Hellraisers Journal: On the #Ride4Respect, "We are family..we cannot be separated"

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

Tuesday June 2, 1903
From The New York Times: "Textile Strike Spreads"

The strike of the textile workers of Philadelphia for a 55 hour week spread today to the hosiery mills. Fully 8,000 persons joined the already large army of idle workers. Most of these were women and children employed in the hosiery mills in the Kensington district. This class of workers are unorganized, but they decided to join the ranks of the unionist in other branches of the textile trade when they saw the magnitude of the movement for a shorter week....

[The Manufacturers] declare they will close down their establishments indefinitely before submitting to the union.

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Sunday June 2, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today was about vacancies in the DC circuit courts being blocked in the Senate, the filibuster for once, Harry Reid, and the Justice Department obtained access to the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen accused him of being a likely criminal "co-conspirator" in the leak of sensitive material regarding North Korea, and violating the federal Espionage Act. All this now on #Uppers.

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Hellraisers Journal: You did it! Kalpona Akter will join Walmart Workers at shareholders' meeting!

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

Monday June 1, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - General Strike of Textile Workers Begins

At least 90,000 textile workers are now out on strike in this city. Of the 600 mills in the city, about 550 are idle. Philadelphia now has more workers out on strike than at any other time in her history. Several thousand workers were already on strike before the textile strike began, and they include: the carriage and wagon builders, and the carpenters along with others working in the building trades. The city could be in for a long hot summer.

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Transgender Hero #1: Jacob Rostovsky

I'm starting a new series which will be added to periodically, which I shall call Transgender Heroes. I will add people to the list as I encounter them and personally judge them to be heroic.

Now there are plenty of people I've known about for years who qualify, but I shall endeavor to shine the light on those who I deem will be helping to carry us forward.

First up is Jake Rostovsky. I invite you inside to hear Jake's story.

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Hellraisers Journal: Teamster Nation Hails the Walmart Freedom Riders

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

Sunday May 31, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Statement Issued by The Central Textile Workers' Union

By tomorrow, 80,000 textile workers will be on the strike. This a statement put out by the CTWU:

Thirty-six trades, representing 90,000 people, ask the employers to reduce working hours from sixty to fifty-five hours a week. They are willing that wages be reduced accordingly. They strike for lower wages in an effort to get shorter hours.

Three trades, representing 10,000 people, ask for the same reduction in working hours, but, in addition, they ask for the same weekly wages or a slight increase, averaging ten per cent.

The request for shorter hours is made primarily for the sake of the children and women. For six years the organized textile workers of Philadelphia have been trying in vain to persuade the politician-controlled Legislature of Pennsylvania to pass a law which would reduce the working hours of children and women and stop them from doing night work.

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Hellraisers Journal: This is our country! We will not be ruled by Walmart!

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

Saturday May 30, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Some Textile Manufacturers Grant Concessions

With news that the textile strikes in this city are spreading, 46 manufacturers have agreed to meet the demands of their employees. These employees will remain at work. In addition to the 55 hour week, the dyers are demanding a wage increase of one dollar per week to bring their wages up to $13 per week. With the dyers on strike, the entire textile industry comes to a stand still. There are 600 textile firms in the city. By Monday, the textile strike will become general, according to the Executive Committee of the Central Textile Union.

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