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Hellraisers Journal: Kept Press Mocks the Efforts of Mother Jones to Prevent Strikebreaking

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

Friday February 18, 1916
New York, New York - Kept Press Mocks Mother Jones, Strike Remains Strong

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The strike of garment workers in New York City remains strong despite the efforts of the Kept Press to discredit Mother Jones, play up the discontent of a few strikers, and advertise scab products. Efforts by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union to successfully conclude the strike continue unabated.

From Ohio's Wilmington Daily News of February 16, 1916:


Mother Jones Appeals To Strike Breakers in New York
But Her Efforts Are Fruitless

New York, Feb. 16-Mother Jones made a whirlwind chase about the city to induce strikebreakers taking the places of the waistmakers and children's dressmakers who are on strike to walk out of the shops. She was accompanied by a committee of the Women's Trades Union league, but failed to induce any to them to join her cause. Charles L. Berman, secretary of the strike committee, said that 7,000 workers returned to their places, their employers having acceded to the unions demands.


Settlement reached with Georgia Department of Corrections

About a year ago the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a suit on behalf of trans woman prisoner Ashley Diamond, who was denied medical care and repeatedly raped and assaulted by other prisoners while she was held at a men's prison in Georgia.

Last Friday a settlement was announced in the case.

Diamond was released from prison last August after her case got publicized.

She had been serving a sentence for a probation violation stemming from a nonviolent crime. She was denied female hormones she had been receiving for 17 years – medically necessary care for her gender dysphoria. She was sexually assaulted by other prisoners at least eight times while incarcerated.

As part of the agreement, the Georgia Department of Corrections agreed to pay Diamond, 37, an undisclosed financial settlement.

Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Speaks to "Lawless" Women Strikers in New York City

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

Thursday February 17, 1916
New York, New York - Mother Jones on Hand to Aid "Lawless" Women Strikers

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Mother Jones is on the scene in New York City where authorities are outraged that thousands of needle trades workers stand accused of behaving in a disorderly manner and showing contempt for proper Law and Order.

"I am becoming tired of the lawlessness of these strikers, especially the women!" declared Magistrate Murphy.

The strike, led by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, has been on since about February 8th. Union officials make the counter-charge that strikers have been roughly handled while performing their strike duties out on the picket line.

Attempts to settle the strike are ongoing.

Victims, not predators

Tucker FitzGerald is the father of a transgender girl. Yesterday he had an opinion published in the Seattle Times.

My daughter is in kindergarten. She’s 6. She loves unicorns and mermaids and soccer. And I’m concerned about Olympia forcing her to share the restroom with men.

Currently she uses the girls’ restroom. But some Washington legislators want her in the men’s room — because she was born with a penis.

It feels uncomfortable writing about my child’s genitals. But I’m not sure how else to protect her.

Hellraisers Journal: Twenty-One Men Caught in Burning Mine in Butte, Montana. "No Hope Entertained."

Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday February 16, 1916
Butte, Montana - Hope Faded for Twelve Missing Men in Pennsylvania Mine Fire

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Hope is faded, and, by some accounts, lost for the miners who remain missing in the Pennsylvania Mine. This latest disaster follows, by only four months, the disaster in the Granite Mountain shaft of the Speculator Mine. On October 16th of last year, a mine car filled with 500 pounds of dynamite ignited in a massive explosion which instantly blew seventeen miners into eternity.

From The Omaha Daily Bee:


Nine Bodies Recovered from Blazing Copper Workings
at Butte by Rescue Crew.

Human Rights Watch calls for legal gender recognition to be fundamental right

Kyle Knight and Neela Goshal have written an interesting essay on the rights...or lack of same...of transgender people around the world.

The process is as universal as it gets: when a baby is born, a doctor, parent, or birth attendant announces the arrival of a “girl” or “boy.” That split-second assignment dictates multiple aspects of our lives. It is also something that most of us never question.

But some people’s gender evolves differently, and might not fit rigid traditional notions of female or male.

That should have no bearing on whether someone can enjoy fundamental rights. But for transgender people it does—to a humiliating, violent, and sometimes lethal degree.

Hellraisers Journal: "Penned In By Fire!" Mine Disaster at Butte, Montana-10 Dead, 12 Missing

Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday February 15, 1916
Butte, Montana - Miners Trapped by Fire, Rescue Attempts Ongoing

Newspapers across the nation this morning are reporting on the fire which erupted last night in the Pennsylvania Mine at Butte, Montana. We offer a few examples:

From Salina, Kansas:


Flames In Airshaft of Anaconda Mine
Imprisoned Miners At Butte.
Other Workmen Have Not Been Heard From
Since the Disaster.

Butte, Mont., Feb. 15.-At least ten miners lost their lives in a fire which started last night in the air shaft on the 12,000 [1200] foot level of a mine of the Anaconda copper Mining Company and which still was burning early today....

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Pennsylvania Mine, about 1900

From Working in These Times: Bill and Hillary Crossed a Picket Line on Their First Date

From Working in These Times of Feb 9, 2016-

“On Bill and Hillary Clinton’s First Date in 1971, They Crossed a Picket Line”
by Zach Schwartz-Weinstein

According to the above article, Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton, young law students at Yale, were members of the student’s Committee for Local 35 and their signatures were on a statement of support for the union a week before the strike.

Syrian war about to get catastrophically worse

If you thought the political and humanitarian situation in Syria couldn't be any worse, you are about to be proven horribly wrong.
Unless several nation pull back from the brink right now, the Syrian Civil War is about to turn into a region-wide war that could plunge much of the Muslim world into open warfare, and could possibly even lead to a military confrontation between Russia and NATO.
Yes, it really is that dangerous.