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POLITIX AND UNIONISM DONT MIX.
AN INJURY TO ONE P AN INJURY TO ALL Organization* Is Power 1 9 THE VOICE tAe PE OPLE VOLUME II "MIGHT IS RIGHT" EW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, ThURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1913 "TRUTH Copgum" NtTm3 48 LUMBERJACKS, A WORD TO SOUTHERN LUMBERJACKS. It is not our intention to say what is being done at other locals, neither is it our intention to say what they will do in the future. But we want to say for the good of the whole Southern District that Local 275 has this to say; we are already or ganized. At our last business meeting, which was Friday night Nov. 14th, we initiated 11 new mem bers. This leaves only 6 more workers on the job to organize before we have a solid membership of all who work on the job. Now right here, fellow-workers, let us tell you that the secret of organizing is simple. This work of organizing must be done on the job, and it must be done by the workers themselves. We waited for some time, depending on some leader to come into our local and do this work, but in this we were disappointed, for we soon found out that organiza tion depended on the common consent of the work ers before this work could be done. We began to talk among ourselves, there were about 15 of us, we discussed the matter, then agreed to form plans of our own, we (lid so and held a meeting of just a few members and formed our own local plans by which to go about this work. We adopted a plan to let each member become an organizer. And receive one months' dues for each applicant he brought in. This method of work gives new courage and inspiration in the work. Since adopting this plan of organising we have increased our membership from 1 5to 111 mem bers and that within the last few months. We have had all the theories we need for a while, we have helped to fight all important battles that we coull in the past, and we are going to continue more so than ever. But first and most important of all questions is organization on a systematic basis. In certain localities it may be a little difficult at first to find a plan under which to start this organ zation work, but if four or five members will get their heads together and work out their own plan and go to it, they will succeed, and without any leader except their own leadership. We have found out that "leadership," unless it is always on the jo, is "misleadership." Local 275 is composed of workers who claim to be small farmers, we own our little patches, and while some members of our families work the little farms, the other members work in the Lumber In dustry and make up the whole crew of workers at the Camps. And right here, let us appeal to all you little self-employing farmers in and around the Lumber Industry, the future was never brighter for success in this work. Most of you have kin folks working at every mill and camp in the South, we are all suffering alike from over-work and under pay. Now, if you at other Camps and mills will adopt the same or similar plans as adopted by Local 275, the I. W. W. will grow faster and on a more permanent basis than ever before. I)on't say that it can't be done. DIon't say "they wont stick." I)on't say "I'll wait and see." Just come on the job at Local 275 and we will "cite you." We will show you a solid crew of I. W. W. lumbterjacks. We will "cite you" to a crew that organized themselves. We will "cite you to a crew that has complete job-control." And we want to say right here, that if you starving Lum berjacks ever expect to get any more of the goo! things of life it can only lh, done through the workers on the job. We have had two strikes in which the Lumber jacks were successful this summer. Success is our motto. Victory is our "Hero." Soliaarity is our "Leader." All others are fakes. We have not qluit. No, we have just started. We have raised wages, we have got a taste of better conditions, we have Ibecome more anxious than ever to get more. We have job control, and yet we are not satisfied, no, nor never will be until we get the full products of our labor and stop the system that allows a set of "shirkers" living at the expense of the"work ers." Yours for the I. W. W. J. WILLIAMSON, J. C. TAYLOR, W. C. TAYLOR, Press Committee, Local 275. ATTENTION! THE SABOTEUR. By Ed. Lehman. "Say, "Good Boss," that fellow working yonder is ln agitator, an undesirable citizen and a despee ate character for he belongs to the I. W. W., and he advised me last night to join the ONE BIG UN ION and DEMAND my rights, and he told me that you were robbing me out of four-fifths of what I produced." So spoke the company sucker, the modern Judas of the working class, to the Boss. "Alright," says the Boss, "I will discharge him." The accused generally gets his discharge, (unless the Boss is short handed) down the pike he goes singing and rejoicing because he lost a master. The Boss smiles and says, "Rid of one more of those fellows that know too much." But, lo and behold this accused fellow worker had some class cony scious friends on the job the Boss did not know about. In about three or four days, up comes Mr Sucker with the cry that his saw is killing him. "It pulls like hell and wont cut," is his cry. He ditches his saw and buys a new one, but in two or three days the same old story, "it will not cut and pulls like hell." The consequences are Mr. Sucker goes down the road worked half to death, but a whole lot wiser. Now, "Murder! help!" hollers the on ery Boss, "something is wrong with my machinery, it will not run," and, instead of saying the wo! ' ing class will not use Saotage for it is lawless , unchristian like, he says, "If they do not quit us ing it I will be broke soon." That is the way of the Saboteur, the class conscious worker who consid ers the concern of one, the concern of all. He has not forgot the blacklist, he has not forgot the abuse you heaped upon him, my masters, nor he never will until you will wear the clothes of a working man, and do useful labor, and be of some benefit to society. It is Sabotage against the black list, it is Sabotage against your peonage and bull pens, it is Sabotage against your whole rotten sys tem. It is a fight for the right to live, it is a fight for freedom. On with the fight! Turn the Sab Cats loose! So said the Saboteur who is class con scious. Southern Distric Demands Wage Scale for Loggers and Saw Mill Workers. Join the One Big Union. Initaiation Fee, $1.00; Dues 50c Per Month. National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber Workers, Southern District. Demands: We demand an eight-hour day. We demand that eight hours be the working day from calling out in the morning until return at night. We demand abolition of discount system. We demand that all men shall be hired from Un ion Hall. We demand that $2.50 per day, or $50.00 per month and board, shall be the minimum wage for all employes in the logging or railroad camps. We demand 75 cents per Ihousand, or $4.00 per day per man, 11,000 feet to constitute a day's work, for log cutting, stumps 36 inches high. We demand a 50 per cent. increase in the pay of Tie Makers, Stave Mill, Turpentine, Rosin and all other workers in the Lumber Industry and its by product industries. We demand that overtime and Sunday work shall be paid for at the rate of time and a half. We demand that injured workmen be given im mediate attention. GET BUSY! Begin Organizing NOW and make a report each month of members in good standing at each Local and the vote of all UNION and NON-UNION workers, white and colored, native born or foreign in favor of these demands, and a GENERAL STRIKE to enforce them. DOWN WITH PEON AGE!1 For further and full particulars, address: JAY SMITH, Secretary, Box 78, Alexandria, La. General Stribke General Strike Threatened I. liad. JIM LARKIN FRBEE. Larkin was sentenced to 7 months in jail. He served only 17 days, because the workers through out England held thousands of protest meetings. The government dared not keep him. The work ers asked why their leader was in jail for rebel lious utterances, when the lords of Ulster that re belled against the government were free, besides that the strikes spread as soon as Jim was sen tenced, to such an extent that Dublin was almost cut off from the rest of the world. When Jim came out, thousands upon thousands of workers were gathered to receive him and car ried him in triumph to liberty hall. But no hall could hold the mass of people, and he had to speak from the balcony to them on the street. He said: "The government made a big mistake when it arrested me, but it made yet a bigger mistake when it set me free. In a few hours I go to Eng land to plant the flaming cross. In a few days a general strike shall begin not only in Ireland, but throughout Britain." The workers in England are already thoroughly aroused, according to the latest fosormation, the workers look upon their conserlathf labor leaders as their deathly enemies in cahoot with the capi talists, and have decided to act for themselves. In fact being forced to do so on account of threatened lockout. 100,000 spinners are to be thrown out in the textile industry by the bosses, which will make about a million workers jobless. The clothing in dustry all over the world has gone down on ac count of the style that strips the women of their ancient superfluous clothing, and the bosses want to keep up their dividends at the expense of the : orkers by disciplining them in lockouts. But the workers in other industries -threaten to make sympathy strikes. The railroad workers and min ers may make common cause, and the London dockers are threatening to strike again. Even the police in London are touched by the proletarian spirit and have formed a policemen's union with a membership of two thousand, and have a program that demands their neutrality under strikes. So that they shall not be forced to shoot down the strikers. This is certainly a hopeful sign. The po licemen are the workers sons, why should they not be subject to the workers influences? The work ers all over the world should try to get the police with them. The police are only poor, despised workers forced to do the dirty work of the capital ists. Let us teach them how to Sabotage that work. Religion and the Class-Struggle. The proletariat of Ireland is strongly permeated with the Catholic Religion, and under the priests' dominance. Even Jim Larkin is a Catholic. His utterances, such as the FLAMING CROSS, shows that he is strongly permeated by religion. In fact, it is here he has got his hold on the Irish prole tariat. But now witness: The English workers loyally aided the workers in Dublin in their strug gle, and when a call was sent out for the workers to take the strikers' children, hundreds of Eng lish workers offered their homes to the little ones. But now came the priests with the explanation that the childrens' souls were in danger of being lost by being sent into Protestant homes, even in to Socialist homes. Think of it! These black foxes went from house to house to work upon the minds of the workers, and used the national hatred that has always existed between England and Ireland and their religious fanaticism to prevent the little ones being sent away to escape suffering and star vation. A Miss Rand with fifty children went to Kings town to get a boat for England. There she was shamelessly treated and arrested. A Miss Monte fiore that in Dublin sought to take 300 children to England was also arested. Both Miss Rand and Miss Montefiore were arrested for child robbery. A procession of religious fanatics blocked the way Shreutans 1 a to the water-front where the chldren most pia. and the.strikers tried to get them thugh but were prevented by the police. It is amid that the priests' work is done under the nbmlens ed the employers, while the greater part of the strikers are good Catholics. Thus in the class-truggle the workers learn by experience what the church and priests stead for, which is the only way they an lear n Irelnd, at least, and to a great exteat all over the world. But once they learn, they will not forget. So that while every infonned worker knows the role the church is playing, and hates it like poison, he knows that it cannot help the cause by begin ning to antagonise his felow-workers on that point. They will not listen to him with their heads full of superstition. A human being is ever surer of anything than that which he has been taught ever since he can remember by beings that every body look up to with reverence. Begin by showing him the injustice of his relatonship in soiety, where he as a producing member is deprived of everything except the barest necessities, while the non-producers have all the good things lf fe. And when the class-struggle breaks out, the priests are forced to show their hands and in whose service they are. Religion and politics are two faithful hrothers of the rulin class, and both are woes sheep cothaing, always ri a pi g to keep t~i workers peaceful slaesOne tenls us that all glory and power come out of haven; the other chant that all glory and power come out of the pare liament, just send me and my party to parliament for you have no power of yourselves, prattles the latter. Nay, for the workers to deny that absurdi ty of the politician-is an anarchistic treason. just as it is inspired by the devil himself for the worker to deny that God has anything to do with his slavery. Fight alone will show those two fel lows up in their true light, for both of them have to stand by the state for law and order and God. all figments of imagination erected to keep the workers down. The state disappears when the workers comradeship ignores the state lines, and law, all law against the workers is null and void the day that they refuse to recognize it, and God is only a dead lord stuck up in heaven as a comple ment to the landlord and moneylord here on earth. When the moneylords and landlords disapper so do their shadow in the sky. The workers' God is nature that responds to their every touch of hand and brain, and lavishes all its richness, beauty and wonder on them, the moment that they can take the horrible lies, fears and superstition out of their mind, for at that moment they know that they are free-that the race is free. Therefore, on with the class-fight, instead of religious and political dis cussions. As syndicalists we declare our heutrality to all religious and political parties. We are proletarian warriors on the economic field. In that war alone can we unmask our enemies, giving each other perfect freedom to believe in any and all things. All we ask is that they stand by us to fight for economic justice, to build upon a non-beaurocratic basis the foundation of a new society. CAROLINE NELSON. NOTE:-As to the "Flaming Cross," we South erners clearly understand Jim Larkin's meaning. He is speaking in the ancient mother tongue to us, and not as the priests and preachers speak. We understand-it is the soul of the Clansmen calling the sleeping workers into battle. We will answer, soon we will come. C. H. Remittance Notice ALL ORGANIZATIONS PLEASE REMBlEM. BER THAT REMITTANCES FOR THE PAST MONTH MUST REACH "'FHE VOICE" NOT LA TER THAN THE 10th OF THE SUCCEEDING MONTH PLEASE ACT ACCORDINGLY.