Box 7, Folder 13, Document 35

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I he Ur, ban Coalition / Federal Bar Building West [| 1819 H Street, N.W. Washington, D. C. | 20006

Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiske// | A. Philip Randolph

SB 3)

February 23, 1968



More than 200 people from 13 states participated in a one-day
action conference on private employment in Kansas City, Mo., this
week. The meeting was the last in a series of three dealing with
private employment problems and opportunities.

J. A. Hosford, general manager of Western Electric Company's plant
at Lee's Summit, Missouri, described the imaginative employment pro-
gram being carried out by the Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas)
Urban Coalition. It features pledges by major employers to hire

and train "marginally-qualified" people. The goal is about 1000
jobs for such people each year.

Both Hosford and Francis Keppel, chairman of the board of General
Learning Corporation, pointed out that there is some degree of risk
for business in carrying out such employment programs. But Keppel
added: "The disadvantaged residents of the big city ghettos are
proving that underneath all of that misery and desperation lies a
great deal of intelligence and latent ability just yearning for a
chance to express itself."


Preliminary arrangements have been made for the national conferences
discussed in last week's report. The national conference of local
coalitions will be held on April 2, followed on April 3 by the
national legislative conference on employment. Both meetings will
be held at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington.


Co-Chairman Andrew Heiskell addressed a two-day meeting of the
Philadelphia Urban Coalition last week, as did Theodore McKelden,
chairman of the Baltimore Coalition. All reports indicate the
Philadelphia Coalition has made a very strong beginning. National
Coordinator Ron Linton spoke to a community meeting of the Tacoma,
Washington Coalition. Englewood, N. J., is the latest city to
report the formation of a Coalition.

National Coordinators: John Feild / Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293-7530
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