Hellraisers Journal: UE Local 506, the struggle continues! One of our own is on the battle line!

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

Wednesday June, 1903
From The Comrade: an editorial by John Spargo on women's suffrage.

Comrade John Spargo is well known as an advocate for the rights of women and children. Here he takes on the issue of the Socialist Party and women's suffrage:

There is one reed forcing itself more and more upon the movement of which it is perhaps appropriate that we should say a few words in this connection — the need of developing the social side of our party activities. We have been "Unsocial Socialists" too long. In the political movement there has always been the serious difficulty arising from the fact that women do not — and generally can not — take part in it. By a monstrous injustice they are in most cases deprived of the right to vote and cannot therefore be expected to join very heartily in political work. Then again, because they are not voters, our appeal is not made to them either as frequently or as strongly as it should be.

And there are thousands of Socialist workers who could bear witness to the unpleasant consequences resulting from the lack of sympathy in the home fostered by these facts. What interest in "politics" can we expect from the average woman when she has no vote? So we lose in two ways: because of the lack of interest shown by their wives many of our comrades work with much less vigor and efficiency, while, on the other hand we lose the powerful assistance of the women themselves. That there are already many earnest women in our ranks is true- but their number is relatively small. And none more readily than they will assent to what we have felt impelled to say on this matter.

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Transgender Hero #2: Audrey Mbugua

Audrey Mbugua is a 26-year-old Kenyan transwoman. She is currently suing both the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Attorney General for failing to recognizing her gender identity.

Audrey is seeking to have her name changed on the certificates she earned and her identity cards and to have those reflect her new gender. She says she has suffered prejudice and discrimination because of the reactions of potential employers to the disparity between her appearance and the data on her identification.

We realise that the matter is tricky... We may have to liaise with the registrar of births and deaths for the necessary procedures to be followed before we can put in a proper reply.

--lawyer for the State

Judge Weldon Korir refused to grant a 30-day period sought by the state, saying the case was of urgent nature. Then he gave he respondents three weeks to reply instead.

The parties are to meet again in court on August 6.

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Hellraisers Journal: On the #Ride4Respect, "We are family..we cannot be separated"

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

Tuesday June 2, 1903
From The New York Times: "Textile Strike Spreads"

The strike of the textile workers of Philadelphia for a 55 hour week spread today to the hosiery mills. Fully 8,000 persons joined the already large army of idle workers. Most of these were women and children employed in the hosiery mills in the Kensington district. This class of workers are unorganized, but they decided to join the ranks of the unionist in other branches of the textile trade when they saw the magnitude of the movement for a shorter week....

[The Manufacturers] declare they will close down their establishments indefinitely before submitting to the union.

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Sunday June 2, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today was about vacancies in the DC circuit courts being blocked in the Senate, the filibuster for once, Harry Reid, and the Justice Department obtained access to the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen accused him of being a likely criminal "co-conspirator" in the leak of sensitive material regarding North Korea, and violating the federal Espionage Act. All this now on #Uppers.

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Hellraisers Journal: You did it! Kalpona Akter will join Walmart Workers at shareholders' meeting!

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

Monday June 1, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - General Strike of Textile Workers Begins

At least 90,000 textile workers are now out on strike in this city. Of the 600 mills in the city, about 550 are idle. Philadelphia now has more workers out on strike than at any other time in her history. Several thousand workers were already on strike before the textile strike began, and they include: the carriage and wagon builders, and the carpenters along with others working in the building trades. The city could be in for a long hot summer.

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Transgender Hero #1: Jacob Rostovsky

I'm starting a new series which will be added to periodically, which I shall call Transgender Heroes. I will add people to the list as I encounter them and personally judge them to be heroic.

Now there are plenty of people I've known about for years who qualify, but I shall endeavor to shine the light on those who I deem will be helping to carry us forward.

First up is Jake Rostovsky. I invite you inside to hear Jake's story.

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Hellraisers Journal: Teamster Nation Hails the Walmart Freedom Riders

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

Sunday May 31, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Statement Issued by The Central Textile Workers' Union

By tomorrow, 80,000 textile workers will be on the strike. This a statement put out by the CTWU:

Thirty-six trades, representing 90,000 people, ask the employers to reduce working hours from sixty to fifty-five hours a week. They are willing that wages be reduced accordingly. They strike for lower wages in an effort to get shorter hours.

Three trades, representing 10,000 people, ask for the same reduction in working hours, but, in addition, they ask for the same weekly wages or a slight increase, averaging ten per cent.

The request for shorter hours is made primarily for the sake of the children and women. For six years the organized textile workers of Philadelphia have been trying in vain to persuade the politician-controlled Legislature of Pennsylvania to pass a law which would reduce the working hours of children and women and stop them from doing night work.

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