Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to President: the cost of our prosperity?! The Children's Crusade

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

Friday July 17, 1903
From the Newark Evening News: A Letter to President Theodore Roosevelt

The Evening News published this letter yesterday. The letter is an appeal from Mother Jones to the President on behalf of the little children who spend their days in the industrial prisons of the nation rather than in school:


President Roosevelt relaxing
at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay

To Theodore Roosevelt
President of the United States
Dear Sir:
Being citizens of the United States of America, we, members of the textile industry, take the liberty of addressing this appeal to you. As Chief Executive of the United States, you are, in a sense, our father and leader, and as such we look to you for advice and guidance. Perhaps the crime of child slavery has never been forcibly brought to your notice.
Yet, as father of us all, surely the smallest detail must be of interest to you. In Philadelphia, Pa., there are ninety thousand (90,000) textile workers who are on strike, asking for a reduction from sixty to fifty-five hours a week. With machinery, Mr. President, we believe that forty-eight hours is sufficient.
If the United States Senate had passed the eight-hour bill, this strike might not have occurred. We also ask that the children be taken from the industrial prisons of this nation, and given their right of attending schools, so that in years to come better citizens will be given to this republic.
These little children, raked by cruel toil beneath the iron wheels of greed, are starving in this country which you have declared is in the height of prosperity-slaughtered, ten hours a day, every day in the week, every week in the month, every month in the year, that our manufacturing aristocracy may live to exploit more slaves as the years roll by.
We ask you, Mr. President, if our commercial greatness has not cost us too much by being built upon the quivering hearts of helpless children? We who know of these sufferings have taken up their cause and are now marching toward you in the hope that your tender heart will counsel with us to abolish this crime.
The manufacturers has threatened to starve these children, and we seek to show that no child shall die of hunger at the will of any manufacturer in this fair land. The clergy, whose work this really is, are silent on the crime of ages, and so we appeal to you.
It is in the hope that the words of Christ will be more clearly interpreted by you when he said "Suffer little children to come unto me." Our destination is New York City, and after that Oyster Bay. As your children, may we hope to have the pleasure of an audience? We only ask that you advise us as to the best course.
In Philadelphia alone thousands of persons will wait upon your answer, while throughout the land, wherever there is organized labor, the people will anxiously await an expression of your sentiments toward suffering childhood.
On behalf of these people, we beg that you will reply and let us know whether we may expect an audience.
The reply should be addressed to "Mother" Jones's Crusaders, en route according to the daily papers.

We are very respectfully yours,
"Mother" Jones, Chairman

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TransLife Center opened in Chicago

 photo RibbonCutting_zpsa9737727.jpgLast Monday Chicago House cut the ribbon to open the TransLife Center (TLC).

I first wrote about plans for the TLC a little over a year ago.

TLC is describing itself as the first facility of its kind for the transgender community. It is located in Chicago's Edgewater community. It will offer residential living, employment assistance, and healthcare.

Chicago House CEO Rev. Stan J. Sloan introduced Stormie Williams, who will be the first resident of the house. Williams cut the ribbon.

She says that staff have already helped her find employment.

I know there are more things to come.

--Stormy Williams

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones & Army Guests of Socialists in Elizabeth on The Children's Crusade

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

Thursday July 16, 1903
Elizabeth, New Jersey - Mother Jones and the Industrial Army Receive Warm Reception

Mother Jones arrived here by train yesterday at 12:15 PM. The Industrial Army marched into town a bit later. The Army, lead by Mother Jones, then marched to Washington Hall on Elizabeth Street. They will be the guests of the Socialist Party of Elizabeth while they are in town. Mayor Ryan and the local labor unions also gave the Crusaders a warm welcome.

In the afternoon, the Army held a parade through the factory section of town and collected donations as the workers quit for the day. In the evening, another parade was held and Mother Jones spoke at Washington Hall, followed by another meeting and another speech at Eller Park.

Atwell Bartholomew, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Trades and Labor Unions, has issued a statement "repudiating certain views" of Mother Jones:

While organized labor is in full sympathy with "Mother" Jones's views on child labor, she did not express the sentiment of organized labor toward the Church. We see no reason why the Church and labor should not be considered as allies, working together for the uplifting of Humanity.

Readers of Hellraisers will remember that Mother was critical of one preacher in New Brunswick who said that it was the politicians, and not the church, who should help the children. She did not say that the Church and labor could not be allies. Thankfully, Mother has more courage than the F. of L. leaders when it comes to standing up to those preachers who concern themselves more with "proper society" than with the poor and dispossessed.

The Industrial Army stayed last night at Washington Hall as guests of the proprietor, Edward Danneberger. They plan to visit the factory section of town again today. And will leave for Newark tomorrow.

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Chronic Tonic: Just Smackin' My Gums...

Yep, it's me again, with a toothy (or rather lack thereof) update.

So I had my 4 molars that made up my upper right quadrant pulled last Tuesday. It was an exercise in pain and one in which I am still suffering the repercussions.

First, they called these extractions "simple" extractions as opposed to surgical. I'm thinking cool - cheaper and sounds easier. Well, apparently "simple is a bit of a misnomer.

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Gender Prison: Another dead transgender in television drama

I took day off from writing yesterday. We took the car in to be serviced and went to an Italian restaurant in our old neighborhood. Then last night we watched some television, including Major Crimes on TNT.

I did not know ahead of time that the story was going to be about a transkid who had gone missing. Michelle was a 13 year-old.girl who was born male. WHile she is still missing, we discover that she had been followed into the girls restroom at the mall by a group of male teens who pull her pants down and video her genitals, later to post them on the Interweb. This is not "boys being boys." It is also not something that transpeople deserve just because they are using a restroom. This is known as sexual batter of a minor and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

So the ringleader of the group of boys is arrested and interrogated. He proceeds to refer to Michelle as "it" through the entire proceeding, inisisting that it was not him who was behaving badly, but Michelle.

Unsurprisingly, Michelle's body is located soon after in a shallow grave in a park. The chances that she would have been discovered dead were extremely high. This is television, after all, where dead is a nearly universal condition of transpeople.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones' Army Treated to Shaves by Union Barbers on The Children's Crusade

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

Wednesday July 15, 1903
Elizabeth, New Jersey - Mother Jones and the Industrial Army Arriving Soon in Elizabeth

The Army marched the eleven miles from New Brunswick to Rahway yesterday, coming by way of Metuchen. In Rahway they were provided a large room in the Rahway Inn by H. C. Wilson, owner of the inn. Mother Jones arrived by train accompanied by Charles Sweeney, Chief Marshal of the Army, and by John Loprez, First Lieutenant. Three women are also traveling with Mother: Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Hanson, and Mrs. Clinton.

The Army now consists of the Industrial Band and about thirty-five Crusaders. They were treated to shaves by local union barbers.

Mother gave a speech before 2000 supporters. She insisted that a public aroused on the issue of child labor would result in:

Blessings not only to the children but to the whole nation.

The Army has been on the road marching since early this morning and are expected to arrive in Elizabeth soon. Mother Jones and the women will arrive by train. While in Elizabeth, the Crusaders will be hosted by the Socialist Party of Elizabeth.

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Sunday Train: Why Does Congressman Mica Lie About Amtrak?

Congressman John Mica, Republican from the Florida 7th district and member (former chair) of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, has been on the attack against Amtrak again. During the testimony to the committee by John Robert Smith, head of Transportation for America and Reconnecting America, and former Republican mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, faced aggressive questioning by Congressman Mica promoting his desired defunding of Amtrak:

... But Mica spared his real invective for the next part, where he let Smith know he’s seen “your little memo that you sent to my mayor.” Something about the belittling, eyes-in-the-back-of-my-head tone there was just chilling, like he’s saying he found the love notes Smith was writing to his wife. “House of Representatives slash Amtrak funding, putting the future of the national system in jeopardy!” Mica read the line in a high-pitched tone, mocking the hysteria Smith was clearly exhibiting when calling Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley’s attention to the House cuts.

 
Does Smith really think a cut of $1.4 billion to $950 million is such a big deal? Well, yeah, actually. “Don’t you think the United States is under threat when you’re in debt up to your eyeballs, when you’re borrowing 40 cents on the dollar to underwrite your service?” Mica exploded. “You’re aware that every ticket on Amtrak last year was underwritten more than $40 per passenger ticket? You’re aware of that?”
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Mica railed against Amtrak’s “Soviet-style operations” and the money losses on food service aboard the trains and asked Smith if he should “go back and tell that mother [of the soldier not getting hot breakfasts], ‘You know, we need to put this money into Amtrak; we can’t take any cuts out of Amtrak.’”

 
To which John Robert Smith firmly replied: “That’s a false choice, Congressman.”

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PJ Torokvei, 1951-2013

 photo PJ_torokvei_zps0f7fb0b2.jpgPJ Torokvei was an alum of Second City and SCTV where she worked with John Candy. She later became producer and head writer of WKRP in Cincinnati, a situation comedy that ran from 1979 to 1982 and is no doubt still appearing in reruns across the nation. PJ and her colleagues won two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.

PJ also cowrote the films Real Genius, Back to School, Caddyshack II and Guarding Tess.

PJ transitioned from male to female in 2001. On July 3 she died of complications from liver failure.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "I have seen children maimed and torn." The Children's Crusade

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

Tuesday July 14, 1903
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Mother Jones: "I have seen children maimed and torn."

Mother Jones and her Army remained in this city yesterday. She continued to make speeches while the little Industrial Band of fife and drums paraded the streets raising money for the march to New York City and for the textile strikers of Philadelphia. The following is an example of a speech by Mother Jones:

Child Labor

I have seen some children killed by slow starvation and others maimed and torn. What is to become of the next generation when this generation is being torn from the cradle to be thrown into the factories. Statistics show that out of every ten hours of labor, the laboring man is paid for two, while the other eight are stolen by the capitalist...There are three ways of making a living-working for it, begging it and stealing it. And the capitalist steals it from the working man.

The Industrial Army left New Brunswick this morning bound for Rahway by way of Metuchen.

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