Colorado

Boulder campaign seeks to humanize trans people

Out Boulder has begun a new campaign which is intender to humanize the image of transgender Coloradans.

The Boulder Rapid Transit buses in Boulder County will carry advertising designed to illustrate the humanity of Boulder's transgender residents.

 photo MardiMoore_zpsqobfa87p.jpgModeled after a similar campaign in Washington, DC, it is expected that 806,000 riders will be reached by he advertising.

There has been trans-activism in Boulder County for a long time. But there has never been an assertive campaign like this for our community. I don't think policy is the end-all. We have non-discrimination laws that include transgender people in Colorado, but that doesn't mean that discrimination doesn't continue to happen.

We're trying to change hearts and minds.

--Mardi Moore, Out Boulder

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Boulder mom steps up for her kids

Kai Mackenzie has two children. Both were assigned male at birth...but that didn't take.

As a parent, Kai McKenzie admits it took years to understand what it meant to raise a transgender child. Kai’s oldest, Elsa, was assigned male at birth but began rejecting that identity at just two years old.

When I told her she was a boy she just screamed, ’No!’” Kai said. “I still didn’t get it.

--Kai

From age two until age 8, Kai's oldest child would draw pictures of herself as a girl...and chose to dress as a girl when she could.

Kai says Elsa eventually refused to go to the bathroom and, at 8 years old, began showing signs of physical sickness when gender conversations came up.

She started increasingly just breaking down any time anyone called her a boy. I mean, just collapsing and sobbing. She came to me and said, ‘If I’m a boy, why is there no one like me? There must be something wrong with me. I wish I didn’t exist.’ And those words. Those words are a wake-up call to any parent.

--Kai

So last year the Mackenzie family embraced Elsa as a girl.

But there was also Sky.

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State House Republicans hijinx

Yesterday all three of the the republican members of the Colorado State Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to defeat House Bill 1265, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act, a bill which would have brought the state into accord with federal policy for transgender people born in Colorado who wished to update their birth certificates.

It was our hope that at least one Republican senator on the committee would side with the six Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives who voted in favor of House Bill 1265 because it upholds the Republican ideals of freedom, privacy, and limited government.

This much-needed legislation would simply have brought Colorado law in line with existing policies at the federal level, and in doing so would have protected the privacy of transgender Coloradans and protected them from discrimination. Every transgender Coloradan is someone’s son or daughter and deserves to be treated with respect. We will continue to work in the legislature to reduce the many barriers transgender Coloradans face every day.

--Dave Montez, One Colorado

The final vote was 3-2.

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Hellraisers Journal: Deported Union Miners Dumped at Bleak Alkali Sand Dunes Without Food or Water

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

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Sunday June 12, 1904
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Deported Miners Dumped Near Kansas Border

Cripple Creek Deportations June 1914

The miners who were herded down the street on Friday by militiamen and Citizens' Alliance "deputies" and then loaded into railroad cars and deported from the Cripple Creek strike zone, were found near the Kansas border yesterday. The following report comes to us from today's San Francisco Call:

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Hellraisers Journal: Gen. Bell Promises "One Deportation After Another" from Cripple Creek District

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

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Saturday June 11, 1904
From The Topeka Daily Capital: Mother Jones Continues Heading East

"MOTHER" JONES WAS HERE
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"Mother" Jones, who has been prominently identified with the Colorado miners' strike and is on the immediate staff of John Mitchell of the United Mine workers, was in Topeka for a short time yesterday afternoon. She called upon the local machinists and made a short talk at their meting. She left for the East last night.

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Cripple Creek Deportations June 1914

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The Breakfast Club - Wake & Bake Edition

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.  

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Hellraisers Journal: Defense Further Demolishes Case Against Cripple Creek Strike Leaders

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

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Wednesday March 2, 1904
Cripple Creek District - Witnesses for the Defense Demolish Case Against Union Leaders

Cripple Creek Strike, Colorado: The Bull Pen

The work of demolishing the case against the district leaders of the Western Federation of Miners, begun early last week by the "persecution's" own witnesses, was completed later in the week by the witnesses for the defense. The case for the defense was presented, beginning on Friday. Mrs. Emma F. Langdon offers this report from the courtroom:

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Hellraisers Journal: General Chase Falls Off His Horse, Orders Cavalrymen, "RIDE DOWN THE WOMEN."

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Sunday January 24, 1904
From The New York Times: Pacific Express Company of Omaha Declares War on Unions

The Pacific Express Company of Omaha, Nebraska, is now demanding that all employes sign a yellow-dog contract as reported by the Times:

Omaha, Neb., Jan. 23-The Pacific Express company will wage war on the unions and will notify all employes that to join a union will be considered as notice of resignation from the service of the company.The following pledge was handed to the Omaha employes of the corporation to-day:

"In consideration of my employment by the Pacific Express Company I hereby agree and pledge my word not to apply for membership or become a member or retain membership in the organization known as the Brotherhood of Railway Expressmen of America, nor of any other organization with the same or similar object or aims which the officials of the Pacific Express Company decide are antagonistic to that company's interests. Failure on my part to keep this agreement will be considered my notice of resignation from the employ of the Pacific Express Company."

The pledge was handed to each employee early this morning, but to-night none had signed it.

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Hellraisers Journal: Big Tree in Central Square Shines As Ludlow Tent Colony Celebrates Christmas

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

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Wednesday December 23, 1903
From the El Paso Herald: United Mine Workers of America to Hold Convention

The annual convention in Indianapolis of the United Mine Workers of America this year carries with it more significance than any convention within the last five years, not excepting even the assembly that was followed by the declaration of the great anthracite strike. If the reports that are circulated at the headquarters of the miners' organization in that city are to be believed, the convention, and especially the joint conference between operators and miners that will follow its adjournment, will witness an important struggle. Upon the deliberations of the joint conference depends the wage scale for the year 1904. It is now asserted that the miners will carry to this joint conference a demand for a 10 per cent, increase, together with a demand for several important concessions that will have a far-reaching effect throughout the bituminous field. At the same time, it is reasonably certain that the operators will carry to the joint conference a demand for a 20 per cent reduction in the wage scale now prevailing.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Will Bring Gifts to the Strikers' Children on Christmas Day

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

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Monday December 21, 1903
From The Arizona Republican: "Readjustment" of Miners' Wages Possible

Cleveland. O., Dec. 20-Coal operators of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania will raise the price of steam coal at the mines. This has become apparent through the gossip of the coal men who are in conference at the coal club in the Hollenden. It is explained that the prices have been greatly demoralized during the past summer and that a readjustment is imperative.

It has become patent that the question of miners' wages cannot be avoided. While the operators can take no official action in this connection their attitude will, nevertheless, be a pretty clear index to the position which will be taken by the interstate coal operators representatives in the negotiations between themselves and the delegates from the United Mine Workers' union in the coming conference in Indianapolis. The coal operators will insist upon the withdrawal of the present wage scale and the acceptance of a reduction.

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