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Senate Committee Opens Hearings on Bill for Permanent Fair Employment Practice Group

August 31, 1944
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“The work of wiping out discrimination in industry is not the job of a private agency but should be carried on by an agency such as the Fair Employment Practices Committee.” Rabbi J. X. Cohen, chairman of the commission on economic problems of the American Jewish Congress, told a Senate education and labor sub-committee today.

Testifying in support of the establishment of a permanent commission to penalize discrimination in industry, Rabbi Cohen stressed the extent of pre-war discrimination and said that it was ” a pattern of what we may anticipate in the post war period” unless “economic statesmanship is employed.” Others testifying in behalf of the legislation included Clarence Pickett of the American Friends Service Committee; Senator Denis Chavez, a sponsor of the bill; Bishop Bromley Oxnam of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, and Rev. Francis N. McBee, of the Congressional Christian Churches.

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