Jacob Javits

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Jacob Javits

Jacob Javits was a Republican Party U.S. Senator from New York.

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Jacob Javits in his successful Senate run as candidate for New York.[1]

Cuba recognition drive

In 1972, a coalition of congressmen, radical activists and some communists spearheaded a drive to relax relations with Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Under, the auspices of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.- Mass.) and Sen. Harold Hughes (D.-Iowa), a two day conference of liberal scholars assembled in April, in the New Senate Office Building to thrash out a fresh U.S. policy on Cùba.

Among congressional sponsors of the seminar were Sen. J. William Fulbright (D.-Ark.) and Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R.-N.Y.), both influential members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. George McGovern (D.-S.D.), Rep. Bella Abzug (D~-N.Y.) and Rep. Ron Dellums (D.-Calif.).

Other sponsors included Senators Alan Cranston (D-CA), Mike Gravel (D - Alaska), Fred Harris (D - OK), Philip Hart (D - MI), George McGovern (D - SD) and Frank Moss (D - UT)

Congressmen Joseph Addabo (D - NY), Herman Badillo ( D - NY), Alphonzo Bell (R -CA), Jonathan Bingham (D - NY), John Brademas (D -Indiana), Donald Fraser (D - Minn.), Seymour Halpern (R - NY), Lee Hamilton (D - Ind.), Michael J. Harrington (D - MA), Patsy Mink (D -HI), Parren Mitchell (D - MD), Charles Rangel (D - NY), Thomas Rees (D - CA), William Fitts Ryan (D - NY), Ogden Reid (D - NY), Benjamin Rosenthal ( D - NY), Morris Udall ( D - AZ).

Secretary of the New York State Communist Party USA, Michael Myerson was among the observers.

One panelist, John M. Cates, Jr., director of the , Center for Inter-American Relations, matter of factly remarked during the discussions: "So why are we here'? We're here so Sen. Kennedy can have a rationale to get our country to recognize Cuba."

The conference was financed by a New York-based organization called the Fund for the New Priorities in America, a coalition of groups clearly sympathetic to many pro-Communist causes.

The Fund was virtually the same group as the Committee for Peace and New Priorities, a pro-Hanoi group which bought an ad in November 1971 in the New York Times demanding Nixon set a Viet Nam withdrawal date. Both the Fund for the New Priorities and the Committee for Peace, were located at the same address in New York.[2]

Cuba trip

Claiborne Pell and Jacob Javits, with Castro, Sep. 74

Philippines connection

According to Information Digest[3] an article published by the League for Revolutionary Struggle in September 1980 on the anniversary of imposition of martial law praises Fr. Edicio de la Torre, head of Christians for National Liberation and former chairman of the Preparatory Committee for a National Democratic Front as "exemplifying" the moves by former opposition political leaders, Catholic and Protestant religious leaders in "increasingly uniting wi th other revolutionary forces to call for the overthrow of the Marcos regime."

On April 31 1980 Edicio de la Torre was guest of honor after his release from prison in the Philippines at a reception in the U S Capitol co-hosted by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI}, Rep. Edward Bonker (D-WA}, and the United Church of Christ Board of Homeland Ministries. Guests at the reception included Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY}, Rep. Robert Drinan (D-MA}, and leaders of the anti-Philippines lobby in Washington.


  1. CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
  2. Human Events, April 29, 1972, page 3
  3. Information Digest Nov 21 1980 p 403