Jewish, Church and Labor Groups Urge Permanent Fepc at Senate Hearings

Pointing out that “certain avenues of education and employment are closed to young Jewish men and women,” Helen Raebeck of the National Council of Jewish Women today declared that “discrimination of this kind is not only unfair to us, but it also deprives the nation of talents and abilities it cannot afford to lose.” Miss Raebeck testified during the second day of hearings before a Senate education and labor subcommittee on a bill to establish a permanent Fair Employment Practices Commission.

Only 13 of the 48 states have legislation against discrimination in employment, Milly Brandt, national chairman of the legislative committee of the American Jewish Congress, told the subcommittee. “Federal legislation,” she said “is imperative in order to cure discrimination in employment coming within the purview of the Federal Government. ” Others who appeared in support of the bill were Rt. Rev. John W. Ryan of the National Catholic Welfare Conference; George Weave, Director of the National CIO Committee to Abolish Racial Discrimination; Arnold Aronson, President of the Chicago Council Against Racial and Religious Discriminations Dr. Emily Hickman, General Secretary of the YMCA; Mrs. Myrta P. Ross, Executive Secretary of the United Council of Church Women, and Nathan Cowan, Chairman of the legislative committee of the National CIO.

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