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In 1927, leaders from different faiths met in Cleveland in response to organized campaigns of hatred spreading across America. The early organization was chaired by James C. Forbes of General Electric, Alex J. Brady of the Erie Railroad, and attorney Alfred A. Benesch. These men represented the Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths.
Through their efforts, the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) was formed with the purpose of mobilizing citizens against the forces of violence and exclusion, and contributed significantly to an expanded definition of who is an American.
That national organization changed in 2005 and formed the National Federation for Just Communities, a network of 20 like-minded organizations.