Ross Dowson -1946 Correspondence

Ross Dowson -1946 Correspondence

General, including Montreal and Windsor correspondence

(See Vancouver & B.C. below)

01_12 Letter to Comrades (of the RWP, Montreal), re: financial contributions; personnel
01_11 Minutes of Political Committee (PC) RWP; additional full-time person for Montreal sent, Resolution on French Constitutional Referendum, Draft Resolution on the World Conference of the Fourth International (FI)
01_14th Letter to Don (Windsor), re: the press blackout of our Mayoralty election campaign, CP and CCF endorse Tory candidate
March 21 st
15 Pages
Document: March IB: Political Committee document "Perspectives for the Canadian Section;" the importance of the party; the treachery of the Stalinist and Social-Democratic parties; the belated political development of the class in North America; our intervention in the CCF; our basic strategy towards the CCF; history of the entry tactic; the main task of building the revolutionary party
March 22 Letter to Comrades (Montreal), re: the movement financial crisis
April 29
2 Pages
Letter to Louis (Montreal), re: attempts to hold study classes; personnel and financial challenges
May 01
2 Pages
Transcription of May Day speech (from RD's notes), Toronto: unable to get a hall for the meeting; the history of May Day 1886 and since in Europe and America
May 04
2 Pages
Letter to Jean-Marie Bèdard (Montreal) re: west coast comrades planning to come East; their potential value for the Montreal branch
June 19
Montreal
Letter to the Montreal Branch, Comrades; an emergency communication re: the subscription drive; the need to connect with both the French and English working class in Quebec
July
13 Pages
Document from July I for the Canadian Section of the Fourth International by R.D.; ''A contribution to the discussion;''
a brief history of the difficult birth of Trotskyism in Canada;
the isolation and demoralization of the W.P. and the first fruitless entry into the CCF;
the 1938 reconciliation of party factions nullified by World War 2;
the 1944 regrouping of the movement; the debate on setting up an independent revolutionary party;
the urgent need for such a party today in Canada;
the inadequacy of the CCF for the task at hand; the necessity to move out beyond the CCF
August 11
2 Pages
Letter to Jean-Marie Bèdard (Montreal), re: the possible Stalinists leading a one-day strike in Valleyfield and our withdrawing from the WLB
August 23
2 Pages
Letter to Louis (Montreal), re: emphasizing the importance of the Montreal group; it`s lack of financial response and party organization
August 28
2 Pages
Letter to Jean-Marie Bèdard (Montreal), re: developments in Quebec Stalinist politics; ''conference'' preparations
September 07
2 Pages
Letter to Alice (Montreal), re: (RWP) founding convention plans; prominent B.C. trade union comrades resign from CCF
September 99 (Undated letter) To All Branches for their immediate attention: the RWP founding convention mandated fund drives; the suggested branch quotas are given for adoption as minimums
October
(4 pages / files)
Undated transcribed RD speech notes '' On the launching of the Revolutionary Workers Party (RWP);'' gathered around the program of Labor Challenge; the profound crisis of Stalinism; the urgent need for a revolutionary party of the class
October First meeting of new Political Committee" (PC Minutes);decision to send M (Murray Dowson) as substitute to Montreal after his mayoralty campaign in Toronto, journal sub campaign
October Letter to Maurice (Windsor), re: founding convention a success;a financial drive
October 07 Letter to Don (Windsor)re success of RWP convention which included prominent BC union activists
October 08 Letter to Jean-Marie Bèdard (Montreal), re: inviting him to reply to a Toronto Star article on labor independent political action
October 08th B Toronto Globe & Mail article on the founding of the RWP: ''Up the Revolution;'' garbled report centres on LPP (CPC) strength and union influence in Canada
October 09th
2 Pages
Letter to Alice (Montreal), re: brief report on the convention; seeking news reports from Quebec; the availability of French-language Marxist literature
October 10 Letter to Jean-Marie Bèdard (Montreal), re: the defection of a comrade and his rotten politics hold a lesson for us
October 30
4 Pages
Undated transcribed article from notes by RD: ''The revolutionary situation in Europe following World War II;'' the crisis of capitalism sharpest in Europe and the working class of Britain the most experienced; the bankruptcy of the Stalinists and Social-Democrats; the second stage of working-class mobilization approaching; an opportunity for the parties of the Fourth International
October 31 Document: RD speech ''Russian Revolution Memorial 46;'' the 29th anniversary of the event which proved the working class can take power; the storm that swept Europe and shook the world; the need to extend the Revolution; Trotsky's defeat and Stalinist betrayal and terror; the isolation of the Revolution; the illusory strength of Stalinism rda-RWP2.doc
November 04 P.C. meeting around November 4th,
November 08th
2 Pages
Letter to Jean-Marie Bèdard (Montreal), re: the situation in the Montreal branch, the IWA unionization drive and his election victory
November 13 Letter to members of National Committee
November 17 Letter to Don & Eleanor (Windsor), re: his activity in the Detroit SWP branch; finances and local subscriber contacts
November 21st
5 Pages / files
Letter to George (Novack, SWP, New York), re: a complete and detailed report of the progress and problems of the RWP (4+ pp)
Undated speech found in 1946, transcribed from RD's notes, ''What is Trotskyism?'' (to a group of young socialists); the danger of yet another war at the close of WW 2; has Stalinism arisen inevitably from the Russian Revolution? No, Trotskyism is Bolshevism; the pro-capitalist nature of social-democracy 1946-Nov00-1 -2 -3 -4.tif (4 files)


Vancouver & B.C. correspondence - 1946

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01_10 To Dear Comrades (Vancouver Branch), re: payment received on Vancouver quota of fund drive for the twice-monthly LC; a few organizational questions; a donation from a CCF club; sketchy communications
01_15 Letter to Ellaline, re: heavy BC correspondence, journal coverage and Vancouver distributions and sales
02_16 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: late articles received; future deadlines; need signed articles
02_26 Letter to Van, re: his article arrived too late for the issue of LC
March 06 Letter to Tom, re: discussion on an European document; requesting information on the upcoming BC-CCF convention; tight finances make a BC trip impossible; sending him minutes of PC meeting
March 06th C Letter to Ellen, re: no literature orders yet from BC
March 06th B Unsigned letter to Comrade Faulkner from RD or Murray Dowson; explaining the Marxist method of characterizing a state by its economic base, not upon the policies of the group in power (i.e, the socialist nature of the USSR despite its Stalinist leadership)
March 08 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: sending SWP Party Builder bulletins to the BC literature agent
March 16
Letter to Van, re: does he wish his document on Perspectives of the Left Wing published?
Letter to Comrade Fergusson re his trip to the Prairies and a list of LC contacts he should visit
March 20 Letter to Tom, re: all Vancouver documents to be published; some organizational questions; Van's document to be the basis of a rebuttal by the NC; the need for a full unrestricted literary discussion; the need for a common policy at the BC CCF convention
March 22nd Letter to Vancouver Comrades, re: our financial crisis;
the need to ask members and friends for funds to avoid being forced to revert to a monthly journal
April 01st Letter to Paddy Stanton (Prince Rupert), re: his big donation; requesting that Angus move East to bolster young comrades in Toronto; can he come East to Toronto or Montreal
April 06th A Letter to Reg Bullock, re: awaiting news of the citywide conference; CCF MP seems washed up by his statements in the House
April 06th B Letter to Ellaline, re: the necessity to cover expenses when selling literature; the need for BC input on the emergency fund drive
April 19 Letter to (Paddy) Stanton, re: Stalinist publishers do not alter Marxist classics but offer slanted prefaces and footnotes;
big gaps in the English edition of Lenin's complete works;
Lenin quoted on how sycophants attempt to render Marxist writers useless icons
April 19th B Letter to Comrade Fergusson, re: following his tour visiting socialists across Canada;
document discussion important but Van and his critics absent from conference discussion
May 11th A Letter to Tom Bradley re: agreement on perspectives but need discussion on upcoming CCF National convention
May 11th B Letter to Ellaline, re: literature circulation; positive reports of BC
May 31st Letter to Tom Bradley, re: PC minutes enclosed;
need to sharpen the struggle at the CCF convention;
the tactic of seeking CCF affiliation to the F.I.,
BC to decide on some retaining CCF memberships
June 04 Letter to Reg, sending some sensitive correspondence to BC
June 13 Letter to Comrade White (Britannia Beach), re: renewing contact
June 19 Letter to the Vancouver Branch Comrades, re: an emergency communications re the subscription drive for 1000 new readers; the BC quota of 300 very short to date; let's go!
June 26 Letter to Comrade White (Britannia Beach), re: sending books and offering new ones; the unions as a field of activities for revolutionaries; a local strike vote coming up
July 07 Letter to Tom (B.) re NC resolution on the Fourth International; need to tighten up BC organization in advance of August convention; copy IWA caucus leaflet
July 17th A Letter to Ellaline, re: letters from promising subscribers, journal bundles; the necessity of promoting LC rather than The Militant
July 17th B Letter to Reg Bullock, re: turning down his request to extend the sub campaign
July 22 Letter to Lloyd (W.) re need for BC statement to CCF convention
August 08 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: Lateness of bulletin due to manpower problem in the centre (Toronto); a second bulletin to appear before the (RWP founding) convention; discussion on the D.C. (Van.) minutes; discussions with the dissident CP McKean group; the need for a common BC discussion before the CCF convention
August 10 Letter to Ellaline, re: good news on the BC sub drive; the need to double the journal bundle order; a (5th anniversary) Trotsky's assassination memorial meeting possible for August 21st ?
August 16 Letter to Ellaline, sending issue of Labor Challenge announcing RWP founded; need mass distribution among CCFers
August 19 Letter to Comrade White (Britannia Beach), re: literature and sub sales; BC labor action; Paddy Stanton working in Toronto
August 20 Letter to Lloyd, from Murray Dowson re: hoping for an LC article as an IWA delegate, some suggestions as to how to criticize CCF policies; facing the possible expulsion of the Trade Union Committee from the CCF
August 24 Letter to Tom, re: sending out extra copies of LC for factory distributions; possible intervention by Shachtmanites in BC, need good delegation from BC (for RWP convention)
August 28_A Letter to Reg Bullock, re: paper delayed by late articles on CCF convention; Reg's fine job at Trade Union Conference where he publicly withdrew from the CCF; the question of BC's opposition to announcing the date and place of the RWP convention; the necessity of publicity on our break from the CCF; the need for a prompt reply from BC on publicizing the convention date and place
August 28_B Letter to F.G. Bonn, Richmond BC, re: a militant subscriber with industrial worker contacts invited to distribute LC on a wider scale
September 05 Letter to Tom, re: the formation of an Labour Challenge supporters club as the North Vancouver CCF considering defecting
September 13 Letter to Ellaline, re: good sub sales, factory distributions in BC and Ontario; the importance of sub renewals
September 14 Letter to Tom, re: a hot contact in Victoria we must send someone over to visit (a 2-day ferry and road trip! -ed.)
September 18 Letter to Comrade White (Britannia Beach), re: unable to make trip East to the convention because of their strike situation
October 08 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: suggestion to Lloyd (W.) re a BC mass meeting to announce foundation of RWP
October 10 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: our public withdrawal from the CCF in BC; work on the party constitution; the need for study classes and public forums; the W.P. in Canada and in the U.S.
October 22nd Letter to Comrade Fergusson, re: the success of the (RWP founding) convention
October 26 Letter to Vancouver branch on Campaign;'' re: need to revise old financial campaign quotas and set new standards to meet new perspectives
October 28 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: our policies regarding appearing before the B.C. Election Committee, against property restrictions and the (first-past-the-post) electoral system and for lowering the voting age to 18
November 05 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: the branch meeting planned for Nov. 6;
their first public forum and promising potential new members;
new educational tools; recordings of Trotsky received
November 08 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: reporting a P.C. decision that the group around (Stan) Stanton publicly break from the LPP immediately
November 14 Letter to Ellaline, re: sub lists and raffles; the need for a financial campaign director, paper distributions at Stalinist functions require at least 5 comrades to avoid violence; need reports of BC meetings; the criteria for members-at-large
November 20 Letter to Reg Bullock, re: his discussions with a Stalinist unionist faction leader; Vancouver meeting report too late and flat; disagreements on the electoral commission approach; the Borland-Stanton split from the LPP (CP)
November 22 Note to Reg re the Bradley affair
December 05 Letter to Reg, re: the PC discussion on Comrade Bradley; his reproachable conduct while in Toronto; differences in trade union work, his slanders against (Paddy) Stanton
December 06 Letter to Comrade White (Britannia Beach), his excellent work in the strike situation


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