Hellraisers Journal: Calumet WFM Women's Auxiliary #15 Planning Children's Christmas Eve Party

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

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Sunday December 20, 1903
From The Labor World: The Farmers' Educational and Co-operative Union of America

TEXAS FARMERS ORGANIZE UNIONS

Emory, Texas, Dec. 17.-The farmers of Texas are being unionized at a rapid rate. There are today some 3,000 unions in Texas with a total membership of 40,000 or more. It began at Emory, Rains county, about ten months ago, under the name of the "Farmers' Educational and Co-operative Union of America," and is now established in nearly every populous county in the State. About the middle of February next a meeting will held for completing a State organization and it is believed that the movement will spread to other States, as the Farmers' Alliance, which organized in Texas, did a few years ago. The purpose of the union is to buy and sell in bulk, to educate along agricultural lines and to eschew politics, but to, nevertheless, discuss political economy. Several North Texas lodges during the past few days have made extensive purchases of supplies in carload and are greatly encouraged by these savings.

SOURCE
The Labor World
(Duluth, Minnesota)
-of Dec 19, 1903

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Another transgender teen suicide: the combined effects of depression and bullying

This time of year is often a sad one for transgender people. Family time hits people hard if they have been rejected by their families. And the reminders that it should be family time are unceasing.

But it can be hard even for those who have supportive families and friends. It was apparently too hard for a Wisconsin 14 year-old.

 photo Lexi-Lopez-Brandies_zps8e3ee025.jpgAlexis "Lexi" Lopez-Brandies recently asked to be called Landon. That makes this a tough article to write because all of the reports refer to the Horlick High School freshman as a girl and use female pronouns…so much so that when I heard that Lopez was transgender, I was unsure what direction of change Landon was pursuing.

William Horlick High School is in the city of Racine, Wisconsin, has about 2100 students and 200 faculty. And apparently none of them knew how the bullying Lopez was enduring was affecting him.

Landon took his own life last Sunday morning. Landon's parents don't lay all the blame at the feet of the bullying, saying that Landon also suffered from severe depression.

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For Honesty

"I support Blue Dogs against Republicans, year in and year out, because omigod Republicans -- given the low moral caliber of the Blue Dogs for which I'm voting year in and year out (and something which I well understood in 2004 when I voted for John Kerry), a Republican could cause great damage. Yet I still proudly proclaim that I'm a progressive/ liberal/ socialist/ blah blah blah."

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The World’s Oldest First Grader and the Decline of US Education

The First Grader is a moving film based on the story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old Kikuyu man who attempted to enroll in a primary school to learn to read and write shortly after the government had announced that the education would be free to all.  He went to extraordinary lengths to be admitted, and it’s hardly a spoiler to say that he finally was.

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Q and A: Priceman

I have Joslyn Stevens's permission to repost this interview.

 

This week I conducted an interview with a progressive populist I follow on twitter, Priceman, whose annoying habit of using facts and common sense with a dose of in-your-face realness to prove his points tends to piss off democrats over at the “progressive” DailyKos. I feel it’s necessary to showcase often ignored voices representative of the people who speak truth to power and will continue to do so on a weekly basis.

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Gender Prison: Transgender Acceptance

The United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found that the majority of Americans are in favor of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act even if it includes protections for transgender people.

But predictably it has found that there is less support for inclusivity among older Americans.

Even among supporters of new legislation barring employers from treating workers differently because of their sexual orientation, the poll found many people were less sure overall about extending protections to transgendered people.

The numbers reflect a longtime split in the LGBT activist community, in which the "T" has often taken a backseat and seen less recognition and progress on its issues. That has started to shift among the younger generation of activists and gay-rights supporters, and the poll results show a narrower gap between support for gay protections and transgender protections among younger respondents to the poll.

The Senate passed inclusive ENDA last month, but it is deemed unlikely that it will even get a vote in the Republican controlled House…since Boehner considers it "frivolous".

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Sunday Train: A Vision for Rail in Sustainable 21st Century Transport

I'm flat out, finishing one and working on another of my two biggest projects for the end of the year ~ the one that I'm finishing has a drop dead deadline of Monday, but I'm hoping to finish it and send it off sometime late tonight ~ and grading and all of the other five-times-a-year term-end rush of work, so I don't have time to sit down for my normal most-of-Sunday-afternoon to compose a regular Sunday Train.

However, fear not. Instead of my regular Sunday Train, I am going to present a draft of a contribution I am working on for a longer white paper that involves the Steel Interstate investment that our country needs to be making in electrified, long-haul freight transport. Longer time readers of the Sunday Train may expect to see familiar themes covered in this draft.

If you have any comments, constructive criticism (or even, I guess, non-constructive criticism) I would be happy to hear it. And, of course, you may always raise any issue in Sustainable Energy and Transport that may come to your mind.

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We don't come to steal or destroy gender. We are here to liberate it.

The LATimes recently ran an article by Robin Abcarian in its L.A. Now section entitled Right wing frenzied over transgender students choosing bathroom.

Of course the target of all the hate is specifically the School Success and Opportunity Act, better known as AB 1266…and incidentally the state's transgender students.

The School Success and Opportunity Act, the first of its kind in the nation, did not sit well with California’s waning conservative Christian base, which has lately been in danger of becoming the political equivalent of the polar bear stranded on the ice floe.

--Abcarian

Now there's an interesting image.

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Gender Prison: Future Leaders

Two transgender children from British Columbia are suing for the right to be themselves. Family members of both Tracey Wilson and Harriette Cunningham have filed human rights complaints.

There is much video at the above link. Both families were featured in a segment of the Canadian television program 16 x 9 last Saturday.

If you go to view it all, please remember to come back and add to the discussion. :-)

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