Hellraisers Journal: Harry Kelber, 1914-2013

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

Tuesday April 7, 1903
Hellraisers on the American Federation of Labor

Yesterday we saw that some unions affiliated with the A.F. of L. have constitutional clauses allowing for only "white-born" members to be admitted. However, the same end can be accomplished by different means. The Machinists, for example, have removed the constitutional ban yet accomplish the same goal with its rituals. Members are bound by ritual to propose only their white brothers for membership. Again, Samuel Gompers welcomes such unions into the A.F. of L. Hellraisers calls for all unions to practice a true Solidarity which embaces all workers regardless of creed or color.

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Sunday April 7, 2013: Best of Up With Chris Hayes Tweets

Well this is the last best of before Steve Kornacki takes over for Chris. He will either do all right or I will become a thorn in his side, specifically if it's like the Cycle which is God Awful. I don't want to see Toure or anyone else on #Uppers.

First off, Alexis Goldstein was robbed of the best of #Uppers segments. She should have been featured prominently, because she is one of the best ever to appear on the show. I hope she still appears on the show with Steve Kornacki.

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Hellraisers Journal: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Reports From Paterson

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

Monday April 6, 1903
Hellraisers on the American Federation of Labor

While the United Mine Workers of America is one union within the fold of the A.F. of L. which has eliminated the "color clause," sadly, many other member unions have specific constitutional clauses which limit membership to the "white-born" only. There was a time when the A.F. of L. required unions seeking membership in the Federation to eliminate the color clause from their constitution. In recent years that requirement has been completely abandoned, with nary a word of displeasure from Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor.

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Saturday April 6, 2013: Best of Up with Chris Hayes

Sorry for my absence as of late. I have been Com-casted away. So much for those efficient monopolies people talk about. We really can't have good things.

Anyway, here is the last "Best of" #Uppers before Steve Kornacki takes over. The NRA, Guns, and the history on Lincoln compared to the film and other things.

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Hellraisers Journal: "War, Fascism and GE"

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

Sunday April 5, 1903 - More on Our Union Brothers Murdered in West Virginia
The United Mine Workers of America does not practice segregation like so many of the other unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. Hellraisers neglected to report that three of the miners who were murdered in West Virginia in February were colored (*) miners. They were shot to death in their sleep by deputy sheriffs. Chris Evans investigated the murders for the UMW Journal and reported that "this slaughtering of miners, simply because they are forced to struggle for a just cause [is] a sad commentary on our boasted Republic."

The United Mine Workers of America stands for a Solidarity which knows no color, creed, nor ethnicity. Miners work together, fight together, and die together in unity.

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Forced sterilization is necessary because...THREE!

We thought everything had been settled in Sweden.

Apparently we were premature.

Two members of the Swedish Parliament are warning the government that forced sterilization of transpeople must continue, else the government will have to recognize a third gender or third sex.

And everyone knows it would be wrong to have three because…THREE!

Conservative MPs Tuve Skånberg and Annelie Enochson, Christian Democrats, have written an op-ed in the Christian newspaper Dagen in which they offer a counter-proposal to the government plan to remove requirements that transpeople be sterilized before undergoing gender reassignment procedures.

The [government] proposal would have far-reaching consequences. The key consequence being that Sweden would introduce the possibility of creating a third gender, called ‘person’ in the law books – men who give birth.

--Tuve Skånberg and Annelie Enochson

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The Ohio Tea Party is Outraged--by Republican Governor John Kasich's Budget

Enigmatic Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio continues to baffle both the left and the right. His biennial budget proposal is definitely a mixed bag in this Socialist Barbarian's opinion, but Teabaggers, lawyers, and accountants positively hate it; therefore, it's not all bad. The News Record  has a nice, short summary. 

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Hellraisers Journal: Nicaraguan Garment Workers Beaten at Walmart Supplier Factory

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

Saturday April 4, 1903
Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania - Children Working in the Textile Mills

There are more than 100,000 workers employed in the 600 textile mills of the Philadelphia area. This number includes 16,000 children, mostly little girls. The work week is 60 hours long. For all these hours of work, the children make about $2.00 per week, and the adults make up to $13 per week. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of 13 are not to be employed in the mills. However, only the parents' oath is required to certify the child's age. Parents who are making starvation wages often feel they have no choice but to falsely report the age of their children. According to a study by John Spargo, author of The Bitter Cry of the Children, many children as young as 8 years old have been found performing 100 different kinds of work in the mills of Philadelphia.

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