Margaret Sanger, "How It Works," Apr 1914.

Published article. Source: The Woman Rebel, Vol. 1, No. 2, Apr. 1914, 13 , Margaret Sanger Microfilm C16:0527 .


How much longer will the working class be led to slaughter by the legal defense bunko!

Frank Tannenbaum did not want legal defense, but was persuaded to for the cause--to promote propaganda.

When the workers resort to legal defense and choose a lawyer who represents them in spirit--in ideas--he is considered insolent--he must be taught a lesson--and the prisoner is the victim who gets the limit.

Tannenbaum got the limit. What right had he to retain an insolent lawyer who refused to bow the head and bend the knee. It's up to the judge to teach this young lawyer a lesson. Sheffield learned it. If only the workers could learn it too. It is impossible for a lawyer to represent the worker in the spirit of the worker. Let the worker defend himself. He gets the limit either way.

Do away with petitions, protests and apologies. Let us cease accepting the pennies of the toilers for legal defense, and let us consciously enter the fight, accepting the results.

Such action by the workers, uncompromising and revolutionary, would make not only the strongest propaganda but bring about the ideal we strive for.

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