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★ —1 g 3 £ Published fn, _. Weekly v Vol. 2. No. 26 We've just begun fight!' An Editorial JUNE 23, 1947 shall become known in Amer ican history as a day of national shame. On this day the Congress of the United States arrogantly defied the expressed will of the over whelming majority of the American people by enacting into law the yicious Taft-Hartley anti labor biiL But June 23, 1947 shall also become known as THE DAY OF THE GREAT AWAKENING. For from ths day on we shall witness events which were not part of the calculations of the puny men who wrote and passed this act to the tune of Big Business. If the gentlemen of the National Association of Manufacturers are jubilant today, they shall have ample reason for regret tomorrow. With this rash deed they have opened the eyes of many who yesterday were blind. * * * THEY have shown the people the true face of the enemy and the immense danger that con fronts American democracy. They have proven that it is they who are the real menace to our democratic rights and standard of living, and not the “Reds,” or the labor movement. They have disclosed themselves as the repre sentatives of economic chaos, depression and industrial strife. And lastly, they have exposed to the light of day the naked reactionary character of the bi-partisan coalition in Congress, of the dismal failure of the Truman leadership, and of the need for a new party of the common people, * * * LET the bankers and industrialists of Wall Street and LaSalle Street read the past pages of •American history. They will learn that it was the nefarious anti-sedition laws of the 1790’s that were followed by the great popular democratic upheaval which brought Thomas Jefferson into power in 1800. It was also the popular opposition and revul sion to the Dred Scot decision in 1857 that gave impetus to the emergence of the then new pro gressive Republican Party which brought Abra ham Lincoln into power in 1860. >. June 28, 1947 66 It is with this in mind that Senator Claude Pepper correctly declared: "Political history has been written here. Congress has done more than Henry Wallace ever did to give lift to a third party. We have seen a demonstration that neither party can muster a l n““Congress for liberal proposals." . • * * * IT IS already abundantly clear that Labor cannot and will not take this blow lying down. Already protest strikes are taking place in various industries, and ’ proposals have been made for a nation-wide one-day united labor action. Union after another has declared that this bill is illegal, is unconstitutional, and will be fought to the very end. A deep feeling of indignation and anger smol ders in the breasts of every union man, of every progressive fair-minded citizen. But indignation and anger are not enough. This is the time for deep thought and action. The lessons of this defeat must become branded into the consciousness of every union man, of every progressive thinking person. Only thus can this setback become a tem porary one to be followed by the victory of the common people. 1. Above everything, this is the time for UNITY. The divisions in the ranks of organized labor must end. The factional struggles must cease. There must be a united CIO in Chicago, in Illinois, and nationally. There must be unity be tween the CIO, AFL and Railroad Brotherhoods. This is the time for conferences on a city, state and national scale to unite the powerful divided armies of labor into one single army of democratic progress. This is the time for the "All-Chicago Labor Committee" to come to life and take leader ship. * * * TOGETHER WITH labor unity, there must be unity between labor and all sections of the people for whom this bill also spells chaos and disaster —the middle class, small businessman, the farm ers, the Negro people. This unity must extend to every progressive issue and cause—the fight for rent control, for an anti-lynch law, for civil liberties. ■ ■ +mm mm —mm At your service Taft-Hartley have become fighting words. In this fight, the Chicago Star has its work cut out for it. Its pages will now become the organ of this battle for freedom and the living standards of the American people. It will report all phases of the "fight back" cam paign. Its legal advisers will attempt to handle ques tions as they arise. That's why you and your friends, your shopmates, your union brothers need the Star more than ever. (See Page 11) 5« 2. The people must unite POLITICALLY. They now can see that, neither the Republican Party or the Democratic Party can carry out their will. Nor can they have illusions about Harry Truman. It was the policies of his administration (for example, the smashing of the trainmen's and coal miners' strikes) that gave grist to the mill of the most reactionary Republicans and poll-tax Democrats. The people must forge their own political instrument in the shape of a new party of the common man. They must build now so that every congressman who voted for the Taft-Hartley Bill is defeated in 1948. And we are confident that this will happen if we are to judge from the cry already heard through-out the country—“ Wallace in ’48”! * * * 3. THE Taft-Hartley Bill is clearly unconsti tutional. Its’ provisions violate the spirit and letter of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. It will have to be fought in the courts and elsewhere with every means at labor’s command, for labor cannot make the attempt to “live with” this act. That is why the movement for the repeal of this act must begin now and must continue until it is erased from the statute books. When the early American labor movement was facing simi liar attacks, it's slogan was "AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL". All of labor must act to defend every organization and individual who becomes the victim of this law. * * * With the enactment of the Taft-Hartley Bill, reaction has won an important victory and labor and the people suffered a severe blow. A battle has been lost, of that there can be no question. But this is not the time for despair or pessimism. This is the time for fighting back as never before. The people have the power and strength, once they are united, know the enemy and how to fight him, to overcome all obstacles and to emerege •victorious. In the words of a fighting President. Franklin D. Roosevelt, we say together with all of labor: "We have lust begun to fight."