by Stuart Elliott
Last week the Jewish Labor Committee held its 43rd annual Human Rights Dinner, which also marked the 80th anniversary of the its founding. The years dinner recognized two outstanding labor leaders AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Teamsters Vice President George Miranda and featured Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. a possible 2016 Presidential contender, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. This was a controversial invitation. Events of this sort are designed to be fundraisers and Sharpton has been a controversial in the American Jewish community.
Miriam Moster of the JTA reported
Stuart Appelbaum, the JLC’s president, told JTA that the group decided to invite Sharpton as part of its effort to rebuild the alliance between blacks and Jews.
“[We invited] Reverend Sharpton to speak to a Jewish organization to reestablish the relationship that motivated us for so many decades,” said Appelbaum, who is also the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
She quoted Sharton as saying
“We that have done things that has led to the division of blacks and Jews have to work vigorously to heal the wounds that we’ve had in this city and correct the behavior that has divided us, and we say whatever we’ve done, we’ve got to do better,”