Joseph Lash Scores
In Program Of NYA
Executive Secretary Of S.LI.D.
Denounces Shortage of Jobs,
Fewer Hours, Delay
weaknesses of the National Youth Administration were stated he Joseph
P. Lash,.National Executive Secretary of the Student League for
Industrial Democracy, in his address to The Social Science Club and the
Current Problems Club on Wednesday. Considering the N.Y.A. from a
national angle rather than from conditions in Brooklyn College, Mr.
Lash stated that only twenty-five percent of the applications for jobs
The N.Y.A. program
as announced by the Federal Government, declared that fifteen dollars
per week would be the normal wage to students with few and slight
variations. The speaker explained, however, that in an effort to aid
more students, funds were spread until the minimum wage of ten dollars
per week became the average wage. Mr. Lash stated that the $50,000,000
appropriated for student relief was totally inadequate since there are
8,000,000 unemployed students.
The speaker then
denounced red tape and delay as means of spreading the distribution of
"There is W.P.A.
money which can be directed to the funds for student relief through
various legitimate devices," continued Mr. Lash. He urged student
organization and pressure upon the administrative agent in the college
of the N.Y.A., saying that this movement would be felt indirectly by
those who control the N.Y.A "These funds will be forthcoming only if
students fight for them," said the speaker.
Mr. Lash also
decried intimidation of W.P.A, workers who feared they might lose their
jobs because of participation in progressive activities.
conclusion of Mr. Lash's speech, Helen Margolies, president of the
Social Science Club, and Sylvia Dianin, president of the Current
Problems Club, were elected representatives of their clubs to the
Mobilization for Peace conference to be held today at 1 p.m. The also
voted to convert the Economics Conference Continuation Committee into a
chapter organization. This club will be called the Students Economics
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