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article imageIWW Union’s statement on Wall Street protests Special

By Nancy Houser     Sep 28, 2011 in Politics
New York - Standing in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement is the IWW, the General Defense Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World, denouncing the brutal silencing of dissent of passive protesters by New York police.
Danny Garza, working on the Occupy Wall Street movement, sent me an email regarding IWW and his work on their support of Occupy Wall Street.
The internal statement by IWW is that occupying forces of the world consist of the wealthy and ruling classes, their institutions and the states that legitimize their power. The Occupy Wall Street movement is calling into question the capitalist system and what it is based on, especially their unrelenting desire to place profit over human lives.
"An Injury to One is an Injury to All," are the watchwords for the IWW’s preamble. This is quickly becoming the call to rise up, from Madison, Wisconsin; Egypt; Greece; and China. According to the IWW, Occupy Wall Street is simply another rise or step up against capitalism, especially the brutality exhibited against the protesters combined with harassment and intimidation---laying bare the nature of capitalism and Wall Street.
According to IWW, “The only individuals who remain unaffected by the volatility of capitalism, globalization, and the stock market are those who are getting richer from furthering the disparity of all workers through calculated economic calamity.” The policy and military forces simply protect their masters’ wealth and power, and are as guilty.
An international union, the IWW was officially founded in Chicago, in June 27, 1905, with a convention of 200 anarchists, socialists and radical trade unionists throughout the United States who opposed the policies of the AFL, the American Federation of Labor. The IWW reached its peak in 1923, contending that “all workers should be united as a class and the wage system should be abolished.” (Wikipedia) The original goal of the IWW was to promote worker solidarity to overthrow the employing class.
Preamble to the current IWW Constitution
• The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.
• There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the 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 organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.
• We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer 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 defeat one another in wage wars.
• Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working classes have interests in common with their employers.
• These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all. Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abolition of the wage system."
• It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism.
• The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown.
• By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
The IWW was recognized as the only American union that welcomed women, immigrants, Asians and African Americas to the labor movement. Condemned by politicians and the press, the IWW members were often arrested or killed for making public speeches. Their efforts met with violent reactions from the government on all levels, especially when they went public opposing United States participation in World War I, as published in the Wikipedia article.
“Capitalists of America, we will fight against you, not for you! There is not a power in the world that can make the working class fight if they refuse.”
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