NEW YORK (Sep. 24)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has voted to call upon Congress to deny favored nation status to the Soviet Union in world trade relations until the USSR ceases and desists from its ransom demand practice. This position was formulated in a resolution passed by delegates to the NAACP’s 64th annual convention in Indianapolis July 2-6, 1973, and was ratified by the Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting this month.
The resolution stated in part: “In keeping with our historic concern for the plight of disadvantaged minorities everywhere, we call attention to that of those Jews in Russia who are made to pay large sums to the government–ostensibly for their government-subsidized education–before being permitted to emigrate to Israel or other countries of their choice.
“We call upon our Federal Administration to use the good influences of the American government to gain relief from this tyranny, to the end that these Russian Jews may enjoy the freedoms and privileges to which all human beings are entitled.”