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THE ORARCH July, 1943
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"GRANT TO OTHERS ALL RIGHTS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS GRANT TO YOU."
NEW CONCHIE ORGANIZATION
The Liberty War Objectors' Association, a projected organization of absolutist conscientious objectors originally promulgated by our predecessor Continuity News, in May, 19391, has at last become a reality.
It was organized, at a meeting in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 18, 1943. No significance is attached to the fact that it happened to be the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Chateau-Thierry, the turning point of the last war: It is actually a protest against all such things.
The LWOA is the first organization in American history definitely pledged to abstain from all war work at all costs, at a time when all other so-called pacifist organizations merely state, like our dictator Franco DeLlano, in elaborate language that they hate war. And, whereas all these other organizations have had various degrees of affiliation and/or negotiation with the alleged pacifist group that is enslaving all absolutist objectors, the LWOA took a resolution at its first meeting condemning the camp system outright. Another resolution of the same meeting voted support to the system of volunteer projects2 described in a former issue of The Orarch, but to which space has been refused in recognized pacifist papers.
Where pacifist organizations have so far merely been opposed to war on the basis of humanitarian sentimentalities, the LWOA bases its objections solidly on the destruction of civil liberties involved in war.
At least four Orarch readers are known to have been present at the first LWOA meeting.
As they say in Iran, may its shadow never grow less!
The first outlaw declared by the tyrant is thought.―Uncle Dudley
Word has reached us that Newfoundland, which had been taken over in a thorough dictatorship some years ago by the British authorities (under the excuse of bankruptcy) has lately been stirred by waves of popular resistance.
Most American communities have been in a pother over a problem vaguely labelled in most places as "juvenile delinquency" and called "the teen-agers" in Boston. Namely, the fact that young girls have been picking up soldiers and sailors―or vice versa―on the streets and parks in all our cities.
In all cases, measures have been taken to suppress and punish the girls―many communities have adopted curfew measures―while the press has been insisting on the high morals of the "service men."
And now, as if to mock those claims, the latest popular war song has been echoing through thousands of phonographs and from millions of voices from coast to coast the soldier's demand, in his best American speech: "Gimme a girl in my arms tonight."
It is said that a soldier in Africa, trying to get around the censorship, undertook to insert one letter of the name of the place he was at in each of his letters home. He was in Tunis, but the letters were delivered out of their proper order, and, after four letters came, they pieced together the key letters and spelled NUTS.
The number of conchies in prisons for their opinions is increasing rapidly. The volunteer urban self-supporting (or intended to be so) projects are having to buck depletion of their ranks by arrests and imprisonments for the usual refusal to do "work of national importance," which is to say, boondoggling at hard labor and at the expense of the conchie being imprisoned.
The government has started a conchie camp of its own, which is at least not requiring payment by its prisoners, but in which the punitive features are just as bad as those imposed by the so-called pacifists who have been managing the previous camps and bleeding the pacifist organizations dry. These camps, barely established, have already encountered the same work strikes and hunger strikes that have been met with in the former camps.
Two conchie hunger strikers in one of the federal prisons, who stopped (at least for a while), are now being transferred to another prison, for psychopathic cases, where they are practically incommunicado. The original suspension of the hunger strike was obtained by false promises by the government of fair treatment for conchies.
July 28 is the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the anti-discrimination amendment which was originally passed to protect racial minorities has been totally flouted except for the protection of big property.
1 Continuity News, May, 1939
2 Volunteer Urban Self-Supporting Projects
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