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While you were busy

Yesterday I buried the lede in a comment in my diary offering because I knew that diary would be mostly ignored, what with it being Super Tuesday and all.

Maybe today this will actually draw some notice. South Dakota Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard yesterday vetoed the anti-transgender "bathroom bill" which targeted transgender students.

Proponents of House Bill 1008 say it protects students' privacy. Opponents say it's discrimination.

--Gov. Daugaard

Hellraisers Journal: Socialists, IWW & UMWA Unite in Defense of Charles Moyer & Big Bill Haywood

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

Friday March 2, 1906
From the International Socialist Review: Defense Campaign Organized

An editorial in this month's Review describes the campaign being organized by Socialists and labor organizations to defend the officials of the Western Federation of Miners now held behind the bars of the Idaho state penitentiary:

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Conspiracy to Murder.

KFC fires manager for discriminating against transgender worker

 photo KFC_zpsj6mvldru.jpgTransgender fast food worker Georgia Carter was hired by a Richmond, Virginia, KFC and fired about an hour later upon discovery that she was trans.

He was like you have got the job. I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It is yours. We are going start you training on the computer tomorrow. It was like 11 to four (o clock).


She went home happy, but received a phone call shortly afterward.

He was like my supervisor, and I have a problem because on your license it says male but you’re … I said I’m transgender.

Oh, we can’t hire you because we don’t know which bathroom you can use.


In a statement to Eater, KFC chief people officer John Kurnick relayed news of that manager's termination following an internal Yum! Brands inquiry. KFC's franchisee policy bars discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, Kurnick said.

WE NEVER FORGET: The Martyrs of the Great Puerto Rico Sugar Plantation Strike of 1916

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

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Martyrs of the Puerto Rico
Sugar Plantation Strike of 1916

Three Unknown Workers of Juana Diaz

Unknown Worker of Loiza

Unknown Worker of Arecibo

How to defeat Trump

Liberals don't realize it yet, but they are poorly equipped to defeat Donald Trump in the general election. Their normal tool of attack - pointing out the moral/ideological flaws of their opponent and shaming him/her - won't work with The Donald because The Donald has no shame.
What's more, Trump's supporters and potential supporters simply don't care that he says racist and misogynist things. It's simply not important to them.

Research: Most Endocrinologists uncomfortable treating transgender patients

 photo Caduceus1.pngThe results of a survey administered at an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists conference have now been published. Research was lead by Michael S. Irwig, MD, of George Washington University and was published in the journal Endocrine Practice.

While endocrinologists and other providers have received more education and training on transgender care within the past decade, self-rated comfort levels with discussing gender identity and/or sexual orientation and competency to provide transgender care is still rated relatively low.

The survey, which was conducted at a meeting for endocrinologists in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. with 125 conference attendees, found that 63 percent of those surveyed were willing to provide transgender care, but the majority of providers had no current transgender patients under their care. Irwig also found that 50 percent of those surveyed had read the Endocrine Society's transgender clinical practice guidelines - with 70 percent of those under the age of 40.

Hellraisers Journal: Porto Rican Laborers Beaten, Shot, Jailed. "Territory Run by Feudal Lords."

The reign of industrial tyranny and oppression
is governing supreme over life and labor.
-The Free Federation of Workingmen of Porto Rico

Tuesday February 29, 1916
From The Labor World: Porto Rican Strikers Shot Down, Beaten, and Jailed,

The following is a report from the February 26th edition of Duluth's Labor World:


Porto Rican Laborers Beaten With Cutlasses
As Chattel Slaves of South.
Workingmen Who Dare to Rebel Given
Long Terms In Prison.

San Antonio trans woman missing, presumed dead

Twenty-five year-old Estrella Alvarado has the San Antonio Police Department very concerned. She hasn't been seen since September 9, 2015.

On Memorial Day of 2015, Estrella was rescued from a flood by the San Antonio Fire Department.

After the rescue, witnesses saw Estrella leave the scene with her boyfriend. Police also believe he was the last person Estrella was with when she disappeared.