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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Coroner to British press: Shame on all of you!

 photo DailyMail_zps98ad51e9.jpgAn inquest examining the death of Lucy Meadows, 32, was held yesterday by Michael Singleton, coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn, and Rosendale.

Singleton delivered a verdict of suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Meadows was found dead at her home in March. In his closing statement Singleton added that the Daily Mail's "sensationalist and salacious" coverage of Meadow's transition from male to female was nothing more than "character assassination."

After delivering the verdict Singleton turned to reporters present and said the following:

And to you the press, I say shame, shame on all of you.

--Michael Singleton

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Hellraisers Journal: Walmart Workers Are Making History

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

Friday May 29, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Textile Workers Will Begin Strike Tonight

By closing time tonight, one of the greatest textile strikes ever undertaken in the United States is set to start. The strikers are demanding a reduction in the hours of labor from 60 to 55 hours per week. By Monday, 80,000 textile workers could be idle in this city where 200,000 men, women, and children labor for long hours at low pay in the textile industry.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks at Carnegie Hall, "If you had only risen to your feet!"

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

Thursday May 28, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Textile Strike Set to Start At Any Time

The Central Textile Workers Union met last night. A general strike call was issued and could begin at any time. 100,000 or more workers could be affected. 16,000 of those are children under the age of 16, some as young as 8 or 9 years of age. The textile industry employs children at a higher rate than any other industry. The number given from the 1900 census is 80,000. In cotton textiles, they make up 13.1% of the work force, and that rate reaches 30% in the South.

The main demand of the Textile Workers Union is a reduction of hours from 60 hours a week to 55. The union wants hours reduced even if this leads to a reduction of wages. Wages for adults for 60 hours of work are $13. Children working 60 hours(!) get $2.

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Gender Prison: I do not demand tolerance, I demand equal rights. -- Anna Grodzka

 photo Anna-Grodzka_zps8e917339.jpgRecently Poland's Anna Grodzka was in the UK to give the annual Kaleidoscope Trust IDAHOT lecture. Grodzka is currently the only transgender member of parliament in the world.

[M]y high visibility illustrates a strange paradox that we as transgender people experience daily. We are highly visible and yet almost invisible at the same time.

Individually you often can't miss us. On a bus or in the street many trans people stand out, even if we would like to pass as a woman or a man. And because we are easy to spot, we are easy to bully. I have lost count of the number of times I have been shouted at in the street or felt threatened by unwanted attention from drunk men who think it's funny to ridicule someone who looks different from the norm. Most of my trans friends report similar treatment.

--Grodzka

There were a total of 1123 reported killings of transpeople in 57 countries from 2008 to 2012.

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Reborn? More Like Invasion of the Country Snatchers

This article is being reposted with the express permission of the author, James Hepburn. Thank you to James.

This important article stands on its own, but for background information, it was written as a response to a response to another article. Granted, this article has references to the linked website above but the message is for all.

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Am I the only one who saw the America "being reborn" diary and it immediately conjured up images from some scifi dystopian movie you probably only saw the trailer for? Like, "It Lives II - The Rebirth"

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to Speak at Carnegie Hall

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

Wednesday May 27, 1903
Philladelphia, Pennsylvania - Four Kensington Textile Mills Are On Strike

The demand is for a 55 hour week, and the strike date had been set for Monday June 1. However, hearing that the textile manufacturers are refusing to grant any concessions, four of the textile mills in Kensington went out on strike today. The Central Textile Workers Union will meet tonight. All of the crafts in the various textile industries will be represented. We can expect that a a general strike call will be issued, and that the date for the strike will be moved up. As many as 100,000 workers could be on strike by the end of this week. Of that number, 16,000 of those strikers would be children under 16 years of age.

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