Human Rights

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: Teamsters of Local 117 Picket Walmarts and Sam's Clubs in Seattle Area

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 22, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Gen. Chase Displays Military Might at Court of Judge Seeds

When General Chase was finally forced to answer the writ of habeas corpus granted by Judge W. P. Seeds on behalf of miners Parker, Campbell, Lafferty, and McKinney, he did so with a display of military might that has shocked the nation. Through a series of machinations too numerous to recount, the General was able to delay bringing the prisoners, who have never been charged with any crime, before the court of Judge Seeds. However, with Attorney Murphy of the Western Federation of Miners calling for the arrest of General Chase, and with Lt. McClelland, attorney for General's Chase and Bell, unable to gain any further delays in compliance with the order of the court, the General finally made up his mind to produce the prisoners.

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Hellraisers Journal: Colorado Citizens Chased Down Sidewalks by Military on Lovely Sunday Afternoon

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

Monday September 21, 1903
Victor, Colorado - Citizens Chased Down Sidewalks by Military on Sunday Afternoon


Citizens of the city of Victor had their lovely Sunday afternoon ruined when General Chase and his troops suddenly appeared at a local restaurant with about a dozen imported strikebreakers. A crowd soon gathered out of curiosity. For no apparent reason, the military suddenly charged at the gathering of men, women, and children, driving them up the sidewalks.

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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: Imported Strikebreakers Find Their Way to Union Headquarters & Refuse to Scab

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

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Saturday September 19, 1903
Cripple Creek, Colorado - Imported Strike Breakers Find Their Way to the W. F. of M.

Eighty-seven imported strikebreakers reached Denver yesterday on their way to the Cripple Creek strike zone. But, it seems, the mine owners are having a hard time of it hanging onto their new employees. Realizing that they were brought into Colorado to be turned into scabs, twenty-six deserted in Denver, and nine more in Colorado Springs. Only about fifty actually got off the train at Cripple Creek where the soldiers turned them over to the guards (gunthugs) of the mine owners.

As the new arrivals were marched down the street, the little union newsboys followed them and began to shout, "scabs, scabs!" The shouts of these children so alarmed the mine owners that they recalled the soldiers to provide an escort for their strikebreakers. The soldiers lined the the streets and alleyways, and forced citizens to step aside and to "move on."

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Hellraisers Journal: Is Organized Labor Treasonable in the State of Colorado?

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 18, 1903
More from the Denver Post: Is Organized Labor Treasonable in the State of Colorado?

In Cripple Creek the thing at which Peabody has struck with all the power of the state is not physical...but up in the air. That is to say, men said they were afraid to go to work; but there were no criminal acts. The governor's excuse for his action is that he levels the armed force of the state against fear. To the man who cares nothing sympathetically, one way or the other, but who as a regard for law, the view of the mater is that the governor should have refused to act until there was evident lawlessness and disorder.

The fact of the business is that the reasons for Peabody's action would justify the seizure of all union labor leaders on the charge of treason, regardless of any strikes. In fact, it may be doubted if the governor realizes what he is doing. The real, vital interest in the thing is that Governor Peabody of Colorado, has cast a dye which, unless he backs out, to use plain words, means that organized labor is treasonable and, if his attitude is accepted, will mean the crushing of labor organization by the government as being a society or organization which challenges the supremacy of government. As soon as the country realizes what is being done in Colorado it will be recognized as a national issue.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones, "Rise Up and Strike..Stand Together and Never Surrender."

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

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Thursday September 17, 1903
From the Denver Post: "Does Gov. Peabody Really Know What He Is Doing?"

The present attitude of Governor Peabody is that organized labor is treasonable. The situation at Cripple Creek is a reminder of the fact that the President of the United States and governor of a state have unlimited power in emergencies-but if they exercise it wrongly upon their heads be it; that is to say, the politician or the political aspirant who uses the supreme power of the state and it turns out to have been unnecessary is destroyed by his mistake. ...

So all the presidents of the United States and all the governors of states have hesitated long and well, and, indeed, there is no modern example of the thing Peabody is dong, save Cleveland's famous act in Chicago. The pretext there was that the United States mails had to be moved. The excuse for martial law at Cripple Creek is that there is conspiracy against the law. The real reason in Chicago was that President Cleveland decided to put an end to the railway strike and likewise the real reason at Cripple Creek is that the governor proposes to crush the miners' strike.

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Hellraisers Jounal: "We're coming Colorado!..Shouting the Battle Cry of Union."

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 16, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Big Bill Haywood, Secretary of the Western Federation of Miners

In the Denver office of the Western Federation of Miners, William D. Haywood, Secretary of the W. F. of M., is hard at work. Haywood is known simply as "Big Bill" by his fellow metal miners. He works in the office by day arranging relief for striking miners and their families, and seeking legal representation for those arrested. In the evening there are meetings to attend. Meetings for the smeltermen, Socialist Party meetings, and various union committee meetings all demand his time and attention.

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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: Big Annie Clemenc, "If this flag will not protect me, then I will die with it."

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

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Monday September 14, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Telegram from "The Victims of Military Despotism"

The following telegram was sent from the strike zone to Charles Moyer, President of the Western Federation of Miners:

The victims of the corporations' tyranny greet you in the greatest gold camp in all the world.
The civil power has been supplanted by military despotism. The laws of the state are overridden with impunity and the powers that be are using the glorious American flag to cover crimes against the constitution of the illustrious state of Colorado, and the "Bill of Rights" of the United States of America. The rights of property has supplanted the rights of the individual and a lawless mob [militia] are arresting citizens without authority at their pleasure. Please arouse the citizens of the state and save us from this anarchistic anarchism, militaryism, un-Americanism, blatherskiteism and Bellism.

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