The Charlotte Labor Journal
AND DIXIE FARM NEWS
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W. M. WITTER.......Edit* and PabUahcr
CLAUDE L. ALBEA...AaaociaU Editor
CHARLOTTE. N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1940
The American Federation of Labor will never surrender
the principle of democratic control or yield to minority force ;
and domination. It will ever cling to Democratic ideals and
will most jealously guard and protect the principles of De
mocracy and Democratic procedure. It will never accept a
dictator or submit to autocratic control. It is upon that sound ;
and solid American basis it has taken its stand and there '
it will ever remain.”—WILLIAM GREEN, President Amer
ican Federation of Labor.
BROWDER GUILTY OF TREASON, SAYS
The Observer Monday carried the following editorial
which should meet the approval of every true American citi
zen. It has been the Journal’s view all along. The sooner Amer
ica is rid of such men as Browder the better it will be for America:
Earl Browder, leader of the Communist party and ita nominee
for the Presidency of the United States, strikes us as being guilty
of high treason and self-condemned by some of the statements made
in his speech of acceptance yesterday.
It is not for us to say that he should be arrested, tried and
convicted for treason against the United States, although the minds
of many of the people of this country must have been sparked into
wondering after hearing him how far a subversive influence can
go before it is criminally subversive, or how intelligent Is the Amcr
ican right of freedom when it is permitted to go to the point of
exercising “freedom to destroy freedom.”
It is not, however, this which is in mind.
Browder is clearly guilty of preaching doctrine subversive of
the Soviet philosophy which he represents and which he will carry
into his campaign for the White House in demanding that the United
States have done with its preparedness program, and that, instead,
it commit itself to the ways and habits of peace, letting “the two
imperialistic powers of Europe” fight it out among themselves.
That is his view and attitude as stated in his speech of accept
He is a militant pacifist, and, therefore, treasonable to the
philosophy of Communism as incarnated in its chief High Priest
Stalin does not believe in letting the “two imperialistic powers
of Europe" fight it out alone.
Indeed, he jumped into the fray himself alter collaboration
with Hitler, sending his legions to pounce upon and blast Finland
off the map, seizing the booty which was surrendered to the impious
and bloody hands of his armed forces when they had beaten these
free people into an enforced surrender.
If Stalin, therefore, the head of Communism in the world, is
committed to war, is barking Hitler now in his enterprise to sub
jugate the continent of Europe to his imperial brutalitq, how is it
that. Earl Browder, the representative of Stalin and of the Com
munist government of Moscow, can be so passionately committed to
the cause of pacifism and so rebellious against the idea of the
United States taking up arms even for no more outrageous end than
to keep itself from suffering the fate of other democracies?
What is this if it is not outright treason to Communism?
Major A. L. Fletcher, who has come to Charlotte to take up
his duties as director of the Carolinas region of the Federal wage
and hour division is well and favorably known in labor circles, he
having always gone down the line fair and square. Jack Lang,
who has been serving as regional director, it is understood will
be in charge of the South Carolina office at Columbia.
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SOCIAL WORK LEADERS ARE PESSIMISTIC
The 67th National Conference of Social Work, in seasion last
week at Grand Rapids, Mich., was worried over how the U. S.
could best adjust itself to meet the effects of war on social eco
nomic and puHtfcui systems of our nation. Thousands of men and
women attended, and they got “nowhere fast." A few expressions
of the leaders are quoted:
Katherine Learoot. chief of the Children’* bureau, U. S. Depart
ment of Labor: "The American people cannot afford not to spend
whatever sums may be required to provide both internal and ex
The Rev. William B. Spofford, New York, editor of an Episcopal
church weekly: The economic system under which we live has com
plttdy bi*o)i£ii down M
Frank E. Samuel, Topeka, Kas., national adjutant of the Amer
iman Legion:: “The age of the millennium is yet here . . . the spirit
of conquest sill rides sbrosd.'*
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of Cleveland: "The fiction of national
security through strict neutrality has been shattered forever."
Vera Micheles Dean, New York research director of the For
eign Policy association: "It is not impossible that, for the duration
of the present emergency, we may find . . . that we shall have to
accept social and economic controls undreamed of in thin country.”
Miss Grace L. Coyle, retiring president of the conference, empha
sised a feeling of uncertainty with the remark that the “the whirl
pool of events through which we must move makes it difficult to
get, or to keep, the necessary perspective to give meaning and
dirction to our work.”
Aliens, we are told, are seeking haven in the United States.
It would appear we are top-heavy with aliens now, many of whom
we would like to get rid of. It may not be a good idea to
slow down on all immigration for a few years and clean house of
what we have in stock.
Mr. John L. Lewis appears to be in for a little rough sledding
to keep his strangle hold on the C. 1. O., with such leaders as
Sidney Hillman bucking his radical ideas, which have dominated
that organization since it was founded to kill the A. F. of L.
By political maneuvering, or juggling, it is destined to be
Governor Biroughton. All hail to the King!
Senator McKellar urges candidates to' withdraw in favor of
Roosevelt, which is unnecessary, for if the President will serve a
third term it appears that all contestants are automatically
eliminated—so to speak.
“C. I. O. Leaders Attack Curb on Aliens," says headline on
meeting of executive board of that organization. The board also
“decried registration and finger-printing of aliens.” And along
these lines John L. Lewis, head of the C. I. O. and the Non-Parti
san Labor Political League would have tabor follow him—which
it will never do.
The United States Supreme Court has upheld the Flag Salut
ing Rule in a 8 to 1 decision, Justice Stone dissenting. When
anyone in these United States should have to be compelled to
Salute the Flag, he or she is not a good American citizen.
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. Journal Visitor
Harry L. Griffin, formerly one of
Observer’s ace newspaper “slaves,”
but now with the wage and hour di-1
vision of the Department of Labor,
working out of Washington, D. C., was
ing the city Tuesday and gave The
Journal a call. Mr. Griffin will be in
this territory about 30 days, working
?u* from here. He reports that his
job keeps him busy and eternally on
the go, but he likes it Wonder how
long it will be before he is back in
the newspaper game?
Sec. Houston Reports
Coming Along Nicely
Business Agent and Secretary H.
W. Houston, of the Teamsters and
Chauffeurs Local No. 72, reports his
organization as getting along in fine
shape with new members being added
each week. This is the largest labor
organization in Charlotte in point of
membership, having over 600 oil the
roll and is in a healthy condition from
every point of view.
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