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Then we decided that we would go national. Davis agreed that I could
devote most of my time on the phone in my office on this thing. The
issue came of how to form what we called the Labor Leadership
Assembly for Peace, and we got Frank Rosenblum, the secretary-
treasurer of the Amalgamated, to be the initiating sponsor. We got
Emil Mazey, the UAW. We got Al Hartung of the Woodworkers, and
Victor Reuther. I think that those were the initiating things, and I was
listed as the national coordinator.
Then we decided we would form chapters, that is, to form trade union
divisions in different areas. That's how I got to know Murray Finley.
Someone in Chicago said, “The guy to get is Murray Finley.”
I called up Murray Finley at an Amalgamated convention and offered
him the chairmanship of the trade union division of SANE in the
Midwest. I said, “I'm not giving you very much, but you can do what
you want with it.” [Laughs] They then organized a conference at
McCormick Hall--that thing burned down, I remember--about 500
people were at a luncheon on a Saturday, trade union leaders, with
some big names there. This was done in Chicago, it was done on the
West Coast, it was done in New England.
Then we decided that in '68 we would have a national convention of
the Labor Leadership Assembly for Peace at the University of Chicago,
in the School of Continuing Education, and we began to plan for it.
That's when I gave the story out to Peter Millones, who was then a
labor reporter on the Times, to break the story in the Times. I don't
know if I discussed it last time or we got wiped out on the film, on how
That was before we got wiped out.
Okay, so you know that.
The conference itself was very, very successful, in that we must have
had about 550 or 600. Offhand I can't even remember. It was very,
very packed, and they came from all over the country. It was mostly
officials and staff. In many cases, they had to raise their own money,
because there weren't that many unions that would endorse the thing.
We had workshops. It was a weekend conference. We had workshops.
I remember, that's how I met Russ Allen. He was then at the
University of Michigan, to come down to lead one of the workshops. A
number of union and other people led workshops on different things
related to the war. There was an opening thing, it opened on Friday
night, people registered on Friday night. I remember on Friday night,
my daughter was then a graduate student at the University of Chicago,
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