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SATURDAY, OCT. 16th, 1920.
Minneapolis Workers Defy Injunctions
By Leslie R. Hurt
(Formerly U. S. Marine; member World War Veterans.)
Minneapolis is in the midst of the greatest
open shop fight in the histoiy of the state of
Minnesota. The kings of Organized Greed have
united as one to crash the organized laibor
movement. Labor in turn has flung baek the
challenge, and the death struggle is on. The
minions of Midas have found it necessary to
invoke the assistance of the capitalistic
courts and already two .judges, hearing the
voice of the master, have answered.
Judge Daniel Fish, some few months ago,
did some special work for the Citizens' Al
liance, the most despicable labor hating organ
ization in the country, by issuing an injunction
restraining organized laibor from picketing the
Vanstream Meat Market, "unfair to the work
ers."' Only a few weoks ago, Judge W. "VV.
Bardwcll, seeking to ape the methods of the
former Ozar and the ex-Kaiser, issued a second
injunction in which the rights of free speech,
free press and assemblage were denied. Rights
which are presumed to be guaranteed under the
constitution of the U. S. .
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Restrained From Picketing Movie.
The Trades and Labor Assembly were ord
ered to discontinue picketing the Wonderland
theatre, a low-class moving picture house which
has fought organized labor for the past two
years. The Labor Review, official orgaij of. the
Minneapolis workers, was also restrained from
printing the facts of the case. ( After several
matfsmeetings, held in various parts of the !city,
the leaders of organized labor decided to dis- '
regard the injunctions, and the arrest of four
prominent members of the Trades and Labor
Assem'biy promptly followed. , . .
R. T). Cramer, Editor of the Labor Review;,
Lipinan Thompson, secretary of the local School
Board; Ban Stevens, and , Leslie Sintpp were
found "in contempt of court" and fined $125.
each. T7poh rei'usnl to' phy this tribute to tlie
Czar of Judicial Antocracv thev were sentenced
to spend ix monrlra in the Hennepin OoWty'
22,060 March In Protest.
Escorted to prison by an honor guard of
World War Veterans, Post. No. 1, followed, by
22,000 members of the rank and file, marching
in protest against the imprisonment of their
leaders, the four men surrendered themselves
to Earle Brown, Hennepin County 's millionaire
Finally, finding that even prison walls failed
to break the morale of the workers, the vicious
industrial autocrats insisted that six more
prominent labor leaders be cited for contempt
of court. These men are determined that they
will go to jail, too, rather than bow to the
treachery of the "slave driving" master class.
Labor is beginning to see the dawn of a new ,
day, the birth of a new freedom and the ipaesing
of modern capitalistic autocracy. The workers
are realizing that industrial organization is
absolutely necessary to acconijp'lilsli the
much desired results and to bring happiness
and sunshine into the lives of those who toil
for their daily bread.
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