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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Hellraisers Journal: 22-year-old Elizabeth Gurley Flynn speaks to the Paterson Jury

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

Friday June 3, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado - Smeltermen Resume Strike

More than a two months ago, Charles H. Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners, agreed to call off the strike of the smeltermen at the Standard Mill. Moyer then agreed to give MacNeill until May 18 to rehire the smeltermen who had been fired for joining the Western Federation of Miners. MacNeil continues to ignore the agreement, and today the smeltermen resumed their strike. It remains to be seen whether or not the metal miners will strike once more in support of the smeltermen.

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Granite Mountain Hotshots: Updated

I saw some questions yesterday about where it was possible to donate funds for the hotshots who died this weekend. This is one option. All of the proceeds will be donated the 100 Club is giving the families cto the Wildlife Firefighter Foundation. I have no connection to either of these organizations.

Click through to see how YOU can help >>>>

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Where is Edward Waldo Snowden? w/ BONUS Forced Landing of Bolivia President's Jet by US Allies.

*** Reprinted with permission from Pluto. Thank you.

At some point in time, Edward Snowden presumably passed into the Transit Zone of Sheremetyevo Airport, which serves connecting passengers traveling via Moscow to onward destinations. It also serves passengers departing from Moscow who have already passed through security checks.

Just like any other international airport terminal.

The Sheremetyevo Transit and Departure Zone is essentially a long corridor. On one side are the boarding gates. The other side is lined with duty free shops, boutiques, souvenir stores, lounges, and restaurants.

Exiting the Transit Zone would either require boarding a plane or passing through border control. Both exits require a valid passport or other documentation.

The Transit Zone also has dozens of plain doors, most labeled “authorized personnel only.” A person could be whisked through these doors and removed from the area through back doors or corridors.

Just like any other international airport terminal.

Could Edward Snowden still be in the Transit Zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport?

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hashtag morethanmarriage

Yesterday's diary ended with a link to information about transgender advocates one might try to emulate. Today's diary will continue in that vein.

The Transgender Law Center has a new campaign, called #morethanmarriage, which calls attention to the issues of youth, violence, racial justice, immigration, health care, and economic justice.

Sometimes we get accused of being narrowly focused when we write about transgender issues. But issues of gender affect us all and connect with an astounding number other issues.

Freedom to marry is important. Many people, including transgender people, are impacted by the legal recognition of our relationships and families. And, our community needs more than marriage to survive. #morethanmarriage is a community-based campaign to amplify the voices of our community and raise awareness of the critical issues we need to address in order to thrive - including marriage, immigration, bullying, health care access, family rights, employment, and more.

You can join the campaign here.

Come inside for more heroes.

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Tahrir II: Neoliberal Harder

Remember September 11, 2012 and the embassy attacks?

I'm not talking about the aftermath and controversies over its handling.  I'm talking specifically about September 11, 2012, as events unfolded.

Do you remember what was happening in Egypt?  Do you remember the protests, and reports of people climbing the embassy walls, pulling down an American flag?

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Gender Prison: On being an ally…Revisited

It turns out that I already had an essay entitled On Being an Ally.

Many of you are probably aware that last week a diary of mine encountered a commenter who was upset that any advances in our social, political, and/or socio-economic situation could be taken advantage of by people who only wished to "game the system".

So I was forced to spend some time trying to wrap my head around the concept of the commenters "big hairy linebacker" claiming to be transgender to take advantage of the benefits of being perceived to be one of us.

I guess what I am missing is an enumeration of what those benefits exactly are.

That got me thinking about the allies for transpeople as opposed to those who are our enemies, the transphiles versus the transphobes--and those who fall someplace in between.

Rebecca Kling at Thought Catalog has Four Steps to being a better Trans Ally. The piece was originally written at her personal blog in 2012.

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Hellraisers Journal: "In this boasted land of freedom there are bonded baby slaves," Ella W Wilcox

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

Thursday July 2, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Today we pause to remember 16,000 children on strike.

The Great Textile Strike in Philadelphia continues. Of the 100,000 on strike, 16,000 are children. We pause to remember them today with this verse:

In this boasted land of freedom
there are bonded baby slaves,
And the busy world goes by and does not heed.
They are driven to the mill, just to glut and overfill
Bursting coffers of the mighty monarch, Greed.
When they perish we are told it is God's will,
Oh, the roaring of the mill, of the mill!

From "The Children of the Mills"
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From The Cosmopolitan
of November 1902

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