Jewish Groups Urge Democrats to Adopt Strong Civil Rights Plank

Leaders of major Jewish organizations in this country today appeared before the Platform Committee of the Democratic National Convention urging the Democratic Party to adopt a nine-point civil rights plank, including a pledge to enact a Federal F.E.P.C. with enforcement powers and to revise the Senate rules so as to eliminate the filibuster.

Philip Klutznick, vice-chairman of the National Commission of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith; Max Kopstein, vice-president of the American Jewish Congress; and Ely Aaron, vice-chairman of the American Jewish Committee were members of a delegation from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights which testified before the Platform Committee. The Leadership Conference comprises some 50 religious, labor, fraternal, civic and veterans organizations, including major Jewish organizations affiliated with the National Community Relations Advisory Council.

The Democratic Platform Committee was also urged today by 24 major religious, nationality, fraternal and civic organizations to adopt a plank on immigration policy which will pledge abolition of the national origins quota system as a basis for entry of immigrants into our country. The groups, which actively opposed the McCarran immigration law recently adopted over President Truman’s veto, submitted a proposed plank and called upon the Democratic Party to pledge itself to “adoption of legislation which will bring our immigration, naturalization and nationality policies into consonance with our democratic ideals and the American tradition of humanitarianism.”

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