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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 1920
A Call To Acti
Just how backward the A. F. of L. is in its
international duty may be surmised by the pro
clamation of the executive of the Trade Union In
ternational. This is regarded as a conservative
organization, yet its proclamation against the Polish-Russian
war would be received in this country
as unusually red. We reprint the text as it appears
in the London Labor Leader:
To The Workers Of The World:
In view of the gravity of the World situation,
the Trade Union International calls upon the or
ganized workers of the whole world to declare
their uncompromising opposition to all war.
The organized workers of the world, in car
rying out the resolutions of the International
Trade Union Congress at Beme and Amsterdam,
must henceforward be ready to fight against war
by every means in their power, and to use con
certed action for definitely establishing peace
among the nations; war ought no longer to be
The Trade Union International, mindful of
the principle that nations have the right to self
government, condemns all foreign intervention
in a nation's internal affairs, and condemns the
giving of any military assistance to reactionary
It is against such intervention that the Trade
Union International calls upon all workers to arise
Russia Was Attacked
Applying these . principles, and considering
that the Russian revolution was attacked by Po-
land, the Trade Union International demands that
all the military counter-revolutionary attacks
against Russia shall cease immediately, and re
quires guarantees for the Russian people against
any new aggression.
Taking into account the declaration of the
Russian Government solemnly affirming their
desire to make peace with Poland on the basis of
Poland's independence and of free self-determination
for the Polish people, the Trade Union In
ternational proclaims that this fratricidal slaugh
ter must stop.
A general peace throughout the world should
be immediately established on the basis of respect
for the revolutionniy gains and the independence
n Against War
Wishing to attain this profoundly humane
object, one essentially necessary to the workers,
the Trade Union International appeals to all trade
unionists not to allow themselves to be made the
accomplies of capitalist-imperialist enterprises,
and to refuse with determination to transport
troops or munitions.
The Holy Alliance which the reactionaries are
seeking to establish must to safeguard human
ity be shattered by the fully conscious action of
Hold Up Munitions!
Not a single munition train must run, not a
ship loaded with the engines of war must sail, net
a soldier must be transported.
The means of war must no longer be supplied.
The Trade Union International declares that
the workers of every conutry can and must car
ry out this action.
Consequently, the Trade Union International,
anxious to safeguard the lioerties of the workers
and to secure the development of social progress,
convinced that wars will only be stopped by the
will of the workers, calls upon all national com
mittees to prepare to carry out, if this should
become necessary, mass action and a general
Free People From Militarism
The Trade Union International also reccom
mends that action be taken to stop the man
ufacture of war materials in all countries and to
bring at last to realization A UNIVERSAL DIS
ARMAMENT which will free the peoples from
militarism of every kind, and will increase the
forces of production.
Comrades, in 1914 our organization was too
weak to oppose the war. Today, with a strength
of 27,000,000 members, and, above all, sustained
by a spirit more anti-capitalist and anti-militarist,
more Socialist and revolutionary, the Trade Union
International should have the strength in itself,
by its methods of action, to save the world from
a repetition of such horrors.
"War Against War" must be the rallying
cry of the workers throughout the world.
A refusal to transport any implement of war
is now the way to express the international soli
darity of the workers.
Comrades, the International Trade Union In
ternational counts on you.