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.

The Correspondence of
Mother Jones

-ed by Edward M Steel
U of Pettsburgh Press, 1985

Tuesday April 15, 1913
Washington D.C. - William B Wilson Working to Secure Release of Mother Jones

Secretary of Labor
William B Wilson
From the Military Bastille in Pratt, West Virginia, Mother Jones has voiced complaints that little is being done to secure her release by the new Secretary of Labor and former UMWA official, William B Wilson. In fact, Mr Wilson is hard at work on her behalf. Secretary Wilson is now trying to organize a new cabinet department as he is the first to hold this newly created cabinet position. He has a minuscule staff and Congress has appropriated no funds for this purpose.

Therefore, Mr Wilson has turned to other branches of the government for action. He is supporting a congressional investigation into the conditions of coal mining in West Virginia. He is requesting that the Post Office provide special notice of delivery for his letters to Mother Jones. And further, he has filed a formal request with the postmaster general to explain why Mother Jones has not received his letters.

His own office has been flooded by letters and petitions urging him to act. Some of those letters suggest that violence will be the result should any harm come to Mother Jones: "I have carried a gun three times in the industrial wars in this country, and by the eternal, if any harm comes to the old mother, I'm not too old, nor by the same token too cowardly to carry it again. But we don't want that in this country and age."

The Court-Martial of
Mother Jones

-ed by Edward M Steel, Jr
U Press of KY, 1995

More on William B Wilson here:

Monday April 15, 2013
From Talking Union: United Farm Workers endorse immigration reform plan

Statement issued from Keene, CA by UFW President Arturo Rodriguez:

In the same week that hundreds of farmworkers came to Washington, DC to push for immigration reform, the United Farm Workers and farm worker groups from across the country celebrate a historic compromise with the nation’s largest grower associations to provide a special route to legal status for the nation’s farm workers.  This compromise was brokered by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).   The proposal will be included as part of the comprehensive bill which will now include both a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and a separate process towards legalization and citizenship for farm workers.  The UFW has been working towards this goal for over a decade with partners in the faith, labor and non-profit communities....
Read full article here:

United Farm Workers

Time for a Postage Stamp!

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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