Box 3, Folder 14, Document 100

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1970 PROGRAM PLAN
COM.l.ViUNITY RELAT I ONS COMMISS I ON
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SECTION I - LEGISLATION
'l'he Commun ity Re lations Commiss ion h a :3 b een o per a ting for
almo s·t thr e e y ears und er the ini t i a l o rdi n a n c e c reat ing the Commi s sion.
The Commiss ion h as b e en a bl e in ma ny cas e s to i mpleme nt sue-
ces sfu l ly its dut ies and fu n c ti ons to fost e r mut u a l und ers tanding ,
tol era n c e , a nd r e spe c t among a l l e c o n o mic , s o c i a l, r e lig ious , and
ethnic grou p s i n the Gity ."
Th e Bo a rd o f Al d ermen a l s o c h a rge d
t h e Commissi o n with the re s pon s ib i lity " t o inves tigate , discourag e
and s eek t o p rev e nt di scrimina tory pract ic es ag a ins ~ a ny i ndividu a l b e c aus e o f r ac e , c o lor , c reed , re ligion , n a t i ona l o rigin o r
a ncestry. " · Her e t h e Comm i s s ion h as fo u nd that the o n l y too l i.t
h as is that o f p e rs u as ion.
In l ight o f the n a ture o f the d is-
c r imi n u.to ry p rac t i c es s t ill e x i stin g in Atl a n t a , the Commis s j,on
· h as f ound this t ool t o b e i n a dequ a t e .
To do the job t h e Commi s -
s ion b e li e v e s mu st b e done i n e limi n a t i ng disc r i mi n a tory pra ctice s,
l oca l l e gis l ative act ion i s n eeded in t he f o l l owi ng areas:
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Public Accommodations.
Although the 1964 Civil
Rights Act has been an eff ective tool in eliminating discrimination in most businesses serving
_the public, the law is applicable only to firms
engaged in interstate coITuuerc e .
Some Atlanta
businesses not in interstate commerce, such as
trailer-rarks, skating rinks, health spas and
barber shops,discr i minate b e c a use of race.
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In the o pinion o f t he Commi·ss ion, it is unju s t
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this small number of businesses to enjoy the prosperity of this g r e a t City while the vast majority
of busines s es are ab iding by the l etter a nd spirit
of the Federal law.
The Fede ral remedial process
is slow, cumber some and e x pensive .·
A loc a l public
ac c ommo dations o rdinan ce wi t h e n f orceme nt powe rs
through the municipa l courts of Atlanta is needed.
2.
Contrac t Comp l iance .
In 1967 the Board o f Alder-
me n ena cted Ordi nanc e #31 - 41 . 1 makin g i t n e c essa ry
fo r fi r ms contracting with the City t o h a v e a nondiscriminatory hiring p olicy .
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c erti f i es h e do es n o t discr i minat e b u t nothing els e
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i s done t o enfo r c e the o r d inanc e .
contai ns
The o r dina n ce
n o i n v e stigato ry o r enfo rcement p owers.
In 1969 , the budget o f the City o f Atl a n ta was
$2 0 7 ,000 , 000 .
The f u ll imp l er,1e n tation of t h is
o rdinan ce wo u l d be an i mp o r t ant
l e v er i n e n d i ng
emp l oyment discrimina ti o n in Atlanta .
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Fair Employment.
The 1964 Civil Rights Act
covers firms with 25 or more employees.
This
leaves thousands of Atlanta citizens without · •
fair employment protection.
Furthermore, the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's
backlog of cases in the Southeast is proof that
more action is needed on a local level.
Other
Southern cities such as Miami and Na~hvill~ ·
have found their local fair · employment ordinances to be highly useful in combating discrimination.
The Commission believes that
Atlanta needs an ordina nce with enforceme nt
powers to cover firms with ten or more employees.
In order to enforce effective ly ordinances on public accommodations, contract compliance and fair emp loyment the Commission _
ne e ds subpoena, cease and desist, and other powe rs which may be
n e cessary to implement th e se ordinances.
The Commission recomme nds that th e number of Commission
members b e increased from 20 to 22, with the additiona l two
posit i o ns b e ing designat ed fo r young p e rsons age 22 or under.
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Th e Commission asks th a t the t e r ms fo r these two youth po s itions
be rot a t ed y e arly for incre a sed youth involveme nt.
The youth
Comm is s ioners ar e to hav~ full voting rights and powers.
The y a re
to serve o n an equa l b as is with t he o t h er Commis sion memb ers.
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SECTION II - TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Immediately after its creation three years ago, CRC instituted a series of Town Hall meetings in disadvantaged areas.
These
meetings gave citizens an opportunity to express their grievances
and City Hall a chance to take remedial action.
CRC benefited
from this program because it gave the Commission a direct involvement with the people in their neighborhoods.
The'citizens
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fited because they had a direct line to City Hall.
Concurrently the office of Community Development Coordinator
was created to deal with City services in disadvantaged areas.
Although the CRC has had an effebtive working relationship with
Johnny Robinson's office, duplication of effort exists.
CRC's
main goals are to improve human relationi and to eliminate discriminatioh.
services.
The Town Hall me etings deal primarily with improving City
The Commission recommends that the staff of the Community
Development Coordinator be expanded with more City coordinators .being
plac e d in disadvantag e d areas on a year round basis and that the
Community Development Coordinator's office assume the responsibility
for the Town Ha ll meeting program.
SECTION III - PUBLIC HEARINGS
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The Ordinance creating the Community Relations Cormnission
sta t es in Se c . 3.8.~.:
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"Pursuant to th e n aLted functions and duti e s of the
Communi t y Re l a tions Comm ission , it is e mpowered to
hold h ear ings and t ake the test~mony o f any p e rson
u nder o ath.
The Commi s sion, after t he c omp l e ti on
o f any hearing, shall make a repor t in wr i ting t o
t he Mayor setting forth th e facts fou nd by it and
i ts recommendations. At a n y h ear i n g b efo re the
Commission a witn~ss s hal l have t h e right to be
advised ::iy counsel presP.nt during sur.h hearings."
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The Commission has made very little use of this section of
its charter.
In an effort to get to the root
cause of discrimi-
nation, C~C will institute public hearings in such areas • as
public accommodations, employment discrimination, school segrega t ion, housing discrimination and . other vital areas affecting
improved human relations in Atlanta.
SECTION IV - EMPLOYMENT
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Star ting in Septembe r CRC will undertake a systematic
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minority emplciyment and promotion
in each City Hall
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department, the Atlanta Housing Authori ty , and non-professional
positi~ ns in the Atlanta School System.
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study, \ the Commission will make a public report of its findings
with recommendations.
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Jobs Creation-Atl anta , a joint project of the Equal Employ-
ment Opportunity Commission and CRC, has been refunded for another
ye ar.
Maurice Mitchell h as b een employed to direct this project
during 1969 - 70.
During the last 12 months CRC has worked with 25
companies on their hifi n g and recruiting pract ic e s o f mi nority
per·sons. · The plan for the forthcoming year is t .o continue working
with these 25 firms and to add 15 n ew compa ni es .
3. · The Commission will work for the elimination o f discriminat ion in Atlanta l abor unions, trade a ssocia tions, and professiona l o rga ni za tions.
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CRC will continue it s efforts with an ad hoc committ e e
to make a study of ant ic ipa ted job o p e nings in Atl a nta during the
nex t f ive years and how vocational and other training can b e
g eared to me e t these n eed s.
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CRC wili consider having another workshop on minority
economic development in mid-winter.
SECTION V ·· EDUCATION
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CRC will work with the new school board to improve the
quality of education for minorities and the disadvantaged and to
accelerate desegregation.
2.
The CRC plans to work with the Atlanta School System and
the City Planning De p a rtme nt in d e t ermi ning how loca tion s for new
schools can assist in solving the desegregation problem.
3.
The Commi ssion will make p ersonal calls o n each college
president in Atlanta to urg e hi s insti tution to acce lerate student
and faculty r e cruitment across racial lines.
SECTION VI - POLICE-COMMUNITY. RELATIONS
1.
The Commission will work with the Police Departme nt and the
Urban Lab~ rato~y in d eve loping training programs in police-community
relations f or senior officers , patrolme nt and new recruits.
Efforts
will b e made to utili ze outstanding sociologists, criminologists,
p ~ychologists, psychi a trists, l aw enforceme nt offic er s and consultants
in Atlanta and e l sewhere.
2.
The CRC will off er its services to the Polic e Department in
initiating more t raining in human relations f o r t he police/communi ty
servi ces offic er s.
3.
CRC will monitor Municipa l Cour ts and ma k e rec omme ndat ion s
to judg e s on how huma n r e l at ions can b e impro v e d.
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SECTION VII - HOUSING
1.
In the last nine years 22 Atlanta schools have gone. from
all white to virtually all Negro.
The City of Atlanta Planning·
Department estimates that in 1967 and 1968 490 City blocks changed
fro m white to non-white.
After identifing one or two target ares for transition
the Commission will seek to marshall ' total community support .....
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businesses, churches, the Atlanta School Board, human r~lations
organizations, real estate brokers, and the press ..... to stablize
these areas.
The Commission will seek to develop ways and
means
to report and halt block-busting.
2.
The CRC plans to send out te a ms of black and white staff
members to various apartme nt buildings and housing developme nts
and ask for housing.
In doing so discriminatory practices will
be identified and dealt with.
3.
The Commission will contact Th e Advertising Council and
the Departme nt of Housing and Urba n De v e lopme nt to find out the
avail a bility of public service
TV s p ot s , ads and car-cards.
The
staff will then urge local me dia to u se thes e public servic e a ds
on ope n housing .
4.
CRC will continue to parti c i pa t e actively as a memb e r of
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the Met r o p olit a n Atlant a Hou s i n g Con,fere nce which seeks to further
· ope n hou s i ng a nd t h e dis pers al of low- income housin g to all qua d r a nt s o f the City and su~u r b s.
5.
Th e r e i s a t remend ou s n eed in Atlanta fo r a c e nt ra liz e d
agency whi ch lists availab l e h o u sing at a ll i ncome l evels.
CRC
p l ans to ta l k to representatives o f the American Friends Serv i ce
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Committee, Metropolitan Fair Housing Conf erence and the Mayor's
Housing Resources Committee to see if such a function can be
assumed.
SECTION VIII - PUBLIC INFORMATION
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CRC will strive to further its public information role
by working closeiy with all news media and having members and staff
speak to church and civic groups.
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It is the wish ofv th~ staff
to involve more intensively Commission members in public speaking
roles.
The ~taff will make personal calls on television stat ions
and service clubs offe ring a list of panelists and speakers who
reflect a wide range o f experienc e and vi ew points in the human
relations field.
2.
Sp ec ial effort will be made to concentrate on the human
relations education of white and blue collar workers in Atlanta.
The staff will prepare two or three stories for the 25 larges t
company house organs in th e City.
Personal calls will be made by
th e staff at high cooperate levels to urg e the use of these materials ~
pECTION IX - INTER- AGENCY COOPERATION
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Th e Commission will invite all Atlanta professional
a,rganiz a tions conce rn ed with the huma n r e lations to a one day
mee ting at City Ha ll in Dec emb e r so e a ch organization can outline
it s p r o gram p lan f o r 1970.
2.
Th r o ug h out t h e y ear th e staff will conc e ntra t e on i mpr ovi ng
communications with o the r huma n r e l a t i on s orga niza t i o ns .... . wo rk i ng
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directly wi th them a nd thr o ugh t he Atlanta Chapte r of t h e Nationa l
Associ a tion of Inte r-Group Rel at ions Of fici a ls (NAIRO).
SECTION X - WORKSHOPS IN HUMAN RELATIONS
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In mid-1970 the CRC sta ff pla ns to r e p eat several s e ssions
of the Work shop in Hu man Re l a tions f o r n e w City Hall employe es.
2.
As a follow up to the Workshops in Human ·Relations, CRC plans
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an on -going p r ogr am on human r e latio n :·i for City of Atl a nta p e rsonnel.
Each ~epartme n t will be asked to d e signat e a p e r s o n thr ough which the
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SECTION XI - REACTION TO CRI S I S
CRC 1 s for e most function is to ide ntify a nd e limina te discrimi
ina tion in At lan ta.
minimized .
I f th is job i s d o ne , civil di s o r d ers wi ll b e
Howe ver a ma ste r plan n eeds to be dev elo p e d outlinin g
wh at CRC shoul d do in event o f a racia l cr i s i s.
For e xamp l e:
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The ope ration of Rumor Control .
2.
The o rga ni zat ion o f " Inter fai t h Mobi l iza t i o n ",
a group o f Atl a n ta min i ster s tra ine d to act a s
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obs erv e r s and r eporters at hosp i ta l s and poli ce
sta t i ons .
3.
The ide nti fica tion o f a lis t o f community l eaders
who c a n b e c a lled o n f o r s p e ci f i c a s signme nts.
SECT ION XI I - RESEARCH
The Board of Aldermen charged the Commi$sion with several
responsibil i ties includi ng .. .' .. "To make studies, and to h ave
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. studies made, in
the field of human relations, and to prepare
and disseminat e reports of such studies."
Due to lack of staff,
the Commission has not adequately discharged this re,sponsibilit_y . .
The Commission requires a full time staff member to initiate
specific studies in the field of human relations in 1970.
This
staff member will work closely with the Community Council, the
Urban Laboratory, and colleges and universities to avoid ~uplica....,
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SECTION XII - HIPPIES
CRC will endeavor to serve as a communications link between
the growing hippie community and the City of Atlanta.
CRC plans
to hold periodic meetings in the near Northside neighborhood with
residents, business proprioritors and landlords and to make
recommendations to City officials.
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