Solidarność Bulletin

Within the Archives section, IDEE will be posting materials from its earlier programs, including from its predecessor organization, the Committee in Support of Solidarity, which aided Poland’s trade union and freedom movement in the period after the imposition of martial law (1981–89). Initially, IDEE is posting the Solidarność Bulletin, which had four numbers. The first issue was published in October 1981, just before martial law was imposed in December of that year, and was prepared and edited by several individuals who later helped form the Committee in Support of Solidarity. Three more issues of the Bulletin were published (March and August 1982 and January 1983), under the auspices of the Committee and the League for Industrial Democracy, which was affiliated with the AFL-CIO labor federation. The four issues together provide important insights into the initial history of Solidarity, the largest and most sustained mass opposition movement in the history of communist dictatorship, from both before and after martial law.