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Jwish Activities in the Metropolitan Area

April 10, 1934
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Determined to wage a “fight to the finish” against all race discrimination in public utilities employment offices a committee of twelve, headed by Samuel Leibowitz, president of Brooklyn Jewish Democracy, Inc., left here this morning for Albany to lay their grievances before state legislators.

“It is a blight to Americanism,” commented. Leibowitz before leaving.

He told the Bulletin last night that it was not merely a fight against the discrimination shown toward Jews by the utility companies, but essentially against “adverse distinction made toward any nationality or race whatsoever.”


“What we are bringing before the legislature is not a startling revelation,” Leibowitz asserted, “for these things have been existent for years. Nobody has bothered to organize against these corporations.”

Although the Brooklyn Jewish Democracy is playing a lone hand now, it was said, if no satisfaction is obtained at the state capital, it is planned to seek the aid of the other city democracies in launching a proposed one-night-a-week boycott of electric, gas and telephone services.

A letter demanding fair play in the employment bureaus of the city utilities is already in the hands of Senator William T. Byrne, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The letter also asks that the proposed utility inquiry be extended to include employment.

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