November 1, 1935, Pages 1, 4
Hear Waldo McNutt
On Youth Congress
At Council Meeting
Tells Work of Congress in Com-
Traces Origin of Congress
AYC SECRETARY SPEAKS
Analyze Programs to Help Econ-
omic Problems of Youth;
national chairman of the American Youth Congress, spoke Wednesday on
the work of that organization in combating fascism at the open meeting
called by Student Council. Mr. McNutt traced the origin of the Congress
to the united efforts last year of twenty-seven national youth
organizations to stop the Nazi-inspired and financed attempts of Viola
llma to establish a fascist youth movement in the United States.
"We must face
fascism and fascist developments here at home," declared Mr. McNutt.
They are even more important than the war developments abroad."
Mr. McNutt cited as
an indication of the reactionary force of our government, the bill
passed fey the last session of Congress making all workers in the
communications industries, such as telephone and telegraph industries,
subject to army discipline in case of war.
"I have just
returned from a tour of the Middle West;" said Mr. McNutt, "and I am
convinced that in that part of country a fascist youth movement is
developing." The speaker related several incidents which illustrated
the growth of Nazi ideology in that region of America.
concluded by stressing the growing sentiment on the campus for the
American Student Union, a united organization of all student groups
which is being formed to fight for student rights.
executive secretary of the American Youth Congress and member of the
Student Council of Teachers College, analyzed the various programs
which they have been presented for alleviating the economic problems of
youth. "If we young people are going to sit back and wait for the
National Youth Administration to put us on our feet we're far more
likely to land on another part of our anatomy," declared the speaker.
questioned whether the N.Y.A. is not "a force to chain youth to the
sinking anchor of the New Deal." He cited the 1935 educational budget,
which is $408,000,000 less than that of 1929, and the inclusion in the
organization of such individuals as Owen D. Young and Bernar MacFadden
as indications of the inadequacy of the N.Y.A. in coping with youth
problems. Mr. Hinckley condemned the wage-scale of the N.YA. which is
$6 per month for high school students, $15 per month for college
students, and from $25 to $40 for graduates.
In direct contrast
to the N.Y.A. Mr. Hinckley presented the American Youth Act as the only
"feasible and adequate program for aiding American Youth." "One week
after the N.YA. was introduced the American Youth Congress was asked to
endorse it. We laughed," continued Mr. Hinckley, "and proceeded to draw
up a truly democratic and adequate plan. The only hope for young people
lies in the American Youth Act." The Act provides for aid for all needy
people from the ages of 16 to 25. High school students would receive
not less than $15 per month and college students not less than $25 per
month. The money would be appropriated from the Treasury and
administered by Youth Employment Commissions.
"The American Youth
Act will be introduced into Congress in January," concluded Mr.
Hinckley. "With our disunity it falls, with out united action it
Eli Jaffe, editor
of Pioneer and delegate to the American Youth Congress last
summer, spoke on the attitude of the 1205 delegates to the Congress.
"When there was an attempt in Detroit to discriminate against Negro
delegates," said Mr. Jaffe, "the unity of all representatives
manifested itself in their opposition to race discrimination."
former vice-president of Student Council, spoke on the work of Brooklyn
Borough Council which attempts to carry out the program of the American
Youth Congress on a Borough-wide scale. She urged every club and
organization to support this Council.
Student Council's delegate to the American Youth Congress, was chairman
of the meeting.
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