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"Open terrorist methods have been used by the mill-owners in Passaic. New Jersey, in an attempt to crush the textile strikers," stated Albort Weisbord, noted Communist and labor agitator yesterday in the course of his speech at the Liberal Club.
"The policemen of the strike area have made a mockery of civil rights. Men, women, and children have been clubbed by these 'guardians of the law'.
A. F. of L. deserted Comrades
"The Passaic strike has now lasted for 43 weeks or ten fun months in the face of the organized opposition of the capitalists of New Jersey. It has shown that behind the make of democracy in the United States Jeers the face of dictatorship. It has shown that the officials of the American Federation of Labor are traitors to the trust of their comrades are reactionaries who do not lead but mislead the members of the trade unions. It has shown that the time is ripe for he workers themselves to organize and forget the differences in their trades, religion and nationalities.
"When the textile workers have proved that a homogeneous group of people can resist the methods employed by the mill owners for the greater part of a year, it seems evident that the nation is in sympathy with the strike. There has never been a strike in industrial history before that has lasted so long or given rise to such bitter and varied issues as the Passaic demonstration. The mill-owners have lost over $50,000,000 during the 43 weeks of the strike. The suffering of the workers has been incalculable.
Only One Owner Has Yielded to Workers
"And yet after this long paired of hardship only one mil-owner and he a minor on has acceded to the reasonable requests of the textile workers. The strike has come to be a symbol of the suffering of the industrial workers not in Passaic alone but in a thousand and one cities throughout the country.
The first serious indication of the new forces at work among the laboring masses is the Passaic strike. Here the mill-owners have attempted the age old intolerably stupid method of force and terrorism in an attempt to beat back the demand for reform. They have succeeded only in arousing greater determination among the strikers and in attracting nation wide attention to the intolerable conditions among the textile workers.
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