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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How very un-Christian

Francisco Alvarado at Banana Republic nails it: The Christian Family Coalition Hates Transgender People Too. Not surprisingly, the CFC opposes legal protections and the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for gender-variant people.

The Miami-Dade County Commission is considering an amendment to the county's human rights ordinance that would protect transfolk from discrimination. In response CFC executive director Anthony Vedrugo is rallying his unholy band to show up at the Commission's July 8 meeting to oppose the measure. You can see the message Vedrugo fired off to his gang of ruffians followers on the inside.

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CBS: Stop Covering Up Racism

I am a long-time fan of CBS's summer reality TV show Big Brother. In fact, I subscribe to the live internet feeds and read several Big Brother blogs in order to get the back story on the events that CBS does not air on the TV show. This TV show is no stranger to controversies about racism and homophobia. And I've encountered a lot of intolerant fans on Twitter and the blogs, most especially misogynistic comments and derogatory comments made about contestants who are anything less than model beautiful.

But I have never seen the level of racism, homophobia, and misogyny that has appeared this summer. Although CBS has usually not aired these comments, they tend to selectively edit the events in the house to fit their preferred storyline, this season is different. What is happening inside the Big Brother house is ugly and it needs wider exposure than the coverage its received on primary entertainment and left-wing blogs and websites.

Warning: The language in the clips and quotes below is extremely offensive.

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Canadian Conservative Senate leadership refuses to allow a vote on transgender equality

At a June 10 Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights hearing on Bill C-279 testimony was overwhelmingly supportive of the passage of the bill, which would add protections on the basis of gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.

There was only one dissenting voice, Diane Watts of REAL Women of Canada. As usual Watts argued that transgender Canadians were already covered, that the definitions used in C-279 are vague, and that the bill would harm transgender Canadians rather than help them.

Trans individuals should be given “compassionate counseling rather than be encouraged in their dissatisfaction with a gender engrained in their DNA,” she concluded, urging the Senate not to give trans Canadians “special rights.”

--Xtra!, Canada

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This bill is about equality for everybody. 

The washroom issue is a very minor fear that has been raised by some. There has been and continues to be possibilities and options for reasonable accommodation. I think we can comfortably put those fears to rest.

--Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

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