Mar 1966, Riesel
U.S. Reds Seek Seat In Congress Bv Victor Riesef That province known as Brooklyn, lover of trees, leather of Dodgers, survivor of an ancient revolution, is about to endure another — a sort of prefabricated social revolt. This is not, however, a provincial story. It will be heard ‘round the world. The Communists have chosen the famed canton as the site for their coming - out party. They have decided to make it their newest political concentration point in an effort to place one of their own in the Congress of the U.S. This technique they have not used since the ’40s. and in the ’30s previous to the cold war era. There is a difference this time. They don’t plan to run an innocent front campaign as they did decades ago. They propose to run a frank, outspoken, admitted Communist — Dr. Herbert Aptheker, author of 20 books, director of the American Institute for Marxist Studies, special attraction on a score of college campuses, world traveler, friend of the leader of the enemy forces. Premier Ho Chi Minh. .Most of them certainly arc not Communists. A good many of them want American troops out of Viet Nam. Others such as the man from Rutgers, Prof. Eugene D. Genovese, certainly are not eager to see the U S. win. Preponderant among the 221 sponsors are professors from New York universities. Victor Riesci TRULY IT CAN BE REPORTED that G u s Hall, leader of American Communists, and his colleagues on the national board expect Dr. Aptheker to win. They have the money to pour into the slums of the heavily populated congre.s- sional district they’ve selected. They’ve the manpower with which to ring every doorbell in the area. They’ve the expen- .sively printed literature with which to deluge the precincts. They have devised the strategy for their campaign. It is expected to be matched with a similar drive somewhere in Ixis Angeles. They plan to create an independent pc^ace party — a one - shot operation. For they have abandoned “ambi - partisanship” “People on the left expect us to have candidates." Hall told a closed national party policy sp.ssion not too long ago. “Communist candidates must reflect our newly won legal rights. “We must take the necessary steps now. “We cannot continue the old habit of waiting till everyone else has announced a candidate and then, either start hunting around !o discover where we can fit in. or hunt for a candidate. etc. We must pick candidates and announce campaigns now." THEREFORE IT CAN BE ASSUMED that the literacy rate is high among them. Obviously, therefore, they must know that Dr, Aptheker spent time in Hanoi early this past January. There he contributed to newspapers. His speech was heard over the Voice of Viet Nam, Radio Hanoi. He expressed great admiration for the leaders of Hanoi’s civil and military forces and great distaste for their American counterparts. b'act is he used the word “crackpots” in describing some of his fellow Americans — especially those who do believe that the Viet Cong is a Communist force and must be stopped. It's indeed a broad spectrum on which Dr. .Aptheker' image will be reflected that night. Among the three initiating sponsors in his fellow traveler. Prof. Staughton Lynd, who was in Hanoi with him. They will do Dr. Aptheker honor on his 50th birthday — and whether they mean to endorse him tor Congress or not, that will be the general impression. Should Prof. Aptheker win. it will be hailed across the Communist world as a defeat for the White House and a victory for the Communist forces of Ho Chi Minh. Indeed, it would be such a victory — easily worth a considerable number of divisions in the field. Tlirough Tlie Years From The Review Files THIRTY YEARS AGO - Mrs. Emil Liebschner was re-elected president of the Helen Gould Literary Society. Mrs James Quay and three children of Cairo. Egypt, arrived in East Palestine to spend the spring and summer, Fred Hammer of W 6th St. was elected president of the Trades and Labor Council. THOUGH DR. APTHEKER is an avowed Communist, it’.s expected that his candidacy will be made public in the finest of capitali.st political traditions — a testimonial dinner honoring him on April 28 in the Sutton Ballroom of the new New York Hilton, at Rockefeller Center, It’s an old - fashioned, popular - front dinner committee which is .selling seats. Mingled with the revolutionary Gus Hall are the usual complement of college professors, entertain ment people, unionists and the garden variety militants. TWENTY YEARS AGO - Mr and Mrs Lewis McCullough, formerly of 805 Main St, Wellsville. moved to a newly - purchased home at Willocrest on the Lisbon Rd. The Rev. R. K. Caulk, rector of St. Stephen’.s Episcopal Church, retired after 20 years of service. TEN YEARS A(H> - Mrs. Roy Beckwith, chairman, announced that Salineville exceeded its goal in the Red Cross Fund drive. Too newly - constructed Durbin Youth Center of the Chester Methodist Church was occupied for the first time.