Hellraisers Journal: Congressman George Miller to visit Bangladesh

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

Tuesday May 26, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Big Textile Strike Set for June 1

Executives from fourteen branches of the textile manufacturing industry met recently and decided that they would not negotiate with their employees. Hearing this, the Carpet Weavers held a mass meeting to take up the matter of issuing a strike call. The 1500 men present voted two to one to go out on strike. They set the date for June 1. The strike will close 65 mills in Philadelphia, and will idle about 6000 workers.

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Sunday May 26, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today's show was about immigration reform, Oklahoma disaster relief, Apple tax shelters, Apple, Congress, tax law, and corporate taxes. #Uppers is now.

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Weekend Question Open Thread

Ok, well, we'll try not to do a barn burner question like last week, lol, so...

So it's a holiday weekend, so i'll keep it light this week:

It's hotter than hell here now. hard to believe that i was still wearing a sweater in the morning just 2 weeks ago. guess there'll be no real spring... :o

Has summer arrived where you are yet?

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Hellraisers Journal: Dear Consumer, conditions in Bangladesh are your fault as Walmart profits!

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

Monday May 25, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Company seeks court injunction against Teamsters' Boycott

The Kellog Switchboard and Supply Co. of Illinois has been granted an injunction in state court today to stop the boycott declared by the Teamsters' Union against them. 800 Teamsters employed by the firm have been on strike since May 7th. When the company refused to sign a close-shop agreement, the boycott was declared.

The American Anti-Boycott Association has been advising employers on the use of litigation to fight union boycotts. Once an injunction is granted against union activities, then union leaders can be charged with contempt for conducting union business. This includes advocating boycotts through union newspapers, or in speeches.

One would think that freedom of speech would cover advising unionist and union sympathizers on where to shop or not shop. But apparently freedom of speech is not applied equally between the company and the workers. The manufacturer's journals are free to print any sort of diatribe against the union without fear of legal consequences. They are also free to strongly advise their employees not to join a union.

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Saturday May 25, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Man, I was pissed off this morning. more about that meaningless BS speech from the President that was just bluster because the word is getting out about the forced feedings in Gitmo. This speech seems to give all MSNBC hosts orgasms as if it's the DNC in 2008 again. It was a rather sickening display all week, until today. Michael Hastings called out everyone's BS and showed how like Bush/Cheney this speech was even with some of the more loftier meaningless rhetoric which will have 0 action. There was also a lot of fear mongering about how we need drones or we're all going to die.

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The EU LGBT survey: data and advice

When Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, called for more research on the effects of homophobia, the Agency for Fundamental Rights stepped forward.

 

 

 

 

The result is the EU LGBT survey. As always, I have read the relevant pdf so that you do not have to do so.

In the past decade, a growing number of international and national developments have addressed the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Standards on non-discrimination and equality for LGBT persons have been further developed or reinforced by the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe and the United Nations (UN). Sexual orientation and gender identity have increasingly been recognised as grounds of discrimination in European and national legislation. Today, the situation of LGBT persons in the EU is no longer a marginalised issue but a recognised human rights concern.

--Morton Kjærum, Director of the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

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Hellraisers Journal: Paterson Mayor vows gloves are coming off in dealings with I.W.W.

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

Sunday May 24, 1903
New York City, New York - Solidarity across the color line at Central Federated Union

At the recent meeting of the Central Federated Union, the matter of the ongoing strike of the millers was brought to the floor. The delegate from the Millers Union rose to complain about strikebreakers from other unions in the mills where his union is on strike. The New York Times reported on what followed:

The delegate of the millers got on his feet again and said that ten "niggers" had been put to work in place of some of the strikers.

"I don't believe in insulting colored men by calling them niggers," said delegate Lord of the Steamfitters Union.

"The point is well taken," said the Chairman, and then there was applause. It was agreed to that the negroes should be referred to simply as colored men.

...Someone then accused the marine engineers of working in the mill where the people were on strike. A colored delegate who was present and was probably the first colored man to make a speech in the central body for over ten years, got up and talked about solidarity of labor. He said that members of his organization would not take the places of strikers, and his remarks were received with a round of applause.

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