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Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement #Jews and #Blacks marched arm & arm. Jews were earliest supporters of #UrbanLeague, #ILGWU organized too. #AmericanJewishCommittee, #AmericanJewishCongress & #ADL were central in the fight (1 #MLKDayā€¦
#Jews made substantial financial contributions to many civil rights organizations including: #NAACP, #UrbsnLeague, #CongressofRacialEquality, & #StudentNonViolentCoordinatingCommittee (2) #MLKDay #MLK #MLKJr
50% of #CivilRights attorneys were #Jews & 50% of whites who went to Mississippi in 1964 were Jews who went to challenge #JimCrowLaws. Clark's study relied upon by the USSCt in Brown v Bd of Education case was paid for by #AmericanJewishCommittee #MLKDay (3)
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#VoterSuppression has been a big part of the story of this #Election2018, with attention focusing on the statewide issues in Georgia and North Dakota in particular. We should also remember that voter suppression is--and always has been--especially potent at the local level.
Efforts to remedy discrimination often take the form of state or federal laws, which can distract us from the fact that the problems them aim to rectify very often originate with the block captains, poll workers, and local party bosses who intimidate potential voters.
Voter suppression was endemic in the Jim Crow South--the Klan, Citizens Councils & other whites terrorized African Americans who registered to vote, voted, or ran for office. The Civil Rights Act of 1965 was a federal response to that systemic disenfranchisement.
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