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THE NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN K 1 ASSEMBLY IA BAC PEOPL Nations Leaders Acclaim Nutmeg Guard Anti-Bias Statute J?: CAPTAIN GRANT REYNOLDS (. iiniMH-ii-i rifii -i"n nir-"1 ..ft As Southern diehards and Northern reactionaries turned back the hands of democratic progress in the United States Senate, the state of Connecticut scored a smashing victory in, the uphill fight for human equality last week when its Legislature made law a bill which gives every citizen the right of joining his state's National Guard, irrespective of race, color or creed. The anti-bias National Guard law, introduced by Senator Wechs-. From New York Citv went au- lee and espoused militantly by thentic information that members governor L,nester JBowies, during of New York Legislature would F. D. ROOSEVELT, JR. DR. CHANNING H. TOBIAS Informed by this newspaper of passage of the Connecticut National Guard anti-bias statute, internationally-noted leaders, in exclusive statements to THE NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN last week, heartily endorsed the action of the Legislature and commended the leadership 01 Governor .Bowles. From the Senate chambers in Washington where he was striving to salvage civil rights legislation, Walter White, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, paused to tell The BULLETIN: "The National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peo ple is proud of the action taken by the Connecticut Legislature and Governor Bowles to abolish segre gation in the State National Guard. This in sharp contrast to the short sighted, cruel maneuvering of Southern filibusterers and north ern reactionaries who are strang ling our national civil rights pro gram in Washington. We salute Governor Bowles and the Legisla ture. We also take this opportunity so say to the people of Connecti cut that the cause of civil rights shall not die, We shall carry on in the face of all opposition and we shall surely win." Roosevelt Approves Contacted by telephone at his New York law firm, Franklin Jr., chairman of New York City's Mayor's Committee on Unity, de clared himself- "very much in fa vor of this step which has been taken by Connecticut." "We have the same legislation pending and I'm delighted that Connecticut has done it.' I heard Governor Bowles' inaugural address in which he championed this move, and I'm pleased that the Legisla ture went along with him. I ad mire his leadership and congratu late both Governor Bowles and the Legislature of Connecticut." Venerable Dr. Channing H. To bias, internationally-famed elder statesman, reached at his New York apartment, told the BULLETIN: "It is no more than I expected of Chester Bowles. He is a man of great ability and courage. Com ing when we are experiencing so many disappointments in Wash ington, this news is like a breath of fresh air." With characteristic directness, former Army Chaplain Grant Rey nolds, who made world-wide news recently with his proposal that Ne groes refuse to enlist in a jim crow national army, coupled his praise of the Connecticut legisla tion with a searing blast at the fil ibustering Senate. "The U. S. Senate has just dis graced America in the eyes of the world." Captain Reynolds declared. "However, the State of Connecti cut, under its progressive Governor, Chester Bowles, by eliminating jim crow from its state militia, gives timely assurance that Southern bigotry and Northern hypocrisy have not polluted the wellspring of democratic government in the Nut meg State. It is regrettable that the Connecticut legislature, with its high ideals of human freedom, can not be substituted for that three- ring circus of degenerate hypocrites and demented demagogues, which, with few exceptions, now act as the United States Senate. Governor Chester Bowles' leadership is a comforting reminder that there are still a few men who are unafraid to move, in the vanguard of human decency. If our nation is to main tain its role of world leadership, it will only be as officials in high places emulate the deep conviction of human equality so characteristic of Chester Bowles. "As National Chairman of the Committee to End Discrimination in the Armed Forces, I feel safe in saying that I feel my colleague, A. Philip Randolph, now in Miami, would unreservedly share my senti ments." Captain Reynolds conclud ed. Randolph is national treasurer Of the anti-bias Committee. A subscription to the Bulletin is a good gift and a year 'round investment. and after his victorious campaign, was approved unanimously, both by the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-dominated House. The ink had scarcely dried on the Governor's signature of the bill before THE NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN had rounded up the vigorous approving reactions of in ternationallyrfamed liberal leaders, including Walter White, executive secretary of the National Associ ation for the Advancement of Colored People; Franklin Roose velt, Jr., chairman 5f New York City's Committee on Unity; Dr. Channing H. Tobias, director, Phelps-Stokes Fund, and Captain Garnt Reynolds, national chairman of the Committee to End Discrim ination in the Armed Forces. U. S. Bows To Law Army Secretary Royall said from Washington on Thursday that fed eral recognition will be continued for the Connecticut National Guard. In the past, various state chief executives and others opposed to integrated National Guard organ izations, have used the argument that federal recognition would be denied states which so legislated. use the Connecticut statute as a powerful argument in contending for a strong anti-bias National Guard law. As THE BULLETIN went to press, New York State's legislators were to consider a bill involving this issue, which in many liberal quarters has been termed weak. Jubilant over His complete vic tory in persuading Connecticut's lawmakers to pass the measure without a dissenting vote, Gov ernor Bowles observed, immediate ly after signing, that "we have reason to be proud of our elected representatives who forgot party differences and joined forces to take a momentous step that has brought us just a little but further along the road towards achieving true democracy." Immediate reaction on the part of applicants followed signing of the bill. 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