October 25, 1935, Page 1
Day and Evening Session Teachers
Organize Union Against Reaction
To Sponsor Lectures by Prominent Liberals at Monthly Meetings:
Dr. Cox ato Speak Tonight at First General Meet-
ing on "Education Faces
Members of the
staffs of the Brooklyn College day and evening sessions. Have organized
a Union against Reaction which will meet regularly every month and will
sponsor lectures by prominent liberals.
According to a
letter written by the Executive Committee of the new organization, and
signed by Doris Fox Bernadete, instructor in English in the Evening
Session, the group will invite such men as John T. Flynn, Dr. Sherwood
Eddy, Oswald Garrison Villardi, and George N. Shuster to speak. The
first general meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 in 69C. Professor
Philip W. Cox of New York University will speak on "Education Faces
In the preamble to
the constitution, the aims of the organization are explained:
"We, members of the
staffs of Brooklyn College, consider it necessary at this time to
organize to oppose conditions leading to the curtailment of educational
facilities and the suppression of our civil rights and academic
freedom. We recognize that recent occurrences in American colleges have
been bringing this danger nearer to us. We have in mind such phenomena
as the penalization and dismissal of students and teachers for anti-war
activity and for expression of opinion on social and political trends.
We fear that these movements are tending in the direction of Fascism.
We regard such manifestations as a grave threat, in that they can
result only in the degradation of art, science, and culture, intense
nationalism, racial discrimination and the suppression of civil and
academic freedom, militarization, the lowering of the standards of
living, and the denial of equality to women.
pledge ourselves actively to assist the forces fighting such
reactionary Fascist movements."
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