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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1920
Freedom For ALL Class War Prisoners!
The following letter from Mollie Stimer, the
young girl who is serving a fifteen year sentence
for distributing leaflets protesting against the
blockade on Russia, to the "Women's Kate O'Hare
Committee" is a fitting rebuke to those who con
cern themselves only with the cases of individuals
prisoners, while thousand of others suffer and
die neglected and forgotten, as well to those in
dividual prisoners who accept such support.
Missouri State Penitentiary,
June 27th 1920.
To the Women's Committee,
That previously worked for the release of Kate
O'Hare, and now undertake to do so for me.
My dear Women :
In answering people who intended to do any
thing in my behalf alone, I made it as clear as I
possibly could, that I want no one to work for my
release individually. I said (and I mean that with
all my heart) that I consider it a disgrace to the
worker's cause to work for the release of one
class war prisoner when so many of us are in the
American Penitentiaries !
I believe in the Solidarity of all class con
scious working men and women, and I shall try
to live up to my principles when in jail as well as
outside of it. Political prisoners are consumptives,
some are getting blind, others, are otherwise
sick. Many undergo more suffering than I do.
Is it not more reasonable to work for the freed
om of all instead of one?? You might say: "well,
we are women and we are trying to obtain the
release of a woman," To me, men and women
My friends, I am a working girl and prefer
to suffer together with my imprisoned feflov
workers and comrades and the freed when they
Undoubtedly, your intentions are to do me
good. And I assure you that if would carry on
any sort of propaganda in my behalf alone, yon
will cause me pain.
I hope thtt you will give this letter earnest
consideration and either work for the release of
all Political Prisoners, or dissolve the Committee
in my behalf.
We, the shop-delegates of the Waist and
Dressmakers Union Local 25, at a conference held
June 19th, 1920, at Webster Hall, find our belov
ed fellow co-worker, Mollie Steimer still unjustly
condemned and imprisoned, together with all the
other class-war and political prisoners, by the
capitalistic injustice of this country:
We therefore demand the immediate release
of all those who are imprisoned for the Worker's
And be.it further resolved that We, the shop
representatives of 25,000 organized workers,
pledge ourselves not to give up the fight until
all the class-war prisoners are released:
Moreover be it resolved that copies of this
resolution be given out to the press and sent to
our Fellow-Worker Mollie Steimer.
Pauline Morgenstein, Cheirman.
Huntington, West V.
Aug. 13, 10M
A friend nnd myself linve afow linos
of news we would like to hnve you
print in the Toiler about "eight vie
tims of the capitalist system."
We do not know just exactly how
to word tho piece, so will give you the
facts of tho case in fairly good form
and you may correct nny error we may
ssakc so as not to change the meaning.
The chain workers belonging to ho
International Chain Workors' Union
were called on a strike July 8th. Thoro
were eight men who returned to work
the next day. Tho shops had bees
-Milting down every week or so for
four months and they did not have to
work then, but as soon as wo went
on a strike they could not stand it to
The loader of this gang of scabs
used to be the International President
of the Chain Workers' Union. He ran
for Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, oa the
Socialist ticket in 1908 or 1910. The
other scabs claim to bo socialists also.
Some of them clnim to bo very religi
ons and go to church every Bdy.
One of them claims he gets his so
cialism out of the bible. Those suae
men used to go around teacbisg
unionism to tho yonnROT class of
As for tho brothers who arc still oa
strike, wo can say that all of 'hem,
with the oxception of throe or four,
are of a revolutionary spirit aad will
fight ts a finish.
A COUPLE OF REM.