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PHILADELPHIA, PA., (U. P.)
Negro operators for the first time
today, August 14, started operating
trains in the Philadelphia Subway
Two strike leaders who are
charged with causing the strike are
under $2500 bail. Hearing is set for
August 28, in the Federal Court.
Their local claims that the two
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A meeting primarily designed to
offer constructive suggestions for
assisting the Negroes in this area
was held in the Federal Court room
in Portland on Friday, August 11.
The meeting was attended by the
mayors of both Portland and Van
couver, representatives of churches,
business and social agencies at the
request of Federal officials. Al
though petty bickering was indulg
ed in by some of those present,
there were several constructive
The most pertinent statement of
the session was made by the H ob .
Mayoi* Earl RileY concerning' dis
crimination in the government of
the City of Portland. He stated,
•There has never been any dis
crimination in the city government
and there never will be, I invari
ably pick the name at the top of
the list of eligible« (Civil Service)
regardless of who it is though I
could pick any one of the first
This statement by His Honor,
the Mayor of Portland, was signifi
cant in that since there were no
Negro representatives in the city
government, the question arose as
to whether they were barred or not.
Editor’s Note: This puts it
squarely up to the Colored people
of the locality, it is plain that
either the Negroes were not inter
ested enough in their own welfare
to take any of the many examina
tions or else were not qualified to
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PORTLAND, <)RE„ AUGUST 18, 1944
. B f t A r t r A S S O C IA T IC I*
men who are charged with inciting
the strike because of Negroes being
upgraded to Operators are innocent
and are being RAILROADED to
This is a decided victory over
discrimination for Negroes, and is
only the forerunner of future op
portunities which the Negro will
have to prove his ability in what
ever position he is qualified to hold.
There has been in Portland for the past couple of weeks a
man and scholar in the person of Mr. Robert E. Colbert con
ducting a survey of the Negroes. Mr. Colbert is here on a
Fellowship from Howard University and has been visiting
other cities in the West to determine whether the older resi
dents of these cities resent the importation of other Negroes
into their community. The answers he received to his ques
tions here in Portland were many and varied. Opinions dif
fered, certain situations were singled out but in the main they
all seemed to agree on the issues involved. We reprint with
permission one of the returned questionnaires. This is the
most complete of all the replies so far received and covers the
I definitely approve to the in
“The Attitude of Older Negro creasing population. It brings out
Residents Toward Recent Negro the schools of thought Negroes
from everywhere possess. It shows
1. Name: Oliver E. Smith.
the Negro HAS the same fac
2. Address: 3411 SW First.
tions as any other American and
3. Occupation: Supervisor of Jan creates some defense to protect
itors, Commercial Iron Works.
what he has claimed was rightly
NEGROES GO OVER
4. Length of Residence: 7 years his before the migration.
Since 1924 except away 8. What effect on post-war con
TOP IN BOND DRIVE continuous.
to school. Residence in greater
of permanent residents do
Negroes in New Orleans, La., metropolitan area since early child ditions
you think this influx of migrants
purchased nearly $1,000,000 worth hood.
of War Bonds in the Fifth War 6. Please give a sketch of racial I think 20 or even 30% of the
as they existed prior to migrants will remain here, as this
Loan drive, according to the final conditions
is the promised land to them. Some
report of Mrs. N. Borikins, chair There was
of the older people will leave and a
man of the Negro Division, which problem before migration because fewer
people will even
was made public this week by the Negroes were seemingly content tually progressive
be the bulk of the Negro
with the status quo which was population, but ‘Uncle Tom” will
The drive began with a public more or less service position (i. e.) be with us for some time.
hop, shoe shiners, portere,
mass meeting and program at bell
bartenders and the social Oliver E. Smith is the onlv Ne
Booker T. Washington High school, elites were
made up of these and
which featured Muriel Rahn, the feminine counterpart, maids, gro in the history of the state of
Broadway Binging star, late of the laundress, cooks, etc. So, therefore Oregon to almost win the nomina
°*er*ttS “Carmen Jones,”.
N.e- then; were, no apparent racial con tion for S^rAe Senator^ Contrary to j
due to this affect.
general opinion he was not almost
gro flyers of the 9*3th Pursuit squa flicts
dron, recently returned from active tions have you observed, favorable elected but was almost given the
duty in Italy. These included Capt. or unfavorable, since the influx? chance to be elected at the General
Clarence Jamison and Lt. Allen The influx has caused an awaken Election Nov. 7.
Lane, who were interviewed, and ing of the Negro who was here be
fore the war. Brought out into the Mr. Colbert was bom in Phila
Lt. Robert Deiz.
open opportunist and appeasers delphia, Pa., but left there when
Addresses were made by William) —and
Toms who has thus yet a child and was educated in the
Hckens, head of the Inter-racial become Uncle
a menace to any progress ; public
schoo,g of Indiana> later at_
Section of the War Finance Divi of progressive and cultured solu- . . .
sion of the Treasury; Leon Tu- tion of the seemingly new race con- em in^ irpm a mon ^'ersity
jague, State chairman of the War flict. The growth of the population w^ere he received his A. B. degree
Finance committee; C. W. Taylor, caused Unions to seek out these in the class of 1930. He received his
State coordinator of the War Fi Uncle Toms to assure the militant Master’s degree at Howard Uni-
nance committee; John Dane, Or that their salvation of racial peace ; versity in the summer semester of
and bought off
, Q.. and . was granted the Fellow-
leans Parish director of the Fifth was
a a in pnce
War Loan drive; E. Kirby Newbur-
on which he is now traveling.
ger, chairman of the New Orleans wanted factional disputes among ship
Mr. Colbert intends to return to the
War Finance committee and Mrs. Negroes.
Naomi Borikins, chairman of the 7. Do you approve or disapprove East and take the chair of History
Negro division. This effort netted of the increased Negro population ? in a High School in the school sys
$30,000 in war bond sales.
tem of Pennsylvania.
AYD Gives Second
TO THE NEGROES OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY
A dance, Inter-racial, was held
at AYD Center, 830 South West
10th Street on Saturday, August
Although the crowd was small,
it was very orderly and everyone
present spent an enjoyable even
They are planning an inter-racial
dance on a muck larger scale in
the very near future.
Registration Is Now Open at the County Court House, Fifth Ave. and
Salmon Street, Room 141
Hammons, Portland, Floy Jones,
of Portland, July 27.
Smith, Vancouver, Washington,
Aary Dell Green, Vancouver, Wash
ington, July 29 ,1944.
Avritt, Portland, Elizabeth Cath-
alyne Washington. Portland.
PORTLAND, GUILDS LAKE, AND VANPORT CITY
In order to VOTE in the November Elections you first MUST register. In
order to register you will have to go to the County Court House.
To reach the County Court House take the Williams Ave. bus or the Alberta
trofley car or the Sellwood bus. Get off at Salmon Street (1000 S. W.) and walk
two blocks west.
From St. Johns or Interstate bus transfer at Oak Street to the Mississippi bus
or Broadway trolley. Get off at Salmon Street and walk two blocks east.
From Van port ride bus to end of line (9th and Oak), walk east on Oak to
Broadway and take the Broadway trolley or Mississippi bus. Get off at Salmon St.,
Walk two blocks east.