Support for Solidarity
The Solidarity Movement emerged in Poland in opposition to the governing Communist regime at the end of August 1980. Solidarity found significant support in Poland—one-third of the total working age population were members by September 1981—as well as among Polish-Americans who largely disapproved of the Soviet-controlled government.
When the Polish government attempted to destroy the movement in the early 1980s, Polish organizations around the world showed their support for the movement by providing financial aid. Throughout the 1980s, the Legion of Young Polish Women donated over $6,000 in support of Solidarity for the purchase of clothing, food, and medical supplies.