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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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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