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

Saturday August 29, 1903
West Virginia - Socialists organizing in 15 of state's 55 counties.

West Virginia Socialists are organizing locals of the Socialist Party of America in 15 of the state's 55 counties. The locals being organized in the western part of the state are the most active. The strategy of the Socialists is to assist the workers, especially the miners, in their day to day struggles, thereby helping to create class consciousness within the union movement. These new locals have been attracting not only members of the United Mine Workers of America, but also the skilled tradesmen and farmers.

The counties where Socialists are active are Brooke, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel, Preston, Marion, Ohio, Marshall, Harrison, Fayette, Kanawha, Cabell, Mercer, and Greenbrier.

Working Class Radicals
The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920

-by Frederick A Barkey
WV U Press, 2012

Friday August 29, 1913
The Southern Coalfield, Colorado - Report from an undercover organizer.

As stated before in Hellraisers, the United Mine Workers of America has their union organizers working in pairs, one openly and the other undercover. The following is a report from Tioga by undercover organizer #52:

In and around Tioga Camp unionism is quite openly expressed while some are quit and dont say much I should judge about 75 to 85 per cent are only waiting to be called out and are ready to lay down there tools. Most diggers clame they are getting very short weights. The Big Four compel all single men to board at ther boarding house whitch is very bum most of the time. The dinner pail they dont fill is a poor lunch. Friday they only put in the dinner pail two fat meat sandwiches and a piece of poor rhubarb pie and a little green apple. All the Boys Kicked. But its take what they give you or leve the Camp. They worked 8 hours. The wash house is fair but not sanitary.
As written, without correction.

Buried Unsung
Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre

-by Zeese Papanikolas
U of Utah Press, 1982

Hellraisers Journal on vacation!
Hellraisers will appear in abbreviated form until Sept 2nd for a vacation of sorts. A total vacation is not possible since the capitalist never took any time off in their suppression of the U.S. labor movement.


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