Ncrac Warns Against Congressional ‘scuttling’ of Anti-poverty Program

The House of Representatives was criticized today in a statement by the National Community Relations Advisory Council for seeking to “dismantle the Office of Economic Opportunity and scuttle the anti-poverty program.” The NCRAC acted on behalf of its nine national Jewish organizational affiliates and 81 local Jewish community councils that are council members.

The NCRAC declared that President Johnson’s request for funds for the anti-poverty program was “modest to begin with” and said that efforts to cut the funding “must be quickly repelled if the war against poverty is not to be turned into a war against the poor.” The Jewish organizations warned that “those who have been crying havoc about metropolitan riots and now contribute to the scuttling of the anti-poverty program will have to bear a major share of the responsibility for further and even more disruptive disorders, if they have their way in Congress.”

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