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

Tuesday July 21, 1903
Passaic, New Jersey - Mother Jones and Her Army Arrived in Passaic in the Rain

Mother Jones at her desk.
Mother Jones arrived in Passaic at about 7 o'clock last evening by buggy. The Army came marching into town about a half-hour later. A hard driving rain caused the cancellation of the open-air meeting which had been planned. The Army camped out at a dance hall in the immigrant section of town, while Mother spent the night in a hotel. The Crusaders head on to West Hoboken today where they will be guests of the Socialists.


The New York Times
-of July 21, 1903
The New York Times
-& July 22, 1903

The Children's Crusade Summary
Day 14: Monday July 20, 1903
From Paterson, NJ
To Passaic, NJ
(Use with "get directions" on google maps to follow general route of march.)

Monday July 21, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - Silk Strike Ending with Shop-by-Shop Agreements

The Sunday meeting of silk strikers in Haledon was well attended. A crowd of 5,000 turned out to hear the speeches of  Big Bill Haywood, Carlo Tresca , Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Alexander Scott, editor of Passaic's socialist newspaper. However, the strike is reaching an unsatisfactory end. The strikers are returning to work under shop-by-shop agreements as to wages and hours. The hope of establishing industry-wide standards has been abandoned.

The New York Times
-of July 21, 1903

Sunday July 21, 2013
From People's World: Dick Meister takes a look at America's Backyard

In the article, "Child labor in the U.S.A.," Dick Meister gives us a grim picture of the lives of children who work on the corporate "farms" of America, and profiles the efforts by Democratic Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)  to stop that shameful practice. The Congresswoman has been persisting, in spite of all obstacles, to push forward with the CARE bill. This article from June 16, 2010 is still relevant today:

U.S. agriculture is in many ways quite advanced, but its labor practices are strictly 19th century. We've come a long way since child labor was a common practice, and it's way past time that agriculture caught up.

That could happen with passage of a bill that's been pending in Congress for several years - the Children's Act for Responsible Employment, or CARE, that was introduced by Democratic Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of Los Angeles.

The bill would generally bring the regulations setting limits on the working hours of young farmworkers in line with those covering young workers in other industries. That would mean, for example, that workers would have to be at least 16 to work in agriculture and 18 or older to work in especially dangerous farm jobs. Fines for violations by grower employers would increase to $15,000 per instance, and growers would face prison terms for repeated violations that lead to death or serious injury.

Read the entire heartbreaking article here:

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Stop Child Labor
More on the the CARE Act as re-introduce June 12, 2013

De Colores Song and Prayer

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

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

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