformative for the entirety of downtown Miami.”


Besides building the Miami station for the Miami-Orlando train, Reininger said, All Aboard Florida is also planning a transportation hub that would provide links between the intercity train and the Miami-Dade transit services there such as Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus.

And are also bidding for additional develoment on a neighboring site, which would crosslink the All Aboard Florida Station to the MDM proposals for a new Marriot at Miami Worldcenter:

The company that is planning to build a 3-hour rail link between Miami and Orlando recently responded to an RFP by the Overtown CRA for a plot of land near a station that they are planning to build in downtown Miami.


All Aboard Florida proposes to build office, retail and residential uses, including a 24-story tower on the overtown parcels. It would be linked to a new Marriott at Miami Worldcenter proposed by MDM, as well as the All Aboard Florida station.

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Hellraisers Journal: United Mine Workers of America Preparing for Strike in Southern Colorado

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

Tuesday August 25, 1903
Idaho Springs, Colorado - A Fair Judge, Part I

After the shameful destruction of the Sun and Moon property in late July of this year, the blame was immediately fixed, without any proof whatsoever, upon the Western Federation of Miners. Honest miners, men who created the great prosperity of this part of Colorado, where pulled from their beds and arrested by the Sheriff of Clear Creek County. But the men were not taken to jail, instead they were turned over to a mob calling itself the "Citizens' Protective League." Several of these miners were then summarily exiled from their own town, their homes, and their families.

Now, it is not often that we find judges who concern themselves much with the rights of union men, but Judge Owers is an exception. He immediately issued an injunction against the CPL. The 18 miners who had been deported where allowed to return to their homes and their families. Judge Owers then issued arrest warrants for the members of the CPL who had taken part in the illegal deportations.

More on Judge Owers in tomorrow's Hellraisers.

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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners setting up stores throughout the strike zone.

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

Monday August 24, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - W.F.M. Establishes Stores for Strikers The merchants of the Cripple Creek District may yet rue the day that they denied credit to the striking miners! They did so three days after the miners went on strike, hoping to starve them into surrender. The Western Federation of Miners, however, has met this challenge by establishing stores throughout the strike district without delay.

Tom Parfet and George Hooten of Cripple Creek along with John Harper of Victor have been appointed store managers by their local unions. They have been going about the city of Denver purchasing goods from the wholesale merchants, always looking for the best prices.

The stores are being placed in the buildings owned by the Western Federation of Miners. Each store has a meat market, a grocery and a green grocery. The stores provide strike relief as well as providing goods for the community at large, at better prices.

Big Bill Haywood was heard to say that the merchants are so worried that they are in a state of insomnia.

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TransMilitary

 

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There is a new documentary series focusing on transgender service members, coming in the Spring of 2014. The series is hosted and produced by Fiona Dawson. The six part series will document the real-life stories of transgender soldiers and sailors, who are prohibited from serving their country in their authentic genders.

Photos are courtesy of Buzzfeed.

 

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Ultimately, the project will also create an estimated hour-long documentary about the challenge of serving "stealth" in the U.S. armed forces, in constrast to the U.K., a close American ally that has permitted trans people to serve openly in the military since 1999.

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Hellraisers Journal: Plot to blow up the El Paso revealed just in time.

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

Sunday August 23, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Plot to blow up the El Paso brought to light just in time.

Reports of a plot to blow up the El Paso Mine and blame it on the Western Federations of Miners reached the executive committee of District Union No. 1 on the evening of August 19th, in time for Sheriff Robertson to be notified. The plot was to blow up the No. 2 shaft house. Upon investigation, it was found that the company had made sure that no guards should be posted there.

The Mine Owners' Association is looking for any excuse to request that the Governor send in state troops. In this case, they would have been doubly rewarded for blowing up their own property with: 1.) free company guards in the form of troops paid for by the state of Colorado, and 2.) the imprisonment of the leaders of their rival organization, again, courtesy of the state of Colorado.

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Once she gets past the rape thing, she'll be a queen

Mansfield Frazier says he is a former convict. He served his detention in a federal prison, according to him. He has written an opinion essay about what life will be like for Chelsea Manning in prison, which the Daily Beast has published, adding the following disclaimer:

This article is an opinion piece written by a former convict and based on his perceptions of life in federal prison. In its original version, it suggested that prison rape is rare. In fact, according to the advocacy group Just Detention International, 200,000 adults and children are sexually abused in American detention facilities every year. This trauma can carry serious emotional and physical consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections.

I'm going to respond to Mr. Frazier, not form the point of view of a prisoner in a federal facility, but from the point of view I personally have. I'm a transgender woman who formerly worked at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the facility that Manning will probably get to call home for the next substantial number of years.

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The Lameness of the Progressive Lambs

I read an interesting piece by Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism the other day (which I encourage people short of time to read in its entirety rather than reading the blockquote below and my modest addendum), entitled Why Progressives Are Lame. A few blockquotes do not do the piece justice, I did particularly like:

Reviewing the summary above, it will be evident that progressives are ill-equipped by objective and inclination both to succeed in bare-knuckle political strife. One could say unflatteringly that the goal of ‘progressives’ in activism is to raise their personal karma by standing up for what is right. “Sinners repent,” is the substance of their message, and their best dream would be to have those in the wrong do just that, to embrace progressive issues and implement them. More cynically, one wonders whether progressives would be entirely pleased if all of their reforms were implemented, leaving nothing to inveigh against.

How did a great swathe of Americans sit back and let these hard-gotten gains be rescinded? While there are no doubt many causes, let me posit a few. One was that the middle class chose not to identify much with radical goals. The whole point of being middle class was to leave all of that behind, not just the poverty but the opposition to authority. Another was that it seemed inconceivable, at least for the post-war and Boomer generations, that these economics rights would be withdrawn....

So that takes us full circle to McKibben’s post, on leadership. I’d hazard that he’s wrong, that the only thing that might rouse downtrodden formerly-middle-class-in-denial Americans from their stupor is in fact the sort of charismatic leader he renounces as anachronistic and outré, say 21st century Huey Long or Jean Jaurès (or less ill-starred, David Lloyd George). The sort of distributed leadership that has become fashionable of late is well suited for local action or loosely coordinated movements. But the entrenched elites will require a visible show of force for them to cede any ground. That means key figures need to serve as lenses to concentrate the energy of ordinary citizens who no longer have outlets for their grievances.

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