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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1920
THE TOILER PACK ? The I. W. W. at Philadelphia By J. P. CANNON Nothing has so stirred the radical labor move ment of the East for many an day as the rumor, later verified and admitted to be a fact, that members of the I. W. W. were loading highiex plosives at Philadelphia to be shipped to Poland and used in the infamous war against Soviet Russia. It seemed unbelieveable that the I. W. W. of Frank Little, the L W. W. that has always been in the vanguard of the class struggle, bear ing the brunt of the fight in America and inspir ing the whole world's movement by its heroic deeds and sacrifices, could now be engaged in this nefarious enterprise this high treason to the International working class. The information reached New York members of the organization (from an outside source, not from protesting members at Philadelphia) on Aug. 6, and, as a result of their prompt interven tion and vigorous protest, the matter' was brought before the General Executive Board and the Phila delphia branch of 7,000 members expelled. The con tention that this dastardly work was done by new members, who are unfamiliar with the principles of the I. W. W., is not home out by the facts. The Philadelphia Transport Workers' branch is an old one, having been in existence continuously since 1913, and many well known and influential members of the organization are in Philadelphia at the present time taking active part in the af fairs of the union. No satisfactory explanation has yet been made of their failure to take quick and decisive action. True revolutionary men, con fronted with such a situation, would have pre vented the loading of the ships even at the cost of their own lives. Statement of Executive Board The General Executive Board has issued a statement in which the actions of the Philadelphia members are severely condemned as being dia metrically opposed to every principle of working class honor that the I. W. W. has "stood for, fought for and bled for from its inception." It sounds a new note in the current literature of the organization, in refreshing contrast to the "evolutionary bunk" printed in their official organ, The One Big Union .Monthly. The statement, in part, reads as follows: "The I. W. W. has proven by deeds that it it willing and eager at all costs to fight and sacrifice for the cause of International Solidarity; it stffl keeps the faith. "The organization was designed to make it im possible for one group of workers to be used against another group in the great struggle of the Classes. We do not want and will not tolerate m our membership men who can stoop so low as te aid and abet any Capitalist Government of any other National or International section of the common enemy in keeping the Working Class ra Slavery. We look with horror and disgust upon the action of the Phila. longshoremen in loading high explosives on ships for the purpose of butchering our brave Fellow Workers in Russis who have established the first Working Class Government in the World. "The I. W. W. has stood the brunt of the furj of Master Class Hatred in America. More of oar members have been imprisoned murdered aafi brutalized than all other Revolutionary organiza tions combined. The reason is that we stand ami have always stood for the use of militant Direct Action to overthrow the dictatorship of the Capi talist Class. "The I. W. W. wishes to keep its fair name inv tarnished in the ees of the world's Proletariat. We call upon the membership of our Organization to use their utmost power to assist the Soviet. Government of Russia in fighting the world's battle against Capitalism. Appeal to Communists "We pledge ourselves and our Organization t help overthrow Capitalism and everything that stands for Capitalism. "We appeal to the Working Class in genentf and the United Communist Party in particular to take a stand in industry and help build up a Revolutionary Organization that will make for ever impossible a repetition of the dastardly ac tion of the Philadelphia longshormen. 'The I. W. W. holds out the clean hand of Brotherhood to the Revolutionary Workers of the World."