Jewish Labor Committee Hits Nixon Administration for Burdening Poor

The Jewish Labor Committee has issued a far-reaching critique of the Nixon Administration’s social and economic policies which it charged, “threaten to bring to a sudden halt the slow but steady progress that tens of millions of Americans made in recent years toward full participation in American life.”

A statement released here yesterday by Judge Jacob T. Zuckerman, president of the JLC, decried the recent cutbacks in social spending, particularly the moratorium on housing construction, the cuts in Medicaid/Medicare and education and the dismantling of anti-poverty programs. The statement expressed strong opposition to “any economic strategy or ‘game plan’ which puts the burden of the fight against inflation on the shoulders of the poor and working people.”

Judge Zuckerman stressed that the JLC, long active in the field of human rights, has “always been non-political and…will remain non-political.” However, he said, his organization felt “compelled to speak out now because these issues define the fight for human rights today no less than the fight was detained a few years ago by the struggle against discrimination and segregation.”

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