Balfour Brickner

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Balfour Brickner

Blacks and Jews

When Ed Koch lied about Basil Paterson, first in interviews, and then, more maliciously, in his book, some Jews did speak up, as best they could, including Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Haskell ­Lazerre of the American Jewish Committee, union leaders Jack Sheinkman and Victor Gotbaum, Sol Stern, Victor Kovner, and Letty Pogrebin.

When Jesse Jackson lied, and then admit­ted his bigoted “Hymie/Hymietown” slur against Jews, some black leaders did speak up, as best they could, including Basil Paterson,­ the Amsterdam News, Julian Bond, Reverend Calvin Butts, col­umnist William Raspberry, Denny Farrell, David Dinkins, Carl McCall, and Al Vann.[1]

Communist rally

The Communist Party USA paper promoted a massive "peace" rally in New York on June 12 1982. The People's Daily World covered the rally under a huge caption extending over half the front page, "Name June 12 Peace Day."

According to reporter, Emily DeNitto, describes a meeting;

"Speakers representing a whole spectrum of New Yorkers came to voice their concern over the nuclear arms buildup."

Among those who spoke were actress Colleen Dewhurst, Jarvis Tyner, chairman of the New York District of the Communist Party USA, Balfour Brickner, senior rabbi at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Bella Abzug of Women USA, the Reverend David Garcia of St. Marks Church and Richard Hoyen, chairman of the New York Young Workers Liberation League.[2]

American Solidarity Movement

The American Solidarity Movement was announced in early 1984 by Democratic Socialists of America, as a vehicle to support American labor unions it considered under attack, or on strike and in need of support.

Members of the Initiating Committee for an American Solidarity Movement were: Michael Harrington (convenor), Stanley Aronowitz, Balfour Brickner, Harry Britt, Harvey Cox, Rep. Ron Dellums, Bogdan Denitch, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cynthia Epstein, Jules Feiffer, Rep. Barney Frank, Msgr. George Higgins, Irving Howe, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frances Fox Piven, Jose Rivera, Ray Rogers, Gloria Steinem, Peter Steinfels, Ellen Willis.[3]



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  2. People's Daily World June 14 Page 3
  3. Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1984, page 6