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Jewish Organizations Continue to Protest Against Selma Actions

March 12, 1965
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American Jewish organizations continued today to protest to President Johnson and U. S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach against police brutality against Negroes in Alabama, one of the group calling for the indictment of Alabama’s Governor Wallace.

On behalf of the American Jewish Committee, Morris B. Abram, president of the organization, sent a telegram to President Johnson, hailing him for requesting the Department of Justice to intervene against the Alabama actions in the courts, and calling the recent events in Selma, Ala., a “shameful exhibition of brutality on the part of the state and local police.” In a separate wire, to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the Negro drive for the right to register and vote, Mr. Abram pledged the AJC’s “solidarity with you in this cause.”

The Association of Reform Rabbis of New York City adopted a resolution dispatched to the President and Mr. Katzenbach, calling upon the Federal Government to guarantee the rights of the Negroes in Alabama, and denouncing the “latest ugly violations of human rights” there.

A request that the Government initiate steps to obtain an indictment against Gov, Wallace was voiced in a telegram sent to President Johnson by Jacob T. Zuckerman, president of the Workmen’s Circle. He blamed Gov. Wallace for “precipitating the beating of Negro civil rights marchers” in Selma.

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