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Drive for Illinois FEPC sparked
by promise of success in 1949 Illinois will get a Fair Employment Practices law in 1949 — IF the people will it and work for it. That conviction was disclosed to The Standard this week when it surveyed those who led the fight for a state FEPC during and betw-een sessions of the Illinois legislature SELECTED by the theater chap ter of the American Veterans Committee as "the girl who least needs slenderizing," lovely Nor ma Ness, 18, is crowned by Monty McLevy in New York City. Norma has a 33-inch bust, 23-inch waist and 33-inch hips. New York rent board squashes proposed boost NEW YORK (FP)—The poor landlords’ dream of millions of dollars in extra profits collapsed here when the New York City Rent Advisory Board this week refused to grant their request for a 15 percent rent boost on some two millions homes. The decision, which repre sented a major victory for the city’s tenant organizations, came after 11 months of all-out effort by the landlord lobby to make 15 percent rent increases com pulsory. The ruling does not af fect the “voluntary increases” which many tenants have al ready paid. At die same time the rent board rejected a demand by various tenants’ groups for a 10 percent rent cut, requested on grounds that necessary, normal services have been curtailed by landlords. Tie-in rent victim wins $3,000 award Hundreds of tenants may be seeking court action against landlords for "tie-in rentals” as a result of a decision this week in the U. S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. The court upheld an award of $3,000 double damages to Harry Leibman of 1417 S. Keeler Ave., who paid $1,500 for furniture to get a $45 per month apart ment. It was the first time the appellate court upheld a furni ture tie-in suit. FOR YOUR OFFICE SUPPLY NEEDS Wicker Park Stationers 1534 Milwaukee BR 8-6765 Filing Equipment and Visible Record Systems Prompt deliveries for the last 5 years. The overall picture today is brighter than ever before, they said, and all insisted that they are not discounting the continued power of the down state coalition of industry lead ers with lawmakers. The key to realization of an FEPC in ’49. it was agreed, is effective mobilization of the people who want it. When the battle lines are drawn in Springfield, the people will have on their side facts and forces they lacked in 1945 and 1947. Among them are: • The successful operation of FEPC in four states—Massa chusetts, Connecticut, New Jer sey and New York. • A growing awareness among the people of the vital need for FEPC, sparked by the forthright stand of Henry A. Wallace dur ing the recent presidential cam paign. • More organization; operating in the field of human relations. • Pledges by Governor - elect Adlai Stevenson to support FEPC legislation. Of course, the greatest factor in this fight for democracy in employment is the people them selves. This is reflected in the tentative plans of all interested organizations to rally large numbers of voters in mass meet ings and petition drives. For example, the Chicago Council of Negro Organizations, an affiliation of some 70 groups, is all set to begin its work among Negro citizens of Illinois. Mrs. Irene McCoy Gaines heads this group which lobbied in the State capitol for passage of FEPC in past years. “This time we have the prom ise of our new governor,” she told The Standard, then added, “But then, Governor Green made the same promise when he was elected. At any rate, I’ll be on the firing line as before.” How far the Democratic gov ernor will go in pushing an anti bias law is uncertain, despite his campaign statement that “I am for the more vigorous enforce ment of the civil rights laws and an adequate fair employment practices act” Doubts about Governor-elect Stevenson’s positior on FEPC when the chips are down have been raised as a result of news-, paper reports that since Novem ber 2 his advisers have con vinced him it will be necessary to water down “liberalism” to meet the requirements of prac tical politics. Also uncertain is the part to be played by President Reuben Soderstrom and Secretary Vic tor Olander of the Illinois Fed eration of Labor, veteran lobby ists at Springfield. Observers agree the major arena for the fight will be the floor of the Assembly and the Senate. Reactionary downstate industrialists and their right wing henchmen in the Legisla cut flowers floral designs tlooming plants Moteff Florists 192 N. LaSalle DE 2-1500 5_w1 Telegraph Flower* | EARL DICKERSON, Progressive Party leader in First Congres sional District, who is drafting an FEPC bill for introduction in the Illinois legislature. ture climaxed their opposition to the ’45 and '47 bills here. Conservative forces “ganged up" on even tiie modified ver sion of the measure by testify ing against it and by dragging out the old red herring label— “un-American." The Progressive Party of Illi nois, which has placed FEPC in a top-priority position in its state legislative program, is ex petted to spearhead mobiliza tion of popular forces for a strong law. Kick-off in the Pro gressive Party drive will be the annual Cook County convention Jan. 9. The Illinois Civil Rights Con gress has already served notice that it will not accept a wat ered-down FEPC bill. It has asked Earl B. Dickerson, promu nent Southside attorney and Progressive Party congressional candidate in the First District, to draft a law with teeth in it. The CRC then plans to build mass support through a gigantic petition campaign. Additional pressure on hesi tant and anti-minority legislat ors will come from the Ameri can Jewish Congress. Speaking at the recent conference of the National Association of Inter group Relations officials here. A J C executive Will Maslow pointed out: “Top priority must be given to campaigns for state FEPC laws. The examples of New York. New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts should spur the other states to enact similar laws. Experience has shown that the mere existence of such sta tutes tends to reduce discrim ination.” Free victims, end witch hunt, CRC urges Truman President Truman has before him a demand that he ' free the hostages of the 80th Congress” by ordering his Justice depart ment to drop all current and pending charges against those who have refused to divulge t’ eir political affiliations in the witch hunts of 1948. The demand was made by the Civil Rights Congress in a let ter to the President after news services reported the House Un American Activities committee had decided to drop prosecution of 60 witnesses who had been cited for contempt of Congress because they refused to answer whether they were or were not members of the Communist par ty The cases reportedly were dropped when the Justice de partment told the committee that the plea of witnesses tha* they might ‘‘incriminate” themselves, might be valid in light of the pending trial of 12 Communist leaders on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. Dimes add up You spend a dollar — on something you need and want —and a dime goes to a good cause — The Standard. Here’s how it works: We make arrangements with an advertiser to the ef fect that every time a Stand ard reader buys something from him, he will give The Standard ten percent of the price paid. So, if you go into Lishon’s Record Shop and buy a record album for $5, you’ve automatically contributed 50c to The Standard. If you spend a $1, don’t feel that’s too small—the dimes add up. The first 10 percent ad vertiser is Lishon’s Record Shop at 175 W. Washington. Lishon’s will pay The Stand ard 10 percent on all the records you buy. This only applies to records, and not to other merchandise. Don’t forget to ask for The Standard POST CARD when you buy your records at Lishon’s. Pointing out that numerous others were involved in similar charges as a result of the same type of contempt citations, the CRC specifically called upon the President to: • Free Leon Josephson, now imprisoned for refusing to “an swer questions of the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee” and “restore him to his family for Christmas.” • Order the Justice Depart ment to withdraw all proceed ings against Gerhardt Eisler, Eugene Dennis, the Hollywood Ten, the officers of the Joint Anti-Facist Refugee Committee, Harold Christoffel. • Order the department to withdraw all actions against those who have refused to an swer the same questions before Federal Juries in Denver, Los Angeles, Cleveland and other cities. — LAUGH IT OFF! WIFE (tense with ex citement) — “Well, what happened when you asked the boss for a raise?” HUBBY—“Why, he was like a lamb.” WIFE—“What did he say?” HUBBY—“Baa.” DuPont take may cost 5 G's Lammot Du Pont may have to shell out — hold your hat — $5,000, if his vast industrial em pire is indicted and found guilty o f monopolistic shenanigans reaching into some of America's hugest interests. More than 60 major companies are under scrutiny by a Federal grand jury in Chicago as having possible tie-ups with E. i. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., and for possible favored contracts keep ing buying and selling of ma terials inside the gigantic fam ily Under the Sherman Anti Trust Act the worst that can h.ppen to Du Pont is a fine of $5,000 and a year imprisonment. The jail sentence would bo con sidered very unlikely according to past precedent. Should an in dictment and guilty verdict come down, the prospect worry ing Du Pont most is a possible court order to “lay off” future dealings which already would have netted i ime probably running high in the millions. Melville C. Williams, chief of the Chicago district anti-trust division of the Justice Depart ment, would not guess for The Standard how much the Du Pont profits may have already totalled as a result of greased contracts with other firms. But he pointed out that Poor’s business index lists the Du Pont corporation as holding more than 22 percent of the stock in Gen eral Motors. 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