The STAR can do the job if . . .
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
Vol. 3, No. 31
Here’s what the
• 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
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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.
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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
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
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