Shocking incidents of racial conflict in American cities have demonstrated again that the racial ghetto is the key to the pattern of segregated living which pervades and vitiates almost every phase of Negro life and Negro-white relationships. Jewish history has a special sensitivity to the horror of the ghetto, and Judaism is an affirmation of the God-given right of every man to equality and justice.
Housing segregation tends to produce slums and slum conditions, segregated schools, inequities in employment and the poverty which haunts millions of Negro Americans and other minorities.
A restricted housing market is dividing our nation and is crippling the efforts of responsible government and private leadership to achieve the goal of equal opportunity to which we as a nation are committed and to which the Union of American Hebrew Congregations has devoted itself.
November 20, 1965, marks the third anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 11063, entitled "Equal Opportunity in Housing".
However, it must be clearly recognized that the Order was merely a first step in the right direction. As it presently stands, it is inadequate to achieve its expressed goals.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this 48th General Assembly of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations urges President Johnson promptly to extend the coverage of the Executive Order so that it provides for:
- The ending of discrimination in all housing financed by federally chartered, regulated, insured or otherwise aided lending institutions.
- Revising administrative regulations and procedures which have resulted in excluding certain types of housing from the scope of the order.
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge our congregants to refrain from imposing any qualifications about race, color, religion or national origin in the sale, leasing or mortgaging of housing.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the governors of the several states be urged to make such efforts as necessary to revise such laws, statutes and constitutional provisions which permit discrimination in housing.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we endorse all efforts to obtain fair housing legislation and open occupancy all over the nation and we urge our congregations and our congregants to lend their support and encouragement to such efforts in their own community.