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Visas for Translators: Even Kafka Wouldn't Put His Name on This

HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver tackled an issue that has
gotten little attention from the mainstream media, helping to save the
Iraqis and Afghans that helped the United States in the wars it started
in their countries. The audience may have laughed but much of this is
heartbreaking and anger inducing, anger at the United States for being
so inhumane and heartless.

 

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FCC Moves To End Net Neutrality

In a vote this afternoon the Federal Communications Commission voted
open debate on a proposal that would essentially end net neutrality. In a
3 - 2 vote, Chairman Thomas Wheeler and the two other Democratic
members voted to allow Internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.

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Hellraisers Journal: October St Louis Labor Conference will Honor Brother Jerry Tucker

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

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Sunday September 20, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Emil Peterson, shot at by Military Officer, files affidavit.

Emil Peterson, while attempting to escape from the clutches of the Mine Owners yesterday, was shot at by Lieutenant Hartung of Company B. Peterson's escape attempt was successful, and, later in the day, he made the following affidavit before Abby C. Colwell, Notary Public of Teller County. Peterson's statement was backed up by the affidavits of two witnesses, Carl Hanson and E. D. Whitney.

I [Emil Peterson, duly sworn] am twenty-four years of age. I reside in Denmark: that is my native land. I came to America February 23, 1903. I then went to Fairchilds, Wis. I am not an American citizen. At Fairchilds the Lester Lumber Company paid only $26 per month. On the 8th of September I went to Duluth to get work. At Duluth B. B. Gilbert & Co., labor agents, 5 South avenue, west, employed me to go to work in the Colorado gold mines. I was to get from $3 to $5 per day to fire boilers in the mine.

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Hellraisers Journal: Tall Annie of Calumet Leads Parade of Striking Copper Miners with Massive Flag

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

Saturday July 25, 1903
New York City, New York - More on Thursday Night's Meeting & Speech by Mother Jones

After Benjamin Hanford made his controversial speech, Mother Jones was introduced by Col. Geiger to the cheers of the 30,000 New Yorkers assembled to hear her. She spoke from the back of a truck with her arms around the shoulders of two of the youngest textile strikers. She said that she had marched 92 miles with her band of little slaves and:

We are quietly marching toward the president's home. I believe he can do something for these children, although the president declares he cannot. Congress last year passed a bill giving $45,000 to fill the stomach of an old prince, and he endorsed that, and if he could do that he surely could tell congress to pass a bill that would take the children out of the God-accursed mills and put them in the schools

Later Mother expressed disapproval of the speech made by Benjamin Hanford, stating that she had not realized that he would make such a violent speech. Regarding Hanford's strong criticisms of the Acting Police Commissioner, Major Ebstein, and the New York City Mayor, Seth Low, Mother made this statement:

Both Mayor Low and Major Ebstein treated me with all possible courtesy. I could not ask for better treatment from any one. The Mayor was in every way a perfect gentleman in his dealings with me.

For his part, Major Ebstein said that he would certainly allow Mother Jones to have another meeting, "why shouldn't I?"

And indeed she did hold another meeting last night at the corner of Twenty-fourth Street and Fourth Avenue. She was escorted there by Capt. O'Connor of the West Thirtieth Street Police Department and his reserves . She spoke to a crowd of 1,500 for about an hour on the subject of child labor. She also praised the policemen and advocated shorter hours for them.

Since their arrival in the City, the Crusaders have been swimming in the East River and enjoying the hospitality of the Socialist at their headquarters on East Fourth Street.

The Secret Service has reportedly been to see Mother Jones in an effort to get her to give up her plan to march on the home of President Roosevelt at Oyster Bay. Mother continues to insist that the Army has every intention of going to Sagamore Hill:

Oh, yes, I shall certainly go to Oyster Bay but I will take only these three little boys with me, to see the President. If he refuses to see the boys, why, I will not see him, that's certain. But I think he will see us. Why shouldn't he. We are law-abiding American citizens.

The Army has plans today to visit Coney Island where they will be the guests of Frank Bostock, the owner of a wild animal show.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones to President: "See these little fellows" on Children's Crusade

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

Wednesday July 22, 1903
West Hoboken, New Jersey - Mother Jones wants President to meet three little boys.

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Hellraisers Journal: 22-year-old Elizabeth Gurley Flynn speaks to the Paterson Jury

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

Friday June 3, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado - Smeltermen Resume Strike

More than a two months ago, Charles H. Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners, agreed to call off the strike of the smeltermen at the Standard Mill. Moyer then agreed to give MacNeill until May 18 to rehire the smeltermen who had been fired for joining the Western Federation of Miners. MacNeil continues to ignore the agreement, and today the smeltermen resumed their strike. It remains to be seen whether or not the metal miners will strike once more in support of the smeltermen.

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Hellraisers Journal: Hannah Silverman "The Joan d' Arc of the Silk Strike."

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

Sunday June 21, 1903
From The Outlook: "Forced Labor in West Virginia"

This is Part II of our discussion of the article by Gino C. Speranza which appeared in the June 13th issue of The Outlook.

Yesterday we were relieved to see that the men, tied up by the contractor and bound to a mule to be dragged back to the work camp, were cut free by "the squire" who had issued the arrest warrants. But yet, that same officer of the court urged the men to return to the camp to work out their "debt." No action was taken against the contractor who had no authority to tie them up and drag them away at the point of a gun.

Mr. Speranza came to West Virginia from New York this past April as an investigator for the Society for the Protection of Italian Immigrants. He found this sort of maltreatment to be the rule and not the exception. The demand for labor exceeds the supply in West Virginia, and, rather than recruiting workers through good pay and decent working conditions, the contractors choose these brutal methods to retain their labor force.

The men arrive already in debt for the cost of their transportation. More debt is piled on for the cost of food and shelter, such as it is. The workers are even charged for the expense to the company of hiring the brutal company gun thugs that hold them in bondage...

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One final effort for equal rights

The Delaware House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday on the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act. The bill, S. B. 97, passed the Delaware Senate last week by a vote of 11-7, with two abstentions and one "not present," and passed the House Administration Committee on Wednesday by a 4-1 vote.

If the bill passes on Tuesday, it will be sent to Governor Jack Markell, who has pledged to sign it. That will make Delaware the 17th state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass protections for gender non-conforming people.

We are very pleased that the bill is out of committee with a bi-partisan vote,. On to the House floor, where we look forward to passage.

--Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman

Opponents are striking their usual stance, warning that its passage will invite sex offenders to lurk in public restrooms.

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Surprise, surprise, surprise! NY Times endorses transgender equality

There are surprises in life. One happened wednesday. At least I never expected to see the Editorial Board of the New York Times endorse Civil Rights for Transgender People.

Note: The original title of the opinion used transgender as a noun (Civil Rights for Transgenders). The paper has acceded to complaints by changing it.

New York stood for equality by approving same-sex marriage two years ago. It is time now for state lawmakers to extend basic civil rights protections to transgender people. The 2002 state statute that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, education, credit and public accommodations does not explicitly cover transgender people.

There's more about the effort to bring that equality to transgender people on the inside.

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Hellraisers Journal: #WalmartStrikers & the Strike as Symbol

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

Tuesday June 9, 1903
Clifton-Morenci, Arizona - Western Federation of Miners on Strike

The strike by the Western Federation of Miners against the Copper Interests is now in its sixth day. In Clifton, there are no reports of trouble. In Morenci, armed deputies prevent the miners from gathering in any part of the town. Yet the strike holds solid. Some of the companies have offered $2.25 for an 8 hour shift. The miners say that they will not go back to work for less than $3.00.

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