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Vol. 1—No. 3 pw«lhif -«**-618 Chicago, Sept. 25, 1948 ( 5^ )
What happens when "L" day comes?
300,000 RENTERS
Chicago tenants are girding themselves for “L” Day.
‘“L” Days falls on December 31, 1948.
‘L” Day—Lease Day—is the day when leases, signed
under coercive terms of the 1947 federal rent law by more
than 300,000 Chicago tenants, expire.
What's going to happen to those 300,000 tenants? Evic
tion? Another rent increase?
Mrs. Esther Brown, of 3748 N. Pine Grove, whose hus
band. Norman, is an employe of Union Buying Service, 64
W. Randolph, is typical of the many tenants interviewed by
Middlemen keep food costs up
despite dropping farm prices
You’d never guess it from the prices in your grocery
store, but food prices are tumbling!
Prices farmers receive for their products have dropped
so seriously, in fact, that many of them fear a depression’s
just around the corner.
The Standard.
'' "When we signed the lease
last year,” Mrs. Brown told The
11 Standard reporter, “we rear
ranged our budget and somehow
managed, by cutting down on
other necessities, to meet the 15
per cent rent increase.
“We tried not to think too
much about what would happen
when our lease terminated in
December, ’48. But we’re forced
to think about it now. Decem
ber is right around the corner.
“Everyone in our building is
worried that there’ll be another
rent increase. But people just
can t afford it. . . And what if
we’re evicted? Where would we
go? We have two children , .
One rent expert. Irving Stein
berg, attorney and Progressive
candidate for Congress from the
12th Cong. Distr.. predicts that
in October landlords will serve
a wave of eviction notices on
tenants whose leases expire in
"Probably,” Steinberg told The
Standard, “many landlords will
take advantage of the grounds
* for eviction provided in the 1948
Rent Act inasmuch as tenants
will be handicapped by the ter
mination of their leases.
“I say October, since a 60 day
eviction notice is required under
the Rent Act — and 60 days
would fall on the date leases
Steinberg pointed out. how
ever. that tenants have grounds
for a legal fight on evictions,
since the terms of the 1948 fed
eral Rent Act specify that “hold
ers of rent increase leases are
protected as to rents and occu
pancy through the first three
months of 1949, when the Rent
Act expires.”
This means that tenants can
not be evicted during the first
three months of 1949-—except on
grounds specified in the federal
Rent Act. The following three
grounds for eviction remain the
greatest threat to tenants’ secur
Continued ot page 2
FAMED Negro actor-singer Paul Robeson talks to residents of the
Ferry Street Bridge location, slum area north of Eugene, Oregon,
where some 30 Negro families are forced to live in tarpaper
shanties because of Jimcrow real estate restrictions in the city.
Robeson is currently touring the country for the Progressive party.
Realtors pledge fight
against rent controls
federal rent control forever and
preventing federal aid to public
housing and slum clearance were
posed last week as the big three
objectives of the real estate lob
by when the 81st Congress
Calvin K. Snyder, a Washing
ton official of the National Asso
ciation of Real Estate Boards,
told the annual convention of
Ohio realtors flatly that the
housing shortage is caused by
federal rent control, without ex
plaining why. Said Snyder: “As
long as we have a housing short
age artificially stimulated by
federal rent control, we will
have bureaucratic tub-thumpers
demanding passage of federally
subsidized public housing.”
hours before Wallace ended his
two-day visit in Chicago.
One of the group. Mrs. Grace
McDonald, editor of the Cali
fornia Farm Reporter, pointed
out that farmers in her state now
are receiving only 14 cents a
pound for apricots which cost
them 35 cents to raise.
Elmer Benson, former gover
nor of Minnesota, expressed deep
concern over the price of oats,
which have dropped 50 per cent
in just five weeks.
Corn, which .formerly brought
the farmers $2.20 a bushel, now
brings a price of only $1.50,
Wallace pointed out.
The Wallace farmers blamed
the “middlemen”—food process
ing companies and grocery
chains that “pack their own”—
for the still-increasing price of
“Wheat prices have dropped,
but bread prices have increased,”
they pointed out. “The net prof
its of the three largest chain
bakeries are reported at Sll
million last year, or nearly
double what they were in 1945
before price controls were lifted
—and this was after all expenses,
including taxes, had been de
This is true of many other
products, including meat, accord
ing to other government statis
tics reported by the farmers.
While “farm prices are fall
ing,” they added, “the farmer's
costs are climbing to new' infla
tionary highs.”
Homer Ayres, farm director of
the Progressive Party and farm
relations advisor to the United
Farm Equipment & Metal Work
ers of America (CIO), drew at
tention to the general increase
in the price of farm machinery
recently announced by the Inter
national Harvester Co. and other
That’s what Henry Wallace
and 40 leaders of the farmers
division of the Progressive
Party told reporters at a press
conference here last week, a few
Continued on page 7
WHAT are you going to da
when it's time to renew your
lease? . . . see pages 1 & 2.
And don't overlook the Help
for Tenants centers listing
. . . see page 2. As usual, the
real estate lobby will be
pouring it on the cist Con
gress to make things tough
for people who want to live
indoors . . . see page 1. The
300 West Side families who
are being evicted from their
homes to make way for a
veterans hospital will take
their problem to Mayor
Kennelly . . . see page 3.
They beter not run into Aid.
Burmeister while they're at
the City Hall—he's looking
for support for his Chicago
anti-communist resolution . . ,
see page 3.
☆ ■& ☆
in the NEWS
WHOLESALE resignations at
the Wilson Packing local over
signing of Taft-Hartley affi
davits . . . see page 2. Re
port of the Progressive Min
ers convention . . . see page
5. Mine, Mill & Smelters con
vention endorses Wallace . . .
see page 7. A court decision
for labor in Pennsylvania
. . . see page 7. UAW striker
shot by gun-toting scab . . .
see page 8. Longshoremen
win battle with Army over
hiring hall . . . see page 8
Don't miss Isabel Carr's "Look
ing at Labor" column ...
see page 5.
-A- -A, -A
PROGRESSIVES are still bat
tling to get on the ballot . . ,
see page 2. Ninety-three dis
tinguished educators, artists,
and churchmen slap at the
State department for refus
ing a visa to Britain's Dean
of Canterbury . . . see page
3. China through the eyes of
an expert . . . see page 6.
Rally for the Rosa Lee In
gram children . . . see page 5.
☆ ☆ ☆
PICTURES and story . . . see*
page 3.
☆ ☆ sir
DON'T miss BILL CARRs re
view of Lindbergh AND his
new book . . . see page 6
Movie reviewed . . . see page
6. "Our Town" . . . see page
4. Sports editor AL VAUGHN
goes nuts over the American
League race in the "Fan's
Corner" . . . see page 8. "Po
litcs & People" . . . see page
hitting editorial . . . see
page 4.
☆ ☆ ☆
- see page 4

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