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bA regular battery of lawyers must be on retainer and on bcall to file lawsuits for poor, Jewish defendants and bagainst government and nongovernmental offices that brefuse to recognize their rights.

bNonprofit communal employment bureaus should be bset up, as well, so as to insure that employment, if at all bavailable, will be made known to applicants swiftly and bwithout bias or discrimination. Similar interest-free loan bcenters should be established.

Reverse Discrimination

bOnce again, lawsuits, demonstrations, and sit-ins must bbe used to safeguard the rights of Jews who are victims of bdiscrimination—either of the traditional or reverse kind. bOffices must be set up where data will be gathered for bdeserving students turned down by schools, teachers dis- bmissed from their jobs, quotas set in schools, and civil bservants denied promotions.

bThe specter of community control which will find Jews bthrown out of neighborhoods because they are not Black, bPuerto Rican, and eventually Italian or Irish, must be met bwith the proper legal and militant actions.

bThe above program can be implemented only by a mass bjoining together of grassroots Jews in the form of neigh- bborhood organizations federated into a unified council. It bwields potentially huge economic and political power.

bFinanced by modest voluntary “taxes” paid by the resi- bdents of the affected neighborhoods, it can be our answer bto government indifference and Jewish organizational bapathy. We must understand that government moves bonly when a powerful group prods it, threatens it, and bexercises the kind of power that poses a threat to the bpolitician unless he accedes. That, for the Jew, is the bmeaning of Jewish Power, long overdue.

bFor most Jews, things were not as good as they had been bbefore and for many of them things were potentially disas- btrous. What the Jewish leadership had wrought was seen in bthe decline of Jewish power and the darkening Jewish fu- bture. All this had come about because Jewish leaders had b 

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