Richard Trumka

Hellraisers Journal: UMW Special Convention Begins in Trinidad, Colorado; Strike Call Expected

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

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Tuesday September 15, 1903
Editorial from the Rocky Mountain News: "BELL SHOULD BE REMOVED"

Adjutant General Sherman Bell should be relieved and removed from command of the troops at Cripple Creek. His mental characteristics are such as to make him an unsafe and even dangerous person to hold that position. This has been shown by his conduct since he went to the district in his disregard of the law and the most ordinary rights of citizens.

The troops have been used to make domiciliary visits, to enter peaceable meetings by force of arms and to make arrests without warrant or indictment and without giving information to the persons arrested or to the public of the reasons of the arrests. Some even are being held forcibly in durance without charge of any kind against them...

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Hellraisers Journal: Charles Moyer and Clarence Darrow meet with Michigan's Governor Ferris

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

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Friday September 4, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Governor's Commission Investigates Need for Troops.

The general impression of the Western Federation of Miners and their supporters is that the Mine Owners are bringing strong pressure to bear on Governor Peabody to send troops into the Cripple Creek District. Therefore, there was no surprise when the governor's investigating commission arrived yesterday, other than to note the time of the arrival: 9:30 p.m. The commission, consisting of Attorney General N. C. Miller, Brigadier General John C. Chase, and Lieutenant T. E. McClelland, were ushered off the Short Line and through a back ally to the rear entrance of the Bank of Victor.

At this fortress of the wealthy, they met with Mayor French and a handful of upstanding citizens, no miners among them. They visited another prominent citizen, Mr. Franklin, in his home for about a half hour before leaving for Cripple Creek. After a long meeting with Sheriff Robertson and the Mine Owners, they returned once more to Victor.

The governor's commission was in the strike zone for about eight hours total. They met with no miners, nor any representative of the Western Federation of Miners. They returned to Denver early this morning, and will likely meet with the Governor Peabody today to make their recommendation regarding the need to send state troops into the Cripple Creek Strike Zone.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bernie Sanders and Richard Trumka Stand Together for Working People

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

Tuesday April 14, 1903
Eugene V. Debs on the Socialist Party and the National Civic Federation


Victor Berger

When the battle between the right and left wings broke out at the Socialist Party Executive Committee meeting last January, Debs was unyielding in his opposition to the National Civic Federation. He accused Victor Berger of having been seduced by a trade union movement dominated by Mark Hanna and other capitalist. The National Civic Federation, he asserted, was an unfit bedfellow for socialist. While Debs believes that socialist should continue to work within the craft unions, he maintains that they should not compromise their class-conscious principles in order to gain votes at union conventions.

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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: What the H*ll Is Crowdfunding? And Why is it Causing So Much Controversy? by Geminijen

Today, instead of presenting a diary written by one of our regular or guest members, we are presenting an excerpt from a paper on "Crowdfunding" by Minsun Ji and Tony Robinson. Crowdfunding is the term used for raising money over the internet. In most cases, a political candidate or charity solicits donations to fund their organization. Recently it has also been used to solicit donations for socially responsible businesses (usually cooperative start-ups).

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Laboring Under This Administration's Anti-Labor Ties

And no, I'm not talking about the past anti-labor ties like former COS Rahm Emanuel who called labor unions "f-ing retarded" and condescendingly opined about "where are they going to go?" if they expect more from Democrats. No, I'm not talking about the NAFTA and China PNTR hatchet man that helped crush US industry before he became mayor of the President's home town of Chicago attacking the teacher unions that helped elect this President. And I'm not talking the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and JP Morgan Executive that also worked with Rahm and the Clinton administration to pass NAFTA either.

Of course, there still are plenty of anti-labor ties to choose from such as Jeffrey "China! China! China!" Immelt who serves as chairman of his outside panel of economic advisers while retaining his post as chairman of the board and CEO of the GE; the non tax paying conglomerate that outsourced its X-ray division from Wisconsin to China. Of course I don't need to which brings me to the main point of this piece.

(h/t Rick Pearlstein)

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