Human Rights

Hellraisers Journal: The First U.S. Secretary of Labor Fights for Mother Jones

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

Wednesday April 15, 1903
Recent letter from William Mailly of the Socialist Party to Mother Jones:

Mother Jones,
Clarksburg, W. Va.,
My dear Mother Jones
I have your favor of the 12th written from Montgomery and I am going to answer it right away and make you an official offer to become a lecturer for the Socialist party. I can see by your letter that you are tired of your present work and I should like to free you from it and put you out for the Socialist party. I know of nothing that would arouse more genuine enthusiasm among our members than for the announcement to go out from this office that you had become a National lecturer for the Socialist party, and that your entire arrangements for meetings would be in the hands of the National Secretary. If you will decide to come with us I shall arrange a tour for you through the states where I think you are most needed and can do the best work, and I shall pay you from the time you start, $3.00 a day and your hotel and traveling expenses. This would mean every day in the week although I would not ask you to speak every day...
With my love, as ever, I am,
Your Comrade,
[William Mailly]
National Secretary

This letter only increases speculation that discord is developing between Mother Jones and her current employer, John Mitchell, President of the United Mine Workers of America.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bernie Sanders and Richard Trumka Stand Together for Working People

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

Tuesday April 14, 1903
Eugene V. Debs on the Socialist Party and the National Civic Federation


Victor Berger

When the battle between the right and left wings broke out at the Socialist Party Executive Committee meeting last January, Debs was unyielding in his opposition to the National Civic Federation. He accused Victor Berger of having been seduced by a trade union movement dominated by Mark Hanna and other capitalist. The National Civic Federation, he asserted, was an unfit bedfellow for socialist. While Debs believes that socialist should continue to work within the craft unions, he maintains that they should not compromise their class-conscious principles in order to gain votes at union conventions.

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Hellraisers Journal: Lucy Parsons arrested at age 60

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

Monday April 13, 1903
UMWA Organizer Critical of Gompers for His Praise of Mark Hanna

Mother Jones is not the only UMWA organizer skeptical of the National Civic Federation. Much dismay within the ranks of the UMW followed praise of Mark Hanna, President of that organization, by both John Mitchell and Samuel Gompers. Gompers used the A.F. of L. publications to laud Hanna as "fair, if not fairer, than any other mine owner."

UMW organizer, W.C. Pearce, sent this reply to Gompers:

I have only this to say in reference to this matter that if this is the case it is no wonder that the miners of America are the most downtrodden case of workmen on the face of the earth today. I have never visited his mines, but I understand from my colleagues, who have been there, that the employees of the Hanna interest are in a deplorable condition.

The report issued in 1900 by the U.S. Industrial Commission concluded the same about Hanna's mining operations.

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The humanity shortfall in federally funded faith-based charity

The John L. Young Women's Shelter is located three blocks from the US Capitol. The shelter is operated by New Hope Ministries, Inc of Woodbridge, VA. Not surprisingly the shelter is operated under a city-funded contract. And in the District of Columbia that usually means federal money is involved somewhere along the line.

A lawsuit was filed against the shelter on April 5 and a complaint was filed with the DC Office of Human Rights on March 22 by two transgender women who charge that employees of the shelter said they could not be admitted because of their transgender status.

 photo Lakiesha_Washington_zps8f56634a.jpgAn attorney with the DC Trans Coalition filed the lawsuit on behalf of Lakiesha Washington, a homeless woman who attempted to spend the night in the shelter on April 3. The lawsuit says at that time a discriminatory act took place.

A female employee at the shelter asked Washington, "Are you a woman or a man?" Washington replied, "I am a transgender woman." The employee asked Washington if she had any documentation (presumably a court ordered legal name change or proof of gender reassignment surgery) and Washington said that she did not. The employee then told Washington,

 

 

 

"We don't do transgenders here. You have to leave."
 

 

 

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Hellraisers Journal: CHILD LABOR ALERT! No, not 1903 or 1913, but right now in 2013!

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

Sunday April 12, 1903
Rumors of discord between Mother Jones and John Mitchell continue.

Although the relationship appears to be publicly cordial, rumors persist of trouble brewing between John Mitchell and his employee, Mother Jones. At the basis of the conflict lies the National Civic Federation. Mother Jones is a fierce opponent of that organization, often heard to heap scorn upon the head of Mark Hanna, N.C.F. President. John Mitchell who is President of the United Mine Workers, and Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor, is a charter member of that organization, along with Samuel Gompers, head of the A.F.L.

The National Civic Federation was founded in late 1900 with the goal of adjusting the differences of Capital and Labor and to promote peace and harmony in the industrial world. Labor critics of that organization claim that its real objective is control of labor unions from above. They argue that that these labor leaders are engaged in class collaboration and are robbing workers of their fighting spirit. Hellraisers would not oppose these effort at labor peace were the ruling class not engage in an unending battle to smash our unions and impoverish our people by any means deemed necessary, up to and including murder.

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Hellraisers Journal: Texas Democrats Open New Comal County Headquarters

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

Saturday April 11, 1903
Eugene V. Debs and the Conflict within the Socialist Party
Part II
At the January meeting of the Socialist Party Executive Committee, Debs met Victor Berger and the other critics of the American Labor Union head on. Debs had his way. Leon Greenbaum was replace as national secretary by William Mailly, a young coal miner. The national headquarters was moved from St. Louis to Chicago. The St Louis "Local Quorum" which centralized power in the hands of a few leaders was thus broken. The Socialist Party locals which have been assisting the A.L.U. with their organizing efforts are now free to continue their work.

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Hellraisers Journal: Students & Staff to Strike at Indiana U

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

Friday April 10, 1903
Eugene V Debs and the Conflict within the Socialist Party
Part I
Problems started when the Western Federation of Miners established a new labor federation: the American Labor Union. The American Labor Union then declared itself in favor of Socialism and began a nation-wide campaign to organize unions on an industrial basis rather than on the craft basis favored by the American Federation of Labor. Debs was strongly rebuked for his support of the ALU by Socialist Party leaders such as Victor Berger and J. Mahlon Barnes who have achieved some influence within the AF of L. Barnes is a member of Samuel Gompers' own cigarmakers union.

Debs fired back with an article in last November's issue of the International Socialist Review. He stated that he would be willing to support Samuel Gompers:


Eugene V Debs

..when the American Federation of Labor sheds its outworn pure and simple policy, when it declares against the capitalist system and for union, class-conscious action at the ballot box; when it relegates leaders to the rear who secure fat offices for themselves in reward for keeping the rank and file in political ignorance and industrial slavery, and when it shall cease to rely upon cringing lobbying committees.

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Hellraisers Journal: How Margaret Thatcher Turned Billy Bragg into a Socialist

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

Thursday April 9, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: World of Labor by Max S Hayes

Comrade Hayes on Congress and Labor:

Well, the fact must be recorded that Congress has adjourned and that the labor bills introduced at the beginning of the session are suspended between heaven and earth-they are up in the air! The politicians played ping-pong with the labor bills. The eight hour bill, the anti-injunction bill, the safety appliance bill and the prison labor bill were rushed through one branch of Congress and into a pigeon-hole in the other branch, as per agreement between the Senators and Representatives.

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Hellraisers Journal: Killing Us Softly with Chained CPI

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

Wednesday April 8, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: "World of Labor" by Max S Hayes

Labor has been organizing so rapidly in the South that the Bourbons are attempting to outlaw the strike. A bill has passed the South Carolina Senate which prohibits cotton and wool factories and their operatives from engaging in sympathetic strikes and lockouts. The penalty is a fine of $100 a day. So far as lockouts are concerned, the bosses can easily close a mill and say that business is bad or that to grant higher wages or reductions of hours will bankrupt them. The bill is aimed at labor and nobody else, and those Southern politicians are hypocrites, like their Northern brethren.

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