Human Rights

Hellraisers Journal: Harry Kelber, 1914-2013

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

Tuesday April 7, 1903
Hellraisers on the American Federation of Labor

Yesterday we saw that some unions affiliated with the A.F. of L. have constitutional clauses allowing for only "white-born" members to be admitted. However, the same end can be accomplished by different means. The Machinists, for example, have removed the constitutional ban yet accomplish the same goal with its rituals. Members are bound by ritual to propose only their white brothers for membership. Again, Samuel Gompers welcomes such unions into the A.F. of L. Hellraisers calls for all unions to practice a true Solidarity which embaces all workers regardless of creed or color.

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Hellraisers Journal: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Reports From Paterson

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

Monday April 6, 1903
Hellraisers on the American Federation of Labor

While the United Mine Workers of America is one union within the fold of the A.F. of L. which has eliminated the "color clause," sadly, many other member unions have specific constitutional clauses which limit membership to the "white-born" only. There was a time when the A.F. of L. required unions seeking membership in the Federation to eliminate the color clause from their constitution. In recent years that requirement has been completely abandoned, with nary a word of displeasure from Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor.

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Hellraisers Journal: "War, Fascism and GE"

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

Sunday April 5, 1903 - More on Our Union Brothers Murdered in West Virginia
The United Mine Workers of America does not practice segregation like so many of the other unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. Hellraisers neglected to report that three of the miners who were murdered in West Virginia in February were colored (*) miners. They were shot to death in their sleep by deputy sheriffs. Chris Evans investigated the murders for the UMW Journal and reported that "this slaughtering of miners, simply because they are forced to struggle for a just cause [is] a sad commentary on our boasted Republic."

The United Mine Workers of America stands for a Solidarity which knows no color, creed, nor ethnicity. Miners work together, fight together, and die together in unity.

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Forced sterilization is necessary because...THREE!

We thought everything had been settled in Sweden.

Apparently we were premature.

Two members of the Swedish Parliament are warning the government that forced sterilization of transpeople must continue, else the government will have to recognize a third gender or third sex.

And everyone knows it would be wrong to have three because…THREE!

Conservative MPs Tuve Skånberg and Annelie Enochson, Christian Democrats, have written an op-ed in the Christian newspaper Dagen in which they offer a counter-proposal to the government plan to remove requirements that transpeople be sterilized before undergoing gender reassignment procedures.

The [government] proposal would have far-reaching consequences. The key consequence being that Sweden would introduce the possibility of creating a third gender, called ‘person’ in the law books – men who give birth.

--Tuve Skånberg and Annelie Enochson

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Hellraisers Journal: Nicaraguan Garment Workers Beaten at Walmart Supplier Factory

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

Saturday April 4, 1903
Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania - Children Working in the Textile Mills

There are more than 100,000 workers employed in the 600 textile mills of the Philadelphia area. This number includes 16,000 children, mostly little girls. The work week is 60 hours long. For all these hours of work, the children make about $2.00 per week, and the adults make up to $13 per week. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of 13 are not to be employed in the mills. However, only the parents' oath is required to certify the child's age. Parents who are making starvation wages often feel they have no choice but to falsely report the age of their children. According to a study by John Spargo, author of The Bitter Cry of the Children, many children as young as 8 years old have been found performing 100 different kinds of work in the mills of Philadelphia.

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Hellraisers Journal: The Theft of Childhood

Child Labor
The Theft of Childhood

Friday April 3, 1913
From The Comrade of March 1903: Editorial on Child Labor

There is nothing more terrible in the whole hideous phantasmagoria of capitalism than the enslavement and degradation of children...

Dr. William H. Maxwell, Superintendent of the Public Schools of New York City, recently delivered an address at the annual dinner of Doctors of Pedagogy of New York in which he insisted upon this in a manner which does him credit...

"Think of today in these United States, children five and six years old working from six in the morning until six in the evening, and at the hardest kind of labor...There are parts of this city where little children are driven to work early in the morning for two hours and then sent to our American schools, and after school, are forced into sweatshops where they are obliged to work from 3 in the afternoon until 11 o'clock at night."

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Hellraisers Journal: Fellow Worker Ben Fletcher Organizing on the Waterfront

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

Thursday April 2, 1903
Huntington, West Virginia - Local Branch of the Socialist Party Established

Members of the railroad brotherhoods along with other trade union members have been circulating the Appeal to Reason among the workers of this town, thereby increasing the socialist following in Huntington. Socialist leaders in town include Fred Eskew, a paperhanger, and Dana Harper, a brickmason. The membership is now grown to a size and strength that can support the establishment of Local Branch office.

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Hellraisers Journal: Workers will vote in California-SEIU or NUHW?

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

Wednesday April 1, 1903
American Trade Union Issues: "The Woman Question"

A few months ago, prominent settlement worker, William English Walling, visited England where he met with members of the British Women's Trade Union League. The League was founded three decades ago by Emma Paterson to encourage women to join existing men's unions. The British League unites both upper-class and working-class women. This coalition assists women to form their own unions with the goal of integrating these unions into established men's locals. Walling is convinced that conditions for American workingwomen could be improved with a similar approach in the United States. Up to this point, the American Federation of Labor has shown little interest in organizing women workers.

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Hellraisers Journal: In San Antonio, 17th annual César Chávez March For Justice

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

Tuesday March 31, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Metal Miners Back to Work

Metal miners of the Western Federation of Miners began breaking ore today following the armistice between the WFM and Charles MacNeill. The smeltermen working in MacNeill's mill will return to work soon. General jubilation followed the news that Moyer has given MacNeil until May 18 to live up to the terms of his agreement with the governor's commission. However, some of the miners and smeltermen have been heard to wonder if MacNeill will remember his promises by the time May 18 rolls around.

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Hellraisers Journal: Big Bill Haywood Put on Display at Paterson City Jail

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

Monday March 30, 1903
Denver, Colorado - MacNeill Agrees to Compromise with WFM

Charles Moyer, President of Western Federation of Miners

While still refusing to recognize the Western Federation of Miners, Charles MacNeill has agreed to rehire the smeltermen who were fired for union organizing. WFM President, Charles Moyer, has called off the strikes, both in the mill and in the mines, giving MacNeill until May 18 to reinstate all the union members who have been fired.

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