‘Organize the Mexican Workers’ by Stanley M. Gue from the Industrial Worker. Vol. 3 No. 24. September 7, 1911.
Active steps should be taken by the Sixth Annual Convention to organize the several hundred thousand Mexican workers in the southwest. There is already a live Mexican local at Phoenix, Arizona, and the Spanish paper “La Union Industrial” is published at that place.
San Diego established a branch last year, but owing to the Mexican revolution coming up the Mexicans disbanded, most of them leaving the city.
The Mexican workers are an enthusiastic bunch of fighters once they are organized. They fear nothing and are always ready to act for the working class. The fact that they have Latin blood in them makes them especially good material for syndicalists.
The Mexican Liberal party and their organ, “Regeneracion,” has paved the way for a powerful I.W.W. movement among the Mexican workers, both in America and Mexico. There are several good Mexican I.W.W. speakers who, if they were given proper support could do wonders in getting the Mexican workers in “One Big Union.”
There are Francisco Martinez, Anselmo Figueroa, Francisco Velarde, and Fellow Worker Ojeda of Los Angeles, any of whom would make good organizers if sent out by the I.W.W. and all would have the support of “La Union Industrial” and “Regeneracion” in this work. I would suggest that the western locals act in the convention and start a Spanish organizer on the road at once.
We would secure the hearty co-operation of the Spanish syndicalists and their press and literature could be effectively used. Everything is in favor of this move so let us get busy and help the Mexican workers to organize. Yours in the proletarian revolution,
STANLEY M. GUE. Member Local 13.
The Industrial Union Bulletin, and the Industrial Worker were newspapers published by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) from 1907 until 1913. First printed in Joliet, Illinois, IUB incorporated The Voice of Labor, the newspaper of the American Labor Union which had joined the IWW, and another IWW affiliate, International Metal Worker.The Trautmann-DeLeon faction issued its weekly from March 1907. Soon after, De Leon would be expelled and Trautmann would continue IUB until March 1909. It was edited by A. S. Edwards. 1909, production moved to Spokane, Washington and became The Industrial Worker, “the voice of revolutionary industrial unionism.”
PDF of full issue: https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/pubs/industrialworker/iw/v3n24-w128-sep-07-1911-IW.pdf