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   Woodlawn Booster (Newspaper) - September 7, 1966, Woodlawn, Illinois                                Progress Center, Board Of Health Spearhead Lead Poisoning Attack A PRESTIGE NEWSPAPER A PRESTIGE COMMUNITY On The Ready RIOT DUTY it thing, and war it another, but training which George Watson, 6334 Greenwood, hat received in the Illinoit National Guard rankt will itand him in good ttead. Watton, a member of the Second Battalion, 178th Infantry, Illinois National Guard, "at the ready" with hit .50 calibre air-cooled machine gun mounted atop a jeep. THIRTY-SECOND YEAR NO. 35 Publithed at 639 E. 71 tt St., STewart 3-1040 WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7 THRU SEPT. 12 Damages To Youngsters Create Deepest Concern The Woodlawn Urban Pro- gress Center, in cooperation with the Board of Health, has begun its second anti-lead poin- soning campaign. The first, in April, was concerned with col- lecting urine specimens from neighborhood youngsters for analysis to determine the pre- sence of lead in their systems. The present compain even goes further. Teams of doctors from the Board of Health will Urge Child Mortality Precautions Green SHIFTING SCENES Farewell To A Humanitarian And Friend by Hurley Green, Editor BIG CITIES are generally known for their immunity to pain and suffering. Chicago, as a city, is no different. Citizens, including judges and other city officials have been beaten, killed and otherwise molested on our city streets. In many instances of citizens' rights, the 'little man' has had to fend for himself. CHICAGO was different in the respect that there was one man that cared for his fellowman until last Friday. There was a champion of rights for all men, white and black. TODAY as I write this column, final plans are being made to bury the remains of one Stonewall Edwards, a man that lived as he died, in his one and only role of humanitarian. Members of the white press, upon being informed of his now legendary exploits, dubbed him, a "self-styled" humanitarian. Efforts were made "tSTSelittle his varied efforts in the field of human rights and dignity. But those of us who knew and loved Stonewall, knew that he was in every sense of the word, truly a bene- factor of friend and stranger alike. THE CIRCUMSTANCES surrounding Stonewall's death are clouded in mystery at this time, but none-the- less he is gone. HE WAS GUNNED DOWN like an animal. Five bul- lets were pumped into his frail body until his life blood oozed out into the gutter from which he sought so hard to escape. The person or persons responsible for his death might or might not be punished in a court of law, but the loss to the community can never be filled. There will never be another Stonewall Edwards! TO ATTEMPT to record Stonewall's many exploits in this space is impossible, I can only echo sentiments that have been voiced over the years by many of the persons he did help. IT IS ALSO impossible to evaluate Stonewall's value to the community by tokens of appreciation; because there were none. Many of the persons he helped accept- ed his time and efforts without a murmer of thanks. This lack of appreciation was brought home in painful relief on June 14, when a small group of persons staged a "Day" for Edwards. Only thirty persons appeared to express their feelings. Though his disappointment was keen, Stonewall was undaunted by the meager showing; he continued in his efforts to be of service to residents of the BULLETIN-BOOSTER community. HIS PERSONAL confrontations with police brutality, slum housing, welfare inequities, job discrimination and opportunities, are now a part of his dedicated life. There were so many areas that came under Stone- wall's scrunity that it is difficult for me to pick out those that would really show his real greatness. There is one incident that I have told many times and to me this most clearly exemplifies Stonewall's character. A young mother approached Stonewall one day, with two children which she was unable to feed. Upon hear- ing her story of deprivation and lack of funds, Edwards went immediately to a nearby blood-bank where he sold a pint of blood for ten dollars. From the ten dollars, Tuberculin Testing In Woodlawn The start of school means tu- berculin testing for first, fifth and ninth graders in Chicago schools, said John E. Egdorf, executive director of the Tuber- culosis Institute of Chicago and Cook County. Egdorf said the testing is part of a routine physical ex- amination required by law for students entering these grade levels. "Since the rate of TB infec tion m Chicago accounts for po- sitive reactions as high as 35 per cent in some schools, par- ents of children not included in those groups to be tuberculin tested should assume the responsibility of having them said Egdorf. He said health authorities urge skin tests for children un der 15 just as they advocated chest X rays for those over that age because of this high rale of infection. "Parents not able to afford a private physician can have their children tested free of charge at any of the six clinics operated by the Municipal Tu berculosis he said. Egdorf also reminded par- ents that they should not neg lect to get their free chest X ray when the mobile X-ray units come into their communi- ty area The summer search for un known cases of tuberculosis in Chicago is sponsored by the In stitute and the Municipal Tu berculosis Sanitarium and in suburban communities by the Suburban Cook County Tuber culosis Sanitarium District in cooperation with the Institute A mobile unit will be stop ping at the following locations the week of September 12. 63rd COTTAGE GROVE on September 12 15, from 12 p.m.; on September 13 14 and 16, from 11 a m p m A unit will also be stopping at the following locations thi week of September 5. 63rd COTTAGE GROVE on September 6, 7 and 9, fion 11 a m p m on September 8, from 12 p.m. Stonewall gave the young mother eight dollars, keeping two for himself. I know of no other man who has clearly demonstrated such kindness and generosity. There arc many other incidents concerning Stonewall but unless you knew this man as I did, they are almost beyond be- lief. One of the greatest moments in his life occurred re- cently when a group of students from the Doolittle School, composed letters commending him for his humanitarian efforts. These letters meant more to him than a lot of the phoney smiles that were bestowed upon him by less reputable associates. Now at 36 years of age this young man lies soon to be buried in an unmarked grave. He lived in poverty and he died in poverty. It is very painful to me to see per- sons and organizations that laughed at him in life, fight! others don't want to let go. w to gain a few lines of type by offering aid at this late date. If there is a God, and I believe there is I'm sure he will make a place for this great man. I for one, am a better person for having known him and his works. We have lost the original rights fighter. munity." Dissident Parents' Hold Meet The Concerned Parents Woodlawn are holding a "Kick Off Rally for a better Wood lawn" at 4 p m on Sunday a Sixth United Presbytena Chinch, 1210 E. 62 st Whe asked why they were holdin the rally, the group made th following statement: "The Concerned Parents Woodlawn arc striving hard t unite the people of Woodlaw into an active community Woodlawn belongs to the pet pie The people of Woodlaw have the power to or 1 do with this community. So fa they have let their communil down, through non-interest. But we as residents of Wooc lawn, know that there ar good as well as adverse pote tials here (adverse at presei overrule We know th: many people in Woodlawn ai as concerned as we are. Tl only way that we can mal Woodlawn a better place work, educate, pray and play to unite and strengthen it. We can make things better c let things go. We and man know how we feei and what v, are trying to do. We ask the Operation Anti Idleness THESE YOUNGSTERS do not fall into the idle hands. Idle mindt" category, for they been keeping themselves busy throughout the summer months at the Woodlawn Y's Arts and Craft classes-Tuesdays and Thursdays, From 10 am to 12 noon. There they have learned to fashion decorative and useful ob- jects, and in the process have removed them- selves from the temptation of getting Into something that might lead to trouble. From left, the group consists of Diane Simpson, 6218 Ingleside; Mrs. Velma Jetton, 4137 Drexel, in- structor; Lilia Hodges, 4108 Dorchester; Shar- on Winestaerry, 6209 Evans; Theresa Ray, 6626 Evans; Karen Winesberry, 6209 Evans; Sybil Hayes, 6140 Dorchester; Gloria Franklin, 6140 Dorchester; and Buckner, 6146 Ken- wood. Pre-Natal Care Key To Life Identification and treatment f the high-risk mother prior to regnancy, particularly among he non-white and indigent seg- nents of the population, is the ey to further reduction of the '.S. infant mortality rate. Particular emphasis must be iven to a comprehensive pro- ram to reduce prematurity irough expanded programs of nterconceptional and precon- eptional care. Such a program, to be sue- essful, would require m- reased group health education j accelerate understanding nd motivation. These were conclusions rawn by participants in the Medical Associa- ion's National Conference on nfant Mortality at San Fran- isco, attended by more than AH! physicians. There appeared to be agree- ment that effort to continue the reduction of infant mortality lave centered too much on care of the high-risk Mother. V Entertainers Now AT LEAST some of the Blackstone Rangers cannot be classed a shiftless troublemakers, for a group of them displayed talent in the en- tertainment field recently when they put on a variety show at the First Presbyterian church. 6400 Kimbark. Part of the show presented the Uniques (from Leondre Reno, 6439 Ken- wood; Leroy Hunt, 6443 Kenwood; and Leon Dunning, 1504 E. 65th St., essaying to entertain rather than disturb onlookers. Despres Delivers Resolution The following remarks were endered by 5th Ward alder- man, Leon M. Despres in the Chicago City Council, recently. Jespres opinions resulted from proposed resolution intro- duced to praise the mayors in- unction and the mayor's action conccrnig the injunction igamst demonstrations Reso- ution was passed 45-1, Despres counter resolve was thusly de- feated 'The city administration's resolution to praise the Mayor [or the injunction against peaceful demonstrations is ill- adviscd. Although the adminis- tration has clear power to pass it, it ought not to be passed. The obtaining of the injunctien was ill-advised. It was divisive. It placed the full punitive force of the city behind one group of Chicagoans against another. "In the history of our city and nation, the injunction has been a traditional repressive instrument against the op- pressed m their efforts for so- cial progress Starting with the laiiroad strikes of the 1870's and going on for sixty years the injunction was a device to stop, injure, harass, punish, and undermine railroad work- ers, building tradesmen, eight- hour-day advocates, coal min- ers, mill hands, printers, clo- th i n g workers, automobile workers, and others in their quest for recognition and a bet- ter life. Chicago was one of the chief centers for the issuance of injunctions and used to be one of the injunction capitals oi America, but since the Repub lie Steel injunction and massa- ere of 1937, for nearly 30 years Chicago has been free of mas sive injunctions The action we are asked to approve today re turns Chicago to the pre-1937 policy and establishes Chicago as the Injunction Capital o" America. "The injunction shares all the abuses which made earlier in unctions hateful W was issued substantially without notice. The notification of less t'han our hours violated Circuit Court rules about notice and allowed the defendants inade- quate 'time to prepare for a fair leanng The provisions drafted )y the city administration and ssued 'by the court were unrea- sonably restrictive and perhaps unconstitutional. 'The injunction is one-sided, It is directed only against per- lons seeking to end Chicago's lousing discrimination. It con- tains no balancing provisions to protect demonstrators and rcs- .rain others from interfering with their lawful rights. In the resolution we are asked to condemn persons be- cause they live outside Chica- go. However, the city adminis- tration's most intimate adviser lives outside Chicago and in eleven years has not found Chi- cago inviting enough to live or vote in Just this morning we honored an outsider, a man who came from Poland to head a demonstration Rubin, the representative of the Polish Cardinal. Recently the City Council honored the Prince Consort of Great Bri- tain, the Mayor of Lourdes, and many others. We delight in honoring outsiders, unless we disapprove their aims. All of us disapprove the Nazis and Fas- cists, but the "outsider" part of the resolution we arc asked to pass today is directed principal- ly against America's most dis- tinguished Nobel Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr. So far, we have not even asked him to come to the City Council although we ask other outsiders regularly and although a reso lution to invite him has been languishing for months seems almost pleased to an nounce and attribute to th presence of civil rights cates. We have every right I be skeptical of smacking lips over crime figures that ar lust too pat. If Chicago doe not now have enough policeme for minimum patrol of the cit> the administration has the dul of finding them. It cou promptly follow the examp of the city administration of C ccro, which we do not usual compare favorably to ours, an ask for urgent help from th National Guard as provided b law. That is what we have National Guard for. The su posed crime increase is a poo excuse indeed for the injun tion. "The injunction was a bio to effective, meaningful confc ence The conferees who r ceived the news of the premcc tated injunction said that "fell like a pall" over the co ference It undermined pro rcss, perhaps fatally. A hi torian said it reminded him one man's description of Olive Cromwell "He will lay his hands on h breast, elevate his eyes, and call God to record He will weep, howl, and repent, even while we doth smile you under the fifth nb." "We should not approve the Mayor's course in seeking and obtaining the injunction. Its ef- fect is to deter peaccfulness and punish the policy of non- violence. "We are asked also to give approval and endorsement of the position and action taken by Mayor Daley in dealing with the great legal and moral questions in- volved, and our confidence that the course he has charted will be at the Center, 1030 E. 63rd Street, from to a.m. Monday through Friday, and to p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All youngsters between 8 months and 3 years are to be given a blood test. Blood sam- ment. given a blood test. Blood sam- ples are drawn by appoint- ment. If your community represen- tative has not yet called on you, and you want your child to take advantage of this oppor- tunity to make sure he is not affected by this dread disease, simply call the Center, 684-7800 a representative will be sent to set up the appointment. Among the grave dangers of lead poisoning are mental re- tardation, permanent physical debility or even, in some cases, death. The process goes as fol- lows: A child chews falling plaster or paint which contains lead as its base. During the cooler months, symptoms rarely de- velop which would lead to treatment. But the lead is re- tained in the child's system. Then, when hot weather comes the poison is released and the symptoms develop Of the persons in the city's "poverty ap- proximately 20% are suspected to be victims of lead poisoning. At present, at least 3% are being discovered to be positive, and requiring immediate treat- ment. "We are again asking every concerned person in the com- munity to cooperate in this states Frank Ba- con, Woodlawn Center director. "Unless we have this coopera- tion, some of our children may die, or suffer needless and wasteful retardation which will ruin their lives." He said furth- er, "It is so easy to head off by a simple blood so dif- ficult to treat once it gets a foothold in the child's system." There is no charge for this the life you save may be your child's. Dr. Deton J. Books, execu- tive director of the Chicago after pregnancy, rattier than detection and care before preg- nancy. One physician suggested this emphasis may be responsible, n part, for the fact that the U.S. reduction in the infant mortality rate has not proceed- ed as fast as we would like in recent years. Ralph A. Reis, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern U. School of Medicine, Chicago, said in the ,-pynote address that the fac- tors responsible for fetal deaths are difficult to identify, but that "90% are due ito prematuri- y, fetal abnormality, anoxia and birth injuries." In relation to prematurity, generally conceded to be one of the more important factors in the infant mortality rate, he proposed this question: "May not this increasing prematurity? The question is increasing ability to prolong abnormal pregnancies through the period of immaturity into the period of prematurity, this increasing the percent of prematurity? The question is whether this stems from better rather than poorer obstetrical care The problem of prematurity was further explained in a pa- per by Arthur J. Lesser, MD, deputy chief of the children's bureau, U S. Depl of Health, Education and Welfare. "In view of the fact that pre mature birth accounts for two- thirds of the infant deaths pro- gress in accelerating the reduc- tion in infant mortality, which has been slowing down in re- cent years, can come about only if there is greater atten- tion to the improvement of ma- ternity care, expecially in low- income he said. Dr. Lesser said that since 1060 there has been an appar- ent increase in the proportion of infants born weighing RI ams or less, from 7 7% of births to 8.2% in 1964. He warned of a possible increase. "If the projected number of live births for 1970 (4.3 million) is reached, and present low birth weight trends continue, we can expect about a 10% in- crease in premature births over 1064 "This reflects the increasing proportion of non-white infants (Continued on Page 3) Committee-on Urban Opportun- ity, says of the campaign: "If we save the life or the mind of a single child through our ef forts, it will be well worth the cost and effort involved. We urge all residents to cooperate fully with the community rep- resentatives when they call." As an excuse for the injunc- j take these controversial prob- tion against peaceful demon- Icms out of the street's and to stralions, today's resolution re cites an Increase hi crime which the city administration the conference table where they may be solved with reason (Continued on Page 3) Police Clamp Up Policy "Offices" Police have broken up a 000 a year policy office on the Southside. Ruby Long, 47, of 6026 S. El- lis ave. was arrested at 6626 S. Ellis ave., 2nd floor, as the re- sult of a warrant issued by Judge Arthur Duane. Arrested with Miss Long were William Rice, 51, of 6432 S. Ellis ave., and Leroy John- son, 46, of 6138 S. Drexel ave. Miss Long was charged with being keeper of a gambling house. The two men were ac- cused of being the patrons of a gambling house. They were booked for ap- pearance at Central Court on Sept. 2. Police said Miss Long ran a station for the Atlantic and Pa- cific Wheel and the Bank Pay- out and Room and Board wheel. The wheel took in at least 000 a week, police estimated. Cite Local Marine Corps Recruits The ranks of Marine corps recruits who have just complet- ed eight weeks training at the Marine Corps Recruit depot, San Diego, Calif, list two fam- iliar names They are Marine Pvts Arthur J. Bolton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde D. Bolton, 66, 6551 Uni- versity; and Stephen Harris, son of Mrs. Louise Watkms, 6J2G Ellis The training they received included military drill, history and traditions of the Marine Corps, as well as other aca- demic subjects. In addition, they learned small arms mark- manship, bayonet fighting and methods of self-protection. They are now scheduled to undergo four weeks each of in- dividual combat and basic spe- cialist training before being as- signed to a permanent unit. Best Food Buys This Week I Each week the Booster publishes the best food buys at your local food store, as advertised in your Georgia's Finest FRYING CHICKENS 2Sc Ib. 2 limit Hills COFFIE i   

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