Hellraisers Journal: Lucy Parsons arrested at age 60

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

Monday April 13, 1903
UMWA Organizer Critical of Gompers for His Praise of Mark Hanna

Mother Jones is not the only UMWA organizer skeptical of the National Civic Federation. Much dismay within the ranks of the UMW followed praise of Mark Hanna, President of that organization, by both John Mitchell and Samuel Gompers. Gompers used the A.F. of L. publications to laud Hanna as "fair, if not fairer, than any other mine owner."

UMW organizer, W.C. Pearce, sent this reply to Gompers:

I have only this to say in reference to this matter that if this is the case it is no wonder that the miners of America are the most downtrodden case of workmen on the face of the earth today. I have never visited his mines, but I understand from my colleagues, who have been there, that the employees of the Hanna interest are in a deplorable condition.

The report issued in 1900 by the U.S. Industrial Commission concluded the same about Hanna's mining operations.

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Saturday April 13, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki

I hate to say it, but so far I am quite disappointed. I didn't care to talk about Hillary 2016 for almost an hour and I let it show. Also gun control was the only other topic really and all the serious gun control is already dead on arrival so that issue wasn't on my radar either. Filibuster reform and the selling out of it by Harry Reid should be on the agenda all day everyday when no legislation is considered. Now #Uppers.

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The humanity shortfall in federally funded faith-based charity

The John L. Young Women's Shelter is located three blocks from the US Capitol. The shelter is operated by New Hope Ministries, Inc of Woodbridge, VA. Not surprisingly the shelter is operated under a city-funded contract. And in the District of Columbia that usually means federal money is involved somewhere along the line.

A lawsuit was filed against the shelter on April 5 and a complaint was filed with the DC Office of Human Rights on March 22 by two transgender women who charge that employees of the shelter said they could not be admitted because of their transgender status.

 photo Lakiesha_Washington_zps8f56634a.jpgAn attorney with the DC Trans Coalition filed the lawsuit on behalf of Lakiesha Washington, a homeless woman who attempted to spend the night in the shelter on April 3. The lawsuit says at that time a discriminatory act took place.

A female employee at the shelter asked Washington, "Are you a woman or a man?" Washington replied, "I am a transgender woman." The employee asked Washington if she had any documentation (presumably a court ordered legal name change or proof of gender reassignment surgery) and Washington said that she did not. The employee then told Washington,

 

 

 

"We don't do transgenders here. You have to leave."
 

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: CHILD LABOR ALERT! No, not 1903 or 1913, but right now in 2013!

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

Sunday April 12, 1903
Rumors of discord between Mother Jones and John Mitchell continue.

Although the relationship appears to be publicly cordial, rumors persist of trouble brewing between John Mitchell and his employee, Mother Jones. At the basis of the conflict lies the National Civic Federation. Mother Jones is a fierce opponent of that organization, often heard to heap scorn upon the head of Mark Hanna, N.C.F. President. John Mitchell who is President of the United Mine Workers, and Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor, is a charter member of that organization, along with Samuel Gompers, head of the A.F.L.

The National Civic Federation was founded in late 1900 with the goal of adjusting the differences of Capital and Labor and to promote peace and harmony in the industrial world. Labor critics of that organization claim that its real objective is control of labor unions from above. They argue that that these labor leaders are engaged in class collaboration and are robbing workers of their fighting spirit. Hellraisers would not oppose these effort at labor peace were the ruling class not engage in an unending battle to smash our unions and impoverish our people by any means deemed necessary, up to and including murder.

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A Grand Conspiracy in Plain Sight

This week, Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal. Among the lowlights is a proposal to  cut Social Security and Medicare in exchange for a few very modest tax increases on the wealthy. And that's just his opening bargaining position. 

I decided to conduct a little experiment. I'd watch or listen to some mainstream news, such as CBS or NPR during prime news time(early morning and late afternoon), and see how many times the media mentioned this very important news. For the most part...(crickets). 

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They’re Making Love to the Third Rail: What Are We Gonna Do About It?

Joe Firestone, the author of this excellent piece and many others, has given me permission to reproduce this post in its entirety for the benefit of the VOTS community.

OK, the President has officially proposed the “chained CPI” cut to Social Security in opposition to what the heavy majority of American voters want him to do and in contradiction with promises he and Joe Biden made during their re-election campaign. So, what punishment should we exact from this Administration, and what should we do to prevent cuts from happening in addition to signing petitions, and calling Representatives and Senators?

Immediate Punishment for Lying

President Obama and Vice President Biden clearly lied to our faces about what they would do when the Republicans came for Social Security if they were re-elected. I know politicians lie frequently during campaigns. But, I think that if we want to make them accountable, then we need to develop zero tolerance for that. A politician’s word has to become his/her bond; or he/she must be defeated as soon as we can make it possible. That has to become both the perception of politicians and the reality of how our system operates, if we’re going to save our democracy.

Accordingly, I propose that a Democratic Congressperson introduce a bill of impeachment in the House for this President as soon as possible. The grounds for impeachment could include failure to prosecute the torturers from the Bush Administration, failure to prosecute the control frauds in the FIRE sector, as well as the charge that the President lied to the American people about his intentions on SS policy in the last election campaign, in order to deceive us into re-electing him. I think that’s fraud.

It's essential that a Democratic Congressperson introduce the bill of impeachment. Otherwise, the first step in making it clear that the party has repudiated its leadership on the safety net issue will not be clearly made. Of course, the more Democrats who sign onto the bill, the more the point of repudiation will be made. If a majority of Democrats can come together to this, then candidates of the Party will be free to run against the President on the chained CPI in 2014.

There’s certainly a reasonable chance of indictment in the House and conviction in the Senate for failing to prosecute in the first two areas mentioned, provided that the public can mount an impeachment movement (a long shot, certainly). But whether or not the President could ever be convicted in the third area of lying about SS is less important than that the issue be vetted in public at length. We need to have a debate about politicians lying to the public in order to get elected. An impeachment forum is probably the only vehicle that can teach them a sufficiently searing lesson.

Even though the Vice President guaranteed no cuts to SS even more strongly than the President, I don’t propose that he be impeached. The reason is that the fish rots from its head, and that the disposition to mess with SS surely comes from the President, completely apart from whether or not Joe Biden was lying when he delivered his flat-out guarantee, or was just acting as a tool for his boss.

Yes, yes, I know. I’m not a Very Serious Person (VSP) for making this proposal. It has no chance to pass, and little chance of getting anywhere in Congress unless people become so angry that a real movement for impeachment begins. So why do it?

I say do it to express the anger of the base. And do it to introduce the possibility of impeachment. And do it to make the point that the President and the Democratic Party are doing things that the base will never accept. The issue of “chained CPI” will be an issue of betrayal to the base for years to come, unless it fails to pass, and even then it will leave a legacy of distrust, unless the Party resists this President. And, if it does pass, then, eventually, either it will be replaced by the CPI – E (CPI for the elderly), or the Democratic Party will be replaced by another that will take this up as a cause.

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