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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Hellraisers Journal: Hotel Workers Win Right to Union Recognition after Fight Four Years Long

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

Saturday July 4, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado - The Smeltermen Strike for the Right to Join a Union
First and foremost, the smeltermen are fighting for the right to belong to a union. They want the reinstatement of their fellows workers fired for joining the Colorado City Smeltermen's Union Local 125 of the Western Federation of Miners. As Big Bill Haywood has put it:

I don't believe the company has any right to discharge men for joining the Masonic Lodge or the Knights of Pythias or any church or smeltermen's union if they so desire. I thought that was a right that was accorded to them as American Citizens.

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The Declaration of Political Independence

(This is poligirl writing on behalf of Voices on the Square, with my apologies to Thomas Jefferson)

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the citizen long guaranteed by our Constitution, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to that separation.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all humans are created equal, and that the People of the United States of America are endowed not only with certain unalienable rights, but also with certain rights and liberties given to them by the Founding Fathers via the Constitution of the country adopted at the birth of these United States, as well as via laws passed throughout the past 237 years. That to secure these rights and liberties, the Government has been instituted among people, deriving their power from the consent of the governed, and that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it.

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Happy 1st Anniversary Voices on the Square.

The following is a reposting of the first article published here one year ago today.

NEW BLOG ‘VOICES ON THE SQUARE’ LAUNCHES JULY 4TH 2012

Voices on the Square – www.VoicesontheSquare.com - was conceived by a small group of left-leaning bloggers for whom the political and policy issues of the day are most important. Realizing that our voices were being increasingly marginalized in the cacophony of election and party-centric dialogues that are prevalent on most political blogs, we decided to create a space where the issues are the primary focus, rather than the horserace. Our motto is “principles before parties, always”.

Voices on the Square is a virtual town square where everyone can have a voice to discuss the issues that matter to them, share news and information they care about, and find out about various actions across the country.

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