Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones and Industrial Army Arrive in South Bristol The Children's Crusade

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

Wednesdy July 8, 1903
Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and Her Industrial Army Reach South Bristol

The Children's Crusade, also known as the Industrial Army of Mother Jones, reached Torresdale last evening where they camped for the night. They arrived at South Bristol this morning where they will camp for the day on the Simons estates. The "Crusaders" are coping with extreme heat, and many of the marches have returned to Philadelphia.

The children are equipped with knapsacks containing a knife and fork, a tin cup, and a plate. Meals are cooked in a large wash boiler when the army stops along the road. The commissary department consists of eight wagons carrying bread and canned goods. The grocers of Kensington have generously outfitted the army for the first few days of the journey. The marchers, who call themselves "Crusaders" have a watchword:

From Kensington to Wall Street.

The New York Times is reporting that the Social Democratic Party Executive Committee in New York City has been notified that Mother Jones and her Industrial Army should be expected soon. The Times describes the Children's Crusade as a "decent on New York" by Mother Jones to collect funds for the textile strikers of Philadelphia:

She brings an assortment of glass jewelry, fancy dresses, masks, megaphones, and other articles for use in getting up tableaus. "Mr. Capital" and "Mrs. Millowner" will be shown gorgeously attired. When the party reaches here it will be taken in hand by the committee of Social Democrats and arrangements will be made at once for a mass meeting and tableaus in Madison Square Garden.

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Sunday Train: Sidestepping the Koch Brothers' Climate Suicide Pact

Grist this last week covered an often overlooked element of climate suicide policy of those famed climate kamikaze's the Koch Brothers:

Since 2008, the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity has been urging candidates and politicians to sign its “No Climate Tax Pledge.” In 2010, we noted that many Republican House and Senate candidates had signed it, and in 2011, that at least one GOP presidential candidate had.

 
But it turns out the pledge has been far more widespread and influential than most people realized. From the Investigative Reporting Workshop:

 
A quarter of senators and more than one-third of representatives have signed a little-known pledge — backed by the Kochs — not to spend any money to fight climate change without an equivalent amount of tax cuts....

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Leads Her Army out of Kensington on 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 7, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mother Jones Leads Her Army out of Kensington

Today Mother Jones began what is being called "The Children's Crusade." At 11 o'clock this morning, starting from the Kensington Labor Lyceum, she led her army of 300 men, women and children out of Kensington toward the northeastern Philadelphia neighborhood of Torresdale where they will camp for the night. The little army was accompanied by fifes and drums, American flags, and union banners.

Before leaving Kensington, Mother gave an interview to the North American where she explained her reasons for undertaking the "Children's Crusade." We offer a few quotes from that interview:

The sight of little children at work in mills when they ought to be at school or at play always rouses me. I found the conditions in this city deplorable, and I resolved to do what I could to shorten the hours of toil of the striking textile workers so as to gain more liberty for the children and women. I led a parade of children through the city-the cradle of Liberty-but the citizens were not moved to pity by the object lesson

The curse of greed so pressed on their hearts that they could not pause to express their pity for future men and women who are being stunted mentally, morally, and physically, so that they cannot possibly become good citizens. I cannot believe that the public conscience is so callous that it will not respond. I am going out of Philadelphia to see if there are people with human blood in their veins.

I am going to picture capitalism and caricature the money-mad. I am going to show Wall Street the flesh and blood from which it squeezes its wealth. I am going to show President Roosevelt the poor little things on which the boasted commercial greatness of our country is built. Not one single Philadelphia minister of Christ's Gospel has so much as touched on the textile strike in this city. I shall endeavor to arouse sleeping Christians to a sense of their duty towards the poor little ones.

Understand me, I do not blame the manufacturers individually. They are, I repeat, victims of the competitive system. But I do blame society for allowing such evils to exist and to grow without an effort to destroy them. God help the nation if something is not done for a day of reckoning will surely come and with it bloody revolution.

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Transgender Student Rights await Governor Brown's pen

When stuff happens on July 3, it often goes unnoticed because of the approaching holiday. That appears to have been the case this past Wednesday as well.

The California state Senate approved AB-1266 Pupil rights: sex-segregated school programs and activities, which amends Section 221.5 of the Education Code to mandate that programs, activities and use of facilities be available consistent with a student's gender identity.

If signed by Governor Jerry Brown, California will become the first state to require schools to let students choose their bathrooms and sports teams based on their gender identity.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones and John Spargo will lead little strikers in "Children's Crusade"

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

Monday July 6, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and John Spargo to Lead "Children's Crusade"


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John Spargo, editor of The Comrade is in Philadelphia assisting Mother Jones with her efforts to aid the 100,000 textile strikers. Both are frustrated that there is little press coverage of the strike. Efforts to raise money for the strikers have been disappointing, and the strikers' relief fund is running low.

Mother Jones states:

I asked the newspaper men why they didn't publish the facts about child labor in Pennsylvania. They said they couldn't because the mill owners had stock in the papers.

Mother replied:

Well, I've got stock in these little children!

The national tour of the Liberty Bell has given Mother the idea to arrange a tour for the little children who are striking for "some of the freedom of childhood." Mother Jones plans to leave from Kensington tomorrow with an "army" of 300 men, women, and children. They will head East. John Spargo will accompany the "Children Crusade" for the first few days.

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Hellraisers Journal: Fellow Worker Vincenzo Madonna given grand I.W.W funeral in Paterson.

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

Sunday July 5, 1903
San Francisco, California - More Trouble for Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone

Complications are increasing for the Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone Company where the Linemen have things pretty well tied up for the company up and down the entire West Coast. Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 27 of 31 collectors have joined the strike in that city:

The Collectors demanded a minimum wage rate , and wanted it to take effect at once. The Company alleged that ...some collectors gathered as much as $6000 a month in small amounts and received only $40 for such work. The demand was unheeded by the officers of the company, and the Collectors went on strike. They assembled at the headquarters of the Linemen's Union, organized and joined the Telephone Operator's Union.

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