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THIE NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN SAT. MARCH 26, 1949 NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN Published Each Saturday At Hartford, Conn., By The New England Bulletin Publishing Company, Inc. Editorial And Business Office: 2314 Main Street, Hartford, Conn. Phone 7-5116 Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1199, Hartford, Conn. George W. Goodman, President Ernie Durham, Editor Subscription Rates: 1 Year $4.00; Months $2.50; Single Copy 10 Cents Advertising Rates Upon Request New Haven Office: 263 Dixwell Avenue. Phone 6-2526 THE BULLETIN SPEAKS! Human progress is slow, painful and sometime disheartening. That is what gives so much significance to those lines, that say, "Oh the plain of hesitation, bleach the bones of countless millions. Who at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and there died wait- ? H 8 G H - 70 GET HER ! V .51 ST.? msr. T'ha in of Neerro ioumalism has been most. rugged throughout the nation; rugged because of two factors. First, a lack of capital to do the required job and second because of a paucity of trained personnel. Connecticut has had more than its share of problems with these factors. Repeatedly local Negro papers have come and gone, be cause they could not weather! the storm without these two assets. The Connecticut Chronicle marked the first real toe-hold that any such sheet ever established. For out of it has come this new re organized development that is known as the New England Bulletin. The Bulletin is the off -shoot of the New England Bulletin Pub lishing Co., Inc. that holds great promise for the progress of the group throughout New England. And while it happens to be owned and operated by Negro capital and personnel, it does not seek to primarily expouse the cause! of Negroes but all people ,of whatever nationality who suffer. Someday it is the hope of the underwriters that this publication will be the mouth piece of many different nationalities throughout New England: Because we feel that until man of all races develop the full feeing that individual personality is the most sacred thing in the world and nationality is of no con sequence, we will never have permanent peace. Yes, we will be a militant, crusading paper. We will stand for honesty and decency in all things that concern the welfare of the people, irrespective of what interests are on the other side. We will not be dogmatic, nor will we try to unfairly domineer any any situ ation but we will certainly forever point out the fact that! truth is not divisable and therefore cannot be played with. Because of the nature of the situation that Negroes find them selves in, we will naturally be discussing them extensively. For we feel that they constitute a greater majority of! the disinherited than any other group in the American population.. We feel that where Negroes are concerned the public is far too willing to beg the ques tion and advise avoiding coming to grips with certain moral con cepts, merely to placate those who do not believe in equality of hu man personality. There are many such situations in Connecticut and New England that need to bé exposed and analyzed so that fair minded people who are vitally concerned about the outcome of Democracy, may raise their voices in objection. Many of these things cannot be reached by law and therefore must be placed in the hands of an enlightened public opinion; people who are informed about the ten ente of decency and who in return will insist upon their becoming a partì, of public practice. It is not saying too much to say that where the Negro population of New England is concerned, there is not a single daily paper that concieves of this issue as being significant enough to devote a con sistent campaign to. For this we do not fault them, for their pri mary objective is to make money without to much unnecessary dif ficulty. These things though, are of vital importance to us and is the ma jor reason why we exist. We work for the day when the Negro popu lation of New England will be a normal acceptable part of the pop ulation in all of those phases that go to make for more constructive citizenship. The day when all men will be judged on the basis of their character and ability, rather than the shade of their skin. The day when men in high places will not be counciling patience in the face, of the deliberate violation o$ moral issues. To do these things honestly and right, the New England Bulle tin needs the wholehearted support not only of Negroes but all men and women who believe in human decency. I I I f Subscribe To The NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN 6 Months $2.50 1 Year . $4.00 Write To: Subscription Dept. NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN 2314 Main Street Hartford, Conn. .mm I m MB m Courtesy institute tor American Democracy. Inc. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS The few instances in our career when we have had cause to enter tain temporary doubts about the merits of freedom of the press have invariably post-dated reading of the garrulous garbage almost consistently issuing from the journalistic jaws of the Peglers, O'Don nells and such publications as the New York Daily News. Recently, in a discussion of passage of a so-called "spy" bill passed overwhelmingly by the House, the News pointed out that "among the four members of Congress who voted against the bill were Repre sentatives Vito Marcantonio and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., both of New York City and both "longtime followers of the Stalinist party Une." The late unlamented Colonel Patterson's newspaper goes on to observe that "whenever these gents oppose a measure in Congress, Americans are justified in supposing it to be in the public inter est." Normally, it is wise to ignore such idiocy, however, it is an, un fortunate fact that the News enjoys a tremendous and powerful circulation and wields an influence almost entirely out of proportion to its worth. Despite the trash which the News seems to delight in inflict ing upon an innocent readership, we would not be so narrow-minded as to suggest that whenever the News oppose an issue or an indi vidual editorially, sensible people are justified in supposing it or him to bè in the public interest. Certainly, we are not suggesting that everyone at all times agree with Messrs Powell and Marcantonio. It is true, however, that over whelmingly the constituents of these two gentlemen have endorsed thir records in the public interest. We suspect the Daily News would be a lot happier if there were no strong voices ever raised in defense and behalf of the Negro, es pecially when one of those voices comes from a Negro who, whatever else he may be, has always dramatically indicated his independence. Incidentally, when is the News going to oppose the filibustering folly of the Southern traitors to the democratic cause as "against the puunu mteresur Your guess is as good as ours. SOUND OFF The Department For Vets and GI's By Glenn Douglass A PAPER'S PLEDGE By Glenn Douglass Here's the way a newspaper should be, Striving always for mens to be free, Challenging threats to liberty, Calling for truth and decency. Here's the way good newsmen should write, Praising him who conducts the good fight, Condemning wrong, upholding .the right, Alert for what happens by day or night. That's the way your BULLE TIN will be. . Buy it try it weekly and see. WATERBURY (Continued from Page 5) new young clubs, gave a Mardi Gras Dance last Friday evening at the Pearl Street Neighborhood House. Had a wonderful turnout of over 200. The music was played by Sam Kimble of New Britain. This club consists of the four Burkes, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burke and Mrs. and Mr. Yours Truly Burke. SPORTS Let's get on the ball. Tony Car ter, Princeton's (Knitting Mills) young star and our leading scorer, was awarded the most valuable What's happening everywhere these days is the business of the people. The Bulletin covers what happens many places. Mind your own business by reading the Bulletin. Months after V-J day, the last of the boys came back. By the time the majority of the combat and utility forces had been emptied out of the Pacific and European theatres, the parades and celebrations were over, the speeches and applause for the grand per formance they had given had died down. Today, many vets are dis heartened, disillusioned. They think nobody cares. Most of them are not in this state of mind because they feel their nation owes them any thing, special. Many of them are bitter and sore because they, who slept on foxholes, are denied the right to live with their families, in decent homes, sometimes only because of the profiteers who would prolong a housing shortage, other times because of the hatemongers who would maintain white supremacy through the racial ghettos and the jim-crow housing. Many of them are sorely disap pointed because the land of the free often looks like anything but the home of the brave. They have not forgotten the ex-GFs who helped to do away with Hitler's "Ja," in the vain hope that their families in the Southland would be able to go to free polls. They have not forgotten Isaac Woodard who lives in darkness because his the color of his uniform was not as important as the color of his skin. Negro vets endorsed the idea of freedom and got back a rubber check from the bank of democracy That institution will become defunct if it does not redeem its promises to the men who lie in silence beneath the shores of foreign lands. There were adequate jobs for the men in uniform but the Negro ex-GI is getting fired first in these days of re cession. A New Crop Of GI's Added to this great army of former men in uniform is an im portant new croj) the youth of our race now being drafted or vol unteering for duty in our armed forces. It is important that their rights be cared for, their pro- f tection guaranteed. Many of our vets and many of this new crop of GI's are not real izing those rights and often it is because of lack of information. It is a tribute to the veterans of the last war that one of their chief concerns is not for them selves, but that the disillusion and deceit which came in the wake o four last victory be not visited upon their sons and kid brothers whose lot it may be to wear the nation's colors. Many of the vets think no body cares. There are many who care. THE NEW ENGLAND BUL LHfTIN is among them. To our vets, to our new GI's for their rights, their protection, their information and education this depart ment is sincerely dedicated. Personal problems, problems concerning vet and govern ment services, all these as many as possible and as com- petently as possible will be considered in this column. But we don't know what what they want, what's both ering them, what are their beefs, their feelings unless they let us know. So, to vets and GI's we say Sound Off. orS?n?k communications to SOUND OFF Glenn Douglass, 7?nn JJew Enand Bulletin, Box 1199, Hartford, Conn. player's trophy in the XR.A. League . . . Tony Trtoter's Trophy. Keep your eye on this boy, I pre dict a great basketball future for him; very fast and a good two pointer. Sam "Connie Mack" Wilson, manager of the Bàrons Baseball Team is looking forward to as great a: season this year as he had last year. His four stellar stars, Wynn Petteway, Albert Leach, Johnny Davis and Frank Silva will return from college soon. Keep your eye on Doug Richard son, he has the makings of a great all-round star. Memories: Do you remember the two years when the Pearl Street Neighborhood Juniors won 113 games, losing only two with old stars like Moses "Hawk" Holmes, Don "Moon" Garner, Jerome Hazel, Joe Pagentino, Tony Marinaro, Wally Clapp and others ? Boy, what we would do for a team like that again!