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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 04, 1912, Image 7

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SHE FIGHTS FOR ORGANIZATION OF WORKERS
- San Francisco,1 Cal.,. July 4.
Miss Alice Henry is editor of
"Life and Xabor," the official or
gan of 'the'' Woman's" -Trades
Union League of "America, of
which; Mrs. Raymond? Robins is
president, is in San Francisco to
make her plea for organized la
bor before the General Federation
of Womenls clubs:ins"ession here.
MissHenryihas fqughtrthe battle
for social (.democracy, andi.united
action by the workers for more
ibm "I't jiiiitiiiiiix i.
Alice Henry. '
than 25.years. She is, frail in ap-
' pearance, with snowy white hair
Lj that is. contradicted by. eager, far-
yT ' seeing eyes.
'' "Work until tlie government of
K the people,.by the people and for
' the people is established in the
workshops of the world,", is her
. watchword.
"No one who has not .-lived
T among the 'toilers can appreciate
I the trades union movement or see
its terrible necessity," . she says.
"With Mrs. Raymond Robins in
her organization work among the
un-unionized garment workers,
my first realization when I came
here from Australia was the ne
cessity for an organization maga
zine a, magazine for the toilers,
telling their stories simply, stor
ies easily translatable. 'From this
necessity the official organ for the
National Trades Union League,
'Life and Labor,' was born.
"During the late garment work
ers' strike in Chicago a strike
absolutely unfomented that
grew simply out of protest
against conditions, in the work
of organization of the girl strik
ers, most of them very young,
publicity, education was the cry
ing need. The strike amounted
to a spiritual revolt, arfd it ani
mated 5,000 women, including
eleven nationalities, to act as one
woman. But those girls had to
be educated into a realization of
what permanent Organization
would do for them. Organization;
that is my work. 'That is Mrs.
Robins' work, and the work of
our journal. And it is to tell the
story of the helpless toilers of
this country that I have come, to
this convention."
"I say, Dolly," said an amateur
photographer, "may I take your
photograph ? You look so pretty
that I feel I could eat you."
"Oh, I see," said the girl;
"that's why you want rac on a
plate."

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