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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 058
Transcript —■ —Wide World Pholo Paul Crouch and his wife, Sylvia, as they appeared May 24, 1949, before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Membership and activities in the Consumers I nion L'ene Communists a "legitimate" excuse for their interest in all technological advances and the latest and mos| efficient manufacturing methods. The' work of the organization was self-supporting, avoiding the necessity ol financial outlay by lhe parly. Communist scientists were' able to recruit their friends into ei well-concealed Keel front and gradually bring them closer anil closer lo the party itself. Tbe department beaded by Scherer was greatl) benefited bv lhe new organization headed by Air. Kallel. Communist sights wen- set on California's Alameda County regarded as one of the mosl strategic places in the country in April. 1941. Il was at this time that the National Committee of the party sent me to California eis ei memb.i of the District I'mro directing work in the slate anil also in Nevada and Hawaii and also as part) organizer for Alameda I anllltv. Alameda County nol only had some of the nation's largest shipyards and many other essential defense industries. it also contained ihe I niversity of California, with its radiation laboratory. and the importanl research laboratories of Shell Development. Everything possible weis being done l.v the Communisl party to foment strikes and cripple production in defense plants when I arrived in California that \pril. However, on June 22, with Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, the Communists reversed their immediate tasks overnight. Instead of agitating for strikes, the party sought to prevent them. The party worked feverishly for increased production, and the hated "imperialist war" became the "people's war." I found lhal lhe Alameda Count) p.utv organization comprised seven sec- Page 56 tie,ns. these sections having ;i total of over thitiv units, the party's basic organization. The units averaged ten to twelve members each, some having onl) five or six and others occasionally having as many as two dozen or more. I hen' were sections organized on territorial lines Berkeley, West Oakland, downtown Oakland, eiml East Oakland. I here was a "trade union " section composed ol the various "shop unit.-" in Navy vends, an automobile factory and other industrial plants, plus two units on,' composed of leading Communisl (TO officials, th,- other of Communisl officials in lhe AF of I.. v campus section bail four units of professors ol secondary positions, graduate stuile'iiis emd others connected with ih.' I niversity (excepl key members ol the faculty and employees and scientists associated with the radiation laboratorj .nul other projects). 'Ihi' lasl sea tion weis known els the' "special section" to the parly leadership and lo lhe members of its units bul was called lhe "professional section" when mention bad to be made of it in written reports (on such things a- dues pay. incuts I. This special see lion had units for I I I governmenl employees federal. slate, county, and municipal; 12) attorneys, physicians, and other leading professionals: (3) leading members ol the faculty of the' I niversity of California; i 11 scientists emd others associated with the radiation laboratory emd other scientific work al lhe I niversity. \ I .out September a new unit composed of employees of the research laboratoi ii - at Shell Development was added to th.' special ejection. During 1941 no member of the party had a membership book, and no true list of names of members was kept anywhere. Until June 22 the party was prepared to go undei* ground at any moment, and during the remainder of the year the secret apparatus remained intact, despite the change in the international situation. Many additional precautions wen- ap- plied only to the special section nnil- and especially to the- two units connected with the I niversity and ils radiation laboratory and scientific and reseaTCD fields. The members of special sectioij units wen- never lo attend occasion* county membership meetings and »'" excused from all routine party euliviti''" such as distribution of literature everything lhal mighl cause them to fedl inidi'1 suspicion bv government eigenits. II'1' greatesl precautions were used in hold' ing the nn il meetings in homes of nic'"' l.OI's. Party responsibilities were well at lined in ilivisiem of work bet wee and my two chief associates in l'1' county leadership, Charles Drasnin a"' Kenneth May. In addition lo penerW supervision and "political responsibilit) for all Communisl work in the count? I weis directly in charge of the work "' the' Leist Oakland and the- trade unio* sections. Drasnin. ihe County OrganW tional Secretary, was in charge' of fin"" rial ami membership matters and "'"!' the work of the- Berkeley. Wis I Oakla'"1' anil dow nlown seel ions. Kenneth May, Counl) Education11 Director, in addition to supen ision '' —Wide Worl Marcel Scherer party literature, classes emd study, ' , Haled lb,' work of both campus "'" special sections. Bul in the spei i"l "' j tion hi' operated under supen ision Rudy Lambert, the districl head "' * underground apparatus. (Lambert k'" the county well, as he- had been M?""a,t County organizer of the parly '" thirties.) The work in Alameda Counl)' -iipe'iv ision - it' under the general supervision "' „ District Kuro. then composed of WJj',1 eld. Steve I'ei"1 \,'l-": Walter Lambert I Rudy's broth, i'- Oleta O'Connor Yates. 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