Box 7, Folder 12, Document 2

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THE URBAN COALITION ACTION COUNCIL
2700 M Street, N .W. • Wa shington , D . C. 20037
(2 02) 293 -7625
JO H N W. GARDN ER
Chai rm an
ANDREW HEIS KELL
A. PHILIP RAN DOLPH
Co-chairm en
LOWE LL R. BECK
Execu t iv e D ir ecto r
December 24 , 1969
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of th e City of Atlanta
Ci ty Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
30303
Dear Ivan:
Several days ago the Senate voted 53 to 35 to allow foundation
funds to be used for voter registration programs, thus overriding
the Finance Committee's move to prohibit the use of tax-exempt
funds for this purpose. We had asked your help on this important
issue, and many of you responded.
Two weeks ago the federal anti-poverty program was threatened by
a move in the House of Representatives to channel all federal
anti-poverty funds and programs through state governors. Thia
amendment would have had a serious impact on many urban programs .
A delegation from our Policy Council called on Secretaries Finch
and Shultz, OEO Director Ru...~sfeld, and several members of Congress
to urge continuation of the present anti-poverty program.
In addition , telegrams signed by each Policy Council member attending last week's meeting were sent to President Nixon and each member
of Congress. Local coalitions were urged to support the campaign
to save OEO. Many local coalition officials contacted their
Congressmen immediately.
These efforts capped the very effective work that many policy
Council members and their rep resentatives, together with other
organizations, had been doing for several weeks. We are very
pleased to report that on December 12 the House rejected the
amendment which we opposed and voted to extend present OEO prog~ams.
The last two weeks have shown us what can be done when m ny work
together to accomplish a common result. We are grateful to those
who took part in this effort.
Sincerely,


John


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