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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • 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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Transcript the leal ' ision i; ,- :i"' Weekly in San Francisco; sometimes held special meetings. Immediately after Hitler's invasion »f the Soviet [nion on June 22. William Schneiderman and Steve Nelson flew to New i ork to attend a special and emer- "iiiev meeting of the National Commit- ll'i'. On their return they reported firsl "1 a District Buro meeting and then al •n all-day "enlarged"' District Committee Meeting, to which all leading district officials we're invited. William /. Foster. '"tional Chairman of the- Communisl Party, weis also presenl and made a report al the meeting. I was chairman of "'e afternoon session, eiml a speaker al |he meeting held lhal night in lhe senile- '"ill lo honor Anita Whitney, a veteran '"'d leader of California. ll is now positively known from documentation that this meeting was held '"'"/«v. July 13, though when I relied "" memon o.ver the years / previously thought ,'i /,,„/ been earlier in lhe month. ' Hie exact dale of ihis meeting later ''ssiiiiiid importance in investigations reding to Dr. J. Roberl Oppenheimer and to other atomic scientists.) At ihe District Buro meeting held ei lu days before the larger meeting of "') I'!, considerable attention weis given 0 tne prol,lean of transmitting lhe new ''a,|V' line' le, the rank and file members. ■inted and published resolutions had '' ''I- "interpreted," iced meanings made ''■"" through emphasis, tone of voice' '""' sometimes by "off-the-record" re- "'"'ks. and questions of members given a''sfacloiy answers. 11 was decided lhal 1 l""'lv membership meeting should be held '' 'oul D Alameda Count) as soon as it d he arranged after the July 13 '"''iii Committee meeting, and was to "'"ide all sections excepl the special ' ''"n. I was in gei iii person to indiv id- meetings of the special session units ah,''"1 " t ' u"r and the new line. Kenneth Mav !]''* lo arrange lhe physical details for ""'in. si.'"' Alameda County part) member- j"P meeting was held in a rented hall in "U"l"w„ Oakland. The exacl dale has ..." '"'en definitely established l,v gov- >"""l inl," r"eis, or 1'iiee agencies '■I'ible investigation, ll despite ■ mid *Otiably have bee, held less than six H "''v,n days after the District meeting l,r ' "' thirteenth because of technical Ha. '',''"'" °' informing the members ol ,,„. Place and date through party chan- t| ' "" 't would not have been earlier c*n Jul) 19. | definitely know the 4 ^ y membership meeting weis before -Ust because a reporl was gm ley I- " ' llii. ,j"'^"a"- county drive director for f,,, 7''eN // orld, on section quotas ,\||ir:i financial drive' theii was to start e„,,""~' 1. Hut ihis does not necessarily "it'.',!,'-''"" "" "/ '"<' lllr'''' special section '„.,' 'nSs where I made reports were '""■ tugust I. —Wide World Photo Dr. Kenneth May Kenneth May made arrangements for three special section meetings where I was to make reports. One was the unit of government employees, one was the unit of leading professionals, the other was a joint meeting of two branches—those of key University faculty members and of radiation laboratory and other scientific personnel. After so many years 1 do nol recall the exact dates of any of these meetings or whether each meeting was held before or after the county membership meeting. As the date of the July 13 meeting in San Francisco i.^ now positively known. they could not have been held before thai time, and it is unlikely that an\ were prior to the nineteenth or twentieth. It is likely, in view of established parly procedure and average time required to arrange such meetings, thai they would have been held between about July 20 and approximately August 5, unless they were delayed beyond the latter dale b) some important eircinnstanee or difficulty such ;is possible difficulty in Find- —Wide World Photo Steve Nelson ^C TS FORUM NEWS, .1 /nil. 1955 ing a suitable meeting place. As my wife Sv K ia and I had pre\ ious- ly thought of lhe District meeting (July I3) as having been held earlier in lln month, we naturally assumed that all ol lhe meetings where I made reports were' held by the end of the month and therefore in testimony referred to "July" meetings. We both thought of a house- warming party for Kenneth May as having been held near the end of August, hut government investigators have learned lhal il vvas held on September 20. One evening in laic July or early August, 1941 the- exact dale still lo be ascertained Kenneth Mav drove to our home at 2003 Kasi 25th Street. Oakland, to take rue' lo the joint meeting of two special section units. My wife accompanied us. This was not unusual as Sylvia lieul been a leading parly official for thirteen years and in l')ll was head of the' national group (or nationality) commission of tlie parly for Alameda ( aiunly. As usual in such c;is,.s. Ke'iineth Meev did not tell us the address where lhe meeting weis to hi' held or the name' of the host. Thai was immaterial, and part; members and even leaders of lhe highest rank are expected lo know only whal is essential to carry oul the responsibilities assigned to them. May drove' in circles through downtown Berkeley, going first in one direction and then in another, to throw off einv government agent who mighl conceivably have tried lo "shadovv" us. Winn we eventually entered the Berkeley hills we wenl through a maze' of streets emd turns, climbing higher and higher, vvilh frequent views of the lighls of San Francisco in the distance. Then we turned off lo the righl on a side road or drive and after perhaps a hundred yards slopped before the house' where the' meeting was being held. We walked around the left side of the house, and from an entrance near the fireplace we came into the living room, where many members already were present. We Found ourselves in .1 -1 unique residence of unusual architectural ell-sign. The living room was at the back of the house, in lhe southwest corner, and an angular fireplace in the northeast coiner of Ihe room. On the north side' lhe living room was separated from an artist's studio room hy some movable partitions thai were opened up to provide space for ihe twenty lo twenty-five people villi, attended lhe meeting. On the wes| side' eif the house lllel'e was a rather narrow balcony, with a door from lhe studio room opening to it. Before the meeting got under way the' hostess, a vivacious young lady with charming personality ami manner. -In,wed me around the house. When she took mi' euit on th,' balcony I was s,, I'aire .-,7 ^
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