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

Wednesday May 13, 1903
Pennsylvania - Babies in the Mills

Children must be twelve years of age, by state law, to be allowed employment in the textile industry. However, all that is required for proof of age, is the oath of the parents. It should come as no surprise, then, that parents would perjure themselves when faced with starvation. There are no federal laws against the employment of children. State laws are enforced poorly, or not at all. Many Americans believe that employment is good for poor children, and accept that these children spend long days working around dangerous machinery rather than spending their young days in school.

Women and the American Labor Movement
From Colonial Times to the Eve of World War I

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1979

Tuesday May 13, 1913
Los Angeles, California - Lucy Parsons Released from Jail

Lucy Parsons and her companion, George Markstall were released from jail on their own recognizance a few days ago. They had been in jail since April 13th on a  misdemeanor charge of peddling literature without a licence. The two are traveling up the west coast to San Francisco where Lucy is expected to give a series of lectures on the labor movement, the progress of women, and on Great Eight Hour Strike of 1886.

Lucy Parsons
American Revolutionary

-by Carolyn Ashbaugh
Charles H Kerr Pub, 1976

Monday May 13, 2013
From The Gaurdian: Bangladesh to allow unions for garment workers.

Bangladesh's government agreed on Monday to allow the country's 4 million garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners, a major concession to campaigners lobbying for widespread reforms to the industry following a building collapse last month that killed more than 1,100 people.

The cabinet decision came a day after the government announced a plan to raise the minimum wage for garment workers, who are paid some of the lowest wages in the world to sew clothing bound for global retailers.

Those working at the eight-storey Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories when it collapsed on 24 April, were paid as little as £25 ($38) per month.

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Babies in the Mill

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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