SOCIALIST, APPEAL 2 VOL. No. a 401 Saturday, August 121, 1937 Cents per Copy, SOCIALIST PARTY IS SPLIT IN NEW YORK EXPULSIONS La Guardia Socialists. Oust Left Wingers At Rump Meeting of Central Committee By a vote of 48 to 2, with 18 not voting, the Central Comittee of the Socialist Party, Local New York split the party by railroading through the expulsion in block on! 52 leading members of the left wing, at a rump meeting held on the evening of August Eighteen of the delegates to the Central Committee meeting denounced the entre gathering as illegal and refuse to participate in its high vhanded deliberations.
Prior to the meeting, the Altman Thomaa Valenti clique of IA Guardia socialists had suspended the charter of three left wing branches, thus unseating their delegates, and had also refused to recognize a number of other left wing delegates duly elected by their branches. The most ruthlbssly arbitrary, measure were thus taken to assure the two thirds majority required laliuardia Sell out in In 1936 the great bulk of the workers in this country were hitched up to the Roosevelt bandwagon. It wasn quite as easy a job as in the good old days. Jim Farley and the rest of the Democratic machine politicians could not have pulled it off by themselves. They had to get help from the whole crew of labor bumucrats, both of and and from the gang of liberals and Popular Frontists.
home variety. In a number of States they had to change the Democratic label, in order to keep the workers votes in the Roosevelt column: Farmer Labor Party in Minnesota; FarmerLdbor Progressive Federation in Wisconsin; American Labor Party in New York.
Within the working class movement, the reformists either went along directly with the Roosevelt machine, as did the Social Democratic Federation, or supported it indirectly, as did the Stalinists and Lovestoneites. Only. Who W110 is ﬁnancing the expulsion drive against the left wing that has been launched in New York and nationally by the ThomasAltman right wing?
lWe charge that the ThomasAlianan caucus is raising a slush fund of thousands of dollars for the purpose of ﬁnancing its ﬁght to split the party by the expulsion of the left wing and to hand it over the counter to the ALP La Guardia bureauCracy.
We charge. further, that the Thomas Altman caucus is raising this fund from sources which are not only outside the party but which, in the past period, have been violently hostile to the party. In substantiation of these (charges, we submit the following the Socialist Party fought an independent campaign.
Clnss Lines Sharpening But now, in 1937, the lines have become even sharper. Throughout the world, the international crisis of capitalism is breaking out openly into revolution and war. In this country, the working class is surging forward in a new class militancy. At all costs the bourgeoisie and its henchmen have got to keep the workers from moving toward the revolutionary position of independent Marxist politics.
In this task the labor bureau crats, retormists and Popular Frontists have the chief part to play. Indirect support of capitalist candidates, parties, and politics such as was given Roosevelt last year is no longer enough. They have got to go over directly to schemes for keeping the workers chained to the capitalist order. Continued on page 8)
facts: At a secret caucus meeting held on the evening of Monday, August 2, 1937 in the home of Norman Thomas, at which the latter was present together with Jack Altman, Aaron Levenstein, Hal Siege. Girolamo Valenti and about a score of other leading members of the right wing cans cus, the question of ﬁnancing the drive against the left wing was taken up. At this meeting, a large collection was taken up from those present.
During the discussion of the ﬁnancial question. Girolamo Valenti, editor of the Socialistand»Stalinist controlled Italian daily Stamp. Libero, proposed that a committee be selected to approach the leaders of the In for expulsion.
The 52 already expelled are only the ﬁrst batch scheduled for expulsion, since an additional 70 left wingers have been brought before the packed Grievance Committee on the sane trumped up charges. These 70 do not exhaust the number of the party members listed for expulsion, for the Right wing bureaucracy in control of the New York administration has openly announced its intention of kicking out every supporter of the left wing, which means more than 450 comrades in New York alone.
Farcical Hearing The expulsions climaxed a cynically farcical hearing before a committee dominatedby Altman faction leaders who, in their caucus meetings, had already voted for the expulsion of the socalled Trotskyists. The charges themselves were made on the basis of a blanket conspiracy indictment. which did not even attempt to accuse the individuals named for acts of indiscipline, but were limited to the charge of associating with an organization, namely, the Appeal group, whose interests were allegedly inimical to the Socialist Party and in violation of its discipline. Demands by the defendants that each individual be presented with speciﬁc charges against him, for speciﬁc actions, were arbitrarily denied an action unprecedented in the party and virtually without precedent even in ordinary capitalist courts.
The Grievance Committee devoted no more than four hours to hear a case involving the party (Continued on page a) Financing the Right ternational Indies at e t Workers Union and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers in New York for conﬁdential contributions of money for the right wing drive to kick the Mt out of the party. Valenti stated that he was conﬁdent that a sum of anywhere Next. issue: The Socialist Appeal will print an article dealing in detail with the activities and connections of the notorious Valenti, right wing stalwart, and of the shady deals he has made for years with Tammany Hall politicians, with the Communist Party leaders and with the bureaucracy of the New York needle trades unions.
the bearer of the Left wing. WHY WE ARE PUBLISHING Till socuusr APPEAL As a further indispensable instrument in our ﬁght, we are undertaking the immediate publication of SOCIALIST APPEAL under which the APPEAL suspended publication at the time of the Chicago Convention has been brazenly violated. The internal discussion organ has never appeared; and has, in fact, been voted out of existence by the at its Philadelphia meeting. The ofﬁcial press is a purely frictional press from which we are systemically excluded. The Left wing is expected to stay muzzled and now, with mass expulsion, to remain silent about the crimes committed against it.
fuse to be muzzled! The APPEAL is our answer to the gag laws and the split drive. Every revomumory consideration demands its immediate appearance as the militant and uncompromising spokesman and bannerFrom the Manifesto to the Party Membership.
The solemn decision We reliPll Lynches Andres Nit The Stalinist assassins are making good on the threats uttered a few months ago in Mt»
scow, that they were going to exterminate the Trotskists and uncontrollables in Spain, just as they judicially murdered the 01d Bolsheviks in the Soviet Union.
The news has just seeped out of the Spanish censorship that Andres Nin, the leader of the POUM (Workers Party of Marx ian Uniﬁcation. was lynched by the Stalinists in the private prison of the in Madrid about the middle of July. His body, together with four other unknown corpses, was found in the outskirts of the capital.
Together with Juan Andrade, Julian Gorkin and most of the other leaders of the POUM, Andres Nin was arrested in June Iby the Stalinist special police and transferred hastly to their private dungeons in Madrid. They were held on the absurdly hideous accusation of being agents Wing Split between 5, 000 and 10, 000 could be obtained if it were gone about in the right way. The right wing leaders decided to leave the matter entirely in Valenti hands.
It should be made clear that it was not a question of SP members in the unions mentioned, but of the old line leaders, heads of the ALP, the constant opponents of the left vn ng in the labor movement and of the SP in particular. Valenti has always been an agent of these bureaucrats and his moral standing in the Italian labor movement of this country has a corresponding value. Valenti has been ﬁnanced time and again by the right wing ofﬁcials of these unions, with money which he has accepted just as readily of Franco.
Committee Finds Frame Up committe of prominent English and French radicals who proceeded to Spain last month to investigate the frame ups, found that nobody, save the Stalinists, put any credence in the charges.
We quote from the report of this investigation made by the well, known French syndacalist, Ro bert Louzon. Vasquez and Montseny (leaders of the National Confederation of Labor) ﬁnd the arrest of Nin and others scandalous, and their position, as Vasquez. has just deﬁned it in a speech, the proofs of which we saw, is this: if there are spies in the POUM, as there probably are in all the anti Fascist parties, let them bemunished, but that does not give the right to exterminate the POUM as an organization. In edition, he inhmed us that the CNT new has eight (Continued on page 3)
Drive. as the funds provided for the sustenance of La Stamps Libera by the Communist Party. When Valenti expresses conﬁdence in his ability to raise funds from the indicated sources for the Altman Thomas group to ﬁght the left wing with, he knows just what he is talking about. When the right wing caucus gives its approval to the raising of this fund, it knows just what it is doing and what it is doing it for.
And when the needle trades bureaucracy contributes money to the Altman Thomas faction, it too knows exactly what it is doing and why it is doing it.
Now, what has the party membership to say about this scandalous deal put over behind its hick.
Protest the lynching of Andres Nin in; Spain!
SPEAKERS James Cannon e Carlo Tresca FRI Max Shachtman Liston Oak James Casey AT IRVING PLAZA HALL 15th St. Irving Place DAY, AUGUST 13th, 1937 Anspices: Socialist Party, New York.
East Side Branch