Hellraisers Journal: Comrade Fred Merrick on the Betrayal of the West Virginia "Red Necks"

Wednesday July 1, 1903
San Francisco, California - The Electrical Workers' Union No. 6 Supports the Linemen

The Electrical Workers' Union No. 6 was offered a new wage scale today of $4 a day. This an increase of 50 cents per day. However, in spite of this offer, all of the electrical workers have decided that they will remain out on strike until a settlement is reached with the linemen.

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An epidemic of attacks on LGBT people in Washington DC

The District of Columbia has some of the best legal protection for transpeople against discrimination. That results in lots of transpeople moving there in order to transition…and in transpeople being more open about who they are.

Unfortunately that also elevates the level of visibility of transpeople to those who wish to prey upon us…and hence the District has one of the highest rates of crimes with transgender victims.

Violence against LGBT people has been running at near epidemic levels the past ten days, with 6 incidents...four of which had transgender victims.

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Sustainable Real Estate Development is Good for the Economy and Other Growing Things

As a member of the WorldWide Transit Cabal (not to be confused with the Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal, since of course their membership is secret, though at times my blogging is as active as there's), I have long argued that development of sustainable transport will be good for the economy as well as other growing things (to paraphrase the National Lampoon).

Recently, a study by Professor Gary Pivo has been released that demonstrates that this is not just a forward looking statement. Sustainable Transit-Oriented Development is presently good for home values and are associated with lower risk of foreclosure. How good? To quote Ped Shed's summary of the research results:

The second hypothesis was that default risk was reduced by sustainability features (or conversely, risk was increased by unsustainable features). This also turned out to be true. The effect of the variables was substantial:

  1. Commute time: Every 10-minute increase in average commute time increased the risk of default by 45%.
  2. Rail commute: Where at least 30% of the residents took a subway or elevated train to work, the risk of default decreased by 64.4%. New York City was omitted from this calculation because it skewed the results.
  3. Walk commute: Every increase of 5 percentage points in the percent of residents who walk to work decreased the risk of default by 15%.
  4. Retail presence: Where there were at least 16 retail establishments nearby, the risk of default decreased by 34.4%.
  5. Affordability: For properties with some units required to be affordable, the risk of default decreased by 61.9%.
  6. Freeway presence: Where properties were located within 1,000 feet of a freeway, the risk of default increased by 59%.
  7. Park presence: Where properties were located within 1 mile of a protected area, the risk of default decreased by 32.5%.

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Hellraisers Journal: SCOTUS gives a pass to The Boss from Hell

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

Tuesday June 30, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - Good news from Indiana on Child Labor!

The Indianapolis News carried this good news item yesterday about a factory inspector who is actually enforcing Child Labor Laws:

Joseph L. Lennon, superintendent of the Indianapolis Tin Can Company, in Cerealinetown, was arrested yesterday on a warrant issued by D. F. Spees, chief deputy factory inspector, charging Lennon with employing child labor. It is alleged that Lennon employed Henry Wick, a twelve-year-old boy, in the factory, without filing in his office an affidavit made by the parents or the guardian to the effect that the boy was fourteen years old. Spees said a crusade would be begun against all the factories where child labor is employed.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bangladesh losing its duty-free trade privileges with US

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

Monday June 29, 1903
San Francisco, California - Solidarity between men and women yields strike victory!

An agreement has been reached between the striking Bindery Women's Union and their employers. Claiming victory, the women returned to work this morning. The Union Women won the wage scale of $10 that they were demanding. The men of the Bookbinders Union have been striking in sympathy with the Women's Union. When news of this victory reached them, they declared their sympathy strike off, and they also returned to work this morning.

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