Hellraisers Journal: All Six Caravans of the #Ride4Respect of #Walmartstrikers Have Arrived!

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

Thursday June 4, 1903
Phoenix, Arizona - Thousands of Copper Miners Strike Over Wage Scale

The operators' attempt to reduce wages as they conform with the eight hour law has led to a strike by several thousand miners. The strikers are led by the Western Federation of Miners. Most of the small mines of Yavapai County are being struck or are locked out. The United Verde Mine owned by Senator Clark may soon be affected due to his failure to negotiate a satisfactory agreement with the WFM during his recent visit to Arizona.

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Chronic Tonic: Creeeeeeck! Snaaap! Wait – Is That My F-n Joint?

As anyone with chronic health problems knows, issues can and will rear their unruly heads from time to time. Another thing those of us blessed with crapititus in the health department know, is that folks with chronic conditions are more susceptible to other health issues, as if one or two is just not enough. Bwahahahaha!

And so it is with me, down here on the bayou with my fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. The one nice thing I can say about the bayou in the summer is that the damp heat is easy on the joints…  :D

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Gender Prison: Transgender Heroes #3: Kristin Beck

 photo warrior2-0604-web_zps46ab12cc.jpgAmidst all the celebration of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the recent past, most people were completely unaware that the prohibition of transpeople serving in the ranks remains inviolate.

Well, it remains sacrosanct except for the fact we have served and do serve and probably shall continue to serve…and try to take care of our transitions in the future.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 transpeople have served, do serve or will serve in the military. That is twice the rate of cis-gendered people.

Such was the case for Kristin Beck. Beck served as an enlisted petty officer in the Navy Seals for 20 years, including a tour with the renowned Seal Team Six. That was not under the name Kristin, of course.

Beck retired as an E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer, having deployed 13 times, during which she earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Beck's biggest battle came after she retired. It was the battle to become herself.

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Hellraisers Journal: UE Local 506, the struggle continues! One of our own is on the battle line!

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

Wednesday June, 1903
From The Comrade: an editorial by John Spargo on women's suffrage.

Comrade John Spargo is well known as an advocate for the rights of women and children. Here he takes on the issue of the Socialist Party and women's suffrage:

There is one reed forcing itself more and more upon the movement of which it is perhaps appropriate that we should say a few words in this connection — the need of developing the social side of our party activities. We have been "Unsocial Socialists" too long. In the political movement there has always been the serious difficulty arising from the fact that women do not — and generally can not — take part in it. By a monstrous injustice they are in most cases deprived of the right to vote and cannot therefore be expected to join very heartily in political work. Then again, because they are not voters, our appeal is not made to them either as frequently or as strongly as it should be.

And there are thousands of Socialist workers who could bear witness to the unpleasant consequences resulting from the lack of sympathy in the home fostered by these facts. What interest in "politics" can we expect from the average woman when she has no vote? So we lose in two ways: because of the lack of interest shown by their wives many of our comrades work with much less vigor and efficiency, while, on the other hand we lose the powerful assistance of the women themselves. That there are already many earnest women in our ranks is true- but their number is relatively small. And none more readily than they will assent to what we have felt impelled to say on this matter.

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Transgender Hero #2: Audrey Mbugua

Audrey Mbugua is a 26-year-old Kenyan transwoman. She is currently suing both the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Attorney General for failing to recognizing her gender identity.

Audrey is seeking to have her name changed on the certificates she earned and her identity cards and to have those reflect her new gender. She says she has suffered prejudice and discrimination because of the reactions of potential employers to the disparity between her appearance and the data on her identification.

We realise that the matter is tricky... We may have to liaise with the registrar of births and deaths for the necessary procedures to be followed before we can put in a proper reply.

--lawyer for the State

Judge Weldon Korir refused to grant a 30-day period sought by the state, saying the case was of urgent nature. Then he gave he respondents three weeks to reply instead.

The parties are to meet again in court on August 6.

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