Jan 1964, Riesel

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Jan 1964, Riesel - (òoiiiiiiimist Partv Sets New Drive Victor...
(òoiiiiiiimist Partv Sets New Drive Victor Riesci Apparently t h e Communis* party (U S À.I is having no difficulty staying out of the red— financially. Its national headquarters. operated smoothly out of a proletarian building at 23 W. 2fi St., New York City, is about to launch new c 0 a s t - to coast dri v e s on the political. industrial and literary fronts The party, like all shrewd strategists, has both an immediate major objective and a series of minor tactical goals Its prime objective is the creation of an atmosphere that would make possible the unleashing of front organizations which, in turn, would fight for the ret'ognition of Communist Cuba by the United States The party’s “lesser" objective is the exploitation of Chairman Khrushchev's new “soft" line— the new “co-existence"—brought by the feeling in some quarters that the United States should back the Soviets in their conflict with Communist China. NOT ONE BIT of this strategy is haphazard Tliere have been a series of Communist high command meetings in New York and Chicago under the guidance of Gus Hall—who calls Castro “comrade”—and Arnold .)ohn.son, the Communist “public relations director” Plans made at these sessions developed in detail a political drive in some 40 states. Early in .lanuary the Communist party dispatched letters to the secretaries of state and the attorneys general of all states asking for full explanations of the regional election laws There was special interest in the possibility of write-in votes in states where the election requirements would prevent getting on the ballot this year Some of the questions to the state officials indicated that the party planned to nominate “independents'‘ and camouflage their Communist affiliation. At the same time, the .strategists over on 26 St.. sent word to their people to prepare for the 1964 election They were directed to enter candidates wherever possible They were ordered to look into renting of By Yictoi Riesel political store front quarters. head- THIS SPEEDUP in activity has been paralleled by the new movement of the party’s Industrial Commission. This top unit operates cells in the nation'.s key industries. The commission’s apparatus which is assigned to infiltrating the trucking field and the Teamsters, works out of Chicago The Communist waterfront unit of the Commission is centered in New York City The commission, working loosely with the party’s labor section, runs active cells in the steel mills, a very active one in the coal fields and others on the rail lines, in meat packing and among needle trade work- er.s—just to mention a few sections These have now been refinanced and revitalized In coming weeks the Communists are planning to publish new magazines .And there is even talk that the now twice-a- week newspaper. The Worker, will go daily again. These are the lesser known activities. The party’s emphasis on youth should not be overlooked, however. This action has been underway for years as its “Operation University” ON JAN. 3, FBI director. .1. Edgar Hoover reported that Gus Hall and his national committee had met in Chicago last October to launch a new youth organization which would take advantage of the influence exerted by party speakers over the last three years. Most of the acivity reported above began after the Court of Appeals in Washington ruled that the Communist party was not guilty of having failed to register as a Moscow controlled “Communist action ’ group 'Fhis decision came from a three- judge bench. Last Tuesday, the Justice Department, through its Intenyl Security Division, a.sked the Court of Appeals to sit “en banc" to review the three-maii ruling which left the party fr'ee to operate “En banc" means a sitting of all nine judges of the Appeals Court This ,justice Dept, tactic was used once before by tJie government. It was in November 1959 that the Department asked for such an “en banc" rehearing and reversal of three of the memb«‘rs. THE LA'ITEH had rule<l that the U S Defense Department did not have the right to fire, on .security grounds, a cafeteria worker in a District of Columbia naval gun factory. The full bench voted 5-4 for the government, thus reversing the previous three-man decision If history repeats itself, and the Justice Department wins again, the Communists will have to register as “Moscow controlled ” This would cripple them If not. it all gives to the Supreme Court for a final decision That process will take years In the meantime the party will make lots of propaganda hay. Down Throuiili The A cars From The Review File« THIBTY YEARS Aid) — P:d mund Gray was named health commissioner of East Palestine. .Inhn Kerr of Yellow Creek Town.ship was re-elected president of the county commissioners at Lisbon. TWENTY YEARS AGO Lawrence F Cosgrove, former Newell resident and a member of the Weirton police department, filed his candidacy tor sheriff of Hancock County. Miss Joan Altman, daughter of Mr and Mrs, Harry Altman of W 4th St . was a member of the orchestra of the Julliard School of Music in New York City Pfe Donald .lunkerman of Carolina Ave . Che.ster, w a s chosen as the drum major the band at the Newport. R Marine base of TEN YEARS A(.0 - Mrs Kathryn Bowver was received as a new member of the Kitti- kat (Jub Mrs Bernard Swoger w a s elected president of the newly- organized Junior Women’s Club and Mrs Richard .lones was named parliamentarian. Zaii/jhar Zanzibar, the revolt-tom spice island off Africa’s southeast eoa.st. has been an independent nation for less than two months. The former Britiah protectorate celebrated self-rule Dee. 10. 1963. with rifle salutes, a .Scottish

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  1. The Evening Review,
  2. 24 Jan 1964, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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