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The Illinois standard. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1948-1949, December 11, 1948, Image 3

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4EWLY-ELECTED members of the District 1 Executive Board,
United Packinghouse Workers (CIO) get together as district con
ference closes. Left to right: Peter Zagrodnick, Lou Tarnowski,
Fred Kuhrt, Harold Nielson (Pres.), Ann Meyer, Joe Becker.
Chicago boys march
into purified' Army
A total of 177 men from the Chicago area in the 23-25
age group were inducted into America's Jim Crow, politi
cally pure Army last week during elaborate ceremonies at
the Army’s recently-outfitted induction center at 209 W.
Jackson Blvd.
Army officials said 5 8 0
more youths tentatively were
scheduled for induction here
during December.
Twenty-one Negro youths
were processed quickly and sent
separately to Fort Knox, Ken
tucky, where they were to
undergo training in the army’s
Jim Crow units.
The balance of the “recruits,”
as the army chooses to term con
scripts, were sent by train to
Evansville, Indiana, for transfer
to chartered buses, which took
them to Camp Breckenridge,
• Will Be in Jim Crow Units
As with Negro inductees, ori
ental youths were screened for
eventual assignment to segre
gated units.
“Loyalty” has become as *m'
portant to the Army as flat feet
once were. Inductees were re
quired to sign loyalty oaths
under penalty of five years’ im
motive in
ATLANTA—(FP)—“The real
reason why Mallard was lynched
is that he urged his people to
participate in the erstwhile lily
white Georgia primaries last
summer,” is the blunt charge
made by Stetson Kennedy,
Federated Press correspondent,
probing the ambush-slaying of
prosperous Negro farmer, Rob
ert Mallard.
Kennedy, who exposed the
Ku Klux Klan in a recent book,
added that “the immediate ‘rea
son’ was that he dared to ask
some white church-goers who
had blocked his roadway with
their parked cars to please move
them.” The sensational accusa
tion was made this week as a
special grand jury was called
for Dec. 10 to investigate the
Meanwhile, the murdered
-nan's widow was placed under
police protection after swearing
}ul warrants Monday against
hree men she said were among
he white-robed gang who fired
nto the Mallard car near Lyons,
“la., last Nov. 20.
prisonment and/'or $10,000 in
fines for misstatements before
being sworn in.
Loyalty is determined by the
Army by present or past mem
bership in any of 83 organiza
tions decreed “subversive’’ by
Attorney General Tom Clark.
(“These organizations have all
been investigated by the attor
ney general of the United States
and have been found to be types
of which no American in the
service of his country should be
a member,” the Army asserts in
printed instructions to induc
Must Sign Certificate
Inductees are given their
choice of 1 to 3 certificates
which they must sign: Form A,
indicating purity; Form B, indi
cating the individual, now re
formed, once belbnged to one of
the organizations; or Form C, re
served for the bad boys, which
indicates present membership.
Present members of the pro
scribed organizations are re
jected or deferred indefinitely
as “unfit ... on grounds of dis
loyalty to the United States.”
Past members are to be in
ducted subject to investigation
later by the FBI and “military
intelligence.” (To veterans, a
self-contradictory term.)
t'ast members must agree to
“aid in every possible way in
the investigation”—to wit, fur
nish the FBI and “military in
telligence” with a blacklist of
their former friends.
“Subversives” also are re
quired to furnish proof of mem
bership and the date of joining
the organization. (The Army is
aware that membership in these
organizations may suddenly in
crease by leaps and bounds, so
recent joiners are subject to
Louis Adamic to speak
at Hanukah breakfast
Noted author-lecturer Louis
Adamic will be the main speak
er at the 12th annual Hanukah
Breakfast at the Stevens Hotel
on Monday, Dec. 13. 10:30 a. m.
Adamic's topic will be “Tole
rance: Counterfeit of Intoler
The breakfast is sponsored by
the Chicago Women’s Division
of the American Jewish Con
If the Carey anti-discrimination ordinance were to come
to a vote on Chicago’s city council floor today, it would be
passed 50 to 0.
For that take the word of Aid. Archibald J. Carey (3),
who introduced the measure with 12 council colleagues.
Carey told The Standard,
however, while no alderman
is likely to dare vote against
the measure, Cere is no juar
antee of passage of the bill
which would bar racial, religi
ous or nationality discrimination
in any city housing project built
with public aid.
The alderman’s observation
followed a public hearing in the
city council chamber during
which an impressive array of
organization speakers unanim
ously supported adoption of the
When reminded that not a
single speaker had risen to op
pose the measure, nor had
Chairman Lancaster of the hous
ing committee received a re
quest to speak from any repre
sentative of the insurance lobby
reportedly working hard behind
the scenes against the ordinance,
Carey said:
“These fellows (on the hous
ing committee) are pretty alert
and intelligent men. They know
what takes place off this floor
as well as on it.”
While maneuvers of the insur
ance interests were cached be
hind a cloud of secrecy, the
weight of the opposition hung
obviously over the hearing. Un
der the leadership of Chairman
Lancaster, witnesses were pep
pered with a line of questioning
from aldermen which seemed to
lead mainly toward the argu
If the Federal and State con
stitutions “guarantee” non-dis
criminatory use of public funds,
why is a special ordinance neces
sary for Chicago housing?
Answer Argument
This argument tottered under
a barrage of legal fire leveled
by attorneys Earl B. Dickerson,
president, Chicago Lawyers
Guild; A. Abbott Rosen, of B’nai
Brith, and former chief of the
civil rights section, U. S. Depart
ment of Justice, and Byron Mil
ler, representing the Public
Housing Association.
In an impassioned statement
lasting nearly an hour, Dicker
son challenged the committee to
show “why we should kow-tow
to gentlemen in New York,
when these New Yorkers have
frowned upon a policy of non
The former Progressive candi
date for Congress, himself the
vice-president o£ the largest
Negro insurance company in the
nation, admonished the council:
“Don't be so disturbed that
funds will be withdrawn by the
insurance companies if this or
dinance is passed. They come
in here to build houses at a sub
sidy by the city of $2 per acre.
They obtain their land with the
eminent domain power of the
state. They have so many pro
tections, their building amounts
to state action. It is time we
told them, ‘If you come in here,
you must obey our laws.’ ”
Dickerson Is Persuasive
Councilmen shifted uneasily
as Dickerson hurled at them bit
“Two-thirds of the people of
the world are colored peoples.
America is the greatest power
in the United Nations and must
give leadership to these peoples.
From where is this leadership to
come? From the courts in end
less litigation to interpret the
constitution if laws like this do
not pass? Or from the people
in cities like Chicago?”
Other statements presented to
support the ordinance were
from Sidney L. Ordower for the
Progressive Party of Illinois;
Rabbi Jacob Weinstein, president
Chicago Rabbinical Assn.; Aug
ustine J. Bowe, chairman, Chi
cago Commission on Human Re
George Brody, Distillery
Workers Union, AFL; Dr. Mar
tin Hayes Bickham, chairman,
Illinois Inter-racial Commission;
Rose Dawson, public affairs
chairman, YWCA; Joseph Luke,
vice-president, Chicago Indus
trial Union Council (CIO).
Harold Kruly. AVC; Peter J.
Watson, UAW-CIO; Leon M.
Despres, American Civil Liber
ties Union; Mrs. Herbert Kraus
kitpf, Temple Sholom; Miss
Judy Botwin, U. of C. YWCA;
E. H. Marshall, American
Friends Service Committee;
Aaron Aronin, Jewish Labor
Committee; Tats Kushida, Mid
west Director, Japanese-Ameri
can Citizens League.
ARMLESS SINCE BIRTH, 5-year-old Grace Purcell of Lovejoy, Ga.,
will get a pair of artificial limbs and a college education, thanks
to railroad men who noticed the little girl as she waved at trains
passing her home. The trainmen have been taking up annual
Christmas collections for their little friend.
Pirinsky speaks on
foreign-born issue
George Pirinsky, national ex
ecutive secretary of the Ameri
can Slav Congress, will keynote
a ‘ Bill of Rights" dinner Satur
day (Dec. 11) at the Congress
The dinner will highlight the
15th national conference of the
American Committee for Pro
tection of the Foreign Born, tak
ing place here over the week
Pirinsky is one of 65 non
citizens victimized in the cur
rent Justice Department depor
tation drive. He was served with
a w'arrant the day his wife gave
birth to their infant son.
Among the citizens facing de
portation who will attend the
conference is Mrs. Agnes Deikus
of Chicago, wife of an American
citizen, mother of two children
and grandmother of four, who
faces deportation to Lithuania.
George Pirinsky
Health insurance
plan would save
325,000 each year
national health insurance are
guilty of “all manner of mis
representation,” a Federal
Security Agency official de
clared this week. Speaking at
the Indianapolis Athletic Club,
assistant FSA administrator J.
Donald Kingsley said that the
proposed 10-year health plan
would guarantee adequate medi
cal care to Americans “regard
less of race, creed, color, eco
nomic status, or place of resi
Kingsley pointed out that
each year some 325,000 persons
die needlessly, and that “35 or
40 million of our population are
living in communities which
today do not have even a single
full-time public health officer.”
Groundwork for the national
health plan should be laid now,
he emphasized.

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