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New Mexico AG disputes Sessions statement

Hector Balderas, the Attorney General of the state of New Mexico, sent a letter yesterday to US Attorney General Sessions in response to Sessions' memo issued last week that said no federal civil rights laws protect transgender people from discrimination at work.

Sessions called the interpretation a "conclusion of law, not policy," and said the move should not be construed to condone mistreatment of transgender people.

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New Mexico blocks sports participation for transgender students

 photo alex trujillo_zpspsbw57yj.jpgAlex Trujillo will be a junior in the fall at Laguna-Acoma High School in New Mexico. Alex was declared male at birth but transitioned to female between 9th and 10th grades.

Alex wanted to continue her athletic career as part of the girls volleyball team. Coaches and officials at the school had no problem with that, but it turned out that the state of New Mexico was unprepared.

I talked to the principal and the coach … [about] if it was OK for me to start going to volleyball conditioning. And they said they didn’t see a problem with it, but they would check with the NMAA [New Mexico Activities Association] to make sure it was OK. So I went to one day of volleyball conditioning, and a few days later I was told that I couldn’t [play]. … That was really devastating for me.

I just cried. It may not seem like a big deal … but it made me feel like I was less than my peers, that I didn’t have the same rights and the same privileges. And it really hurt knowing that I was still seen as a male in the state’s eyes.

--Alex Trujillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: The Women Stand Silent at the Mouth of the Mine, 220 Missing Believed Dead

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

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Saturday October 24, 1903
From The Labor World: "Where Union Labor Is The Strongest."

In its latest edition this Duluth, Minnesota, labor newspaper discusses recently released statistics on world-wide labor organizations:

Washington, Oct. 22.-According to the latest statistics of labor organizations it appears that considerably over half of the working men in the world who belong to unions are found in the United States, the British Isles, and the self-governing colonies of great Britain, including Canada. There are about 2,500,000 members of unions in this country and Canada. In the United Kingdom there are, in round numbers, 2,000,000 more. The 4,500,000 union workmen in those countries much out number the strength of labor unions in the rest of the world.

...Continental Europe, all told, has not more than 900,000 members of trades unions or other labor organizations.

In three of the great divisions of the globe-Asia, Africa, and South America-such bodies are practically non-existent...

It is still a noteworthy fact, however, that even in this enlightened country the union organizations comprise but a comparatively small minority of the workers-according to some authorities less than twenty per cent. The rapidity with which further growth is to be attained will probably depend largely upon the degrees of wisdom and reasonable forbearance exercised by the men who are now looked up to as labor leaders.

We would like to suggest to these labor leaders that, in the interest of Wisdom and Reasonable Forbearance and on behalf of Labor Unity, they consider: organizing the mass industries on an industrial basis which includes the unskilled workers, stopping discrimination across the color line, putting an end to their shameful anti-Asian practices, and ending their campaign against the Socialist who figure so prominently in the Labor Movement.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mine Disaster at Dawson, New Mexico; 280 Entombed. Striking Miners Join Rescue

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Friday October 23, 1903
Trinidad, Colorado - U. M. W. Organizer, Duncan MacDonald followed by gunthugs.

Duncan MacDonald, organizer for the United Mine Workers of America, reports that armed gunthugs hired by the coal operators have followed him wherever he goes in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. Company spys point out any miner seen greeting him with a friendly handshake, and that miner is summarily fired. The coal operators are paying for the hiring of new deputies in both counties and supplying them with a large arsenals of weapons.

Newspapers across the nation predict that the twenty-thousand coal miners of District 15 will soon be on strike. This reporting from the Springfield Missouri Republican serves as an example:

Trinidad, Col. Oct. 22.-Any efforts by the United Mine Workers of America to induce the coal mine operators of the district union, No. 15, embracing Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, to confer with their miners for the purpose of establishing an 8 hour day, increasing wages and to make a more ample provision for the protection of life and health, have been abandoned and a strike may be called within a week.

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