NEW YORK (Mar. 17)
National Jewish organizations, and local Jewish community councils throughout the country, today endorsed President Johnson’s moves for enactment of federal legislation to protect all citizens, Negro and white, in their right to vote.
The National Community Relations Advisory Council, representing seven national Jewish organizations and 74 local councils sent a telegram to the President, commending him on his new civil rights steps and asserting that “equality of opportunity and rights without regard to race, color or religion” is a goal to which all of the NCRAC’s member organizations are devoted.
Morris B. Abram, president of the American Jewish Committee, wired a message to the President, stating that the AJC “hails your call to Congress in your eloquent message for legislation to insure the vote for every American, Negro and white. We agree,” Mr. Abram informed the President, “that this is an American problem, rather than a sectional one. We pledge all our supportive efforts.”
The Jewish Labor Committee telegraphed the President: “Congratulations on your truly inspiring address. It was a worthy response to the challenge of Solma. On behalf of the 500,000 Jewish members of our affiliated labor, cultural and fraternal organizations, we pledge to you our fullest support in your efforts to obtain quickly a comprehensive federal voting law. Your magnificent words were a clarion call to which all America will respond.”