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Hellraisers Journal: In Bangladesh, 200,000 garment workers protesting, factories set ablaze.

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

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Wednesday September 23, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - All Finns Imported as Strikebreakers Have Escaped

All of the Finns who were imported as strikebreakers last week have now managed to escape from the clutches of the military and the mine owners' gunthugs. They worked under the bayonets of the soldiers, and were forced to scab, but, to their credit, these imported strike breakers were not born to be scabs. They have been provided transportation out of the strike zone by the Western Federation of Miners.

Another rebellious worker, however, was not so lucky. Near the Strong Mine a sentry saw movement in the dark and hollered, "halt." When the the movement did not cease as commanded, the sentry opened fire. Soon all hell broke loose as other sentries joined in, firing off twenty-five shots in all. The movement in the dark turned out to be a burro, now quite dead. Bullets also came flying into two nearby houses, but we are relieved to report that none of the occupants were injured. We cannot say whether the burro was trying to make his escape, or only lost and wandering about. But the incident does point to the risks taken by those attempting to escape from the mining camps of the Cripple Creek District.

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Hellraisers Journal: Walmart Strikers Arrested at Yahoo! HQ; Proud Mother Crying Outside

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

Friday June 26, 1903
San Francisco, California - West Coast Linemen's Strike Now 100% Effective

The West Coast linemen's general strike is now complete up and down the coast. Organizer F. A. Holland made this statement last night:

All local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers affiliated with the Western Conference have endorsed the wage scale presented to the Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone Company, and all union men, members of the following locals, are out on strike...

Holland then went on to name towns and cities up and down the West Coast. He continued with reports from the local secretaries, some of whom described conditions:

All out except three non-union men.

Several reported this good news:

All out to a man!

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Hellraisers Journal: Not even the Governor has the power to stop forced labor in West Virginia!

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

Monday June 22, 1903
From The Outlook: "Forced Labor in West Virginia"
This is Part III of our discussion of the article by Gino C. Speranza which appeared in the June 13th issue of The Outlook.

Mr. Speranaz believes that publicity is the great hope for reform. He says that little help can be expected from local officials, and he found that even the Governor of the state claimed to have little power over these abuses. The Governor wrote to Mr. Speranza on the issue of forced labor:

I am willing to do anything I can to bring about a better condition of affairs and to co-operate as I have the power in bringing to justice those guilty of the acts complained of, but you see my limitations...The executive in West Virginia has practically no power in controlling the administration of justice in our courts...The Legislature refused last winter to give me the necessary powers asked for in as grave a matter as lynching.

Mr. Speranza goes on to advise employers to treat their Italian laborers with courtesy and kindness:

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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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