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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1920
THE TOILER PAGE 11 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 are alike. My friends, I am a working girl and prefer to suffer together with my imprisoned feflov workers and comrades and the freed when they will. 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. With greetings, Mollie Stimer. RESOLUTION WHEREAS: 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 cause. 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. EIGHT VICTIMS Huntington, West V. Aug. 13, 10M Denr Comrades: 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 lay around. 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 peoplo! . 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.