Call mass meetings in each township and on each large plantation. Set up Relief Councils at these meetings. Organize hunger marches on the towns to demand food and clothing from the supply merchants and bankers who have sucked you dry year after year . . . Join hands with the unemployed workers of the towns and with their organizations which are fighting the same battle for bread.
Excerpted from the twenty-fifth anniversary edition ofHammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression, now available from University of North Carolina Press.