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Central Body of Leading Jewish Organizations Appeals Against Negro Discrimination

President Roosevelt was asked today by Jewish organizations to support the Committee on Fair Employment Practice’s directive to sixteen southern railroads to cease discrimination against Negroes.

The request was contained in a letter signed by Claude A. Benjamin, chairman, Coordinating Committee of Jewish Organizations dealing with employment discrimination in war industry, which represents the seventy national and local Jewish organizations dealing with employment discrimination problems in this country, including civic protective groups and Jewish community councils.

The letter calls upon the President to prevent “a collapse of the government’s program to safeguard certain basic rights for all minority groups.” It assures President Roosevelt of the Coordinating Committee’s “whole-hearted support of any action you may take to preserve the effectiveness of the Committee on Fair Employment practice and to strengthen its ability to enforce the government’s non-discrimination policy.”