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Woodlawn Booster (Newspaper) - April 29, 1964, Woodlawn, Illinois OVER 1000 PACK THIRD T.W.O. ANNUAL CONFAB Editorial See story below; more stories and-photos on pages 8 and 9 THE MOST WIDELY READ NEWSPAPER IN A REBORNING COMMUNITY No Renewal By Removal In his "State of die address at The Wood- lawn Organization's third annual convention last Friday evening, outgoing president Rev. Arthur M. Brazier rebuked this newspaper. He even extended his criticism beyond his prepared text. Of course, this newspaper is not above criticism. Whenever our editorial judgment seems to be not in the interest of our readers, criticism should spur us to cor- rect that opinion. We welcome criticism from our readers. Feel free to correct us when we are wrong. However, with this privilege goes the obligation to support us when we are right. Rev. Brazier personalized his rebuke. He attacked the Booster and its publisher, radier dian the issue over which he and the Booster are at odds. Perhaps, in a calmer moment, Rev. Brazier could rationally support his attack; yet, even if he could, the real issue would remain unresolved. That issue simply is whedier or not to build in Woodlawn some low-rise, low income housing before demolishing apartment buildings to allow die I'niversityof Chicago to expand its south campus. This is die real issue mat cries out for the attention and judgment of Woodlawn. Present tenants in the area marked for bulldozing, between Cottage Grove and Stony Island, 60th and 61st streets, cannot qualify for the middle income (221-d-S) townhouses proposed for die designated relocation area along Cottage Grove, from 60di to 63rd streets. Yet, diis is die only relocation area where construction is required by official agreement to begin prior to demoli- tion in die south campus area. Many of these tenants will not be able to qualify for die proposed townhouses because they do not earn about per week or more. We support die plan for middle income on die Cottage Grove fact, it was our idea we also urge that some low-rise, low income housing be added to die plan. Otherwise, re- locationkof die most needy families in die Soudi Campus area will not be equally provided for. That is die issue. li Though Rev. Brazier recently changed his position to scattered sites for a limited number of low-rise, low income housing issue is, should die exist- ing agreement between T.W.O., the University of Chicago, and Mayor Daley, be amended to include new housing for low income families. Tbe Booster maintains that low income housing, scattered or otherwise, should be con- structed before a single family is bulldozed out of its apartment to aJlou die university to expand its campus. Odierwise, the proposed first step in die redevelop- ment of Woodlawn will amount to renewal by removal. The Lake Meadows development Is an example of that. That area was renewed, but what happened to die poorer families who resided tiiere before? Indeed, it is die low income family mat is most burdened by die need to relocate. Itis die low income family that is most in need of assistance. because there is also a great need for new middle income housing, we propose low income housing in addition to radier than instead of middle income housing for relocation in Wood- lawn. 1'or Rev. Brazier to propose merely matching die eftorts of Hyde Park in diis regard is inadequate, for (continued on page 4) VOL. XXXI NO. 2 WEDNESDAY. APRIL 29.1964 Published at 5240 S. J-OWO Elect Stevenson Prexy, Henderson Wins VP Post More than delegates tion last Friday, observed four highpoints at Those highpoints were 1} the third annual convention president Brazier's of The Woodlawn Organiza- of die address; 2) floor debate of proposed resolutions; 3) civil rights leader die Rev.C.T.Vivian's keynote address; and 4) tbe election of officers. The crowd began arriving at p.m. and were met with campaign literature promoting Mrs. Ollie Clark, 641S Drexel blvd., ami Charles Henderson, delegate from die Noitbenders, who were competing for die office of executive vice-president. The contest proved to be upsetting too many of the delegates. Henderson won easily with a vote of 302 to 236. Tbe closest campaign was between George Kyroc, dele- gate from (he Woodlawn SEE STORIES ON RESOLUTIONS AND BRAZIER'S SPEECH ON PAGE 9 ATTORNEY LAWRENCE CARROLL, chairman of the T.WjO. Convention, Rev. C. T. Vivian, keynote speaker, and Rev. Lynward Stevenson, die newly elected presi- dent of T. W. O., grip die gavel symbolizing strength and unity in die coming year. CHARGE COP ABUSE Last week, two cases of police brutality were re- ported. This marks the re- currence ol similar reports made last year at diis time. Tims Blade, 6431 Harper ave., charged he was man- handled, placed under arrest, charged nidi resisting ar- rest, and forced topay a tow- ing charge after die arrest- ing officer refused to allow him or a friend to park his automobile. Blade said that he parked his automobile at about 9 p.m. on April 5 at 67di and Halsted, about 30 feet from die intersection. He left lie auto in the care of Ivory Thomas with the motor run- ning. When he returned, he said, an officer asked him for his drher's license. Blade said he asked, 'Is it neces- sary for me to surrender my driver's license for a non-moving After making mat remark, the officer allegedly grabbed him by the left wrist, broke die crystal of his watch, and twisted his arm brutally be- hind bis back. He was pushed into a paddy wagon and taken to tbe Racine station. He was charged wim ob- structing traffic, failure to obey a policeman, and re- sisting an officer. Blad denies these charges and said, have heard about these things, read about diem in die newspaper and met persons who have been vic- tims, but until April 5, I did not know bow bad die situation really In another incident, police of Grand Crossing station wre charged wim using bru- tal tactics on a youdi in die 1500 block on East 63rd st. Tbe youth. Identified as Jones, allegedly knocked Mrs. Mildred Lemmer, 1518 E. 63rd St., from a chair, injuring her arm in an eat- ing place on 63rd. The alleged beating at- tracted a crowd of about 100 persons who according to police, threatened to inter- fere with die arrest. The police describe die in- cident as, "We searched and found die person she des- cribed in a say Ryan, the accused officer, when we attempted to question him he began curs- ing and refused to cooperate. had a hard time plac- ing him under arrest. He kicked one of die officers who assisted us, and die crowd became unruly .We had a hard time getting him out of Giles Campbell, die offi- cer here referred to, dis- played a split lip, a bruised arm and leg, which he claimed be received in a scuffle wim Jones. AM. Leon M JJespres who has been investigating several other cases of alleged brutality on die part of Chicago police, said have brought several cases of diis type to die attention of Superintendent Wilson and received two replies prom- ising investigations, but 1 never beard any more about die incidents of die officers involved. "Such diingsareadlsgrace die City of Chicago and must be halted at he declared. Captaiq Sheehay of die Grand Crossing station, the officers had trouble making die arrest. At times offi- cers must use force to make an arrest, he declared. He flintier stated mat die force does not want any bru- tality. And an investigation would be made. Business Men's Association. Kyros, who is the incum- bent, beat Collins by a sur- prisingly close vote of 291 lo 276. Tbe two men were vying for area vice-presi- dent from die business cir- cle. Eighty-five delegations were seated increasing Ike number from last year's 70. Each T.W.O. affiliate was entitled to sevel and five alternates. The Rev. Lynward Steven- son, pastor of Bethlehem Covenant Presbyterian church, 7300 Maryland ave., was elected to the presi- dency of die organization with no contest. Tbe keynote address was given by die Rev.C.T.Vivian director of affiliates of the Soudtem Leadership Con- ference. Rev. Vivian told die delegates, 'When July comes, we're moving for freedom. If you don't get out in die streets today, it won't be worth living for tomorrow." He brought die crowd to laughter when he said dot people in Arkansas were wearing pins. The pins, quipped Rev. Vivian, stands for 'get rid of Wal- He warned the dele- gates that diey too should be wearing mese pint. But their's, he said, should stand for 'get rid of Although nominations are allowed to be made from die floor, none were made. The delegates chose as area vice-presidents die follow- ing persons: Vic-P resident-Clergy (three Rev. (continued on page 9)
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