The new headquarters at 5018 Rainier Ave. S., in Seattle, home of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party, is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. There are many political buildings in the world, some of them palaces, but most of them house powerful parties of governments bent on making war against other countries and the working class everywhere. Our building, in contrast, shelters a socialist feminist organization and a party devoted to other concerns. We struggle against imperialist wars, and we are determined to wipe out the profit system and establish socialist equality, freedom, and justice for all oppressed people.
The road to this new building has been a long and difficult one, taking seven years of hard work by many people. In 1978 we received an eviction notice at Freeway Hall from the owner, Ivar (Keep Clam) Haglund. This was a blow of huge proportions. We had no money to make a move, property values had gone skyward, and we needed a large building. However, in our usual fashion, we went into high gear, putting Ivar off month after month, setting up a Freeway Hall Eviction Fund, and searching for a building.
The Hall Fund grew, mostly by small amounts. We received a few gifts of hundreds and here and there a thousand. One of the largest donors, Dick Snedigar, a former member of the FSP, is presently suing for a return of his gift in an action that has become a bona fide witchhunt (see accompanying article).
But the money has been spent, and when you visit us, you can see the result of Hall Fund money and dedicated work from friends, community, and members of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party. This impossible ex-bingo parlor and ugly duckling has been transformed. We are in an integrated working-class community where we want to live and work.
We have made new friends, including neighborhood children who have given their labor. All of us working together have done it! That really says it all! Come in and see us-and lend us your skills; there is still work to do. Above all, visit us and see for yourself.