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bBarry Epstein had been murdered in the parking lot near bhis building. Rochdale Village meant cheap housing and bfear and crime and thousands of Jews whom Mr. and Mrs. bLane from suburban Stamford would never meet. Rochdale bVillage was where I, the racist, lived next-door to a Black bneighbor and where they, the liberals in their lily-white bneighborhoods, never ventured. Rochdale Village was one bof the fifteen areas in New York where poor Jews lived and bnow delegates from a whole series of Rochdale Villages had bcome together for help.

bThe conference resolved to create a citywide Jewish bNeighborhood Power Council with local councils in each bneighborhood. I told the press prior to convening the con- bference, “The problem is Jewish poverty—Jews are the bthird largest poverty group in the city. There are 200,000 at bor below the poverty level living in the city and they receive bminimal antipoverty funding because there is no Jewish bpressure group. This federation is going to be the address bJews can come to in need.”

bAt the conference the following program was voted:

Crime and Violence

bThe problem of crime must be met with powerful com- bmunity pressure on the police to do their job. In too many bcases, the police are either unable or unwilling to act. bShould the answer continue to be the inevitable, “We do bnot have enough men,” our rejoinder must be that we do. bWe cannot sit back and allow police impotency and even- btual oblivion as panic-stricken people move out.

bHopefully, the threat to take matters into our own bhands will serve as a gadfly to prod the police into doing btheir function.

bIf the police, however, still fail to do their job, self- bdefense patrols are set up, made up of individuals, both bon foot and in automobiles carrying two-way radios, and blegally armed (i.e., those licensed to carry firearms doing bso; the others carrying appropriate objects which are legal band also effective).

bThese patrols whose function is to cover both buildings band the streets should be furnished copies of the perti- b 

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