New York (Aug. 18)
The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) has reported a new national program to organize grassroots support for Israel’s security. The JLC said that the program, “Labor for a Secure Israel,” will seek to develop support for Israel within government and the general community” by mobilizing labor in areas of the country where the Jewish community is weak and where Labor has strength and influence.”
According to the report, Pat Porter, a former staff member of the Department of Professional Employes, AFL-CIO, has been named director of the project, which is headquartered in Washington. JLC officials said that among the states under consideration for the activities of the new program are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.
While the project is still in its initial stages, Mrs. Porter has already addressed state AFL-CIO conventions in Idaho and Arkansas and has met with officials of the Louisiana AFL-CIO to talk about Israel’s security needs. The JLC said all three state AFL-CIO labor bodies “have expressed their support for the project and have agreed to participate in its activities.”
The task force on Israel of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council has agreed that the JLC should have “the responsibility for organizing such an initiative within the labor community.”