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You Can Keep Your Queen

The words of a man struggling with what Caitlyn Jenner’s transition means to him. While the popular memes follow the script, many suffer in silence, like millions of women, who Jenner’s co-opting of supposed feminism for a photo-op doesn’t do squat to represent a woman’s experience, struggle or life, but merely mock it, so to says this man does he feel.

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For AO

I never wanted to write about Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner.  I have run from this story for months, trying to stay one step ahead of the monster. Don’t look back.  You can never look back. Through the rumors and tabloid stories, through the interview I stood strong. I persevered as long as I could, but yesterday I broke. I looked back. I can no longer resist. I must write or risk becoming a gibbering fool.  The following is not an analysis of the cover, of Caitlyn herself. It is not an exploration of feminism, class, gender, or celebrity, though all are present. For a better analysis than I could ever conceive, read my friends Aoife , Carly, and Miranda. Brilliant transsexual women, at different stages in their lives, equally affected by Caitlyn’s reveal. This is an exploration of my feelings and the herculean effort to come to terms with the…

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June 11, 1925

Another lesson that the interests of capital will always conflict with the interests of the worker and the community.

Today in Labor History

June 11Cape Breton coal miner William Davis is killed by armed company police when he and other residents of New Waterford march to demand that utilities be restored after the mining company cut off the water and electric supply during a long and bitter strike. June 11 is commemorated throughout Nova Scotia as Miners’ Memorial Day.

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June 10, 1937

Catching up on Labor History. Important to note how some things never change. Here just as today, industrialists pay off municipalities to protect their interests over that of the citizens.

Today we don’t see armed thugs as big business tactics of subversion have managed to worm their way into larger society and media.

Today in Labor History

June 10In an effort to break the picket line by striking steelworkers at Newton Steel – a subsidiary of Republic Steel – in Monroe, Michigan, a vigilante mob deputized by city leaders attack with tear gas and clubs. Workers and union supporters were gassed, chased, and beaten and eight people were injured and hospitalized. An inquiry later revealed that Republic Steel had paid the city for the purchase of the weapons.

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Remember when Senator Bernie Sanders told off FK?

We love us some Stop Free Keene and here their latest observation on the Ian Bernard “Freeman” and Chris Cantwell’s latest effort to mean something to someone. As usual, epic fail.

One day, some irrelevant alcoholic Neanderthal and his equally touched friend wanted to be LOLbertarian superheroes. They decided the best way to do this was to “crash” (read: stand around and yell about shit no one cares about) a Sanders election rally here in Keene on the 6th of June 2015. It did not go as planned..

“Because you’re rude, and you’re shouting out things, and I really don’t like that. Now you can put that on youtube.”  – Sen. Bernie Sanders

Upset that Sanders has more fans and supporters than him, the said Neanderthal wrote a long essay (which I won’t link here because the attention produced by his child-like provocation gives him joy) about how Bernie is dangerous and scary because reasons. Who knows with this guy? He’s so piss-pants scared of his “radical leftist” bogeyman that he probably showers with the curtain open and sleeps with a…

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June 7, 1968

Women in England achieved justice with the Equal Pay Act in 1970 and refused to accept lower wages before that. Where is the justice for women in America in 2015?

Today in Labor History

webmediaWomen sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham factory in London go out on strike over pay discrimination. Three weeks later, they agreed to return to work after being offered 92% of the men’s wages. Two years later, the Equal Pay Act of 1970 was enacted, which, for the first time, prohibited less favorable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of employment.

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June 3, 1916

Some of the most dangerous and gruelly work in this country’s history has been mining, in particular coal mining that used European immigrants — men and children — as their primary mode of production.

In addition, some of the most brutal resistance of paid workers in this country has come out of miners struggles all over the country. Brutal repression was usually the result.

Still today the mining industry has the worst safety record in the country, with still the highest number of fatalities per worker in the country. The huge dependency on coal in this country’s development and still today has helped the coal industry amass huge amounts of capital.

This has enabled the coal industry and other mining interests to work alongside the interests of large oil companies in weakening regulations and laws that might cut into their profits.

Coal is the second leading cause of greenhouse gas developing (second only to automobiles) and mining in all its forms is the most environmentally destructive enterprise on the planet, besides possibly nuclear weapons testing.

What can we learn from our ancestors’ struggle to lead us forward to tomorrow?

Today in Labor History

MesabiUndergroundMining190648986Forty miners at the Oliver Iron Mining Company on the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota walk off the job. The strike was marked by violence and repression. The civil liberties of strikers were violated, mine guards and police used force to intimidate strikers, union leaders were jailed, and the company refused to negotiate with the workers. The strike ended in mid-September when the workers won some of their demands.

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June 2, 1952

600,000 striking workers and vets standing with them in solidarity. Notice the disfigured face of the disabled vet in the front row.

Detroit auto workers will soon be striking again and there are calls for a national strike, will we have the courage that our ancestors had?

Today in Labor History

6833519008_bcfba045f0_zThe U.S. Supreme Court rules that President Harry Truman had no authority when he seized control of the nation’s steel mills on April 8 – the day before a nationwide steelworkers’ strike was set to begin – to keep them in production for the Korean War effort. 600,000 steelworkers went on strike on June 3, effectively ending production for the next six weeks.

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June 1, 1966

The struggle of farm workers for decent wages and humane living conditions continues to this day.

Today in Labor History

farm-worker-picture-3Farm workers at La Casita Farms in Starr County, Texas, go on strike over wages and union recognition. The melon strike became the first major civil rights event in the state during the late 1960s. Brutality by Texas Rangers and local law enforcement broke the strike after a year.

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In Rock and Roll You Just Get Older

…singing the same old songs.

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But in politics, you just get better…

with your song being the call and response of the people.

Union Cookout

As always this time of year and during other festive holiday events, the AFL-CIO has a handy reference guide for popular outing foods that are union made.

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