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

Saturday April 4, 1903
Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania - Children Working in the Textile Mills

There are more than 100,000 workers employed in the 600 textile mills of the Philadelphia area. This number includes 16,000 children, mostly little girls. The work week is 60 hours long. For all these hours of work, the children make about $2.00 per week, and the adults make up to $13 per week. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of 13 are not to be employed in the mills. However, only the parents' oath is required to certify the child's age. Parents who are making starvation wages often feel they have no choice but to falsely report the age of their children. According to a study by John Spargo, author of The Bitter Cry of the Children, many children as young as 8 years old have been found performing 100 different kinds of work in the mills of Philadelphia.
Mother Jones
The Miners' Angel

-by Dale Fetherling
So IL U Press, 1974

The Bitter Cry of the Children
-by John Spargo
1st pub: 1906

Friday April 4, 1913
Pratt, West Virginia - Letter from Mother Jones to Caroline Lloyd*

My Dear Miss Lloyd,
     Your beautiful letter reached me yesterday. It takes some time for a letter to reach me unless the Corperation mules read it...
     I miss your dear Brother [Henry Demarest Lloyd] So much with his Master Pen how he would put the State of West Va on trial at Bar of the Nation...
     Your beautiful letter brought me such an inspiration in this lonely Bastile. I am writing this on my knees for the blood Hounds are watching every move. When I know my doom I will Tell. I was tryed 4 weeks ago by the Drum Head Military Court. I have not recd. my Sentence yet do not know what they pirates will give me. If I would sign a paper to leave the State they would let me, but I sign no paper accept no favors from Governor nor any one else. I'll die fighting the Crew of Pirates.
     Long live the Industrial Revolution. I have drawn the attention of the nation to their crimes. O if I could tell you the things that disgrace the nation that have existed in this God Cursed State. It's a disgrace to any peopl & civilization....When I am out I will go to see you.
     fondly yours in the fight for freedom
                                                               Mother Jones
*As written without correction, except punctuation as needed for clarity.

The Governor of West Virgina has not yet released the verdicts of the Military Tribunal.

The Correspondence of
Mother Jones

-ed. by Edward M Steel
U of Pittsburgh Press, 1983

Thursday April 4, 2013
Email from Warehouse Workers United: Stand Up to Walmart

From Daysi Lozano, Garment Worker in Tipitapa, Nicaragua:

One month ago, my colleagues and I were violently attacked during a peaceful protest outside a garment factory in Tipitapa, Nicaragua. Watch our video and please sign our petition to Walmart.

I worked at the factory making clothes for Walmart and other retailers until I was fired on January 28. Then on March 4 about 30 workers who are trying to improve our jobs and form a union held a peaceful protest outside the factory. We were brutally beaten when the company - SAE-A, a Walmart supplier, paid a mob of more than 300 other workers to attack us, using scissors, metal pipes, and other weapons. My husband's leg was broken in three places.

Please sign our petition to Walmart. Tell it to demand its supplier factories in Nicaragua to reinstate me and the other 15 fired workers and ensure an end to violence at the factory. You can read more about the Worker Rights Consortium's investigation of the factory here.

Sign petition!

Workers Rights Consortium

Nicaraguan Garment Workers Beaten at Walmart Supplier Factory

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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

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