Sunday Train: 2013 ~ the Year of American Bikeshare

New York City gave me Bikeshare for my birthday (June 2):

Citi Bike officially launched to annual members on Monday, May 27. As of 5 p.m., members had made more than 6,000 bike trips, and traveled over 13,000 miles – greater than half the Earth’s circumference! Visit Citi Bike’s blog for more stats, facts and tips.

Membership opens to daily and weekly users on June 2.

Well, it opened to people taking out an annual membership on May 27, but I don't live anywhere near New York, so if I get to use it, it will be as a "daily or weekly" user.

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One final effort for equal rights

The Delaware House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday on the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act. The bill, S. B. 97, passed the Delaware Senate last week by a vote of 11-7, with two abstentions and one "not present," and passed the House Administration Committee on Wednesday by a 4-1 vote.

If the bill passes on Tuesday, it will be sent to Governor Jack Markell, who has pledged to sign it. That will make Delaware the 17th state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass protections for gender non-conforming people.

We are very pleased that the bill is out of committee with a bi-partisan vote,. On to the House floor, where we look forward to passage.

--Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman

Opponents are striking their usual stance, warning that its passage will invite sex offenders to lurk in public restrooms.

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Sunday June 16, 2013: FINAL Up With Steve Kornacki Tweets

This is the final #Uppers. It's just not worth my time and Lord knows I tried. They had Rick Perlstein on and didn't go into what I prepared for, via his BS attacks and misrepresentations of Glenn Greenwald's articles on PRISM. It was immigration reform, gun control, and more election demographic crap. It's not policy.

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Hellraisers Journal: Japanese railway workers stand in Solidarity with American dockworkers.

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

Monday June 15, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - The Cooks and Waiters Are On Their Own

The strike of the cooks and waiters of this city clearly shows the weakness of the craft union form of labor organization. Some of the crafts strike while others remain at work. Not only are the other unions in the industry continuing to work while the cooks and waiters strike, but they are now pressuring them to accept concessions, rather than helping them to fight on for victory. This sad state of affairs is called union scabbing. The cure is Industrial Organization, which, sadly, Samuel Gompers and the other A.F.of L. leaders continue to oppose.

Samuel Gompers and Frank Morrison, President and Secretary of AFL
Frank Morrison and Samuel Gompers,
Secretary and President of A.F.of L.

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Economic Populist: A Long View on the Third Party Debate

A Voices on the Square Exclusive

This essay is prompted by an exchange between two commentators at Agent Orange, aka "The Great Orange Satan", a part of the Democratic party establishment that emerged from the online activism of the Bush Years to play its current role as volunteer activist campaign recruitment site and protective buffer against more radical policy advocates infecting the activist base of the safe "Veal Pen" of co-opted, "moderate progressive" organizations.

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ENDA Again: Necessity and History

NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday had a story today about transgender youth.

You can listen to the story here.

The title of the segment is 'I'm Not the Only One': Transgender Youth Battle the Odds.

Despite a number of victories for gay rights plus national polls reflecting a growing acceptance of gay men and women, there is a population within the LGBT community that often feels left out of the national debate.

More on the people featured in the segment and ENDA on the inside.

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Surprise, surprise, surprise! NY Times endorses transgender equality

There are surprises in life. One happened wednesday. At least I never expected to see the Editorial Board of the New York Times endorse Civil Rights for Transgender People.

Note: The original title of the opinion used transgender as a noun (Civil Rights for Transgenders). The paper has acceded to complaints by changing it.

New York stood for equality by approving same-sex marriage two years ago. It is time now for state lawmakers to extend basic civil rights protections to transgender people. The 2002 state statute that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, education, credit and public accommodations does not explicitly cover transgender people.

There's more about the effort to bring that equality to transgender people on the inside.

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Hellraisers Journal: "Shot down by gun thugs at the young age of 31."

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

Sunday June 14, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Restaurant Employers will reopen on Tuesday with scabs.

In an attempt to break the cook and waiters' strike in this city, employers plan to reopen the 84 establishments now being struck with imported strikebreakers. 5,000 workers are on strike at hotel dinning-rooms and other restaurants, but employers have had agents out visiting towns within a 300-mile radius in an attempt to recruit replacement workers. Thus far 1200 scabs have been recruited and quietly brought into the city. Employers now say that they have on hand a sufficient number to break the strike, and are expecting to bring in more scabs during the next three days.

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Hellraisers Journal: Minneapolis Janitors on Retaliation, ¡Ya Basta!

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

Saturday June 13, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Millionaire Methodists go scabbing on the strikers at Kinsley's.

From the The Inter Ocean:

Millionair Methodists threw aside their religious and financial dignity [Tuesday evening] and in the place of strikers waited on their brethren of the church at a banquet in Kinsley's restaurant. Side by side with men of wealth were men of the cloth, swinging trays and dishes with dexterity of old servitors...

It was, as one member put it, a practical exemplification of the Methodist motto, "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver," and, "God helps them who help themselves."

We hope they had as much fun washing up the dishes!

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