Hellraisers Journal: Paterson Mayor vows gloves are coming off in dealings with I.W.W.

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

Sunday May 24, 1903
New York City, New York - Solidarity across the color line at Central Federated Union

At the recent meeting of the Central Federated Union, the matter of the ongoing strike of the millers was brought to the floor. The delegate from the Millers Union rose to complain about strikebreakers from other unions in the mills where his union is on strike. The New York Times reported on what followed:

The delegate of the millers got on his feet again and said that ten "niggers" had been put to work in place of some of the strikers.

"I don't believe in insulting colored men by calling them niggers," said delegate Lord of the Steamfitters Union.

"The point is well taken," said the Chairman, and then there was applause. It was agreed to that the negroes should be referred to simply as colored men.

...Someone then accused the marine engineers of working in the mill where the people were on strike. A colored delegate who was present and was probably the first colored man to make a speech in the central body for over ten years, got up and talked about solidarity of labor. He said that members of his organization would not take the places of strikers, and his remarks were received with a round of applause.

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Hellraisers Journal: You can help bring Bangladeshi Workers to Walmart Shareholders Meeting!!

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

Saturday May 23, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - 40,000 Workers Threaten to Strike

The city of Chicago is bracing itself for strikes and lockouts which may soon involve 40,000 workers. 12,00 restaurant and hotel employees, women and well as men, have issued demands and stand ready to strike. 8,000 barbers may be on strike next week, Stockyard men numbering 10,000, including teamsters and laborers, as well as the skilled tradesmen, have issued demands and threatened to strike if those demands are not met. Railroad men and freight handlers may soon shut down the flow of goods to and from the city.

Employers are discussing the possibility of attacking the unions through the courts.

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Hellraisers Journal: West Virginia Socialist Released from Military Bastille.

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

Friday May 22, 1903
Pennsylvania Coalfields - Breaker Boys Belong in School

Perhaps the little breaker boys of Pennsylvania can now get some education instead spending their young days hunched over the coal chutes. From the Chicago Daily Tribune we received this good news:

Wilkesbarre, Pa. May 21-The Delaware and Hudson Coal Company started to remove from their mines today laborers who are under 16 years of age. This is in line with the recommendation in the report of the Anthracite Strike Commission on child labor and in accordance with a recent act of the legislature.

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John T. Harvey: Austerity Leads To... Austerity!

In the real world and the reality based community, there is talk about austerity from people who understand the nuances of it and macroeconomic accounting identities. They point out the undeniable fact that there is austerity in the UK, the Eurozone, and yes, the United States. This interactive chart will show this, though I can't embed it here. So instead, I will add a small snapshot of some of the data.

Net spending in the United States has steadily declined since it rose from 2008 to 2009 when the inadequate stimulus(only $500 billion of direct spending at about 1.5 percent of GDP) was passed. Stimulus packages don't exist in a vacuum, and you have to count all government spending, which basically shows how exactly the numbers, including the stimulus as this does, didn't close the output gap. And since the numbers didn't, that is actually austerity. After all, spending went up in the UK and Eurozone from 2008 to 2009 as well, and since then, their spending has declined. Even though it is on a higher level, it is being cut at an even more alarming rate with its fate set to go below our miserable level by 2017.

I have pointed this out before. Sometimes I get frustrated, and point this out harshly, because some pride themselves on denying this established data to support whatever a politician in their party says or does. I don't know why. Denying reality is not going to give resources to people who need them. There is a reason my last diary has been cited by the reality based Post Keynesian MMT community, in which I am truly grateful for and humbled by; it is the truth.

The real economy of jobs and wages continues to go nowhere thanks to the lack of deficit spending and an illogical debate in DC about how much austerity we need to appease the invisible bond vigilantes and confidence fairies. It is neoliberal deficit terrorist economic insanity based on lies. And on that note, it is my pleasure to republish a piece by someone in the reality based economic community whom I can now proudly say is a friend of mine, Post Keynesian MMT economist John T. Harvey. He, once again, brings clarity to these matters in a way that only he can.

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Hellraisers Journal: Western Federation of Miners' deadline has come and gone!

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

Thursday May 21, 1903
Denver, Colorado - The WFM's deadline to Charles MacNeill has come and gone.

More than a month ago, Charles H. Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners, agreed to call off the strike of the smeltermen at the Standard Mill. The sympathy strike by the metal miners was also called off. It was this sympathy strike by the miners which forced MacNeill back to the bargaining table, and forced him to agree to rehire the smeltermen who had been fired for union organizing. Moyer then agreed to give MacNeill until May 18 to rehire the fired smeltermen. That date has come and gone, and the union men have not been rehired. The WFM has sent a protest to MacNeill, and is awaiting his reply.

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Senate Democrats Kill UAFA: "Comprehensive" = "Heterosexual"

When I returned to the United States from China five years ago, I left someone behind. My boyfriend of (then) 2.5 years. There was no way for him to come to the States and I needed to come back to finish my graduate studies. I wish I had a dime for every time somebody suggested, go to Massachusetts and get married. Oh, I wish it had been that easy.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS-With A Flare~

I guess the fibro flare was inevitable, what with the uptick in stress and all. The tiredness and muscle pain, well, I can deal with that. I'm only mildly annoyed, really. You want to know what's killing me? The fog. The losing my train of thought, my next word, the standing there with my mouth hanging open...I hate that!

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Harvard Study finds Anti-Latino Bias among Local Election Officials

A team of researchers at Harvard University have found wide-spread anti-Latino bias (PDF) among election local election officials nation-wide. Specifically, the researchers found that local election officials were less likely to respond to voting-related questions from Latinos, and the quality of responses to Latinos was significantly lower than for Whites.

(n/t Political Wire)

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Gender Police: Developing a voice

 photo voice_zps4e658a75.jpgGriffin Nichol was a soprano in the New Zealand Secondary Student's Choir, halfway through his music degree when he just couldn't do female anymore.

I had always felt really uncomfortable but it got to the point that I couldn’t swallow it down anymore. As soon as I discovered that transition was a possibility I knew that was what I needed to do.

--Nichol

Griffin knew, however, that taking testosterone would exact a high price in terms of voice change.

As much as I tried I couldn’t find any concrete information about what would happen to my singing voice, and lots of people warned me that I wouldn’t be able to sing again.

--Nichol

But Griffin knew that his need to transition came first.

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