Challenging the Lying Monopolistic Press : A Letter to Joseph Labadie

By Lucy Parsons

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(1853 - 1942)

IWW Founder, Anarchist Activist, and Labor Organizer

: In addition to defending the rights of African-Americans, Lucy spoke out against the repressed status of women in nineteenth century America. Wanting to challenge the notion that women could not be revolutionary, she took a very active, and often militant, role in the labor movement... (From: IWW.org.)
• "...in freedom to possess and utilize soil lie social happiness and progress and the death of rent." (From: "The Principles of Anarchism," by Lucy E. Parsons.)
• "I learned by close study that it made no difference what fair promises a political party, out of power might make to the people in order to secure their confidence, when once securely established in control of the affairs of society that they were after all but human with all the human attributes of the politician." (From: "The Principles of Anarchism," by Lucy E. Parsons.)
• "...we are willing to work for peace at any price, except at the price of liberty." (From: "The Principles of Anarchism," by Lucy E. Parsons.)


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Challenging the Lying Monopolistic Press

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Cincinnati, Ohio, October 11, 1886

Dear Comrade: I am meeting with success far beyond what the comrades here expected. I addressed a large and enthusiastic meeting here on Sunday the 10th and will address one tonight, and the prospects are good for a still larger one. The noticeable feature about that meeting was that it was composed almost entirely of conservative trade unionists who applauded my utterances to the echo, and accepted my definition of the red flag with rapture. Ah! I tell you the people are becoming hungry for the other side of the late judicial farce known as the Anarchist trial.

I go from here to Louisville, thence to Cleveland, and to New York City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, etc. You know, comrade, that my present trip is for the purpose of enlightening the American people upon this all-important judicial murdering operation in Chicago and to raise funds for the defense.

I am not afraid to trust to the common sense of the American people in deciding upon any case when both sides are heard, and giving their verdict of guilt where it belongs.

If the great body of the people have clamored for our comrades’ blood, it was because they believed what the lying monopolistic press has said. Now let them be just as anxious to hear the other side, and I have no fear of the verdict in the case, when the people sit as jurors.

Yours for emancipated labor,

Lucy E. Parsons

From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org

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