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Register of the Civil Rights Congress, Los Angeles, Late 1940's -1950's
MSS 016  
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Background
The Civil Rights Congress, Los Angeles Chapter (CRCLA) was organized in 1946 as an outgrowth of the merging of the local National Negro Congress and the Los Angeles Mobilization for Democracy. Its program was the defense of the rights of labor, Left political activists, and Black, Mexican-American and other racial minorities. There were eight functioning sub-chapters and committees in the Los Angeles area. CRCLA also had the only Lawyers' Panel of its kind in the entire country, headed by Fred Steinmetz. Marguerite Robinson was the group's Executive Director, and Emil Freed (later founder of the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research) was organizational secretary. The administrative staff consisted of Shifra Myers, Celia Rodriguez, Irma Zakon and Rose Chernin. CRCLA operated successfully for ten years until its demise in 1956. The Los Angeles CRC and the national Civil Rights Congress are examined in Gerald Horne's book, Communist Front? The Civil Rights Congress, 1946-1956 (Associated University Presses, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1988).
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles.  The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.