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

Thursday May 14, 1903
Appalachia, U.S.A. - The Miners' Children

Last year Dorothy Adams wrote an article for The New York Herald titled, "Little Strikers: Blighted Childhood of Tiny Girl Mill Hands." She told of a strike of mill girls in Appalachia, how they worked ten or more hours per day. These little girls cut velvet with razor-sharp knives while breathing air heavy with lime dust. They made two or three dollars per week. When they went out on strike, they longed for Mother Jones to come and help them. Little children with feet and ankles swollen, they are old long before their time. Mother Jones could not come, she was busy with strikers elsewhere. These little girls of the mills are often the daughters of the miners. The little sons of the miners are often found working as breaker boys.

Mother Jones
The Most Dangerous Woman in America

-by Elliott J Gorn
NY, 2001

Senator John W Kern
Wednesday May 14, 1913
Washington D.C. - The Kern Resolution Debated

Mother Jones was in the gallery of the Senate as the debate on Kern resolution was being debated. Senator Goff of West Virginia, who had referred to Mother Jones as "the grandmother of all agitators," continued in his strong opposition to the resolution. Should the resolution pass, the Senate will conduct an investigation into conditions in the coalfields of West Virginia. Testimony would begin in Charleston this June. Passage of the Kern Resolution would be considered a great victory for the miners, and for Mother Jones who is adamant in her support for Senator Kern and his resolution.

The Court-Martial
of Mother Jones

-ed bt Edward M steel, Jr
U Press of KY, 1995

Note: Adjustments have been made to the above entry for May 14, 1913. The previous entry stated that the Kern Resolution passed on that date. This was a careless error for which I apologize. See Hellraisers for May 29, 1913. -JayRaye

Tuesday May 14, 2013
Email from War on Want: Amazing Good News!

We’ve got some amazing news to share with you. Global retailers, including Primark, H&M, Tesco, Zara and C&A, have bowed to pressure and signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord. Tens of thousands of you called on Primark to sign the agreement, and hundreds of thousands more around the world joined us in demanding change, following the wholly preventable building collapse which killed over 1,000 people. This is a momentous deal. You helped make this happen.

The Safety Accord is a landmark agreement, bringing together brands, supplier factories, trade unions and NGOs to end appalling unsafe factory conditions. The heart of the agreement is the commitment by companies to pay for the renovations and repairs necessary to make factory building in Bangladesh safe. The agreement is legally binding. It will save lives.

Your part in this campaign has been vital. But when the clean-up operation stops and the cameras leave, we must continue the fight for safer working conditions for the people who make our clothes and hold the retailers to their commitment. We need your support to make this happen.  

It’s now just 24 hours until the deadline we’ve set for all the remaining multinational clothing brands to sign up to the Bangladesh Safety Accord. There are still big players in the industry, including Mango and Matalan, that are yet to sign and we need to keep up the pressure on these companies to act.

Securing the commitment of all the big brands to sign the agreement would be a huge victory. Then we would need to make sure they implement it and stick to it! That's why we need the on-going support of people like you. Please do find out more about War on Want and what you can do to support this battle for justice.

We need to expose retailers when they don't stick to their end of the bargain – just as War on Want has done in the past: whether it's helping force Adidas to pay severance pay to workers in Indonesia or exposing the appalling conditions faced by workers producing clothes for Primark, Tesco and Asda in our Fashion Victims reports, we need your help to ensure retailers are held to account every step of the way.

The terrible scale of this tragedy has shone the spotlight on the garment industry. But the truth is that every day, across the world, women are slaving away in appalling conditions to make our clothes. Now is our chance to make the retailers live up to their responsibility. Your on-going support could help change and even save people's lives.

Click here to find out more about what you can do to ensure retailers stick to their ground breaking commitment:

Thank you for your support,
Murray Worthy
Campaigner at War on Want

We can call this a partial victory!
Don't give up the fight for justice for the garment workers of Bangladesh!

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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