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2 (Continued from Page 1) Chicago and Illinois without a paper of its own. with out an organ through which to express its views and mobilize its forces. And yet, we are confronted with the stubborn facts in the ledger books. We are paring expenses wherever humanly pos sible. We are also planning other money-raising pro jects between now and the end of the year. But that still leaves us with the task of raising a minimum of $7,500 immediately—before Labor Day. We are asking you to help with that problem. THE CHICAGO STAR, JULY 81. 1948 GILBERT GREEN, native Chi cagoan and Illinois Stale Parly chairman, is one of the 12 mem bers of CP National Board indic ted last week by N. Y. blue rib bon jury under Smith Act. Green, who attended grammar and high schools here, has been a mail carrier and employee at Inter national Harvester. Emergency meet to aid 12 CP heads Organizational action to aid the 12 members of the National Board of the Communist Party, indicted under the old Smith Act, and seized by the FBI last week, was to be No. 1 on the agenda at an emergency meeting called by the Civil Rights Con gress for 8 p. m. Thurs. night (July 29) in the Altgeld Room, 127 N. Dearborn. Atty. David Rothstein was scheduled to speak on the "Con stitutional Rights of Minority Political Parties” Thomas L. Sla ter, secretary-treasurer, Carpen ters’ Union No. 1 tAFLK planned to talk about the “Palmer Raids and Current Arrests,” and Mrs. Rheua Pearce, chairman, Con gress of American Women, would outline a program for act ion. The Chicago J'j'iAJi is _ .. >icu miu puDiisned WEEKLY by The Chicago Star Publishing Co., Inc., 166 West Washington Street, Chicago 2, 111. Phone RANdolph 0580. Cable address: Chistar Frank M. Davis Executive Editor Carl Hirsch Managing Editor William Senneit General Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES (Except Canada and foreign) 1 Year $2.00. Entered as second class matter June 25, 1946 at the post office at Chicago, 111., under the Act of March 3. 1879. Postal regulations require that all new subscriptions for military personnel stationed overseas must be accompanied by a written request from the person to whom the subscription is directed. We ask you to give more than you usually would— because we can not fall short in this drive, and it will, lake many $25 and SSO contributions, as well as $5 and $lO, to make up the shortage. We ask you to give not "what you can" but a good deal more, knowing that it means a sacrifice even of some things that you consider essential. We are sure you are also contributing elsewhere. We are sure you are giving a good deal of your time and effort in the people’s fight in this crucial election year. But the Star is your responsibility—no one else's. Truman's vote-catching orders on-jim crow seen as sham By CARL HIRSCH Twenty-four hours after the close of the Progressive Party convention, ( which hit straight and hard at jim crow, President Truman came out with his pallid executiye orders on discrimina tion. The President acted in panic after Progressive convention key noter Charles Howard pointed the finger at- him with these words: "Mr. Truman. I ask you as commander-in-chief of the armed forces to sit down and pick up your pen and write the executive order that will abolish jim crow from the U. S. Army." * * * HOWEVER, there was univer sal agreement among progressi ves this week, that Truman’s order was a toothless political gesture. The Truman statement on the armed forces does not even men tion segregation, let alone make any move toward destroying it. Instead, it echoes the hypocri tical position of Truman’s Sou thern adherents for “equal oppor tunity.” It is under the guise of such “equal opportunity” that many Southern states have set up segregated colleges in cases where the Supreme Court has ruled that Negroes can not be barred from state schools. * * * THE Truman executive order on jim crow in government em ployment was considered even weaker in that no provision is made for penalties or enforce ment. Instead, the order sets up a system of "FEPC officers" in each federal department who may ad wherever they deem "necessary." and then only with the permission of the department head. The “catch” in the order on Mayor arranges money grab for N.Y. Life By ISABEL CARR Mayor Martin H. Kennelly ec statically announced a brand new housing project scheme for Chicago last week —a scheme which smells of a three-way money grab for the New York Life Insurance Co., and high rents for low income families. Many Star readers called up here on Monday to bitterly de claim an editorial headed “Here is Housing,” saluting the plan, in the Monday, July 26, Chicago Daily News. In part, the edito rial- read: “This company <N. Y. Life In surance) proposes to build 1400 family units on 60 acres of the South Side. The site would be bounded by 31st and 33rd streets, the Illinois Central right of way, and South Parkway. * * * "THIS OFFER is tangible proof that the state-city redevelop ment plan is a sound one which the armed forces was contained in the following paragraph: "This policy shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible, hav ing due regard to the lime re quired to effectuate any neces sary changes without impairing efficiency or morale." * * * IMPLIED here is the “stall for-time” instruction to army commanders, since the Novem ber elections are not far off. In contrast was the flat state ment made last week-end by See no let-up in Hearst, Legion, Senn red-smear The two-months long “investi gation” of Miss Emilie Noack, 58, Senn High School Civics teacher —pressed by the American Le gion and Hearst’s Herald-Am erican—was still dragging on this week. One educator, who asked that his name be withheld, told The Star: “They’re making the most of this thing—and why not? While they’re smearing Miss Noack, they’re accomplishing much, much more. With every story in the newspapers, they are warn ing other teachers: ‘You’re next —unless you think the way we want you to.’ * * * "THEY'RE after academic free dom—and this so-called investi gation won’t stop until the people of Chicago flood their aldermen, the Board of Education and May or Kennelly’s office with pro tests.” Elliodor Libonati, American Legion Cook County American ism chairman, went out after Miss Noack tooth-and-nail at an other hearing last Friday in the Board of Education hearing room, 228 N. LaSalle. Originally, Libonati—who is will attract private investors. It has attracted such an investor.” Here is the nifty racket as it has been proposed. Allegedly, “The public” that’s you, acquires the land sites for the project through the Chicago Land Clear ance Commission, paid for with state and city funds. The-New York Life Insurance Co. then condescends to buy the land from the Commission at 50 cents a square foot! Actual value of the land is estimated at a minimum of $3 per square foot. * * * ONCE MORE, enters the trust ing “public.” Quoting the Daily News: “Street areas and other utilities would be installed by the public.” So, at a total cost of maybe $15,000,000 New York Life buys the land and builds apartment buildings, which would house an approximate 1400 families. “The You—and no one else—will determine what kind of a paper we will have, or whether we have one at all. We can all go into these climactic final months of the 1948 election campaign confident that we are pre pared to do the fullest job of bringing the issues to the people—but first the Star must be freed from this pressing financial crisis. Keep fighting for progress. And keep the Star lighting alongside of you. We need the biggest contribution you can give. And we need it now. $7,500 is required by Labor Day. But SI,BOO of it is needed by next week. Please act quickly! Henry A. Wallace that, if elected, he would “issue an executive order ending immediately all forms of segregation and jim crow in the armed forces.” Similarly, this is the language in the Progressive Party plat form adopted last week-end: "We call for a Presidential proclamation ending segregation and all forms of discrimination in the armed services and Fed eral employment." That Mr. Truman has not done. also attempting a purge at Roose velt College—had the hearings reopened on the claim that he had new evidence proving that the Senn teacher taught “Com munistic Doctrine” to her pupils. No new evidence had been forth coming. Emerson named chairman of 6th Ward Progressive Party Election of permanent officers in the Progressive Party 6th Ward Organization indicates a busy program for progressives in the area bounded by 63rd, 73rd, State and Stony Island. The Ward membership at a special meeting Juy 21, establi shed a ten-man Executive Com mittee headed by Forrest Emer son who was elected chairman. Emerson, now editor of FE News and the Shopleader for the CIO Farm Equipment Union, has a fitting background for his new post, having been in the thick of organizing the American Labor Party in New York over a decade ago. The new ward executive in- public” gets it in the neck once and for all, when we get down to specifics of rents. In a slum area. New York Life expects to collect $75-SBO a month (maybe more) for 3*/i room apart ments. S9O-SIOO (maybe more) for AVx room apartments, and "slightly higher for three bed room apartments." And so. New York Life lives happily ever after —collecting millions in rents. * * * THIS “delightful” fantasy comes as an opportune cover-up for Mayor Kennelly and the City Council. So far, the Mayor-Council team has been running backwards, in an alleged attempt to go forward with Chicago’s $30,000,000 hous ing and slum clearance program. When the Chicago Housing Authority came up with recom mendations for four housing sites —the Mayor was all set to g 0... until race-baiters protested that PARALYZED from the waist down as a result of a mining ac cident, Everett Boggs of Cumber land. Ky., shows how he learned to walk up and down stairs with the aid of leg braces and crutches. He was one of 400 miners treated in New York un der the United Mine Workers re habilitation program. eludes a Negro vice chairman, Marmaduke Carter, a Nisei secre tary, Mrs. Miyo Uyeno, and Mrs. Margaret Matchett as treasurer. Carter and Mrs. Matchett are both teachers, the latter at the U. of C. Dr. Walter Verity, who leads the county in Wallace-Taylor Peace Bond sales, was named membership director, and Mela chy Moynighan, canvassing direc tor. Isador Salkind, UE-CIO repre sentative, was elected trade union director, and Harold Stoller, rank and file member of the Furrier’s Union, entertainment director. The publicity director is David Reed, young newspaperman. if the projects were built Negroes would move into hither-to white areas. The racists, so far, have had their way. * * * MEANWHILE, still another typi cally asinine housing fiasco is taking place here. On the West Side, 1600 fami lies who at least have a roof over their heads) are desperately organizing to fight evictions ser ved on them by—the Veterans’ Administration. The VA wants to build a hospital on their home sites. At a rally attended by 350 residents of the proposed hospital site, a fight-back program was outlined, calling for: 1. Mass delegations to Mayor Kennelly. 2. A petition campaign in the community, and aimed at Pres ident Truman, the Veterans' Ad ministration and Mayor Kenne- Hy.