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March 10, 1972 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1972-03-10

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• Liridsay:Rejirirnan.fle'Anti-Poifer Official
for Antr:Siiiiiiiiiteniaikii'FIEVY'Ai
to Stop Funds to Bigoted Teachers Group

Mayor aspect of ATA's activity is delib- ment of Labor's Office of Federal
John V. Lindsay's office reported
erate anti-Semitism," and public
that the mayor had sent a letter to aid to it is "violative of the letter Contract Compliance.
Graubard said the six examples
David Billings, III, chairman of and spirit of the federal Constitu-
the New York City Council Against tion and laws and regulations un- show that the university has set
Poverty, declaring that some of der it." Since November 1967, quotas for instructional staff, stu-
dent affairs personnel and admin-
Billings' remarks on a radio pro-
gram last week were "plainly of- Graubard wrote, the ATA has en- istrative staff. He pointed out that
gaged in "anti-Jewish bigotry" on
fensive to members of the Jewish numerous occasions, including the the Labor Department's OFCC
guidelines "specifically warn that
community of the city and indeed following:
'goals may not be rigid and set in-
to many of our citizens, including
ATA official Tyrone Woods said flexible quotas that must be met.' "
on Jan. 24, 1969: "As far as I'm The same guidelines state that
The Anti-Defamation League of concerned, more power to Hitler. goals
are "not intended and should
Bnai Brith said Billings' remarks He didn't make enough lampshades
on the WNYC program were "vic- out of them. He didn't make not be used to discriminate against
ious anti-Semitism" and asked enough belts out of them." Brook- any applicant or employe because
of race, color, religion, sex or
Lindsay to remove Billings from lyn coordinator Leslie Campbell national origin."
his office.
wrote in 1970 Black News: "Today ?"'
The charge was made in a letter despicable Jew boys are still per-
Itrumi's Curtains, Contract Division
to the mayor from Milton Sey- petrating their crimes here in the
mour, chairman of the ADL New U.S.A. and abroad. The American
York Board. Jew today spends a great deal of
By coincidence, Billings was his time financing the imperialistic
sworn in March 1 by Lindsay war effort by Israel against the
to a third one-year term as head Arabs, when he is not ransacking
of the city's policy-making agency the pockets of black people."
for poverty programs.
Graubard asked Richardson to

Seymour said Billings had
made anti-Semitic remarks on
"Action Interview," a program
on the city-owned station. Bill-
ings issued a statement at the
swearing-in ceremony in which
he insisted that any remarks he
made on the WNYC program
were not directed against any
group. He had called foes of
the bitterly-contested low-in-
come housing project hi Forest
Hills "an Influential group re-


said later he was not
referring "to the Jewish comatinif
ity" and that he did !IDE 'consider `

"take prompt action" to discon-
tinue aid to the ATA, which has
received three -grants totaling
$258,740 since 1969, and to "re-
fuse any further grants which
it may request." The grants
were earmarked for an "educa-
tion talent search program" de-
signed to aid ghetto dropouts.

The ADL earlier charged the
State University of New York at
Albany with distorting the concept
of affirmative action employment
in behalf of minorities "into a pro-
gram of racial quotas or preferen-
tial treatment."
In a letter to Louis T. Benezet,
president of SUNYA, Graubard
gave six documented instances of

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ject "a Jewish Black group thing."
State University breaching
at r ished
ia I t4f
He said that to state "a person the
of the U.S. Depart-
of the Jewish faith is wrong— the guidelines
that doesn't mean I'm anti-Semit-
ic." Jews have been among the
leaders in the fight against the
housing project.
According to the ADL, Billings
commented • that "You just got
one group in this so-callecl , democ-
racy. This group Is being listened
to the moat. Let's ask the question
why. We haie to deal with them,
and I have no problem because
the particular group that's making
noise happens to be an influential
group religiously. Listen to what
The book is Pan Am's World.
I'm saying, religiously. They can
seeing we give you, before you go, one
Europe 72. And it points out some of
hook up with other factors in con-
'of the most comprehensive kuidehoolcs
trol economically; many of them
the reasons Whyour tours offer vou
available. Pan Am's New Guide to
hold legislative positions of that
more for your money than anybody
religious origin; many of them
Europe. On some of our tours we even
else's tours.
control the school System of that
give you our Insider's Guides that tell
religious origin; many of them
For example. on our tours when
you where to shop, what to eat and
control the press and the mass
you land at a strange airport you don't .
how to tip.
media of that religious origin..."
The ADL called Billings' pub-
And we're the only airline that has
Pan Am. host there to help you out.
lished response to the agency's
weather insurance. That way if you get
charge an "empty, unresponsive
answer any your questions. and take
some rain, you can also get back some
disdaining" which is "totally in-
vou on a Pan Am bus to your hotel.
adequate and unconvincing."
of the money you paid for your vacation.
Every hotel on every Pan Am's
Pointing out that Billings had
If you're thinking abotit 'a European
World tour is a first class hotel. Which
disclaimed any anti-Semitic intent,
vacation, send for Pan Am's World.
Seymour said that the Council
means you get a room with a private
Europe 72. It's free, so you're not losing
Against Poverty chairman has
bath, even on our economy class tours. And with every
out on anything if you do.
"not seen fit to actually retract
any of his outrageous charges that
But considering a European vacation is usually
one other meal a day.
the Jewish community exercises
a once in a lifetime experience, you could be losing
a tentacle-like control on the life
To help you learn about the countries you'll be
out on a lot, if you don't.
of our city."
"Worse still," said Seymour, "is
Billings' transparent denial that he
was attacking the Jewish commu-
Pan Am's World. Europe 72
nity in the charges he made in the
Box 2212
radio interview."
The ADL also chrrged that fed-
Boston, Mass. 02107
eral funds to the African-Ameri-
Please send me a copy of Pan Am's World. Europe 72.
can Teachers' Association were
being "used to subsidize racial
or religious hatred." It asked the
Department of Health, Educa-
tion and Welfare to "cease the
flow of government money" to
Pan Am travel agent
the Association, baseditere.
Seymour Graubard, ADL na-
tional chairman, advised HEW
Secretary Elliot L. Richardson in
a letter that "whatever else its ,
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