Gender Prison: Ranting by proxy

Tonight I want to share some recent writings by some allies.

Personally I wish there were more allies doing the same. I think that is of utmost importance to our attainment of equal rights. Every significant advancement in human rights has included speech and writing from supporters who are not actually members of the affected group.

Tonight I'm going to examine recent essays by Canadian writer Emily Williams and feminist writer Gus Allis at Decolonizing Yoga.

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Hellraisers Journal: General Round-up of Hop-pickers Continues

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

Thursday August 13, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Negotiations Fail, The Portland Mine Is Shut Down

Negotiations have failed between the manager of the Portland Mine and officials of the Western Federation of Miners, and the mine is now shut down.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, more mines in the district were reached with news of the strike and the men were called out. The W.F. of M. is reporting that as fast as they can be reached, the men are answering the call. There are very few breaks in the ranks. The El Paso, the Golden Cycle, the Last Dollar, and the Modoc have all been shut down.

By yesterday evening, an estimated 3000 miners were out on strike.

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The Rest of the Story?

Some news stories take much longer to reach conclusion that others. The three stories I have tonight have moved on…and may or may not have reached a conclusion. Eh…probably not. I may have to return to them again.

Two of the stories concern deaths of transpeople. One is about the status of a marriage. The stories are set in Jamaica, Taiwan, and Syracuse, New York.

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Hellraisers Journal: Abominable Camp Conditions for California Hop-pickers!

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

Wednesday August 12, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - The Strike of the Western Federation of Miners in "Full Swing"

One after another the mines are shutting down: at Independence, Ajax, Findley, Vindicator, and more. The Portland is running for now while negotiations continue. Charles Moyer, President of the W.F. of M. made this statement:

There seems to be no reason for a prolonged struggle, as the Standard Mill matter is a small one which should be easily adjusted. It was simply a demand of the union men of the district that their brethren of Colorado City should be paid fair and living wages.

Govenor Peabody made this statement:

If an emergency arises I shall be prompt to order out the troops in the Cripple Creek district.

However, the Governor indicated that he was not expecting trouble from the miners.

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Sunday Train: The Myth of Baseload Power

In Baseload power is a myth: even intermittent renewables will work, Mark Diesendorf, Asst. Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales (Australia), writes:

The old myth was based on the incorrect assumption that base-load demand can only be supplied by base-load power stations; for example, coal in Australia and nuclear in France. However, the mix of renewable energy technologies in our computer model, which has no base-load power stations, easily supplies base-load demand. Our optimal mix comprises wind 50-60%; solar PV 15-20%; concentrated solar thermal with 15 hours of thermal storage 15-20%; and the small remainder supplied by existing hydro and gas turbines burning renewable gases or liquids. (Contrary to some claims, concentrated solar with thermal storage does not behave as base-load in winter; however, that doesn’t matter.)

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Hellraisers Journal: Colorado Western Federation of Miners, The Strike Call

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

Tuesday August 11, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - The Official Strike Call by the Western Federation of Miners

This is a copy of the official strike notice issued by the Western Federation of Miners which called the miners out on strike yesterday:

The Call
All members of the Western Federation of Miners and all employees in and about the mines of the Cripple Creek district are hereby requested not to report for wok Monday morning, August 10, 1903, except on properties shipping ore to the Economic mill, the Dorcas mill at Florence and the Cyanide mills of the district.
BY ORDER OF DISTRICT UNION NO. 1.

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Hellraisers Journal: Hop-pickers martyred in Wheatland, California & Mass Arrests Follow

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

Monday August 10, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Western Federation of Miners On Strike Once Again!

The deadline for Charles MacNeill, manager of the Standard Mill, to rehire the smeltermen fired for joining the union has long since come and gone. The smeltermen resumed their strike on July 3rd, and today the W.F. of M. called out all of the miners who provide ore to the the Standard Mill. In a great show of Solidarity with the smeltermen, the miners laid down their tools and headed for the picket line.

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Who says we have no sense of humor?

I've always believed that one cannot survive transition without the ability to laugh at the situations one finds oneself in.

So when, as frequently has happened, someone tells me I just need to get a sense of humor, I am a bit taken aback. I have a well-endowed sense of humor. Perhaps the problem is that what was said or done just wasn't funny.

So anyway, I ran across something interesting recently.

The Switch was originally going to be a webseries. Due to a change in funding, it is now the pilot for a television series.

The Switch is a magical-realist transgender comedy, one that delights in pushing the envelope and in holding a queer & quirky mirror up to our own lives. And at the heart of it all is Sü, the weird experiences she has, and the people she shares them with.

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