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 Wayne Morse in his successful Senate run as candidate for Oregon.
Fundraising for Israel
May 8, 1966, more than 1,200 representatives of government, labor, industry and professions attended a dinner here given in honor of Abe Feinglass, noted labor leader, by the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut at the New York Hilton Hotel. Mr. Feinglass, who resides in Chicago, was cited for 35 years of service to organized labor. The sum of $100,000 raised at the dinner was contributed toward establishment of a Histadrut community center in Arav, a new development town overlooking the Dead Sea in Israel.
Senator Wayne Morse, Oregon Democrat, who addressed the guests, hailed Mr. Feinglass as a labor statesman with proven leadership on domestic and international policy, “and as a person who has given such strong support to Israel and to Histadrut.” Lauding the Histadrut achievements in Israel, Sen. Morse said: “The United States cannot justify sending military aid anywhere in the world that builds up tyranny. There is no sense in American military support to the Arab countries. Too often, U.S. military aid has built up military tyrants playing into the hands of Communists in country after country. Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and we must stand by her, not surrendering to Arab blackmail.”
Dr. Sol Stein, executive director of the National Committee for Labor Israel, said: “Israel is undergoing a process of growth and change and we must expect rough going from time to time. Aid to Israel must be sustained at the highest possible level; it would be a mistake if America drastically cut its support, whether from governmental or voluntary sources.” Aharon Becker, Secretary General of Histadrut, cabled felicitations to Mr. Feinglass and thankedd American labor for their continued support to labor in Israel. Mr. Feinglass, who is vice-president of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workers of North America, was presented with an illuminated scroll.
Californians for Liberal Representation award
Californians for Liberal Representation, arrived on the Los Angeles political scene in 1962. It was founded by mostly white, middle-class, liberally minded, anti-war advocates. They coalesced around the issue of the Vietnam War and their first major fundraising campaign in 1962 helped elect Edward Roybal and George Brown, two anti-war Congressmen. Some of the early members of the organization include Arthur Carstens (Chairman), Maurice Weiner (Executive Director), Jack Berman (Coordinator) and Eleanor "Elly" Wagner (Administrative Secretary). The board consisted of activists from the broad spectrum of Los Angeles political life and included members from organizations such as the ACLU, community religious leaders, and entertainers such as Steve Allen.
In 1969, CLR executed one of its largest campaign efforts in support of Tom Bradley's mayoral bid. In addition to aiding liberal politicians in Los Angeles, CLR supported liberal politicians and figures nationwide. Each year they presented the Estes Kefauver Award, which was named after the Assembly member and Congressman who assisted the CLR in building a progressive coalition of community leaders. Some of the Kefauver Award winners include journalist William Shirer, Senators George McGovern, Wayne Morse, and Joseph Clark. The organization remained active for over ten years. Eleanor Wagner, one of the founding members, left CLR in 1972. Jack Berman fulfilled her duties as administrative secretary (essentially the executor of board decisions) and CLR continued its work through the late 1970s.