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

Friday May 22, 1903
Pennsylvania Coalfields - Breaker Boys Belong in School

Perhaps the little breaker boys of Pennsylvania can now get some education instead of spending their young days hunched over the coal chutes. From the Chicago Daily Tribune we received this good news:
Wilkesbarre, Pa. May 21-The Delaware and Hudson Coal Company started to remove from their mines today laborers who are under 16 years of age. This is in line with the recommendation in the report of the Anthracite Strike Commission on child labor and in accordance with a recent act of the legislature.
Chicago Daily Tribune
 of May 23, 1903

For Further Study
Excerpt from John Spargo's
Bitter Cry of the Children

As I stood in that breaker [among the breaker boys], I thought of the reply of the small boy to Robert Owen. Visiting an English coal mine one day, Owen asked a twelve-year-old lad if he knew God. The boy stared vacantly at his questioner: “God?” he said, “God? No, I don’t. He must work in some other mine.” It was hard to realize amid the danger and din and blackness of that Pennsylvania breaker that such a thing as belief in a great All-good God existed.
And from The Autobiography of Mother Jones
Chapter XIV Child Labor
"Of such is the kingdom of Heaven," said the great teacher. Well, if Heaven is full of undersized, round shouldered, hollow-eyed, listless, sleepy little angel children, I want to go to the other place with the bad little boys and girls.
Thursday May 22, 1913
West Virginia - Miners walk out in New River District; Socialist Freed by Governor

Hundreds of miners walked off the job in the New River coal field yesterday. They are striking in sympathy with several hundred miners who were locked out of several mines in the newly formed District 29 of the United Mine Workers of America

And in Charleston, Eugene V. Debs, Adolph Germer, and Victor Berger of the Socialist Party of America met with Governor Hatfield to thank him for releasing all but one of the Socialist newspaper men from military custody. The Socialist newspaper men were required to promise that they would publish no further "agitation" against the Governor before they were released. Fritz Merrick, Socialist editor from Pittsburgh, refused to give any such a promise and remains locked up in the Military Bastille of West Virginia.


Wednesday May 22, 2013
Email from Occupy Our Homes: Activist Demand Housing Justice from DOJ

On Monday, May 20th, 500 residents and activists took to the streets in our nation's capital to demand that Eric Holder hold Wall Street accountable and the Department of Justice actually serve justice to the bankers that are taking our homes.

Our march blocked the main door of the Department of Justice as we demanded an audience with Eric Holder, so he could respond to the letter we sent him last week. Since the Attorney General decided not to show his face, we decided to wait for him outside.

As we waited over the course of two days 25 residents and activists that were either fighting for homes, or had fought for homes, were arrested. Instead of giving their actual names they gave their jailors the names of bank executives that the Department of Justice should spend its resources prosecuting instead of homeowners fighting for justice.

Can you donate $25, or whatever you can afford, to help us keep fighting?

Because of our bold action in concert with other organizations like the Home Defenders League, and brave residents willing to risk arrest and police violence in the name of real justice, homeowners going by the name of Jamie Dimon and other nefarious executives have arrest hearings in Washington DC today.

Today promises even more bold and creative action in our nation's capital!

Now we need your help to keep this movement going! We need funds to:

     -Keep bold actions against Wall Street's impunity going!
     -Help with homeowners' legal fees.
     -Build this movement across the country so we can keep doing actions like these
             until Wall Street has to pay for what it did.

Click here to help us pull off even more bold and creative action!

Rob and the rest of us at Occupy Our Homes

P.S. Click here for some press coverage

Occupy Our Homes

Home Defenders League

Stand up, Boys, let the bosses know
Turn your buckets over, turn your lanterns low.
There's fire in our hearts and fire in our soul,
But there ain't gonna be no fire in the hole.

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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