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

Wednesday July 15, 1903
Elizabeth, New Jersey - Mother Jones and the Industrial Army Arriving Soon in Elizabeth

The Army marched the eleven miles from New Brunswick to Rahway yesterday, coming by way of Metuchen. In Rahway they were provided a large room in the Rahway Inn by H. C. Wilson, owner of the inn. Mother Jones arrived by train accompanied by Charles Sweeney, Chief Marshal of the Army, and by John Loprez, First Lieutenant. Three women are also traveling with Mother: Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Hanson, and Mrs. Clinton.

The Army now consists of the Industrial Band and about thirty-five Crusaders. They were treated to shaves by local union barbers.

Mother gave a speech before 2000 supporters. She insisted that a public aroused on the issue of child labor would result in:

Blessings not only to the children but to the whole nation.
The Army has been on the road marching since early this morning and are expected to arrive in Elizabeth soon. Mother Jones and the women will arrive by train. While in Elizabeth, the Crusaders will be hosted by the Socialist Party of Elizabeth.

The New York Times
-of July 15, 1903

The New York Times
-of July 16, 1903

Boston Daily Globe
-of July 15, 1903

Mother Jones
The Miners' Angel

-by Dale Fetherling
So IL U Press, 1974

The Children's Crusade Summary
Day 8: Tuesday July 14, 1903
From New Brunswick, NJ
To Rahway, NJ
(Use with "get directions" on google maps to follow general route of march.)
Note: accounts vary as to when the Industrial Army departed New Brunswick. Some papers report that they left for Metuchen on Monday, others on Tuesday. It appears that they started out on Monday, then turned back due to the heat, and, therefore left New Brunswick on Tuesday.

Tuesday July 15, 1913
From The New York Times: President Wilson Helps to Avert Railroad Strike

Washington D.C., July 14-President Wilson helped today to avert the threatened strike of nearly 100,000 trainmen and conductors on the Eastern railroad, when, after a conference at the White House, representatives of the railroad companies and brotherhoods agreed with legislative leaders on terms of the Newland bill, amending the Erdman Arbitration act and promised to submit their differences to adjudication under the amended law.
The New York Times
-of July 15, 1913

Monday July 15, 2013
China, India, Pakistan - Child Labor & American Companies

Human Rights Watch

International Labor Rights Forum/Child and Force Labor

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

NOTE: a few edits have been made since diary was pub'd. Major Computer Crash slowed things down this AM. The old gal (computer) just ain't what she used to be. Saving up for a new one. The names I called her probably didn't help either.

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 11:00:10 AM PDT

  •  Question: (1+ / 0-)
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    on this map, Venezuela ranks right down there with Pakistan, yet Justina has never mentioned that level of misery there. I know people from South Asia, and yes, child labour in those countries is horrific.
    Thank you for posting. Offshoring misery and then pretending that everything we use is made by robots is immoral.

    Each person stands on a shadow. Bill Reynolds

    by northsylvania on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 01:36:19 PM PDT

    •  northsylvania, (1+ / 0-)
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      this is a good question

      I am always looking for more info on child labor South of our Border

      We still have child labor here in the USA, so wouldn't be surprised to find it anywhere.

      The map in the video is too small to see if the shades of red are lighter in Venezuela.

      From what I've heard, people are still very poor there, but conditions are improving now that they have a government that cares about poor people.

      I will try to find more current info.

      I will be glad when this month is over.
      Child Labor is the saddest problem of all, to me. Don't know which is worse, to have to write about it or to read what I write.

      It would be less depressing for me if I felt like there was more that I could.

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 02:08:32 PM PDT

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  •  The child labor video is confusing. I don't think (1+ / 0-)
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    it has anything to do with corruption. Child labor persists because the Western companies don't care and they like it that way - another means to keep costs down. I don't have the source but remember reading that the Chinese government raised the minimum wage 2-3 years ago amidst huge opposition from the US chamber of commerce. This in response to protests by the Chinese rabble. Imagine that - a government that responds to people.  

    I don't know about Transparency International. But wonder if they have taken into account our 2-track justice system, the racist criminal injustice system etc into account.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 12:56:08 AM PDT

    •  I agree the video is confusing. (1+ / 0-)
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      I see it as a video that will spur me on to more research, seeking clarification.

      This month is Child Labor month at Hellraisers, while Mother Jones is on the Children's Crusade.

      Good to see you here, Funkygal.

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:18:54 AM PDT

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      •  An interesting dissection of the methodologies (1+ / 0-)
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        used to evaluate corruption :

        those of us  us enjoying "Western privilege", I think we need to be cautious in buying into such reports by NGOs, "3rd parties" etc.

        Good series JayRaye. Keep raising hell , please.

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 03:29:44 PM PDT

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        •  Thank you, Funkygal (1+ / 0-)
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          for the link.

          & I promise to definatly keep on raising hell

          God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

          by JayRaye on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 04:05:10 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

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