Written: 22 March 1929.
First Published: The Militant, Vol. II Nos. 9–10, 1–15 May 1929, p. 5.
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March 22, 1929
International Labor Defense
80 East 11th Street, Room 402
New York City
The undersigned members of the National Executive Committee of the I.L.D. wish to call your attention to a number of important matters relating to the work of the I.L.D. which in our opinion should be considered by a meeting of the National Executive Committee.
We believe these questions are of such great importance for the work and future of the I.L.D. as to make a meeting of the National Executive committee absolutely imperative. Since October, nearly five months ago, there has not been a single meeting of the National Executive Committee. Therefore the actual responsibility of its members is very slight, but once we, as members, bear a certain public responsibility for the work and affairs of the I.L.D. we deem it necessary, in view of the questions which have arisen, to have precise information and reports on the activities of the period which has elapsed since October. Otherwise any form of responsibility will become impossible for us. We request you to call a meeting of the National Executive Committee without delay.
NOTE: Since this letter was written, we have been informed that a so-called meeting of the Executive Committee of the I.L.D. was called together by the faction agents of Lovestone and Foster, to which comrades Cannon, Shachtman and Karsner – despite the fact that they are regular members of the Executive – were not invited. The essential purpose of this meeting was apparently to officially O.K. the replacement of Wagenknecht as secretary by Juliet Poyntz and the juggling of other positions in the organization by the factionalism. Another act taken was the arbitrary removal from the Committee of comrades Cannon, Shachtman and Karsner. No reasons were given. No charges were preferred. The comrades were not informed either of the meeting or the removals. The only possible reason for the removals is the fact that the three above-named comrades support the Communist Opposition. That is how the Stalinite splitters maintain the non-partisan mass character of the I.L.D. We will treat of this matter more extensively in coming issue. – Ed.
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