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HE purpose of this department will be to estab- An attempt will be made shortly to add to this lish a closer bond of interest and cooperation service that of being a clearing house for data on
between The Industrial Pioneer and the fellow the labor world, and a catalog of reference and workers out in the field who are doing such wonder- information. If all members in all industries would ful work in spreading the message of industrial keep track of the industrial situation, conditions of unionism, and the various industrial unions which labor, and outstanding events in their particular make up the organization. All suggestions, reports vicinity, and would periodically transmit such intelliand criticisms of a constructive nature, no matter gence to the Educational Bureau, it would be very what part of the country they come from, will be valuable, as it could be held on file, and would be given due consideration. Mutual understanding is of use to delegates, and active members when they one of the factors that makes for success in any want it. The Bureau could then function as an organization.
information service, and such a service is needed. We print below the communications received for
Vern Smith. this department by the time of going to press:
WHAT'S DOING IN THE FOODSTUFF DEFENSE PUBLICITY GETTING RESULTS
INDUSTRY? Persecution against I. W. W. members is gradually Considering the amount of propaganda that has going into oblivion. This is the result of tons of been spread among the foodstuff workers in the publicity broadcasted worldwide by the General De- past six months, members of Industrial Union No. fense Committee. Besides issuing leaflets, pamphlets 460 of the I. W. W. are keeping up with the pace and special articles, the committee is now special- set by other workers in other industrial unions and izing on circular letters sent to addresses obtained are rapidly falling in line in getting the organizafrom telephone books. The latter method is prov- tion well established on the job. In the near future ing an effective instrument in reaching the people good results can be expected to come from the camimmediately concerned.
paign that has been carried on by members and deleHowever, two big questions still confront us, gates of I. U. 460. namely: the release of the remaining war-time They are putting on an added spurt of pep in
prisoners and the release of all state prisoners serv- getting behind the California Boycott and doing :ing sentences on account of organization activity. all that they can in getting the idea across that
If the General Defense Committee can rely on the it is up to the workers in that industry, along fullest cooperation of the membership this summer, with the workers in other industries, to stand solidly this year should see every imprisoned member at together at all times in the struggles of the workliberty.
ing class against the bosses. Harry Feinberg,
They are also swinging behind the Organization Sec'y, General Defense Committee. in raising their quota of the Bond Obligation Cer
tificates. Delegates are writing in here for them
and some of the members are demanding them EDUCATIONAL BUREAU ACTIVE
before they are off the press. At present the I. W. W. Educational Bureau is
James Carroll, composed of one man, who acts somewhat like a
Sec'y-Treas., I. U. 460. professional editorial writer on a newspaper. Various matters of importance arise in the work of the
ACTIVITIES IN I. U. 440 unions and of the General Headquarters, and subjects are assigned the Bureau for articles, to be The situation in the metal and machinery indusprinted as leaflets, or to run in the organization tries is very promising and all along the line I. U. periodicals.
440 is making progress. In the New England states
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HE new Industrial Pioneer has been given a wonderful reception by our members and
friends of the labor movement in general. However, we are not content to be satisfied with the results achieved to date. We know that there are scores of men and women thruout the United States who could be of great service in making the Pioneer a bigger and a better magazine, if only their constructive ideas could be conveyed to us and put into operation.
To the end of getting whole-hearted cooperation from our readers, we are printing below a number of comments and criticisms as well as correspondence of a more general nature. The Industrial Pioneer is anxious to receive suggestions for improvements and criticisms of a constructive character.
Elsewhere in this number appears a letter from Dr. Benzion Liber about the Abrams theory. We, therefore, feel in justice bound to print also this letter from Upton Sinclair which was received only a day or two before going to press:
The following letter will give us an indication of the wonderful progress that is being made by the M. T. W.; also, it shows the spirit of cooperation that will make a success of the Pioneer:
"Am going to sea as soon as I get the right kind of a ship and may do some writing while on the deep. The ships are so plentiful now that we experienced men can take our pick of them. Some of the shipping masters are coming to the hall after men as we have the biggest share of the good men carrying cards and they are looking for men with sea experience. ... If you keep the Pioneer going as good as the first two issues have been there is no reason why it should not get in the field to stay provided you get the proper cooperation from the membership."
James McColloster, New Orleans, La.
“Increase bundle order to 50 copies as 20 is just a drop in the bucket. Send 10 more copies of the June issue.”
John M. Reilly, Taft, Calif.
"I sure am glad to see the Pioneer out again as we need such a scientific, proletarian monthly in circulation. Hope it will expand and expand. The first issue is fine indeed. Have deeply enjoyed its articles, poems—everything in it is of merit that the workers may be proud of.”
Alice Chase, Los Angeles, Calif.
“The first issue of the Pioneer is surely good. It is the best labor magazine in the country. There are two articles in there that I especially like. One is: "Organize the Unorganized," and the other is: “Forcing the Farmers off the Farms." Both these articles will soak into the heads of the workers if they got anything in their noodles. Just keep on with your good work.”
Knute Johnson, Duluth, Minn.
“Editor, The Industrial Pioneer,
“I thank you very much for your friendly words. I will send you something as to the outcome of our fight. I have already written a long story about the whole affair for the “Liberator" and a brief statement for the "Nation."
“Now, with regard to the Abrams matter: I have read most of the attacks upon his work, but it does not at all modify the fundamental fact that everywheres I go I run into somebody who has been miraculously cured by the Abrams method. A young man came forward to act as organizer for the Civil Liberties Union, and I learned that his wife had been cured of cancer of the stomach. One of the women who joined our committee to interview the mayor, Mrs. (name follows), had also been cured of cancer. And so it goes. Of course, some of the men practicing method are incompetent, and a great many of them are mercenary, but I have no doubt whatever that the method is a real thing." Sincerely,
Upton Sinclair. Extracts from other letters follow:
“Both the Pioneer and Solidarity are splendid. Any one of the articles in the Pioneer is worth the price.... Do not lose an opportunity or any time in putting it to the railway brotherhoods and the public ownership leagues that they are guilty of criminal syndicalism in advocating public ownership of public utilities. That would make a good article that will provoke a reply from the brotherhood journals and will reach all classes of railway men and so they will learn of the persecution of the I. W. W."
Isaac R. Johnson, Milwaukee, Wis.
"I'm sure glad to see The Industrial Pioneer out in the field again, it sure is all you claim it to be and more. On with the good work!"
Henry Tonn, Gladstone, Mich.
Here is an extract from a letter sent by a well wisher of the labor movement to a friend of his:
“If you want an especially good book or magazine, one you will read from cover to cover, write to The Industrial Pioneer, 1001 West Madison St., Chicago, Ill., for their May issue."
Mr. Wade, Washington, D. C.
"I bought the May issue at the branch and can say it was fine, better than the old Pioneer, which was published until a year ago." Lawrence J. Seco, New Orleans, La.
"In a large measure you have my praise and congratulations in your initial issue of Vol. 1 No. 1. It sparkles with wholesome mental food and reflects the splendid spirit of moral courage.”
Chas. Bonsall, Salem, Ohio. “The Pioneer for May was a hummer, splendid in every detail.”
Harry Clayton, San Quentin, Calif. "You will no doubt be surprised to receive a letter from an old crank like me. Perhaps you have already noted the unusual style of my stationery and come logically to the conclusion that I am in the penitentiary. My address is always the same. It is like everything else in this place, in that respect; it never changes. Monotony, the omnipresent god, reigns supreme.
“I picked up my pen just to say that I have now read the first two issues of The Industrial Pioneer. I came very near writing you upon receipt of the first issue. I liked it very much and wondered if every succeeding issue would be as good. I did not believe it and so I did not hasten with congratulations and praise.
"The second number has arrived. It contains an excellent article by Vern Smith about the lumber strike. That article by Fred R. Wedge on the San Pedro strike was certainly a good one. He "knows his stuff.” As a rule, I do not read much poetry but I did read the “Ballad of Sandy McCole” with unusual pleasure. That poem sets off the Vern Smith article in fine shape. But why pick out a few of them as I have done? They are all good. If The Industrial Pioneer holds up to its present standard, then success is assured.
Be assured of my complete approbations of The Industrial Pioneer.”
Forrest Edwards, Leavenworth, Kansas. KLIMENT MASLOFF WILLS FIFTY DOLLARS
TO THE PIONEER We want to call the attention of all our readers to the action of Kliment Masloff, one of our Bulgarian fellow workers, who did not forget the class struggle even in his dying hour. He willed all his earthly possessions to the industrial union movement, fifty dollars going to The Industrial Pioneer. This is a superb example of the spirit which will win for the working class its fight against the exploiting parasites.
The response to our appeal in the last issue of the Pioneer for three months' subscriptions has not been as gratifying as it could be. Quite a number of them have been sent in, but we feel that many more of our friends azd members should take advantage of this offer, which no doubt they will in the future. At the top of the list this month come the following two fellow workers, each of whom sent in five three months' subscriptions: Al Frane, Omaha, Nebr., and Joseph Wagner, Grand Tower, III.
By VIOLET KAMINSKY
Beat your hammers faster,
HISTORICAL CATECHISM OF
A 95 Page Pamphlet Issued By
EDUCATIONAL BUREAU OF THE I. W. W.
This is a set of questions and answers, on the methods of organization, construction, history, and objects of labor unions in the United States. It begins with a definition of a labor union, and proceeds to point out why it is not and can not be a job trust, an insurance society, a mutual admiration society for employers and employees or in fact anything at all except an organization to fight continually for the interests of the workers, on the job.
READ AND LEARN
How American Workers Discovered They Had To Organize
FOLLOW THE STORY
The Eighteenth Century Unions: the Mechanics Union—the New England Association of Farmers, Mechanics, and other Workingmen—the Fight For the Ten-Hour Dayth, Central Labor Unions—the National Trades Unions—Trade Societies—the National Labor Union—the Industrial Congress and Universal Brotherhood—the Sovereigns of Industry-Molly McGuires—the Knights of Labor—the International Labor Union—the A. F. of L. and the I.W. W.