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Hellraisers Journal: Basil Manly of Walsh Commission Explains Real Cause of Youngstown Riots

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

Tuesday January 18, 1916
Chicago, Illinois - Basil Manly Speaks Out Regarding Youngstown Riots

From the Chicago Day Book of January 17, 1916:

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Fracking and tar sands industry facing ruin

The price of Brent crude oil dropped below $28 today, a price that few would have predicted two years ago. While the shake-up in the industry (i.e. defaults and bankruptcies) from these low prices are on everyone's mind, it should be noted that sub-$28 is the price for high-grade crude oil.

Hellraisers Journal: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Lectures Brooklyn Audience on the Limitation of Births

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

Monday January 17, 1916
Brooklyn, New York - Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Lectures on Limitation of Birth

Saturday's Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the I. W. W. organizer, Gurley Flynn, addressed a Brooklyn audience Friday evening on the subject of birth control. As is usual when covering events conducted by members of the Industrial Workers of the World, the Eagle must first begin by mocking the event before briefly describing Miss Flynn's presentation:

Girl Orator's Listeners, Mostly Juveniles,
Exit When Money Is Sought.

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About a half-hundred half-grown boys and girls with a sprinkling of adults listened with avid interest to a talk by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the I. W. W. leader, on the subject of limitation of births last night. The meeting was held in Plaza Hall, Grand and Havemeyer streets, with the avowed intention of teaching poor mothers to improve their economic condition. The interest continued until an effort was made to collect the 15-cent fee, with which it was hoped to defray the expenses of the lecture, when there was a rush to get out.

The lecturer scheduled for the evening was Mrs. Margaret H. Sanger, who is expounding her doctrine on the subject taken up by Miss Flynn in various parts of the country. She was ill, however, and could not keep her engagement. Dr. Frank Harris made an address touching upon the same subject from the view point of a medical practitioner. Dr. Joseph Slavitt presided.

Hellraisers Journal: Harry Orchard Will Stand Trial in Idaho for Murder of Ex-Governor Steunenberg

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday January 16, 1906
Caldwell, Idaho - Harry Orchard Committed on Charge of Murder

From today's edition of The Wichita Daily Eagle:


Committed On Charge of Murdering Ex-Governor Steunenberg.

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Boise, Idaho, Jan. 15.-At Caldwell today Probate Judge Church committed Harry Orchard on the charge of having murdered ex-Governor Frank Steunenberg. The defense offered no testimony. The most important witness today was Andy Johnson, a Boise officer who talked with Orchard several times before and after his arrest. He had a collection of exhibits connected with the case.

Julian Steunenberg, son of the former governor, testified that a man whom he identified as Orchard, came to him or Wednesday before the murder and asked when his father would be home. He said he had a deal with his father for some sheep and was anxious to see him. The boy told the man his father would be back Friday night.

Bernie is gaining with key demographics BUT ...

According to

A string of polls over the past two weeks show that the once-independent Vermont senator is tied or in the lead in the two early primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire, and all of a sudden, in striking distance of Hillary Clinton nationally.

(My bolding)

Addressing the anti-trans concern trolls

Two University of Washington researchers, working out of the Social Cognitive Development Lab on what is called the TransYouth Project have tired of the near constant alarm being raised about transgender children being spurred on...even "created"...by their parents. An example of such alarm resides in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, The Transgender Battle Line: Childhood.

So Kristine Olson and Lily Durwood have written a response, Are Parents Rushing to Turn Their Boys Into Girls?.

Hellraisers Journal: Pinkerton Who Framed-Up So-Called Molly Maguires Now on Steunenberg Murder Case

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Monday January 15, 1906
Boise, Idaho - Pinkerton Detective James McParland Meets with Gov. Gooding

James McParland, the Pinkerton Detective who assisted in the frame-up and judicial murders of the Martyred Miners of Pennsylvania (1877-1879), is now active in the investigation of the Steunenberg murder case.

From The Salt Lake Tribune of January 13, 1906:



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Special to the Tribune.
BOISE, Ida. Jan. 12-Fred Miller, attorney for Orchard in the Steunenberg murder case at Caldwell, will take advantage of statutory right and ask that the preliminary examination be held behind closed doors, which he stated he thought would be to the public interest to do.....

Pinkertons Are Engaged

A five-hour conference between Chief Detective McFarland [James McParland] of Pinkerton's Denver agency and Gov. Gooding was held at the Idaho hotel here last night. They went over all circumstances surrounding the assassination. As a result the Pinkertons will now take an active part in solving the mystery, although Pinkerton men have been on the scene since a few hours after the assassination.

McFarland will direct the operations of his men from this city. Next Tuesday he will go to Denver, returning to Idaho in a short time. McFarland says he has little doubt of Orchard's guilt and in his opinion others aided him and he is sorry that more arrests were not made immediately after the assassination....

[Photograph of James McParland added.]

Addressing transgender rights in the UK

The UK parliament's Committee on Women and Equality has released the first report from its parliamentary inquiry into discrimination against transgender people in education, health and criminal justice.

The inquiry was tasked with assessing levels of transphobia, access to NHS services and issues faced by transgender youth.

The NHS was found to be particularly lacking.

Hellraisers Journal: East Youngstown Steel Strike Settled, Offer of 10% Wage Increase Accepted

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

Friday January 14, 1916
East Youngstown, Ohio - Steel Strike Settled with 10 Percent Wage Increase

From the January 12th edition of the Decatur Herald of Illinois:


Men Vote to Accept Company's Offer
of 10 Per Cent Increase in Wages
and to Return.
Grand Jury Investigates Trouble and Calls
Employers and Union Leaders.
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Militia patrolling burned district.

Hellraisers Journal: How land-owning farmers of the southwest are turned into "shiftless renters."

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

Thursday January 13, 1916
From the International Socialist Review: The Life of the Tenant Farmer

In this month's edition of the Review, W. W. Pannell describes the life of the tenant farmer, how tenant farmers are manufactured, and the deep pit of debt in which they and their families struggle to survive:

Tenant Farming in the United States

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Tenant Farmers Levi and Beulah Stewart with children,
CIR Hearings at Dallas, March 1915

Talkin' 'bout a Revolution

Really, it's time. Even Bernie Sanders is talkin' 'bout a revolution. It's legal and not at all scary, though the government's though control police have been splitting skulls and worse for longer than anybody can remember in an attempt to keep the lid on. But, hell, they shoot and kill people just for being uppity, or insufficiently subservient, so there is no extra penalty involved in being out there.

New England's professional sports teams back transgender equality

The New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and New England Revolution have all announced their support of legislation that would guarantee protections for transgender people in public accommodations in Massachusetts.

The Boston Red Sox announced their support in November.

I think that having not only New England’s most prominent cultural institutions, but also frankly the most iconic public accommodations that come with that — Fenway Park, TD Garden — really sends the message.

This issue has become mainstream and widely accepted.

--Kasey Suffredini, Freedom Massachusetts

Hellraisers Journal: Report of Ohio State Investigation Vindicates Labor in East Youngstown Riot

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday January 12, 1916
From The Day Book: State Investigation Vindicates Labor at East Youngstown

The state of Ohio, upon an order issued by Governor Willis, is investigating the recent strike disturbances at East Youngstown, Ohio. Attorney A. M. Henderson of Mahoning County who is conducting the investigation has issued a report which vindicates labor. Tuesday's Chicago Day Book, 2nd edition, reported the news:


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East Youngstown Burning, January 7-8, 1916

Senior Anglican clerics call for church apology to LGBT people

The letter, signed by over 100 senior church officials, was sent to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The archbishops are meeting attending a meeting of 39 primates from the global Anglican Communion this week,

The letter calls for the church to acknowledge that LGBT members around the world have been treated as "second-class citizens."

[F]or too long the church has treated gay, lesbian and transgender people as a 'problem to be solved'.

-The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, Dean of Carlisle Cathedral

The meeting is being held in an effort to prevent a schism between liberals and conservatives.

Hellraisers Journal: Mayor of East Youngstown Blames Armed Company Guards for "Desolation Wrought"

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday January 11, 1916
East Youngstown, Ohio - Mayor Blames "Desolation Wrought" on Company Guards

From The Pittsburgh Sunday Post, page 2, of January 9, 1916:

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East Youngstown Mayor Blames Riot
on Guards

YOUNGSTOWN, O., Jan. 8- "I am completely dazed over the horrible occurrence here and the desolation wrought," Mayor William H. Cunningham of East Youngstown said, in commenting on the riot.

"From what I have been told I fear it was caused by the armed guards on the bridge. Had the guards been kept within the limits of the mill property I doubt if there would have been any trouble.

Eye-witnesses have told me it was the guards on the bridge that fired the first shots. That aroused the fury of the mob.

"I think the trouble is over for the present and do not look for any further outbreak unless an effort is made to operate the plants with strikebreakers. There will be trouble if this is attempted."


Hellraisers Journal: Youngstown! Another Year, Another Massacre of Workers in Fight for Justice

In East Youngstown you realize that
men are here not to live but to tend the mills.
Humanity is dwarfed;
the machines which make the industry are exalted.
-Mary Heaton Vorse

Monday January 10, 1916
Youngstown, Ohio - Three Killed as Guards Open Fire on Striking Steel Workers

Our information, thus far, on the Massacre at Youngstown comes from two Pittsburgh newspapers which are clearly hostile to the striking steel workers and their supporters. What we know so far is that, according to a reporter on the scene, the first shot may have been fired by the supervisor of the company guards, which supervisor is now chief of Police in East Youngstown:

...T. J. Kinney,chief of police of East Youngstown, has resigned and his place has been taken by James M. Woltz, safety director of the Tube company. Woltz, formerly a postoffice inspector, has been in charge of 100 guards at the Tube Company's East Youngstown plant for the past week. It is said Woltz fired the first shot, but a later report had it that a guard precipitated the trouble...

From The Gazette Times of January 8, 1916:

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