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To all of us, the Progressive Party convention has signalled the opening of a new era in the political struggles of the American people. "We are on the march!" in the ringing words of the historic Philadelphia keynote. But that convention asked a question of us. Are we ready to move ahead unfettered toward a people’s victory? Have we stripped away all of the cluttering obstacles? Have we rid ourselves of the snags and hitches that will hamper the fight? The Chicago Star had hoped to continue to be the strong right arm of the people’s movement in this The Chicago Published Weekly Vol. 3, No. 31 PHILS. STORY Here’s what the Progressives did: • Established the new Progressive Party in a conven tion of 3,240 delegates from every state in the union SEE PAGE 3 • Nominated Wallace and Taylor by acclamation and its national ticket amid a bedlam of enthusiasm SEE PAGE 5 • Adopted a 7,000-word platform stressing peace, civil rights, higher living standards, public housing SEE PAGE 3 • Heard the strong acceptance speeches of the candi dates at a giant rally of 33,000 in Phila/s ball park SEE PAGE 5 • Applauded the fighting and dramatic keynote of Charles P. Howard, Des Moines Negro publisher SEE PAGE 8 • Set up the Young Progressives of America which elected officers and opened a drive for 30,000 SEE PAGE 4 1 Chicago, July 31, 1948 Five Cents state. But at this critical moment in the campaign, the Star finds itself faced with the knottiest problem in its two years of publication. We do not have the funds to get us through for the remainder of this year. The reasons for this state of affairs are many, but the principle ones are these: 1. The cost of printing has shot up rapidly, far outstripping the allowances we had made in the bud get at the beginning of the year. 2. The Star's financial drive of last Spring fell short of its goal by $14,000. aIP : jfft 7*'Jy| . Baißr» if Ts Pli liaf (nrffiHffiHßr ft *16.,.’". pPpiSw f tkajbCpMgw'jflHh ?***& dpSfflk i g'Spfs- l v Wsj^ or' V y* Jf dl * gpSpfE-M '■Qjp'jr A | Vfy ” 1R 'tfe.- < ■&> >vj| VBHHHHGI IPllr^’i-” ft* * ■ wßf fam i 4- r* w : jik isl W mjd| W*‘ . Ag i 'JhHSbL toBwR Ti "x Jaaßß - ‘ M * m&WBS IjM'-- %■ yo. *tfl§ J* , ' - v wjt CHARLES P. HOWARD (center). Progressive Party convention keynoter, and Elmer Benson (right, center), P. P, nail, chairman, wave to enthusiastic delegates pictured above and below. In the bottom photo (left to right), Mrs. Henry A. Wallace, Mrs. Charlotte Bass. Mrs. Glen H. Taylor, and Mrs. Elinor Gimbel. all officrs of Women for Wallace. This crisis compels us to take unusual and extra ordinary measures to raise money immediately. In such a situation, the Star, of course, has na place to turn for help except to its readers. We feel that you will understand why the Star must not be allowed to falter at this time. The needs of this moment are for a more vigor ous and more effective Chicago Star. We think that you will agree we cannot settle for less. Nor do we think that you will want to even face the prospect of leaving the progressive movement of (See Next Page'