Box 7, Folder 9, Document 26

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Box 7, Folder 9, Document 26

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October 27, 1967
Six cities have now announced the formation of urban coalitions and
intend to affiliate with The Urban Coalition--Detroit, New York City,
Minneapolis, Gary, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. Sparked by the Chi~ago
"Mobilizing Urban Coalitions" planning session dozens of other cities
now have organizing committees.
The California League of Cities, meeting in San Francisco, formally
e ndorsed th e formation of coalitions in all its constituent cities
on a motion by Mayor Floyd Hyde of Fresno supported by officials of
San Diego. Both cities announced they are organizing coalitions.
Regional meetings like the one in Chicago have been scheduled for
San Francisco on November 30 and New York in early December.
On October 25, some 40 major Pittsburgh employers and labor leaders
attended a meeting hosted by Mayor Joseph M. Barr on private industry
pla ns for hiring hard-core unemployed.
On October 27, at the invitation of Mayor Herman Katz of Gary and
Mr. George Jedenoff, Superintendent of the U.S. Steel Gary Work s,
The Urban Coalition Task Force on Private Employment joined with
sev eral hundred leading Gary employe r s a nd unions in developing a
progra m o f expanded e mployment opportunities. Mr. David Stahl, o f
Mayor Daley' s o ffi c e r e p resenting t h e Task Fo r c e , s poke b rief ly a t
the luncheon .
Other local mee t i ngs on priva te employme nt have been scheduled f or
Ba ltimore (Nove mber 14 ) and De troit (Nove mber 2 1) . Task Force c o chairman Gerald L. Phi llipp e wi ll s p eak a t both meet i ngs.
In Balt imor e, Mayo r Theodore McKeldin and Counc i l President Thoma s
D 'Al esandr o and fift een major i ndus tria l lea ders are convening a
meeting of top manag e ment representatives o f Ba ltimore firms to
launch a program of e x panding Negro entrepreneurship in the ghetto
s timulated by sub- contract arrangements. with leading industries .

This is being viewed as a "breakthrough" type of program and is
being carried out through the Baltimore Council on Equal Business
Opportunity (CEBO). CEBO is a pr·o ject of The Potomac Institute.
In Detroit, the New Detroit Committee's employment and education
committee is convening a meeting of industrial and labor leaders
to discuss expansion of private employment in the ghetto. The
Ford Motor Company has announced that it will recruit 6500 new
workers from the central city and the Michigan Bell Telephone Company
has announced plans to concentrate its training efforts in an allNegro high school in the center of Detroit.
Coalition co-chairme n Andrew Heiskell and A. Philip Randolph
urged members of the House/Senate Conference Committee on Independent
Offices Appropriations to adopt the Senate's recommendations for
funding model cities and rent supplements--$637 for model citi es
arid $40 million for rent supplements. Rent supplements received
$10 mi llion (th e House had earlie r appr oved no f unds) and model
cities received $312 (the House had approved $237 million).
The f a ct sheet and position paper on the Social Se curity amendments
will be mailed to the Steering Committee the first part of nex t week.
The Task Force will meet on November 7 to map its program and round
out its membe r sh i p .
The Task Fo rce had t o r eschedu l e i ts October 19th meet ing f o r earl y
Task Force working committee meets November 3 in Washington to
consider a pilot three city pro ject invo lving development of new
lower-income housing o n a n open o ccupancy b asis in suburban areas.
Also scheduled for the meeting are plans to draw together some 30 0
Fair Housing Committees now operating in suburban communities for
a national action session on open housing to be held in Chicago
e arly in January.

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