Workers (Communist) Party Activity in Chicago the week of August 5-12, 1924 from The Daily Worker. Vol 2. No. 124. August 12, 1924.
Twenty-three new members were admitted into the Party at its last City Central meeting, August 5th, eight joining Italian branches, seven English, two Jewish branch, two Ukrainian, two Greek and one each Lithuanian and Scandinavian. Unionists joining were from Typographical union, Amalgamated Food Workers Laundry workers, Postoffice employees, Leather workers, and machinists.
Over 60,000 Anti-Militarists leaflets were distributed in Chicago during the week of July 27—August 4th. Street meetings in all parts of the city were held on Anti-Militarism. In addition to the anti-militarist mass meeting held in Wicker Park Hall, the Lettish, Lithuanian, Roumanian, Greek, German and Finnish sections of the Workers Party here held special anti-military affairs in their particular languages.
Comrade Arne Swabeck’s Trade Union Class has been postponed for one month. The speakers class under the direction of J.P. Cannon is going very well and excellent results are expected. A special local research bulletin is being issued weekly by the Educational Department. This Research Bulletin is of excellent use to street speakers and also for lectures in the various branches. A class in English will be started shortly. Comrade Thelma Kahn from the Junior Section of the Y.W.L. addressed the City Central Committee on the Junior section work, a collection of $7.00 and a donation of $10.00 in addition to the $25.00 previously made, was made by the city organization to help the Junior C.C.C. carry on its work among the working class children of Chicago.
Meetings of the various Amalgamated Clothing workers T.U.E.L. groups are now very well attended, Several big issues such as the readjustment in industry and the endorsement of La Follette or Workers Party candidates are being taken up in the locals and our comrades are on the job. Comrades in the I.L.G.W.U. are preparing ground for revival of activities. The coming wage agreement for Chicago and the question of disfranchisement of militants in the union are the fighting issues.
The Metal Trades Group of the T.U.E.L. is holding regularly monthly meetings. They have drawn up practical plans for work in the various trades and are now starting a drive to secure subscriptions for THE METAL TRADES BULLETIN. The Building Trades Group of the T.U.E.L. is slow in picking up, only about a dozen comrades participate in the work of the group and not many of our comrades give support to the left wing Bulletin.
The latter is uncalled for since the Building Trades comrades are receiving relatively high wages. The activities of the militants in the Printing Trades situation is being discussed by the T.U.E.L. Comrade Foster has gone to New York to take up the situation there; upon his return to Chicago a more detailed report will be given.
The Workers Party, T.U.E.L. and Young Workers League have been especially active in the Hegewisch strike in getting our organization the job on the problem of organizing the unorganized. Thru our efforts the Carmen’s Union became interested in the strike. Attempt is now being made to spread the strike thruout the Calumet Region. We have sent many active Party comrades to the strike area at various times to aid as much as possible in the strike and it has helped in maintaining the solidarity of the strikers. We have had THE DAILY WORKER regularly on the job and the Party’s and League’s prestige is being increased thereby among the strikers.
A Young Workers League branch has already been reorganized from among the strikers of young American heater boys. The South Slav branch of Hegewisch has been doing its share and undoubtedly it will gain members thru this. The Polish comrades have also been on the job. It has been one of the best means of stimulating activity among them. This is the kind of activity that the Workers Party must engage in for it is the strongest builder of our Party. The Party is putting full energies into it.
All particulars about the Elections Campaign into which the Local Party is putting most of its energies at the present time were printed elsewhere in THE DAILY WORKER. The Party is doing good work in Chicago in the various fields but there has not been sufficient done by any means in regard to THE DAILY WORKER.
Failure to put over THE DAILY WORKER and membership campaign strongly hinders our work in every respect. Our Party work is progressing well but there can be no doubt that if the branches will make far greater efforts to put THE DAILY WORKER over that their work politically, industrially, etc., will be increased manifold. We are out to see that every member of the Party gets a subscriber to THE DAILY WORKER and gets a new member into the Party. FORWARD TO THE COMMUNIST CAMPAIGN, ON TO ACTION.
Next City Central Meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1924, 8 P. M. at Workers Lyceum, 2733 Hirsch Blvd. MARTIN ABERN, Sec’y.
Tuesday, August 12.
Irving Park English—402l Drake Ave.
Northwest English—2732 Hirsch Blvd.
Polish, Roseland—205 E. 115th St.
Ukrainian No. 1—1532 W. Chicago Ave.
Wednesday, August 13.
Roumanian Branch—2204 Clybourn Ave.
Thursday, August 14.
Lithuanian No. 2—1900 S. Union Ave.
Cz.-Slov., North Berwyn—Sokol Oak Park, Roosevelt and Union Ave.
11th Ward Italian—2439 S. Oakley Blvd.
Scandinavian, Lake View—3206 N. Wilton St.
Scandinavian, West Side—Zeich’s Hall, cor. Cicero and Superior Sts.
Scandinavian Karl Marx—2733 Hirsch Blvd.
Friday, August 15.
Scandinavian, So. Chicago—641 East 61st St.
Speakers’ Class—l902 W. Division St.
Lettish Branch—4359 Thomas St.
Czecho-Slovak, Hanson Pk.— Bohemian Freethink School Rovnost, Mansfield Ave. near Grand.
The Daily Worker began in 1924 and was published in New York City by the Communist Party US and its predecessor organizations. Among the most long-lasting and important left publications in US history, it had a circulation of 35,000 at its peak. The Daily Worker came from The Ohio Socialist, published by the Left Wing-dominated Socialist Party of Ohio in Cleveland from 1917 to November 1919, when it became became The Toiler, paper of the Communist Labor Party. In December 1921 the above-ground Workers Party of America merged the Toiler with the paper Workers Council to found The Worker, which became The Daily Worker beginning January 13, 1924.
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