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bthat hoodlums who attack will be dealt with in the proper bmanner and asking the youngsters and teachers who have bbeen assaulted to step forward and give details. Such a bprogram will invariably find the authorities awakening bwith a new found zeal to do what they should have been bdoing all along.

bIn order to save neighborhoods that are afflicted with bcrime and fear from an exodus of Jews that will doom the barea, attacks on crime must be joined with an assault on bthe “block-buster,” that real estate individual who uses btactics of fear and panic to force people to move and sell btheir homes. Lists of such block-busters ought to be bgathered and each one visited with boycotts, pickets, and buninhibited warnings to cease and desist.

bAt the same time nonprofit communal real estate list- bings should be set up which will insure that Jewish areas bwill be preserved.

bThere are, of course, destroyed, neighborhoods—once bJewish neighborhoods—that are beyond hope, where al- bmost all the Jews have left and, yet, where a remnant of belderly, poverty-stricken Jews remain, caught in a night- bmare of crime and terror. Careful censuses should be btaken and the elderly moved out by Jewish organizations band particularly federations subsidizing these poor peo- bple in the more expensive apartments of new neighbor- bhoods.

Poverty

bThe problem of poverty must be dealt with in all its baspects. The most powerful pressure imaginable must be bbrought to bear on government to make sure that Jews get btheir proper share of antipoverty funds and their proper brepresentation on poverty councils. This protest should btake the form of demonstrations, lawsuits and sit-ins. bSimilar action should be taken to insure that any deserv- bing Jew gets government loans for small business. Strong bpressure must also be brought against local Jewish federa- btions with demands that they reorder their priorties to ballocate funds for educational scholarships and rent sub- bsidies for the Jewish poor.

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