February 15, 1935, Pages 1, 4
Arrest 30 Students
For Mass Picketing
Hold B. C. Men & Women Who
Aid Striking Employees
of Dean Cafeteria
GIRLS TO BE TRIED TODAY
College students were arrested on charges of "gang picketing" and
"obstructing traffic" when they formed it a mass picket line in front
of Dean's Cafeteria, 577 Fulton Street yesterday and Wednesday noon.
were arraigned yesterday; the seven girls at the eighty-sixth precinct
at Marcy and Gates Avenues, and the boys at the Adolescent Court at
Smith and Schermerhorn Streets under Judge Mason. They were booked on
the charges of disorderly conduct, but were immediately paroled in the
custody of their lawyer.
however, decided to subpoena the parents and acquaint them with the
students' activities, because the defendants are mostly under
twenty-one years of age.
A group of thirty
students marched in front of the cafeteria shouting "Dean's workers are
on strike! Do not eat at Deans!" Although there is no injunction
against mass picketing, six policemen were stationed near the cafeteria
when the students arrived.
The police suddenly
seized fourteen students, confining them in the patrol wagon. Two
others, seeing the arrests, made signs reading "Brooklyn College
students support Dean strikers." They were also arrested, and their
signs were torn up and held as evidence.
The seven girls are
being tried this morning at the Gates and Marcy Avenue station, while
the nine boys are coming up for trial an Monday morning at ten at Smith
and Schermerhorn Streets. They were released :n the custody of Joseph
Tauber, attorney tar the International Labor Defense, who is defending
all thirty. The students charge that they were mistreated and that two
of them were assaulted by the police in the courtroom. They claim thaat
they observed the "six foot" law and did not obstruct traffic. It is
still legal to have mass picketing where no injunction has been issued
the students claimed.
The picket line was
called by the National Student League, unchartered campus group, in
support of the striking countermen, waitresses, and bus boys of the
cafeteria, who are demanding recognition of the Food Workers Industrial
Union and a substantial wage increase. The NRA provides for twelve
dollars for unskilled labor, but skilled workers in Dean's were getting
only ten and a half dollars.
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