INTERNATIONAL LADIES' GARMENT WORKERS' UNION
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR
3 WEST 16th STREET, NEW YORK
CHelsea 3- 2146 2147 2148
Cable Address ILGWU-NEW YORK
DAVID DUBINSKY President-General Secretary
LUIGI ANTONINI First Vice-President
FREDERICK F. UMHEY Executive Secretary
General Executive Board MORRIS BIALIS JOSEPH BRESLAW BASILIO DESTI ISRAEL FEINBERG HARRY GREENBERG JACOB HELLER JULIUS HOCHMAN ABRAHAM W. KATOVSKY NICHOLAS KIRTZMAN PHILIP KRAMER CHARLES KREINDLER LOUIS LEVY ISIDORE NAGLER SALVATORE NINFO SAMUEL PERLMUTTER ROSE PESOTTA ELIAS REISBERG GEORGE RUBIN HARRY WANDER CHARLES S. ZIMMERMAN
August 25, 1936.
Sir Walter M. Citrine, President, British Trades Union Congress, Transport House, London, England.
Dear Brother Citrine:
I received a letter today from Brother Schevenels, in which he advises me that you will arrive in the States around the 20th of September.
In connection with your visit to our country, I wish to get your opinion of and your consent to the arranging of a large mass meeting, which you will address on any subject, preferably on the present European situation, if this meets with your approval. The purpose of the meeting will not be to collect funds, but rather to utilize your visit for the good of our movement. The meeting could be arranged either by the Labor Chest or by our International Union, or, perhaps, under the joint auspices of the Labor Chest and the Trade Union Institute of the Rand School, which also arranged the tour for Brother Herbert Morrison. The enclosed material will acquaint you with the composition and the purposes of the Institute.
I would recommend that you consider such a meeting favorably. As to who should be the sponsors, I leave this to you. I think we could muster a meeting of about 5,000 people. Inasmuch as your stay will be short and you will probably be occupied with conferences most of the time, I think you should make at least one public appearance in New York. I would appreciate receiving your reply by cable so that we may proceed without delay to make the necessary arrangements to organize such a meeting.
Up until today, we have forwarded thirty thousand dollars to the Solidarity Fund. We now have on hand seven thousand dollars. We know, as a matter of fact, that the organizations making these collections have in their offices between ten and fifteen thousand dollars on this account, which they have not yet turned over to us. This brings our total collections up to about $50,000.
In a day or two, I expect to cable an additional ten thousand dollars, making a total of $40,000 sent across. There is no doubt in my mind that we will collect in full the $100,000 which we have