Picket Line Outside of Emerson to Protest Against Militant Aid Rally
Three Professors Will Urge Intervention; SDL Holds Meeting
Conflict between the supporters of war and peace will come out into the open tonight when over 150 undergraduates and interested outsiders gather in front of Emerson Hall to picket the long-heralded Militant Aid to Britain rally.
Representatives from all the Houses, from the Teachers' Union, and from the Law School and the School of Architecture have been organized to form the basis of the picket line, which will mass in the Yard outside the hall before and during the 7:30 o'clock meeting.
Seven School Send Aid
Seven schools and colleges of the Boston area will also send representations to protest against the rally, including Wellesley, Simmons, Radcliffe, Tufts, and M. I. T. Ten local trade unions, both C. I. O. and A. F. of L., will join the picket line as well as delegates from the Y. W. C. A., the Cambridge high schools, the Women's Neighborhood League of Cambridge, and the Pacifist League.
The meeting which has aroused such opposition will be addressed by Talcott Parsons, assistant professor of Sociology; James A. McLaughlin, professor of Law; and W. Barton Leach, professor of Law.
Sponsored by the Committee for Militant Aid to Britain, the speakers will probably urge that the United States "recognize the fact that we are in the war and that whatever measures may be necessary, the Axis must be defeated," as a statement by Charles O. Porter 1L expressed the beliefs of the Committee yesterday.
Defense League Meets Earlier
Emerson D Will be the scene of another meeting earlier in the day when the Student Defense League and the Radcliffe League for American Democracy hold a joint rally to hear The Honorable Richard G. Casey, Australian Minister to the United States at 4 o'clock.
Following the speech the Defense League will hold a discussion of its policy in relation to entering the war. The discussion will center in a resolution to be introduced by Thomas M. Carroll '42 and Charles S. Bridge '42, both members of the League's executive board, supporting "any move to guarantee the military victory of Britain" but not favoring immediate armed intervention.
If this resolution passes, as is expected, the Defense League will have adopted a position practically the same as that expressed by President Conant in his radio speech last week for the White Committee, and similar to that of the Militant Aid to Britain Committee, which also believes that "aid to England must not be hampered by any 'short of war' qualification," and which has stated explicitly that it agrees with President Conant.