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Workmen’s Circle Adopts Six-point Code on Equal Rights for Members

A six-point “personal code” through which every individual can “contribute significantly to the achievement of equal rights and equal opportunities for all Americans” was adopted unanimously today by the national board of the Workmen’s Circle, a Jewish fraternal and cultural organization representing 65,000 members in 32 states, at a meeting at the Hotel Astor.

The code asks members of the Workmen’s Circle–many of whom live in the South–to bring their personal pressure to bear against discrimination, if it exists, in the stores in which they shop, in the banks in which they keep their accounts, in their unions, businesses or professions, in community organization, in their neighborhoods and in their own homes and social contacts.

Jacob T. Zukerman, New York attorney and social worker, who is president of the Workmen’s Circle, said that the board meeting at the Astor had voted to make civil rights “our project of the year which means that for the next twelve months at least our 540 branches, from New York to California, will be encouraged to participate in civil rights activities on an organized and sustained basis.”