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Hellraisers Journal: Senator Maritine and Coal Operator Come Close to Blows

Friday June 19, 1903
From The New York Times: Lowell Textile Laborers Ready to End Strike

The New York Times is reporting this sad news from Lowell, Massachusetts:

The end of the Lowell textile strike seems to be near. The rank and file of the strikers are planning to enter the mill gates Monday morning.

The local Cotton Manufacturing Association received today a communication from the Textile Council asking for a conference with the mill agents. The strikers refuse to discuss the contents, but the mill men regard the note as an overture for peace. It is said that in their communication the strikers ask only for their old places.

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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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Ida B. Wells: American Progressive Hero

            As progressives, we can commemorate Black History Month by celebrating the lives of some of the African American progressives who have worked to bring equality to America. In 1976, February was officially designated by the U.S. Government as Black History Month. Black History Month was an idea of African American historian, Carter Godwin Woodson, who designated the second week of February, to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, as Black History Week. Mr.

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