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Bloomstein, Charles

b. 1913 - d. 2002

Charles Bloomstein was a lifelong pacifist and close friend of Bayard Rustin. He was a conscientious objector during World War II and served in the Civilian Public Service. He subsequently went on staff with CARE International and helped coordinate relief efforts throughout war-torn Asia from 1948 to 1955. During these years, Bloomstein became actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement through membership in both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the War Resister’s League (WRL). In the mid-1960s, Bloomstein joined Rustin in helping to create the A. Philip Randolph Institute for African-American trade unionists. Later in life, Bloomstein served as the founding director of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in New York City.

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A. Philip Randolph Institute Minutes

These meeting minutes of the Executive Board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute include discussions on the urgent need for legislative action on the Freedom Budget, a possible theoretical and analytical magazine on the Negro struggle for equality, and celebration of Mr. Randolph's 80th birthday.