Rev. W. Russell Bowie, Howell Hamilton Broach,
John Brophy, Bayard H. Christy, J. Elwood Cox,
Albert F. Coyle, Mrs. J. Sergeant Cram, Prof
Jerome Davis, James H. Dillard, Sherwood Eddy,
Rev. Noble S. Elderkin, Prof. Charles Ellwood,
Zona Gale, Lindley V. Gordon, Rev. Joel Hayden
Prof. Carlton J. H. Hayes, Pres. John M. Henry
(Coll. Pres.), Rev. John Herring, Prof. Manley
O. Hudson, Hannah Clothier Hull, Prof. Rufus
Jones, James Weldon Johnson, Frederick Libby
Prof. Robert Morss Lovett, Halford Luccock,
Frederick Lynch, James H. Maurer, Prof. Alexander
Meiklejohn, Bishop Francis J. McConnell, Mrs.
John F. Moors, Orie O. Miller, Pres. Arthur E.
Morgan (Coll. Pres.), Pres. S. K. Mosiman (Coll.
Pres.), A. J. Muste, Rev. Reinhold Niebuhr, Frank
Olmstead; Pres. Bromley Oxnam, (Coll. Pres )
Kirby Page, Pres. Marion Park (Coll. Pres.),
Bishop Edward L. Parsons, Carl Patterson, Prof
Ira M. Price, Justice James Hoge Ricks, Prof. W.
Carson Ryan, Dean William J. Scarlett, Henry
Seabury, Mary Seabury, J. Henry Scattergood,
Charles M. Sheldon, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver,
Katherine V. Silverthorn, Thomas Guthrie Speers
Rev. Ernest F. Tittle, Henry P. Van Dusen,
Oswald G. Villard, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Prof
Luther A. Weigle, Pres. Mary E. Woolley (Coll.
Pres.), William Allen White; Illinois Committee
on Militarism in Education: Jane Addams, Jos.
C. Artman, Rev. Orrin W. Auman, Zonia Baber,
Rev. James C. Baker (Champaign), Rev. Norman
Barr, Rev. (Prof.) Frank O. Beck, Alice Boynton,
Rev. Dan B. Brummitt, Rev. A. J. Burns (Cham-
paign), Dr. Geo. A. Coe, Rev. Gilbert Cox, Prof.
Paul H. Douglas, A. J. Elliott (Evanston), Prof.
Fred Eastman (Chgo. Theological Seminary, con-
trib. "Christian Century"), Arthur Fisher, Marion
Fisher, Prof. R. Worth Frank (McCormick
Theol. Sem., radical pacifist). Rev. Chas.
Gilkey, Wilbur D. Grose (Wesley Found. U. of
111.; organizer of Com.), Ann Guthrie (exec. sec.
Chgo. Y.W.C.A.; Fellowship for a Christian
Social Order), Maude Gwinn, Frederick Hall (con-
trib. "Christian Century").
COMMITTEES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
National movement for boycotting Ger-
many, supposedly because of its anti-
Jewish activities, organized by Samuel
Untermyer of N.Y. City. No one who
treasures American freedom wants fascism
or Hitlerism for America, but it is only
fair to note that Germany had 6,000,000
Communists bent on Red terrorist revo-
lution and that Russian Jews had made
themselves prominent in the Red move-
ment, and that Naziism has directed its
attacks more against conspiring, revo-
lutionary Communist Jews, than against
nationalist German Jews who aided Ger-
many during the war; if it has discrim-
inated against the innocent also, it has
been with no such ferocity and loss of life
as the planned and imminent Communist
revolution would have wreaked upon the
German population, had it been successful
as in Russia. Those making altruistic
appeals for human rights for Jews in
Germany, should at the same time raise
their voices urging boycott of atheist Rus-
sia in behalf of its persecuted Christians
and millions of "liquidated" starved
Ukrainians, in order to escape the suspicion
that they are protesting for Communist
rather than "human" rights.
Chicago officers: Chmn. Salmon O.
Levinson (pres. of red Abraham Lincoln
Center) ; pres. Paul Hutchinson (active
in various pro-Soviet activities) ; exec. sec.
Prof. James M. Yard (backer of various
Committee: Dr. Preston Bradley, Gen. John V.
Clinnin, Dr. Copeland Smith, Dr. Arthur O.
Black, Gen. Frank A. Schwengel, Chas. Sincere,
Mrs. Ella Alschuler, Mrs. Paul Steinbrecher, Mrs.
Geo. V. Mclntyre, Dr. Willard Hotchkiss, Samuel
H. Holland, Dr. Horace J. Bridges (A.C.L.U.),
Mrs. Clark Eichelberger ; see "Who's Who" for
John A. Lapp, Chas. Clayton Morrison, Curtis W.
Reese (of A. Lincoln Center), Col. Raymond
Robins, Mrs. B. F. Langworthy, John Fitzpatrick.
Hdqts.: Room 437, 30 N. La Salle St.,
COMMITTEES FOR THOMAS
Com. for Thomas
Committees organized to aid the peren-
nial campaigns of Norman Thomas as So-
cialist candidate for Governor of New
York, President of the United States and
other offices bear names such as "Non-
Partisan Committee for Norman Thomas,"
"Educators' " (also Professional Men's,
Writers', Artists' and Publicists', Trade
Union, Intercollegiate) "Committee for
Thomas and Maurer," etc.
A very radical new magazine; mouth-
piece of the League for Independent
Political Action (L.I.P.A.) and its Conf.
for Prog. Pol. Action and cooperating with
the National Religion and Labor Foun-
dation, Christian Social Action Movement,
and Emergency Committee for Strikers
Relief; organized and edited by Alfred M.
Bingham of the national committee of the
communist F.S.U., son of Hiram Bingham,
former U.S. Senator from Connecticut;
Editors: Alfred M. Bingham, Selden Rod-
man; Contributors include: Communists
John Dos Passos, V. F. Calverton, Robt.
Cantwell, Max Eastman, Albert Weisbord,
Chas. Yale Harrison, James Rorty; Com-
munist-Socialist Upton Sinclair; former
Communists Ludwig Lore, J.B.S. Hard-
man, etc.; Carleton Beals; also Socialists
Stuart Chase, George Soule, A. J. Muste,
Robt. S. Allen (L.I.P.A. dir.), Henry Haz-
litt (ed. "Nation") and other radicals.
(The communist "Anvil," Sept.-Oct. issue,
At Mena, Arkansas; a communistic, co-
educational, cooperative labor college to
train radical labor agitators and organizers ;
has about forty-three students and ten
faculty members, whose delegation to Ken-
tucky in 1932 were arrested as Commu-
nists; received $24,580 between 1924-8
from the Garland Fund, and when this
support stopped, Communists, Socialists,
I.W.W.'s and intellectual sympathizers
were called upon to help maintain it; the
Federated Press, N.Y., Sept. 1, 1926, stated:
"Legal services of the American Civil
Liberties Union are offered to Common-
wealth College to resist the attempt of
the Arkansas American Legion executive
committee to investigate the teaching and
maintenance of the institution"; the Feb.
1931 issue of the National Republic said:
"In a recent issue of Fortnightly" (the
bulletin of Commonwealth College) "Prof.
Zeuch declared that he wished the Fish
Committee would visit Commonwealth
College so that they could be told of 'the
many good things about red, red Russia
and the many evil things about the U.S.,'
and printed a letter from a longshoreman
engaged in trying to teach negroes atheism
and to organize 'the right kind of labor
unions under Communist auspices'"; the
same National Republic issue also con-
tained the following: ". . . the 13th anni-
versary of the 'first workers' democracy
Soviet Russia was celebrated at the Com-
mons, Commonwealth College, Mena,
Arkansas, on Nov. 9. The meeting con-
cluded with singing of the Internationale.
Under the caption 'Fellow Builders,' the
'Fortnightly' says that 'since the last issue
the Brandeises' " (Justice and Mrs.
Brandeis) "'and Floyd Dell have re-
pledged for the 1931-32-33 period'";
among the officers of Commonwealth Col-
lege (1931) besides W. E. Zeuch were:
Kate Richards O'Hare; Covington Hall, an
I.W.W. writer and poet; Albert E. Coyle;
William Bouck, radical agricultural leader;
Alice Stone Blackwell; U.S. Sen. Lynn J.
Frazier; John Haynes Holmes; Ernest R.
Meitzen, member of the Communist I.L.D.
and Communist United Farmers Edu-
cational League; and Upton Sinclair, "a
violent literary Socialist" (Lusk Report)
and Communist writer.
Among 1933 financial contributors were
Harry Ward, Max Eastman, Aaron L.
The Red Network
Shapiro, Roger Baldwin, Prof. Ernest W.
Burgess (U. of Chgo.). The Oct. 1932
Nat. Republic quotes from the Common-
wealth Bulletin the ironical news that the
capitalistic Carnegie Corporation had do-
nated funds for modernizing the Common-
wealth plant. How capitalists do love to
help the Reds! Lucien Koch was director
1933 and the following telegram was sent
dated Nov. 7, 1933 to "M. Litvinoff. In
care of Boris Skvirsky, Washington, D.C.":
"Commonwealth has long recognized Soviet
Russia and its tremendous significance to the
future of economic planning. It extends greetings
and felicitations to Soviet Russia's able repre-
sentative and invites him to visit and inspect
Commonwealth, a worker's college at Mena,
Arkansas, which supports itself by running a
Kolhoz or collective farm. Wire answer collect.
Commonwealth College, Mena, Arkansas."
While the wire states that Common-
wealth supports itself another column of
the college paper announces that Lucien
Koch is in the East begging funds to
COMMUNIST, THE (Magazine)
The official monthly magazine of the
Communist Party of U.S.A. theory;
address: P.O. Box 148, Station D., N.Y.
City; 20c per copy.
A former Communist Party executive
estimates that during 1933 there were
about 300 Communist camps in the United
States including Camps Unity (of the
T.U.U.L.), Camps Nitgedaiget, Young
Pioneer, W.I.R., Young Communist League
The St. Denis Bldg., N.Y. City, is located
on the S.W. corner of llth and Broadway,
with addresses of 80 East llth St. on one
side and 799 Broadway on the other.
Suite 436 is the national hdqts. of the
communist Unemployed Councils now agi-
tating in 36 states. In the same building
are located the offices of the communist
F.S.U., I.L.D., I.C.O.R., Nat. Com. for
Defense Political Prisoners, Labor Re-
search Assn., Workers Health Service,
Proletarian Anti-Religious League, United
Council of Working Class Housewives,
United Council of Working Class Women,
and League of Struggle for Negro Rights.
The main hdqts. is an eight story building
owned and completely occupied by the
Communist Party. It has two addresses:
35 E. 12th St., and SO E. 13th St. 26-28
Union Square is owned by the Party and
houses the Freiheit and Daily Worker
Chicago district hdqts. were moved, July
1933, from 1413 W. 18th St. to 101 South
Wells St., Room 70S.
COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL, THE
See under Internationals (1st, 2nd and
3rd) ; also it is the semi-monthly official
organ of the Executive Committee of the
Communist International (lOc copy; order
from Workers Library Publishers).
COMMUNIST LEAGUE OF AMERICA
American adherents of the expelled Trot-
sky faction hi the Communist Internation-
al; organized 1928; while not affiliated
with the Communist Party of U.S.A. it
supports the Communist T.U.U.L. strikes
and participates in other "united front"
activities; is more violently revolutionary
in theory than even the parent Communist
Party. In 1930 the national committee in-
cluded Martin Abern, James P. Cannon,
Vincent Dunne, Albert Glotzer, Hugo
Oehler, Max Schactman, Carl Skoglund,
Maurice Spector, Arne Swabeck; issues
Youth and Jewish papers besides the Eng-
lish weekly "Militant"; 1933 hdqts. 126 E.
16th St., N.Y.C. (Conf. for Prog. Lab.
Action offices adjoin); Chicago hdqts.:
2SS9 W. North Ave.
(COMMUNIST) LEAGUE OF
PROFESSIONAL GROUPS FOR
FOSTER AND FORD
Communist Lg. P. G. for F. & F.
A group pledged to vote Communist and
aid the Communist Party program and
campaign; its pamphlet (published by the
Communist Party Workers Library Pub-
lishers, P.O. Box 148, Sta. D., N.Y. City,
Oct. 1932) stated: "In Sept. 1932, a group
of over fifty American writers, painters,
teachers, and other professional workers
declared their support of Foster and -Ford
and the Communist ticket in the 1932
national election. ... In October this group
was organized as the League of Professional
Groups for Foster and Ford. An editorial
committee was appointed and instructed
to expand the original statement into a
10,000 word 'Open Letter,' and publish it
as an election pamphlet. This pamphlet is
now issued under the title of 'Culture and
the Crisis.' ... As responsible intellectual
workers, we have aligned ourselves with
the frankly revolutionary Communist
Party. . . . The Communist Party of
America proposes as the real solution of
the present crisis the overthrow of the sys-
tern which is responsible for all crises. This
can only be accomplished by the conquest
of political power and the establishment of
a workers' and farmers' government which
will usher in the socialist commonwealth.
The Communist Party does not stop short
merely with a proclamation of its revo-
lutionary goal. ... Its actions and achieve-
ments are impressive evidence of its revo-
lutionary sincerity. ... We call upon all
men and women especially workers in the
professions and arts to join in the revo-
lutionary struggle against capitalism under
the leadership of the Communist Party . . .
and join us in this move to form 'Foster
and Ford' Committees throughout the
country." Etc. Signed by:
Leonie Adams, Sherwood Anderson, Newton
Arvin, Emjo Basshe, Maurice Becker, Slater
Brown, Fielding Burke, Erskine Caldwell, Robert
Cantwell, Winifred L. Chappell, Lester Cohen,
Louis Colman, Lewis Corey, Henry Cowell, Mal-
colm Cowley, Bruce Crawford, Kyle S. Crichton,
Countee Cullen, H. W. L. Dana, Adolf Dehn,
John Dos Passos, Howard N. Doughty, Jr.,
Theodore Dreiser, Miriam" Allen De Ford, Waldo
Frank, Alfred Frueh, Murray Godwin, Eugene
Gordon, Horace Gregory, Louis Grudin, John Her-
mann, Granville Hicks, Sidney Hook, Sidney
Howard, Langston Hughes, Orrick Johns, William
N. Jones, Matthew J,sephson, Alfred Kreymborg,
Louis Lozowick, Grace Lumpkin, Felix Morrow,
Samuel Ornitz, James Rorty, Isidor Schneider,
Frederick L. Schuman, Edwin Seaver, Herman
Simpson, Lincoln Steffens, Charles Walker, Robert
Whitaker, Edmund Wilson, Ella Winter.
Hdqts.: 35 East 12th St., N.Y. City (the
Communist " Workers School").
COMMUNIST LEAGUE OF STRUGGLE
A Communist party which broke away
from the Communist Party of U.S.A. led
by Albert Weisbord; organized Mar. IS,
1931; participates in "united front" Com-
munist strikes, etc.; its official organ is
"Class Struggle"; it puts out a shop paper
in the Brooklyn Navy Yard ("Red Dread-
nought") ; favors many of Trotsky's ultra
revolutionary theories; hdqts. Albert Weis-
bord, 212 9th St., N.Y. City.
The "Workers Voice" is the official "mid-
west organ of the Communist Party of
the U.SA. Published at 2019 W. Division
St., Chicago, 111." Herbert Newton, colored
Communist, is its editor. The "Southern
Worker," "Western Worker," and "Mich-
igan Worker," with the "Daily Worker,"
all Communist newspapers, together, rather
thoroughly cover United States Communist
activities (in English). The Foreign Lan-
guage Groups publish 8 daily and 18 weekly
COMMUNIST PARTY (OPPOSITION)
Another separate Communist party
formed by members of the official Commu-
nist Party of U.S.A.; organized about 1931,
led by Communists Jay Lovestone and
Benj. Gitlow (of Garland Fund). The
Am. Labor Year Book 1932 says: that it
"fully endorses the general course of the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union in
economic construction although it criticizes
the inner party methods used by the Stalin
leadership"; that its official organ "Revo-
lutionary Age," although supported by the
American Civil Liberties Union, finally was
barred by the Post Office authorities from
second class mailing privileges, the "Work-
ers Age" replacing it as the official weekly;
that "the anniversaries of the Russian
Revolution and death of Chas. E. Ruthen-
berg were the occasions of large meetings";
that "energies of the group were concen-
trated on individual unions in the needle
trades and among the anthracite and
marine workers, Locals 1 and 22 of the
Intl. Ladies Garm. Wkrs., as well as in the
Amalgamated Clothing Workers and Fur-
riers left-wing elements"; that "The re-
building of the left-wing in the Workmen's
Circle also occupied the attention" of the
Party; and that in the Nov. 1931 elec-
tions instructions were given members to
vote the official Communist Party tickets."
Jay Lovestone, editor, Will Herberg, mg.
ed., and Bertram D. Wolfe, assoc. ed., are
given as Staff members of its "Workers
Age." Hdqts. 51 W. 14th St., N.Y. City.
COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE U.S.A.
(SECTION OF THE COMMUNIST
The main powerful Moscow-directed
world party of Communists. See under
Communist Organization in the U.S.A.
These authors and their writings are
officially endorsed and recommended for
reading by the "Soviet Union Review,"
organ of the official Soviet government
agency in Washington, D.C., the "Soviet
Union Information Bureau," headed by
Boris Skvirsky, known as the "unofficial
ambassador" of the Soviet Union in Wash-
ington. Considering the strictness of Soviet
censorship, an author's propaganda neces-
sarily must be pro-Soviet in order to
receive official Soviet endorsement.
Ralph Albertson, R. Page Arnot, W. J. Austin
Newton D. Baker, Roger N. Baldwin, John Becker,
May L. Becker, Karl Borders, Margaret Bourke-
The Red Network
White, H. N. Brailsford, Eugene Braudo, Adams
Brown, David A. Brown, Joseph Budish, Wm. C.
Bullitt, Emile Burns, George A. Burrell, Thomas
D. Campbell, John M. Carmody, Huntley Carter,
Wm. H. Chamberlain, Stuart Chase, Mrs. Cecil
Chesterton, W. P. Coates, Alzada Comstock, Hugh
Lincoln Cooper, H. M. Dadourian, Ruth Dadou-
rian, Jerome Davis, Vera Micheles Dean, John
Dewey, Maurice Dobb, Theodore Dreiser, Louis I.
Dublin, Robert W. Dunn, Walter Duranty, Hans
von Eckardt, Clough Williams Ellis, Ernestine
Evans, Michael Farbman, Arthur Feiler, Alice
Withrow Field, Louis Fischer, Joseph Freeman,
Elisha Friedman, Edgar S. Furniss, General Wm.
S. Graves, Mordecai Gorelik, Frederick Griffin,
G. T. Grinko, Anna J. Haines, Jeyhoun Bey
Hajibeyli, Talbot Faulkner Hamlin, Jack Hardy,
Samuel N. Harper, Julius F. Hecker, Maurice
Hindus, A. Ford Hinricks, John Haynes Holmes,
Calvin B. Hoover, Bruce Hopper, William Kistler
Huff, M. Ilin, Albert A. Johnson, John A. Kings-
bury, H. R. Knickerbocker, Joshua Kunitz, Ivy
Lee, Dr. Richard Lewinsohn, E. C. Lindeman, Ray
Long, Louis Lozowick, Anatole Lunacharsky,
Eugene Lyons, Robert McManus, Valeriu Marcu,
V. M. Molotov, Albert Muldavin, Scott Nearing,
Reinhold Niebuhr, Albert Parry, Ashley Pettis,
Boris Pilniak, Albert P. Pinkevitch, Walter N.
Polakov, George M. Price, George Earle .Raiguel,
Arthur Ransome, John Reed, Geroid T. Robin-
son, Edward A. Ross, Walter Arnold Rukeyser,
Leonid Sabaneyef, A. A. Santalov, Prof. Fred L.
Schuman, Louis Segal, Wm. Philip Simms, Jessica
Smith, Gregory Sokolnikov, George Soule, Max-
well S. Stewart, Anna Louise Strong, Valentine
V. Tchikoff, Rex. Guy Tugwell, Sidney Webb,
Walter Wells, William C. White, Robert Whitten,
Albert Rhys Williams, Frankwood E. Williams,
Ella Winter, Thomas Woody, Victpr Yakhontoff,
Y. A. Yakovlev, Avram Yarmolinsky, A. Y.
Yeghenian, Judah Zelitch, and Lucien Zacharoff.
See International Pamphlets, Inter-
national Publishers, and Workers Library
Publishers for further lists.
CONCEPTION CONTROL SOCIETY
A branch of the Am. Assn. for Advance-
ment of Atheism (4A).
N.Y. City Communist organization oper-
ating cooperative apartments, camps, etc.
Autos leave their Cooperative Restaurant,
2700 Bronx Park, East, regularly for
Nitgedaiget Hotel, Beacon, N.Y., Camp
CONFERENCE FOR PROGRESSIVE
Conf. Prog. Lab. Act.
A very militant left-wing Socialist trade
union organization somewhat similar to the
communist T.U.U.L. ; cooperates with the
Trotskyite Communists in labor strikes and
struggks; is under the leadership of A. J.
Muste, until recently head of Brookwood
Labor College, and Louis Budenz, profes-
sional labor organizer and agitator. Its
Unemployed Citizens Leagues have been
active in ''united front" activities with the
Communists throughout the country. A
report Sept. 28, 1933 from Seattle, where
this League virtually controlled the last
Seattle municipal election, stated that the
Unemployed Citizens League of Seattle
was "affiliated with the National Commit-
tee of the Unemployed Councils" of the
Communist Party; supporting organization
of Nat. Com. to Aid Victims of German
Fascism (of communist W.I.R.) of which
Muste is nat. chmn., and of U.S. Congress
Against War; forming, 1934, the Amer-
ican Workers' party.
CONFERENCE FOR PROGRESSIVE
A radical political organization formed
in Chicago, Feb. 20, 1922 by the LaFol-
lette organization of Farmers, Amalgamated
Clothing Workers, People's Legislative Serv-
ice (of LaFollette), Women's Trade Union
League, Farmer-Labor Party, Non-Partisan
League, Communists, Socialists, I.W.W.'s,
and radicals of all hues, for the purpose
of running and electing radical candidates
on regular party tickets. The organizing
conference praised Soviet Russia, damned
capitalism, and endorsed (in 1922 and
1923) Senators LaFollette, Brookhart, Nor-
ris, Ashhurst (Arizona) , Dill, Frazier, Kend-
rick, Ralston, Swanson, and Howell on
the Republican and Democratic tickets,
and Shipstead and Johnson (Minn.) on the
Farmer-Labor Party ticket, all of whom
were elected (See Whitney's "Reds in
Wm. H. Johnston (Sec.-Treas. of the
People's Legislative Service and Nat. Pop-
ular Govt. League) called the second Con-
ference for Progressive Political Action at
Cleveland, Dec. 11, 1922, with Edw. Keat-
ing (1933 Roosevelt appointee) as chmn.
of the Committee on Program and Reso-
lutions, Judson King (1933 Roosevelt
appointee) as delegate from the Pop. Govt.
Lg., Morris Hillquit, Victor Berger, Sey-
mour Stedman, Geo. E. Roewer, B. Char-
ney Vladeck, Otto Branstetter and James
O'Neal, as delegates from the Socialist
Party, Norman Thomas, Robt. Morss
Lovett and D. J. Meserole, as delegates
from the Socialist L.I.D., etc.
Conferences held in St. Louis, Feb. 11,
12, 1924 and July 4, 1924, prepared the
Socialist platform and nominated LaFol-
lette and Wheeler to run as the choice of
the combined radical forces on a ticket
dubbed as the "Progressive," Carl D.
Thompson, Norman Thomas, and Morris
Hillquit of the Socialist Party, and innu-
merable other well known radicals, were
delegates to these Conferences called by
Wm. H. Johnston.
Early in August 1933, a call for a United
Conference for Progressive Political Action
to be held at Judson Court, University of
Chicago, Sept. 2-3, 1933 was issued by the
socialist League for Independent Political
Action to about a hundred Socialist,
farmer-labor, racial, radical organizations.
The call was signed by Prof. John Dewey,
Congressman LaGuardia (one time Social-
ist candidate then running for Mayor of
N.Y. City on Fusion ticket), Howard Y.
Williams (exec. sec. of socialist Lg. for
Independent Political Action), Congress-
man F. H. Shoemaker, Milo Reno (leader
of farm marches and riots), Upton Sinclair
(Socialist and Communist leader then
running on Democratic ticket in Cali-
fornia), Prof. Paul Douglas (chmn. So-
cialist Party campaign 1932, now on
President Roosevelt's "Democratic" Plan-
ning Board), Prof. Robt. Morss Lovett
(leader of Socialist and Communist organ-
izations), Vida Scudder, and similar
Paul Douglas presided as temporary
chmn. and the former LaFollette Congress-
man, Thos. R. Amlie, of Wis., was made
permanent chmn. Addresses were delivered
by W. R. Truax, Estelle Sternberger, Jos.
Schlossberg, Mayor Wm. Mahoney of St.
Paul (Socialist), John W. Wirds (pres.
United Farmers of Am.), Alfred Bingham,
editor of the radical "Common Sense"
Magazine, and other radicals.
The conference adopted a platform call-
ing for "public ownership of the means of
wealth production" as the "ultimate objec-
tive" of the movement and as a step in this
direction the nationalization of money and
credits, of public utilities and of various
"basic industries." The collapse of our
present system was predicted and the scrap-
ping of our Constitution proposed, to abol-
ish what they call "absentee ownership of
property." The establishment of national
unemployment, maternity, sick, accident,
and old age insurance, heavier taxation on
wealth, on incomes and inheritances, etc.,
and a foreign trade monopoly similar to
the Russian plan was advocated. The
masses were urged to "rise and take con-
"Cautious and conservative" measures
were adopted to "insure the realization of
their purposes" says a release from the
N.Y. City office of the movement. A pro-