Jewish Groups, Others, Express Support for Poor Peoples’ Campaign, Mobilization

The Poor Peoples Campaign and the National Solidarity Day demonstration next Wednesday in Washington have been endorsed by a variety of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, labor and civic groups representing five million New York residents. The participating organizations said in a joint statement they were chartering hundreds of buses to take members to the Wednesday demonstration.

Expressing support for the campaign and the demonstration were, among others, Rev. William S. Van Meter of the Protestant Council of New York City; Father Edward Dugan of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York; Rabbi Henry Siegman, executive vice-president of the Synagogue Council of America; and Richard Cohen, assistant executive director of the American Jewish Congress.

They offered their endorsements at a news conference at which Rev. Wyatt Walker, special assistant on urban affairs to Gov. Rockefeller and New York coordinator of the mobilization in support of the campaign, said he was “deeply encouraged” by the pledges of support and participation. Rev. Walker declared that there would be no acts of civil disobedience “or independent protest activities” on Wednesday. At least one Jewish organization, the Jewish Labor Committee, withdrew from support of the campaign last week.

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