Matilda Robbins

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Matilda Robbins (born Tatania Gitel Rabinowitz in Litin, Russia [Ukraine], January 9, 1887) was a labor organizer and writer with the Industrial Workers of the World from 1912 to her death in Oakland, California January 9, 1963. She played a leading role in organizing the Little Falls textile strike of 1912 in Little Falls, New York, and organizing a legal defense committee for strikers and speakers arrested during the strike. She helped in the defense of Sacco and Vanzetti and was romantically associated with their first lawyer, Fred Moore.


From "Making a Strike a Crime," in Mother Earth (February, 1913), p. 415.

Former strikers have since organized a defence committee and are making an appeal for funds with which to fight the cases. The issues, they point out, are the rights of free speech and peaceful assemblage and the right to strike. Contributions may be sent to Miss Matilda Rabinowitz, Secretary, Little Falls Defence Committee, Box 458, Little Falls, N. Y.

From Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, The Rebel Girl: an autobiography, my first life (1906-1926), p.177:

While the two great IWW textile strikes were taking place in Lawrence and Paterson, and we were involved in the aftermath defense of strike leaders in both places, the IWW was busy elsewhere. In 1912 there was a textile strike in Little Falls, New York, where two strike leaders, Legere and Boccini, were imprisoned and a very capable little woman IWW organizer—Matilda Robbins—gave leadership which brought the strike to a successful conclusion.