Box 7, Folder 8, Document 41

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December 11, 1967
.MEMORA1'TDUM
TO:
Members of the Steering Committee
Urban Coalition
FROM:
John Gunther, U. S. Conference of Mayors
Chairma n, Working Committee on Organization
SUBJECT:
The Urban Coalition in 1968
Your Working Committee on Organization met and based on that
meeting and subsequent discussions with individual members of the
Working Committee, I submit this report_.
1. The Urban Coalition should continue its efforts toward assuring an equitable shar e of the benefits from the nation's economy
for the re s idents of our central cities. The Urban Coalition
should be responsive to but independent of the individual
elements of it. The Coalition should seek to facilitate the
implementation of policies developed by it and others and concurred in by the Coalition. Area s of substantive concern should
be education, employme nt, and housing, including related community
faciliti e s and service s. The Coalition should encourage the
formation of local c8alitions to develop and implement plans for
the solution of communi~y problems. The National Coalition,
through local coalitions and by direct action, shoul§ support
policies to order private and public priorities to meet the
pressing and long n e gle cted needs of the central cities.
2. The Steering Committee is the governing body of the Coalition
and i t may add to its number as it deems appropriate. The
Steering Committee shall select its chairman or co-chairme n from
its me mber s and shall d e termine· the subs tance of the areas of the
Coaliti on activitie s, establish a budget and employ a National
Coor d i n ator .
3. There shall be a Council of Loca l Coa litions . This Council
will b e made u p of two r epresentative s f r om each loca l coa lition
and i t s h a ll se l ect two of its members to serve on the n ationa l
Steering Committ ee. The Coun c i l will serv e i n an a d vis ory
capacity to the Steering Committee.
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4. Each member of the Steering Committee may designate an
individual to repres ent him on the Working Committee. The
Working Committee shall select a chairman or co-chairman from its
memb er s, and may establish committees as needed to oversee the
implementation of decisions by the Ste ering Committee, and prepare proposals for the consider ation of the Steer ing Committee.
5. Areas of Coalition activity will be explored in depth by
task forces established by the Steering Committee and responsible
to the Steering Committee.
6. The Coal ition shall employ such staff as its budgeted resources
permit. The staff will be under the direction of a National
Coordinator who may be retained and serve at the pleasure of the
Steering Com.mittee. The staff will provide services as necessary
to the Steering Committee, the Council of Local Coalitions, the
task forc es and the Working Committee.
7. Staffing and funding should be planned on a one -year bas is; and
prior to January 1, 196~ a comprehensive review should be made to
asses progress towar d the objectives of the Urban Coalition and
to make such recommendatiorna s may b e appropriate for its continuation.

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