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Pro-fascists active Who runs Chicago Boys Clubs? By STAN MACEK WHY did the Chicago Boys Clubs, Inc., choose Gen. Robert E. Wood of Sears Roe buck & Co. as their “Man of the Year?” The Boys Clubs have done a great deal of good work. They have brought adequate recreational facilities for the first time to hundreds of boys in poor neighborhoods boys who previously could play only in the streets and alleys. But that doesn't explain why the boys should have chosen for their award Gen. Wood, a leader in American Action and other fascist organizations. * * * A CHECK by The Chicago Star indicated why Wood was chosen.' The boys didn’t select him. The board of directors did. The head of this board is William H. Regnery, who once employed Joe McWilliams, no torious pro-fascist, at a salary of SIOO a day. According to Mrs. Elizabeth Dilling Stokes, Regnery, a leader in the Amer ica First movement, was ques tioned early in the war by a federal grand jury investigating seditious activities here. The other Chicagoans who help shape the policies of the Boys Clubs are equally interest ing. For example, there's the James S. Kemper, national treasurer of the Republican Party and a leader in Ameri can Action, the new top-level THE CHICAGO STAR, JULY 31, 1948 Progressives: 'We'll win!' (From Page 3) rules assure, will not be an “elec tion-year” party. It will meet, not once every four years, but every year. This will keep it responsive to the rank-and-file members. And the delegates showed at this first convention that they intend to run the party. When they didn’t agree with a decision of the chair man, they overruled him. That happened several times. * * * THEY also showed that they intend to remain alert, to keep the reins of power firmly in the hands of the whole party. This was demonstrated when the delegates ihsisted that the party platform be read plank by plank, so that they could change what parts of it they liked, in stead of accepting or rejecting the platform as a whole. And change the platform they did, in several places. The large national committee — it numbers nearly 150—also per mits every element in the new party to have a strong voice in determining the policies of the Progressives. The committee will meet three times a year. And this is even carried up Hadassah blood donors save lives in Palestine By MICKIE BERKOWITZ The gun that roars in Pales tine echoes in a quiet, white walled room on Chicago’s South Side. There a fight is being waged to save the Jews wounded in the defense of the new state of Israel. The wounded lie in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, but in Chicago, thousands of miles away, the members of Hadassah, Zionist women’s organization, are colecting the blood that is saving their lives. * * * EVERY Sunday morning more I j i 1 ' SH c i fascist outfit. Semper used to 1 sponsor radio broadcasts by the 1 anti-semetic Upton Close. * * * ANOTHER is Sewell L. Avery, the fanatically anti labor head of Montgomery Ward & Co., whose union-bust ing activities obstructed the war effort three years ago. These three are typical of the leadership of the Boys Clubs. On a national scale, for in stance, Herbert Hoover is chair man of the board of directors. i And just to emphasize the c anti-labor, anti-a emecratic j character of the leadership, it migjit be noted that the bankers i and rich manufacturers who 1 head the organization consented 1 to let one outsider in because 1 into the executive committee, which wil meet monthly. * * * AND the Progressives are not going to be split the way too many liberal movements have been broken up by reactionaries in the past. Red-baiting is not going to be an accepted irritant. The delegates showed this by giving their greatest applause to denunciations of the arrests of 12 Communist leaders. They showed it again by angrily re jecting the demand of Americans for Democratic Action that the Progressive Party repudiate Com munist support. Henry Wallace showed if by explicitly accepting the support of Communists on a basis of issues. He showed it again by blasting the arrests of the Com munists and declaring that all Americans must defend the civil liberties of Communists as the first line of defense for the rights of all others. There’ll be no Red-baiting, no split, no lack of enthusiasm or energy. This is going to be an all-out fight. And many a dele gate, now home again, is repeat ing Taylor’s words: "We’re going to win in No vember!" and more Chicagoans—Jew and gentile alilA-—donate a pint of their blood to aid the wounded of Israel. "Sholom!" The ancient Jewish salutation greets the donor as he steps into the comfortable room where vol unteers serve coffee and rolls while the donors rest. The people, old friends and new ones, chat quietly of politics and neighborhood gossip. * * * MEETING these people is like shaking the hand of humanity. "The desire to contribute he was considered safely re actionary. He is J. Edgar Hoover, head of the strike breaking FBI. y t t ARE THESE just coinci dences? Perhaps, in view of the constructive achievements of the Boys Clubs. But a closer look indicates that there may be more to it. Here’s just one example: A couple of years ago the Chicago Action Council was forced to publicly denounce the Old Town Boys Club, 1300 New berry, which excluded Negroes, Mexicans, and others. * * * , THERE were also ugly ru mors about a shakedown racket which a person connected with the leadership of the club oper ated. The same person also encour aged the activities of a gang of young storm-troopers in the neighborhood. The youngsters, who wore black arm bands, en gaged in window-smashing at tacks against Jewish-owned stores, and scrawled anti-Sem eiic slogans on walls and win dows. The dangerous situation was finally cleared up by the Chi cago Action Council, which or ganized mass protests. Is this the kind of “democ racy” that Sewell Avery, Wil liam Regnery, Gen. Wood, Her bert Hoover, and J. Edgar Hoover want to teach the kids? Hit cop brutality at No. Side rally . Police violations of citizens’ rights will be the theme of the Citizens’ Rights Rally to be held at St. Mathews Church, Oak and Orleans on July 30 at 8:00 p. m. Speakers will discuss the recent cases of George Smith, Fred Hall, and other Negroes who live in the near North Side community. Smith, while going, peacefully about his business, was picked up by the police and taken to the station. Beaten into uncon sciousness, his collar-bone and three ribs broken, he was locked in a cell for three days and per mitted to see neither doctor or lawyer until his family had been illegally forced to pay S3OO for his release. The rally is sponsored jointly by the 42nd Ward Civil Rights Congress and the Progressive Party ward club. The government is estimated iO have lost up to $3,000,000,000 dur ing the war in freight overchar ges by railroads. blood." remarked Mrs. Samuel R. Garber, chairman of the Chicago Plasma Drive, "i* so great that we frequently get ov e r - age people. The age limit is 60 and often we have to cross-question them to get the truth about their age." As a reporter talked with the waiting donors, a door was opened, a number called, and someone got up to walk nerv ously after the nurse into the next room. * * * NO ONE expected any undue attention. A University of Chi cago student expressed the atti tude of many when he remarked: "I have nothing much to say. I came because there is a need." The Hadassah drive to collect blood began May 23, shortly after the Israeli government called on the organization to help the grow ing list of wounded. “We’re going to collect as much blood as possible,” Mrs. Garber declared. “As long as additional people call us at DEArborn 1394 to give blood, we’ll continue to save lives.” Keynote hits old party 'hypocrisy' PHILADELPHIA - “The final hyprocrisy” of the Democratic and Republican parties was that they “drew up civil rights planks for their party platforms,” Charles P. Howard, lowa attor ney and newspaper publisher, declared in his keynote address to the Progressive convention here. Lashing out at both old parties in probably the most moving speech of the entire convention, Howard, until recently head of the Negro division of the lowa GOP, asked: "How many times have they both courted us (the Negro peo ple) with the same shabby prom ise, and how many limes have they both betrayed us?" * * * COMMENTING sarcastically on President Truman’s call for a special session of Congress, How ard said: "Suddenly, he can't wait. For two years, he has been playing post-office with the 80th Con gress . . . and pin-the-iail-on the-donkey with the people. He has been long on say-so and short on do-so." Pointing out the differences in deeds between the old parties and the new, Howard said: “It is not necessary to convene Congress to test the sincerity of the Democratic civil rights pro posals or Mr. Truman’s sincerity. * * * "IT IS very simple—as simple as this: ‘Mr. Truman, I ask you as commander in chief o>f the armed forces to sit down and pick up your pen. Pick up your pen and write. Write the execu tive order which will abolish Jim Crow from the United States Army.’ “We have been blinded with promises for too many years. Our eyes are open now. We believe only what we see. “We have seen Henry Wallace go into the South and insist on speaking and speak to non segregated audiences. We have seen Glen Taylor, a United States Senator, defy Jim Crow in Ala bama and go to jail—arrested by a police chief who later turned up as a delegate to the demo cratic national convention. * * • "BUT MOST of all, #re of the new party see ourslves. We see ourselves not picking up political Mayor, Council shirk 'Carey Dump 7 pledge Residents of the neighborhoods rimming that area bounded by Narragansett and Fullerton, Di versey and Normandy avs. are down in the dumps. There lies the obnoxious, evil smelling “Carey Dumps” that has provided the area with rats and health and fire hazards for the past 20 years. Due to the active participation of the Tri-Ward Community Council (an anti-“ Carey Dumps” neighborhood organization) in the past 18 months, the city stopped dumping garbage there January 1948, but the private scavengers continued. * * * The Tri-Ward Council, which is headed by Joseph M. Moran, went to bat and obtained a City Council order, April 15, 1948, to stop private dumping in their already odiferous neighborhood. But the City Council order is being violated every day. Mayor Kennelly, already on the IT'S a man-bites-dog story when firemen go to school to learn how to break glass, but that's what the Chicago fire department is doing in this picture. Two men are making a running stab at the "unbreakable" panel. crumbs, but helping create poli tical policies. "The new party says to the Negro people: 'Come, help us make this nation what you would have it.'" And in a deeply touching per sonal statement, he added quiet ly: "The plain fact that I stand here before you tonight defines our party. For the first lime in my life. I am experiencing hu man dignity. * * * "AND THIS human dignity which I know for the first time, here and now, was not given to me by the old parties—for their way is the denial of decency in the name of profit.” This “denial dt decency,” How ard charged, is reflected in the drive to war through the bi partisan U.S. foreign policy, and in the “joint handiwork of Re publicans and Democrats, a ma jority of both parties, plotting together in a Congressional Mur der Incorporated” to kill civil rights legislation, enact the Taft- Hartley law, kill OPA and hous ing plans, lift ceilings on rents, and “bill after bill” to help the monopolies. Only the Wallace movement offers hope to the world, How ard concluded. spot because he has failed to live up to his campaign pledge to the people of Glenview that city dumping there would be stopped, was asked this week by the Tri- Ward Council to investigate the “Carey-Dump” abuse. Just in case the Mayor con tinues his do-nothing “dump policy,” the Tri-Ward Council is currently organizing residents of the community for a mass meet ting, Monday, Aug. 16, 8 p. m., at the Riis Park Field House, Fullerton and Meade avs. Altorfers workers get 12 Vt cents PEORlA —Altorfers Bros. Co. offered a pay increase package of 12V4 cents an hour on the eve of United Electrical Workers’ (CIO) Local 1114 strike prepara tions. It was accepted by the union membership.