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Three local Dems get Progressive support
Sabath, Gorskif and Gordon
backed in congressional races
The Progressive Party last week threw its support to
three liberal Democratic congressmen, and one of its own ;
candidates promptly called upon her Democratic rival to
withdraw in order to avoid "splitting the liberal vote.”
Rep. Adolph J. Sabath. dean of the House, was fully
endorsed lor his zdrd term in
office. Reps. Martin Gorski.
in the 5th district, and
Thomas S. Gordon, in the 8th.
are preferred” by Progressives
over their Republican oppon
On the other hand. Mrs Doro
thy Bushnell Cole, Progressive
candidate for Congress from the
Near North Side’s 9th district,
urged Sidney Yates, the Demo
cratic hopeful, to drop out of the.
"Yates knows that he cannot
possibly win the election,” Mrs.
C'ole said, "yet he protests his
'liberalism' in a campaign that
Dewey hits
civil service
merit system
ALBANY, N. Y.—Gov. Thom
as E. Dewey. Republican Presi
dential nominee, has admitted
that he favors the destruction of
the civil service merit system in
‘ the national, state and local
It has just been learned that
Dewey admitted his advocacy of
the spoils system last February,
during a conference with the
New York state legislative com
mittee of the Veterans of For
eign Wars.
In the presence of more than
10 VFW leaders, Dewey told
Harold J. Burke, committee
“You know as well as I do
that all civil service employees
are mediocre at their best. If I
had my way, the present civil
service system in force in the
national, state and local govern
ments would not exist.”
Declaring that public employ
ees should be subject to remov
al, he added: “If he isn’t smart
enough to get another job he
should get out.”
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policy. Is McKittrick one of
those responsible for it? That is
not known, but his appointment
to the Marshall Plan’s adminis
tration is considered significant.
In appointing McKittrick,
Hoffman ignored even the Unit
ed Nations, which viewed the
BIS so seriously that it resolved
at Bretton Woods in 1944:
"No nation will be admitted
to either the proposed interna
tional monetary fund or the
Bank for International Recon
struction which has not previ
ously broken with the BIS.”
According to Blatnik’s infor
mation, "the BIS distinguished
itself for its services rendered to
Germany under the presidency
of Thomas McKittrick.”
It accepted huge gold deposits
from top German Nazis, al
though "the Allied government
. . . openly warned BIS that the
gold was looted from German’s
BIS "nevertheless continued
to accept gold” from Germany.
Looted gold frequently was
resmelted in Berlin in order to
remove “all traces of non-Ger
man origin” and “subsequently
shipped to BIS in Switzerland”
for safekeeping.
can only serve to guarantee re
election of the reactionary Re
publican incumbent, Robert J.
The Democratic machine ap
pointed Yates as its nominee
only recently, after President
Truman named John Haderlein
as Chicago postmaster. Hader
lein had been the congressional
The endorsement of Sabath
and the qualified approval given
the candidacies of Gorski and
Gordon “refute, once and for
all, the irresponsible charges
that the Progressive Party is op
posing liberal candidates of the
other two major parties merely
because they do not run on the
Progressive ticket,” George Cer
mak. county chairman of the
Wallace party, averred.
He pointed also to the support
the Progressives are giving to
liberal Democrats in other states,
including Helen Gahagan Doug
las and Chet Holifield in Cali
fornia, John Blatnik in Minne
sota, and Emanuel Celler, Jos
eph L. Pfeiffer, John Delaney,
Arthur Klein, and Adam Clayton
Powell in New York.
Bernard J. McDonough, 27th
ward committeeman, praised Sa
bath's “life-Jong record as a lib
eral.” It was understood that |
the Progressives considered Sa- j
bath's vote for the Marshall Plan
as one of the few dark spots on
a brilliant, 43-year career in the
House of Representatives.
The Progressives, McDonough
said, were particularly impressed
by Sabbath's stand against Jim
Crow, the Taft-Hartley law, and
the Mundt - Nixon police state
bill, and his consistent fight for
emergency housing measures and
price and rent controls.
The 82-year-old congressman,
a Czech by birth, came to the
U.S. when he was 11. A lawyer,
he first entered public life as
a Municipal Court judge in 1895.
In 1906 he was elected to Con
gress, where he has now served
longer than any other member.
The records of Gorski and
Gordon 'are substantially above
that of the average machine
controlled Democratic politician
and deserve, therefore, a prefer
ential rating,” the Progressives
MacDougall attacks bipartisans
for lip-service to civil rights
Addressing the state confer
ence of branches of the National
Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People at
Springfield this week, Curtis D.
MacDougall attacked the Demo
cratic and Republican parties’
stalemate on civil rights legisla
MacDougall. Progressive party
candidate for senator, pointed
out that for 12 years the Re
publicans boasted of how they
would rush through anti-poll tax
and anti-lynch laws when they
controlled Congress. “But,” said
MacDougall, “did the Republi
can 80th Congress pass anti-Jim
Crow laws or set up a perma
nent FEPC?”
Turning to the Democrats,
MacDougall blamed the Dixie
crats for the failure of the Roose
velt administration to legis
late against discrimination. As
for Truman, MacDougall has
“concluded that Truman’s inten
tions of fulfilling his civil rights
program are insincere.” Even the
fact that there is a civil rights
plank in the Democratic plat
form is due to the Progressive
party’s existence, he said, adding
that "Truman, the commander
in-chief, could end segregation
in the armed forces if he want
ed to.”
MacDougall compared the at
titude of the major party can
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that the Progressive candi
"When Wallace and his run
ning mate Glen Taylor were in
the South they refused to ad
dress segregated audiences. Tru
man and Dewey won’t even go
into the real South.”
MacDougall ended by remind
ing his audience that in the 1944
Democratic convention Wallace
anticipated the present civil
rights plank in a "brave, forth
right speech that helped seal
the doom of his renomination as
vice-president.” This proved
again, said MacDougall, that
Wallace is ahead of the times.
While in Springfield, Dr. Mac
Dougall also appeared briefly at
a benefit tea sponsored by the
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STUDENTS at New York's City College stage picketing and sitdown
demonstrations following Board of Higher Education's whitewash
of Professor William Knickerbocker (left), charged by the N.Y. City
Council with anti-Semitic discrimination against students and
New York students strike
against anti-Semetic prof
classes were suspended at City
College of New York Sept. 30 as
2,200 students staged a 5%-hour
demonstration to demand the
ouster of an anti-Semitic lan
guage professor.
The standing-room-only dem
onstration, held in the school’s
Great Hall, was the climax of
student action which began the
day before, when about 300 stu
dents held a sitdown strike out
side the office of CCNY Presi
dent Harry N. Wright. Through
out the night a token group of
sitdowners remained outside the
college president’s office. By
morning the demonstration had
agreed to authorize the Great
Hall meeting and later an
nounced suspension of all after
noon classes.
Target of the student protest
movement was Romance lan
guage Prof. William E. Knicker
bocker, whose anti-Semitic re
marks at one point had prompt
ed a mass walkout from one of
his classes. An investigating
body set up by the New York
City Council recommended the
professor’s dismissal on grounds
that he had discriminated
against Jewish students and
members of his own depart
The council was overridden
by the Board of Higher Educa
tion, which issued a whitewash
of Knickerbocker and eco
nomics instructor William
Davis, who was under fire for
segregating Negroes in a college
housing unit.
The student mass meeting
voted to petition State Commis
sioner of Education Francis
Spaulding for immediate dis
missal of Knickerbocker and
Davis. Another resolution re
quested permission for students
in Knickerbocker's classes to
transfer to other classes.
If no action was taken by the
following Thursday, Oct. 7. the
students warned, they would
“sit down and stay down until
we do get action.-’
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