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Mexico has Labor Union 'Menace.' ORGANISATION WHICH CAPITALISTS DESCRIBE AS A "BRANCH OF I.W.W." SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
Mexico has Labor Union 'Menace/ ORGANISATION WHICH CAPI TALISTS DESCRIBE AS A 'BRANCH OF I.W.W.' SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE. By Charles V. E. Starrett. One of the most dangerous and unruly elements now tolerated in Mexico, in the opinion of American residents, is the Casa del Obrero Mundial, said to be a branch of the I.W.W. Introduced originally, at any rate, by agents of the United States, the organisation has spread like a disease among the lower and middle classes, until to-day it is esti mated that about 30,000 members are enrolled iu the southern pro vinces alone. Of this number a large percentage is to be found in the army, where the combination of un intelligent socialism, tropical tem perament and nervous trigger- finger is likely to be a growling menace. The laborer 'worthy of his hire' does not. wish always to be a soldier, however, with the privilege of beat ing his plowshare back into a sword at the call of country, and the effort to force this status upon him has resulted...
Broken Hill. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
Broken Hill. During my stay in Broken Hill, J have been struck by the extraordinary inconsistency between the objects of the A.M.A. and the action of its mem bers. The impression one gets of the A.M.A. is that it is a strong militant organisation, but upon arrival here he finds the members working under the most damnable system ever devised by the modern slave owners. The contract system, with the dic tation of the boss to 'take it or starve,' is the most modern system of exploitation and slavery. One might as well attempt to quench the fires of hell by pelting snow-balls at it. as to attempt to beat the boss by hitting him with a ballot-paper every three years. When the men in any one mine pull out through not being able to make a living, their places are immediately token by members of their own organi sation. Unionists scabbing on unionists! One of the mines which sets the min ers to work by the fathom, makes the miners sign a new contract before they know what they liave earned ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
BOULDER. ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL NO. 6. | HALL, LANE-ST., BOULDER, f W.A. I Wednesday evenings, in Hall, f class meeting. ?! Friday evening, Boulder Post 5 Office, propaganda meeting. !; Saturday evening, Kalgoorlie, ?' propaganda meeting. '. Sunday morning, 10.30 a.m., Hall, business meeting. : Sunday afternoon, Keane's Gold fields Hotel, Athletic Club, at 2.30, lecture. Sunday evening, Boulder, propa ganda meeting. _: Good library at Hall. All Reds are invited to dig in and make In dustrial Unionism the topic of the day. 1 E. OHRI8TENSEN, j
Are YOU Alive? Your Class and Freedom call You to Act. (A. Mack.) [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
Are YOU Alive? Your Class and Freedom call You to Act. (A. .Mack.) To the working class of Australia, to ilie great army of dispossessed — the proletariat: this warning cry goes out. Your libeiay is in danger — that great 'liberty'' of 'Freedom of Speech,' which was won for you by the blood and groans ol' jour lathers. Tlie capitalists of this continent are preparing to rip tbi* ireedoj)) from your livos. Are you going to stand for it? Was the blood ol' your fathers spilt in vain? Are you. then, so apathetic that you will not make superhuman efforts to preserve thai only atom of liberty you have ever possessed.' Your Uagna Chartu and your Habeas Corpus and your Petition of Uight will soon grace, your Statute Jiooks no more, but in their place will appear the black smudge of capital's iron y;love standing out as a broken column to remind you ol the Liberty you oncp boasted. Do you not value that liberty any more? Slut, you sa;-.-. :'it is impossible that svlv.1i could happen here in ...
The Labor Movement Where It Isn't. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
The Labor Movement Where It Isn't. B Tin- Hon. J. ]-. Fitzgerald. il.L.C, ^m informed the Legislative Council, ami ^K i jii'oiiuh it tlie public: in general, that ^B iiii- J.W.W. was an organisation ^B '..-li'di was 'bitterly hostile to the H l.r.Us.v movement.'' — A Fact. H| Dm- iiinst forljear giving the retort ^B (ii :??». .'His. and call the 'honorable ^B Lv:;J- 'i:;m'' a damned liar, until wo ^B !!!!'!??: ..fjijid what the Labor niovement ^B (-. :;' it exists at all. and what this ^B shiv ?!'._; light of working class thought ^B in.':-).-, thereby. ^B ir would bo safe to say that ninety ^B i;i ?'.? pry '.-lit. of the workers of Aus ^B iv.'.lirt. whatever their views on the sub ^B ]'?'?'? '-viiiild agree that the Labor move ^B !:i:-;n. There ever it might ho, can by ^m no !iVii!sco])i-' process hi? discovered m ^B t!i;,t institute of sham and flapdoodle B K-niivvii as the lTpper House. Neither ^K sliiinld it be difficult to convince tlie ^B average ? worker thai', the Labor move...
To Members of the I.W.W. and Sympathisers. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
To Members of the | I.W.W. 1 and Sympathisers. | Funds are imperatively needed. Bar ker's case must be fought in tht courts— to begin with. If that fails, you know there is still another weapon. Meanwhile, what are YOU doing to h&ip? Remember, the forces that are opposed to us. AH our energies, every assistance, moral and financial, that \ ran be given, are absolutely needed, if | the I.W.W. is to hold its own. J The arrest of Oar Editor is only the j beginning. There is more trouble j ahcail, in any case ; but victory to be- ; $ zJ.r. With wiii be an invaluable asset in i the struggles of the future. | Freedom of speech, freedom of opin- ,j ion, freedem of thought, all the few ji ;?atc'iy shreds of liberty so dearly won j|| in the past, are at stake. The powers V'\ that be are choosing the war as a pre- JfJ i3.xt to crush every symptom of ^| thought and action epposed to the rul- :.'| i-?3 ideas. If the militant working [S c.ass of Australia doss its duty we .1 have ncthing...
EDITORIAL NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
EDITORIAL NOTES. ? ? 0 ? The transport and mine workers in England are endeavouring to form a federation with a view to combined ac tion in national matters. The world of labour in Britain is becominc rest ive. A federation of large unions in which the individual units are in vari ous degrees of mentality will sooner or later end in failure. Still the fact that the workers in the old dart are trying to get a move on is a healthy sign. * * * The Smerald, in it's issue of Sept. 6th, devotes nearly half a page to booming Manufacturers' Week. The journal waxes eloquent anent Austra lian-made goods. Indeed, one would be led to think that Australians are the only people on the planet that can turn out first class goods. The 'Her- ald' gives the game away in this fash ion — 'The Australian production of leatherwarc during the last five years increased 67 per cent., but the imports from Germany during the same period increased by 164 per cent.. The dis plays in the shop windows will show th...
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
The l.W.W. Preamble. The working class and the employing clasKhave nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want~3Te found among mil lions of working people, and the few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We nnd that the centreing of the management of industries into fewei and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ ing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers. These conditions c...
One Road to Industrial Freedom. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
One Road to Industrial Freedom. By Massage. How often do rebel speakers hear That old dished up question (it does ;;inu.su me) 'How can you bring ln liu.ctriul Democracy about?' By working class education, oi: conrsi'. We arc all well aware of that. Hut ! am quite confident we could [ overthrow capitalism and organise a ; it ^H row million Australian workers into the the ^M Oiii' Big Union within the next row ing. ^m w^ks. You think that scarcely pos in- ^m si'nle. eh:' Well, here is my plan. Al ita- ^m J, i\»- mo to explain. ^B We must use clever tactics, cute ing ^K jiii'ibods to scientifically gull ajid hyp 'iug B v.uutc William Mug. First of all take tie H| imssi'ssion of the school, church and i it B| ]ii- -s. You now hold the people mor ^m :i|!y -iiirl mentally in the palm of your and Hi hand. Evidently you can either swing for S| iii.Mii into hell abruptly, or force them the H| iimi pvorlasting bliss, without the r^. ^m siiditost inconvenience to the plebeians. 1 to flg ICvi-...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
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List of Locals in Australia. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
I List of Locals I in Australia. Mj ? * ? H Adelaide Local No. i : becretary ? Treasurer, S. G. Drummond, 43 ? Charles-street, Unley, Adelaide. B Sydney Local, No. 2; secretary B treasurer, F. J. Morgan, 330 Castle B reagh-street, Sydney, N.S.W. B Broken Hill Local No. 3 : Secretary B treasurer, E. J. Kiely, Palace B Buildings, Sulphide-street, Bro ? ken Hill, N.S.W. B Frenuuitle Local, No. 5 ; c/o W. B JolmsLone, Burlington Hotel, Pa B kenham-st-., East Fremantle, W.A. H ifoulder Local No. 63 Secretary, Trea B sui-oi-, E. Christenseu, Lane Street B Boulder, W.A. B Brisbane Local, No. 7 ; secretary B treasurer, J. J. Burke,' 'Mimi,' B t-nbb-street, Milton, Brisbane, Q. B Melboiime Local, No. 8; secre B Jaiy-Treasurer, N. Rancie, 243 Wil B liam-street, Melbourne, V. ? Jotionham Local No. 9, Secretary, B Ti^p.yurer, A. S. Graham, Uinang B StrGc-t, Tottenham, N.S.W. ? N.Z. LOCALS. ? Auckland Local No. 1 : G. Phillips, B Secy. Treasurer, Kings Cham B bers, Queen St., Auckland. ? Lh'5tch...
Watchman, What of the Night? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
Watchman, What of the Night? 'I dipt into the future, ; ; Far as'. human, eye could see, Saw the vision of the world, And all the wonders that should be.' :- £o sang Toimyson, the bourgeois : poet. j Some may think it unprofitable to peer ahead as Jack London has done in 'The. Iron Heel.' and Bellamy in 'Looking Backward.' Yet those who occasionally glance before them may, iDerhaps, be able to take a clear er view of what is happening around. Labor at the present time of writ ing is passing through a severe trial. Craft Unionism has proved itself un able to prevent the outbreak of tlie most savage and vindictive war known in the history of the world. The International has gone down like a house of cards. Organised efforts are on foot to bring in conscription and to make labor compulsory, thus introducing the thin end of the wedge of chattel slavery. Increased prices of commodities mean practical re ductions in wages. Unemployment in the various States is rampant. War loans of to-day...
From Frisco. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
From Frisco. Sunday night, August 1st, was the occasion of not only an enthusiastic audience but a financially successful meeting for the benefit of Joe Hill in the T.W.W. Hall on 17th Street net mg, something- like 32 dollars less ex penses. Tho speaker of tho evening was Austin Lewis, of Oakland, Cal., ivlio recited the facts of the case wi; a precisnness and explicitness that dis played the ability possessed by him, being a lawyer of some considerable re putation. Tt was very easy for him to convince even the most biassed mind of the innocence of Hill. At the conclu sion of the address (or to be more cor rect, the exposure of the corrupt court and capitalist judges), tho following re solution was put and carried unani mously : — Mr. William Spry, Governor of the State, of Utah. 'Wo, vovking men and women of Sau Francisco in mass mooting as sembled, herewith notify you. that we Jiold you personally, and also the State of Utah responsible, for tbo life and freedom of Joseph Hillstr...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
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MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
MELBOURNE ACTIVITIES. Local No. &, 243 William Street. K Monday, 8 p.m.: Business Meeting. H Thursday. Propaganda Committee Hj meets. ^B Friday. 8 p.m. : Propaganda meeting , H| at South Melbourne Market. H( Saturday, 8 p.m. : Educational lecture KJ in hall. B Sunday, 3 p.m. ?? Propaganda meeting H| at Flinders Park (Yarra Bank). Bf Library and reading room open every Kj night. Working-class papers on file. ?§ Industrial Union literature on sale. All Hj rebels are asked to blow along and HI make themselves known. All slaves will HJ be welcome. HJ J. LAWRENCE, 9 Secretary -Treasurer. H
AUTHORITY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
AUTHORITY. But this I know that every law That men have made for man, Since first man took his brother's life And this sad world began, But fouls the wheat and saves the chaff With a most evil fan. Oscar Wilde The history of civilisation so-called is the gruesome record of the domination of a class or caste over the many. Ever since society threw over communism and became competitive, resting on a property basis, &nbsp; its history has been a bitter class-struggle centreing round the owner ship of social needs, this ownership of the means of life implying the supreme authority. The King caste, military class, sacerdotal caste, and now. the capitalist clique each obtained the power. Institutions and individuals frequently trading under the cloak of divine sanction or special rights, have tried, by fraud and force, to establish their authority as the supreme dictator over other people's actions and ideas. From a scientific and human standpoint, individual authority is in direc...
"The Sim" and some Shadows. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 September 1915
'The Sun' and some Shadows. The 'Kalgoorlie Sun,' a Sabbath sheet existing exclusively for the pur pose of pandering to the perverted ses insfiicts ol those pitiable bye pro ducts of modern civilisation who mor bidly crave for the revolting details of cases of sodomy, bestiality and child violatiou, lately devoted a couple of columns to a venomous personal attack on Organiser Reeves. Some strumous spawn of a strumpet under the pen name of 'Vore-de Vere.' accused our fellow-worker ol ignorance, malice and lying, and incidentally refers to him as a thief. Welsh bounder. Yankee down and-'iutir. slimy, soul-less, a detestable skunk, and so forth. As no arguments for or against our organisation were adduced by this gross gut wart in his frenzied fulmina lions, he must be courteously chidden after his own style. In his splenetic outburst this incestuous issue of in uisition accuses the I. W.W. of advo cating force as a means of securing jus tice for the worker. 'It is,' he says, "an antiq...
THE I.W.W. PREAMBLE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
THE I.W.W. PREAMBLE. The working-class and the employ- j ing-class have nothing in common, j There can be no peace so long as j hunger and want are found among j millions of working people, and the j few who make up the employing-class ] have all the good things of life. j Between these two classes a struggle j must go on until the workers of the 1 world organise as a class, take pos- 1 session of the earth and the machinery I of production, and abolish the wage j system. ] We find that the centreing of the ] management of industries into fewer j and fewer hands makes the trade j unions unable to cope with tbe ever- j growing power of the employing-class. j The trade unions foster a state ot 1 affairs which allows one set of workers j to be pitted against another set pi j workers in the same industry, thereby I helping to defeat one another in wage j wars. Moreover,' the trade unions am J the employing-class to mislead the I workers into the belief that the work- J ing-class have in...
SUBSCRIPTIONS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
SUBSCRIPTIONS. G. Arbuthuot, Is; A. Bourne, Is; J. Bergstrom, 6d; J. Budd, Is; W. Champion, 2s; A. Davis, 2s; S. G. Edwards, Is; F. Hyan, 2s; H. Howoll, ]b; D. Jonee, l«j O. James, 6d; K. J. Kennedy, 2s; R. N. Ken nedy, 2s; F. R. Keogh, 2s; Mrs. D. Kitchen, 2s; J. Lapisch, 2s; W. Lang, 2s: J. Murray, Is; C. F. Mac namara, 6d; M. Marks, Is; H. O'Reilly, Is; S. Owen, 6d; D. Par riugton, 2s: J. Roberts, 6d; J. Ro binson, Is; J. S. Shirlaw, 2s; W. Steele, 6d; B. Scully, Is; J. Slater, Is; G. Sinclair, 2s; W. Tiuterie, Is; J. Torpy, Is; F. W. Vears, 2s; H. Williams, Is; J. Whittle, 6d; A. Wyer, Is; W. Wark, 2s.