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Anti-transgender legislation blocked in Indiana

HB 1361 was introduced in the Indiana legislature on Thursday. Its intent was to block transgender Indianans from updating their birth certificates.

The intent of this bill is to strip transgender people of the most basic and fundamental dignity.

HB 1361 seeks to deny the very existence of transgender people—with the cruel mandate that a transgender person’s birth certificate can never match the identity they live as and the person they have always known themselves to be.

--Freedom Indiana

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Indiana conservatives strive to top North Carolina

Indiana may have lost to the Tarheels in the NCAA tournament, but Indiana Republicans are going all out to prove that nobody is as bigoted as they are.

Sen. Jim Tomes introduced SB 35 in January which prohibits schools from ever allowing transgendder students from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity...but goes much further. The bill legally defines a person's gender as determined as that which is assigned to the person at birth and their chromosomes.

[T]he bill mandates that any transgender person who uses a public sex-specific restroom, locker room, or shower room that matches their gender identity has committed a “single sex public facility trespass,” which it deems a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is the highest non-felony charge in Indiana, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 dollars.

The misdemeanor charge would not apply to a student at a school, a person under the age of 18, or the usage of any private residence facility.

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One more legal ruling on same-sex marriage…this time from Indiana

I am sure you have seen the stories about the recent legal rulings about same-sex marriage in New Mexico, Utah and Ohio.

But there has been one case that has so far snuck beneath the radar. I was planning on covering it last Tuesday, but came down sick with the flu. I'm still sick, but a bit better.

This case comes out of southern Indiana. David Paul Summers and Angela Summers married in Brown County, IN on October 30, 1999. During the marriage Mr. Summers was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Mr. Summers then decided to transition and legally changed his name to Melanie Davis in 2005. A Marion County judge ordered the gender on Davis' birth certificate changed from "male" to "female" in 2008 to conform with her gender identity, legal name and appearance.

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Hellraisers Journal: Red-neck Miners of Ludlow Tent Colony Continue to Defend Their Families

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

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Tuesday October 27, 1903
From The Indianapolis News: U. M. W. of A. Vice-Pres. Lewis Back From West Virginia

The troubles on Campbell Creek in West Virginia appear to be settled, according to this article which appeared yesterday in The Indianapolis News:

Vice-President Thomas Lewis, of the United Mine Workers of America, has returned from the Kanawha district of West Virginia, where he succeeded in effecting a settlement of the troubles at Campbell Creek between the miners and the operators. The operators have agreed to the Huntington (W. Va.) scale, which was signed last April, and which virtually means that the Campbell Creek miners will have their old scale of wages, but will enjoy several concessions in regard to weighers and similar matters. There were three hundred miners affected by the settlement.

President John Mitchell, Vice-President Lewis and Secretary William B. Wilson will leave the city to-morrow to attend the celebration of Mitchell's day in Pennsylvania. Mr. Mitchell will go to Scranton, Mr. Lewis to Minersville, and Mr. Wilson to Hazelton.

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Hellraisers Journal: Deputized Gunthugs Attack Ludlow Tent Colony, Two Die as Miners Defend Colony

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Monday October 26, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - Mother Jones Bringing Report from District 15 of U. M. W. of A.

Keeping track of the whereabouts of Mother Jones is not always easy as she storms about the country on behalf of the United Mine Workers of America. Mother has been busy these past two weeks. On October 12th she was Illinois speaking at a memorial for the Virden Martyrs. On October 16th a Cincinnati newspaper printed an interview that she granted them while in that city, and the paper then indicated that she was on her way to Chicago. Yet on October 19th, the Denver Times reported:

Labor's Joan of Arc in This City.

Reports from Colorado indicate that she met with President Charles Moyer and Secretary Big Bill Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners. She stated her admiration for these two leaders, and her hope that Solidarity would hold the two miners' unions firm in their alliance. She even offered the olive branch to Governor Peabody, although her optimism that the Governor will stop his war on organized labor is not shared by those who have felt the full effects of that war.

We have also received reports that, while she was in the Southern Coalfields, Mother went dressed as peddler into the coal camps. By way of that disguise, she was able to get past the mine guards, travel the company roads, and visit with miners and their families in the wretched shacks which the coal companies offer as housing for their employees.

Mother has stated many times that the miners and their families live "in practical slavery to the company." The company owns their houses and all the land on which the company towns are built. If a miner loses his job, he also loses his home, and is summarily thrown out by the brutal company guards. The miners are paid in scrip, and must shop at the company store, at prices set by the company. The miners must send their children to company schools and worship in company churches...

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Hellraisers Journal: 900 Striking Miners March in Funeral for Luca Vahernick, UMWA Martyr

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Wednesday October 21, 1903
From The Indianapolis News: "No statement as to Strike."

President John Mitchell, of the United Mine Workers, said to-day that nothing could be given out in regard to the conference held [Monday] between the executive officers of the organization in regard to calling a strike in district 15, embracing Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. The miners are still hopeful that a settlement of the trouble with the operators may be reached without having to issue a strike call.

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Hellraisers Journal: Speaking Truth to the Scranton Truth on the IWW and the American Flag

Tuesday October 20, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - National Officers of the U. M. W. of A. Consider Strike in Colorado

Meeting in a long conference yesterday the executive officers of the United Mine Workers of America took up the question of calling a strike in Colorado. President John Mitchell, Vice-President Thomas Lewis, and Secretary William B. Wilson were given the authority to call a strike of the Colorado coal miners by the executive board of the miners' union last week. That power was granted to these three officers to become effective at the end of a week which ended last Saturday.

And from the Reading Times comes this encouraging news:

Pottsville, [Pennsylvania], Oct. 18-Ten thousand breaker boys of this district are to be organized by the United Mine Workers. A special order has been secured from President Mitchell by which the initiation fee has been reduce for the purpose.

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Hellraisers Journal: UMW National Secretary Wilson, "The Negro is always to be given a fair show."

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

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Thursday October 15, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - U. M. W. Secretary Wilson speaks out against discrimination.

The Huntington Herald of Indiana printed this article yesterday, reproduced here in full:


Protest of Negroes, Members of the U. M. W.,
That White Miners are Drawing the Color Line.

Indianapolis, Oct. 14-Information has come to the national officers of the United Mine Workers of dissatisfaction among negro miners in the southern part of Indian, who allege that there has been discrimination against them. Three negroes at Linton have begun a movement to seek redress against the alleged disfavor in which they are held, and have presented their case to the officials of their organization at Terre Haute.

Negro Has a Right to a Fair Show

Secretary Wilson, of the United Mine Workers, said in speaking of it: "I do not know what the outcome of their meeting will be, but I know that it is not the purpose of the United Mine Workers to discriminate against the labor of any man in the organization. Our organization expressly prohibits discrimination against any on account of race, color or creed, and the negro is always to be given a fair show with the white man."

African American Coal Miners

These are fine words from the National Secretary of the miners' union, William B. Wilson, and we are sure that he means them sincerely. We will also point out that the United Mine Workers of America is a leader among unions in attempting to end discrimination across the color line. But we would hope that these words will lead to positive and long lasting action to end the shameful practice of white miners drawing the color line against their brothers within this great union. Real and lasting Solidarity is what is needed if the United Mine Workers expects to have the strength needed to take on the powerful coal companies.

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