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

Friday April 17, 1903
West Virginia - Miners and Their Families Endure Hardship During the Long Strike

Strikers and Their Families
Living in Tents
The strikers have carried on through the winter and into the spring. Mother Jones described the conditions one bitter cold winter morning in the tent colony:
The wind blows cold this morning, but these cruel coal barons do not feel the winter blast; their babes, nay even their poodle dogs are warm and have a comfortable breakfast, while these slaves of the caves, who in the past have moved the commerce of the world, are out on the highways without clothes or shelter. Nearly 3,000 families have been thrown out of the corporation shacks to face the cold blasts of winter weather.

When the story of this strike in West Virginia is told, let us remember those who died of exposure in the tents as well as the martyrs of Stanaford.

Mother Jones
The Most Dangerous Woman in America

-by Elliott J Gorn
NY, 2001

Thursday April 17, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - The Murder of Modestino Valentino

Today in Paterson a man has been murdered by private detectives, hired gunmen imported from New York by the mill owners. This man's only crime against the mill owners was that he was standing on his own front porch watching the strikers hoot at the scab-herders. He was not a striker, nor was he a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. The hooting so bothered the gunmen that they felt compelled to open fire on unarmed workers. Modestino Valentino was killed by a stray bullet. The Industrial Workers of the World will provide for the funeral, and the strikers will march in the funeral procession.

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 4
The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1980

Wednesday April 17, 2013
Keith Ellison, Co-Chair of Progressive Caucus, is a National Treasure!

Keith explains Chained-CPI in 90 minutes:

We Progressives are famous for doing a lot of griping about the Democratic Party. And that's fine, this is the Hellraisers Journal, after all. But we also need to take some time out from our griping once in awhile to extend some appreciate to those hardy souls who work on, year after year, for social and economic justice in the very heart of ruling class power. We need to stand by them as they stand by us. Have you hugged a Progressive Caucus Member today? Follow the links below; leave a note of encouragement; show them some appreciation!

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) consists of one United States Senator and seventy five members of the United States House of Representatives, and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus.

Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Statement to President Obama:
Social Security Benefit Cuts Hurt Our Economy

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District
in the U.S. House of Representatives (Where this Hellraiser lived for many years.)

Here's to taking
the Hammer of Justice
to the very heart of power.

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and WE NEVER FORGET.

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