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YPA officers elected, ask 30,000 new members PHILADELPHIA—The Young Progressives of America opened the founding convention of their new permanent national youth organization Sunday night in Convention Hall with a powerful chant—“ One-two-three-four, we don’t want another war! Five six-seven-eight, Wallace and Taylor in ‘4B!’’ The 1203 delegates, and 727 observers from 44 states and Puerto Rico, were greeted since rely and simply by Henry A. Wallace, Sen. Glen H. Taylor and the great Negro leader, Paul Robeson. On Monday night, the conven tion was adjourned for want of .$1,140 Uhe fee per hour for use of Convention Hall after 5 p. m. Monday), and final drafting of the YPA platform was delegated to their national committee. * * * BUT a great deal had been accomplished by these hundreds of enthusiastic youth, who came by train, by car, who hitch-hiked here, or case in jalopy caravans. They elected as national co chairmen, Alvin Jones of Louisi ana, and Christine Walker of Detroit. From Chicago’s South Side Youth for Wallace, George McCrary was elected a national vice-chairman. Delegates pledged a member ship goal of 30.000 members within 30 days. PLATFORM of the YPA, which must yet be ironed out by the National Committee, will be based on the following planks: • for all youth: freedom from war, and the right to vote at 18. • for youth in industry: a job at decent wage; free democratic trade unions; vocational train ing; elimination of child labor, and equal pay for equal work. • for youth on the farm: possession free from the burden of debt farmer control of the farm program; expansion of far mers’ cooperatives soil and water conservation. • for Negro youth: full pro tection of civil liberties freedom THE CHICAGO STAR. jrm.Y 31. 1948 M-SPfHB • By PETER WILLIAMS MILT BURNS, FE political action director, tells this one: When some of the FE teams came back from down state where they had done a bang-up job collecting petition signatures to place the Progressive Party on the state ballot, they went in to get a few beers. During the cpurse of their drinking, they discussed the Wallace candidacy only to notice a drunk bending, his ear a little closer. Finally, after awhile, the souse slobbered this classic: "Yah! You and Wallace . . . I'm voting for Trewey!" * * * You'd never suspect that Bernie and Edna Lucas were old enough to be the grandparents of a beautiful 15-month-old baby like Sandra Lucas. Bernie is president of Local 206, Inti. Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union (CIO) and a member of its international execu tive board. * * * DOROTHY SINCLAIR has a suggestion—if you're trying to raise dough for your ward PPI pledge. Says those Wallace matchbooks go like hotcakes at five-cents per. * * * THE CHICAGO UNION PRINTERS Baseball •team is leading the North division of the Mid west League . . . from Jim-Crow in civilian life and the armed forces; full equal ity of opportunity in the econo mic and political life of America. 'Never was anything like the new party 7 PHILADELPHIA “How can you describe it? There never was anything like it!” That was the awed attitude of most of the Illinois delegates to the Progressive Party conven tion’s show of strength for “peace, security, and abundance.” The Rev. Clarence Parker, pas tor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Churth of Hyde Park, hot but happy, murmurred that “the spiritual quality of the conven tion is really inspiring.” He was particularly pleased that there was “not a vestige of axe-grind ing or special interest. * * * THREE women who are well known in Local 453, United Auto Workers (CIO) Alma Settles, Rachel Carter, Mary Ann Knyak al—were at a loss for words to describe their feelings. "What impressed me most were the demonstrations, and Marcan lonio's speech," Alma Settles told The Star. Rachel Carter liked the demo cratic atmosphere of the gather ing, with rank-and-filers and top-level leaders working to gether in all the activities, en riching the sessions by their varied experience. * » * AND Mary Ann Knyakal ad mired the behavior of the dele gates. “It’s been so hot and crowded, but everyone”s been in a good humor . . . The delegates agree on almost every thing, they’re friendly, and they make no distinction of any kind be- THE ILLINOIS DELEGATION at the conven tion had a small homecoming celebration there after meeting some of the ex-Chicagoans now living in the East, among them Mollie Lieber of AYD and Bud Tannenbaum, now head of the New Jersey third party. * * * PEOPLE'S CHORUS is working on a program including "A Dollar Ain't a Dollar Any More" and "The Henry Wallace Train." Say they'll be ready by mid-August for appearances of Prog. Party meetings and rallies. If you're a soprano or tenor, the Chorus would like you to come to their meetings, every Monday night, 8:15 p.m.. Room 528, 410 S. Michigan. Group is under professional direction of Les ter Schein. ' * * * LIKE TO KNOW away of making money fast? Glue it to the floor! * * * That great Negro historian and writer, W. E- B. Dußois, will have an intriguing ar ticle in the August issue of "Masses & Main stream," entitled, "From McKinley to Wallace." * * * ARTHUR GAETH, UM-ClO's new commen tator, left July 26 on a seven-week observation tour of Europe's critical spots—Paris, Milan, Rome, Athens, Tel Aviv, Prague, Poland and London. He'll continue his broadcasts from Europe. * * * STOLEN from the Bakers' Journal: Joe: My brother has twelve medals. He won 'em in the war. Moe: Gee, he must have been a great sharpshooter! Joe: Nope. He was a great crapshooter. • for student youth: academic freedom; the opportunity to enjoy a free and adequate high school and college education. tween delegates.” Herb March, district represent ative of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (CIO), and Sam Parks, president of the union’s Wilson local, were anxi ous to return to Chicago. “Now we’ve got tt get this across back home,” they agreed. The conven tion was—well .... “wonderful” didn’t express it well enough, but it was the best word avail able. William Frank White, art stu dent at Bradley University in Peoria, was sure that it would inspire the greatest political ac tivity ever seen in this country. • • * AND the history expert oi the delegation, Professor Albert Howe Lybyer of the University of Illinois, judged from the con vention that it would remain in existence and grow more and more powerful, causing a new alignment in politics. After No vember, he predicted, the re maining Democrats who have liberal tendencies will merge with the Progressives, while the Southerners and Northern reac tionaries, who together control that party, would disappear into the Republican Party. Rose Stamler, executive secre tary of Chicago’s American Youth for Democracy, pointed out what a youthful convention it was, with most of the dele gates in their 20s and 30s. "No wonder," she said: "this platform is the only one that offers a future for youth." W.V ... , iff jH ' s'— i | I . < - ■g j—l:l' ’ v . Sr -to JHjB lip:;: ::; Islil HI * ' iMM IfUl. '% gPVKpgM THE BEST STORY of the frame-up of Joe Majcek, portrayed by Richard Conte (right), and his release from prison through work of Sun-Times police reporter Jimmy McGuire, played by Jimmy Stewart (left), wasn't the REAL story. Northside 777 The real Majcek story the film covered up all Northside 777” the movie about the frame up of Joe Majczek as a “cop killer” is “a complete white wash job of everything that the police and the state’s attorney’s office did to him,” according to the man who should know. He’s tall, gangling Jimmy Mc- Guire, police reporter for the Sun-Times, who after a long search uncovered the evidence that freed Majczek after 12 years in prison. In a letter published in the New York Star (formerly PM), McGuire gives an amazing illus tration of police terrorism in Chicago. * * * And he dispels a myth created by the movie: that the present law enforcement officials of Chicago had nothing to do with the frame-up. Says McGuire: "The picture states that the police force and the state's at torney's office, the present ones, were not in office at the time of this phony conviction. But that isn't so. "One of the actual prosecu tors is still an assistant stale's attorney .... The two top men (in the case) have since become —of all things—judges!" * * * Majczek was arrested near the end of the Prohibition era for the murder of a Chicago police man who was slain when gun men robbed the speakeasy in which he had stopped for a drink. Because of the scandal in volved, the cops wanted a scapegoat fast. And they grabbed Majczek, although there was not a shred of evi dence against him. Here’s how they tried to pin the rap on Majczek without the fuss of a trial, according to McGuire: "They were looking for some body to hang this murder on and when they picked up Maj czek they thought they had the perfect set-up. and I guess they did. * * * "YOU would be amazed to know of the different oppor tunities they gave him, trying to entice him to escape. Os course in the background was a cop’s ready gun waiting for him. I’ll cite just two instances, stances. "In one of the police sta tions that he was taken to. they sat him (street level), next to an open window, wide open in the latter part of December. It gels very cold in Chicago in December, remember. “As a cop at a desk ques tioned him, a drunk, lying on a bench, began to rouse him self and caused a hell of a dis turbance. * * * "THIS cop who was ques tioning Majczek was the only one guarding him. Nevertheless he left his desk, turned his back on Majczek near the open window and, when Majczek didn’t make a break for it, took the drunk back into a cell, leaving Majczek all alone in the room with the convenient window. "Majczek guessed the situa tion. If he even looked out the window with his head outside he'd undoubtedly have had it blown off. So the prisoner waited for his guard to come back and question him some more. * * * "FROM there he was taken to another police station in a patrol wagon. And —get this— an aged cop entered the patrol wagon after him. “This cop, instead of at the end of the wagon to guard it, sat up close to the partition that separated him from the driver, leaving Maj czek sitting on the end to hop out of. the moving patrol wagon any time he saw fit. "Majczek was only 24 at the time and an athlete, a Golden Glove boxer, at that lime. However, this obvious attempt at murder didn't work either. * * * "MAJCZEK naturally became suspicious and watching from the back of the wagon saw two curtained cars, of the type then in use by the Chicago Police Dept., following the pa trol vagon about a short block away.” McGuire called it an “obvious attempt at murder” by the cops. And Chicago police haven’t changed since then, as the widow of Santo Cicardo, pack inghouse worker slain by the cops, can attest.