Earl and Bill Becker came out to California after running Norman Thomas' last election for President on the (democratic) Socialist Party ticket. They worked together to get approval in the California legislature for the first Fair Employment Practices legislation, and while Bill moved heaven and earth to set up the first San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Earl performed the equally herculean task of creating the Jewish Community
Relations Commission. They both advocated for Civil Rights in conjunction with A. Philip Randolph (Sleeping Car Porters Union founder) and Bayard Rustin (non-violence advocate and trainer to Martin Luther King, jr.). Later, Earl was at the forefront of Jewish organizations' coordinated efforts to bring Jewish community issues to the attention of the State Legislature, political parties, the American labor movement and San Francisco commissions and political figures. Earl wrote the first, well researched book on radical right wing movements. It was an honor for me, as director of the Jewish Labor Committee (Arbiter Verine) to serve on the S.F. JCRC and help with liaison to local labor unions and councils. I was deeply affected by Earl's column in the JC Bulletin warning against letting one's own Jewishness end at being a "Folk Dancing Jew" and after visiting Israel the first time on an AFL-CIO-Histadruit mission, committed myself to synagogue membership and active participation in my religion.
Jane (Weidringer) Vavra Jolly