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Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 H Street, N. W. Washington, D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell/ A. Philip Randolph
December 15, 1967
NATIONAL ·COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
STEERING COMMITTEE
So many of the principals on the Steering Committee encountered
unavoidable scheduling problems that it was necessary to postpone
the meeting scheduled for December 18 in Detroit. The meeting
will be held on January 8 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
The new date will permit a broader representation of principals
from the various segments making up the Coalition. The Washington location will simplify the administrative aspects of holding
this particular meeting, at which the Committee members will be
considering details of future organization and programs. A later Steering Committee meeting will be held in Detroit.
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Task Force held a highly successful meeting in Atlanta on
December 13 for businessmen in the eastern and southern states.
More than 200 participants heard hard-hitting and inspiring
speeches from Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. of Atlanta, William Flynn,
director of the STEP Program for the National Association of
Manufacturers, Dr ~ Lawrence D. Reddick, executive director of
the Opportunities Industrialization Center Institute of Philadelphia, Augustus H. Sterne, president of the Atlanta Chamber
of Commerce, and Gerald L. Phillippe, chairman of the board of
the General Electric Company and Co-Chairman of the Task Force.
At workshop sessions smaller groups exchanged information and
discussed solutions to problems.
Mr . . Phillippe 's excellent address at the luncheon session is
being printed and will be mailed to everyone on the Coalition
mailing list.
LOCAL COALITIONS
Advance commitments indicate that the regional meeting on
o r ganizing local urban coalitions to be held in Ne w York City
on January 12 will be well attended. The session will be held
at New York University's Loeb Center.
N ational Coordinators : John Feild/ Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293 -1530
�Big news from two of the nation's larger cities: Last week
Baltimore held its organizational meeting for a local coalition,
and on Thursday Mayor Walter E. Washington announced the formation
of a coalition for the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.
In his announcement, Mayor Washington said citizens have called
for a loc a l urban coalition in terms of urgency generated by the
August Emergency Convocation. Mayor Washington emphasized that
the coalition must have the participation of the Virginia and
Maryland suburbs, and said he had already talked to several heads
of the neighboring jurisdictions. He set a November 16 organizational meeting.
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Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 H Street, N. W. Washington, D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co-chairmen : Andrew Heiskell
I A. Philip Randolph
December l, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
Task Force on Local Coalitions
More than 200 representatives from 34 cities in six states
attended the Western Regional Mobilization Conference in
San Francisco on November 30. The program followed closely
the format of the previous conference held in Chicago, with
heavy emphasis on how to organi z e local coalitions.
General session speakers included Bayard Rustin, Executive
Director of the A. Philip R~ndolph Institute, who also served
as chairman; Mayor John F. Shelley and Mayor-Elect Joseph
Alioto of San Francisco; Francis M. Barnes, Vi c e President
of Crown Zellerbach Corporation; Bishop Donald Harvey Tippet t,
President of the Council of Bishops o f the Methodist Church;
Kenneth Wright, Vice President of the Life Insurance Association of America; Mayor Floyd H. Hyde of Fresno; California
State Assemblyman John Knox; Robert Reveles, Washington Representative of the National Association for Mexican-American
Services ; and Auxil iary Bishop-Elect Mark Hurley o f the
Archdiocese o f San Francisco.
San Francisco Mayor-Elect Alioto gave the conference a boost
by announc ing that he intends .to appoint committees broadly
representative of labor, business, and minority groups to advise
him on urban problems. He said he also intends to broaden
the coalition o f s upporters in his recent e lection to be representative of the entire community. While not specifically labeling this group as an "Urban Coalition," the Mayor-Elect made it
plain that he expects it to work toward the same objectives .
"In th e past we have been able to successfully organi ze coalitions
for less noble purposes," Alioto said, " and then, but un f ortunat ely,
we have let them disband when they had fulfilled a single purpose.
We do not intend for this to happ~n in this case."
An Eastern Regional Mobilization Conference will be held in New
York City in early January.
National Coordinators : John Feild / Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293 - 1530
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Working Committee Meeting
Minutes of the November 27 meeting of the Working Committee
have been mailed to you. You will note from the minutes that
much of the discussion centered around plans for the December
18 and January Steering Committee meetings.
Next week you will receive a calendar of scheduled Coalition
meetings.
�WASHINGTON POST
Novet1ber 26, 1967
Strange Bed/ellows
Lobbying for the
Nation's Cities
B_y Willimn Chapman
washin r. lon Poist St.arr Writer
T THE HEIGHT of the House bat-
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11<-' o,·pr ;rni1povert.y funds, 11 bord ':.'r i: ne C',,ngres.snwn were visited by
tw0 tolibyhl s un a('c ust.amed to linking
arm,; in any joinl endeavor.
One was the top Washington representative of an automobile manufacturer ; th i> ,ilh!'r speaks to Congress for
the Unit ed Automobile Workers. All 11
Con;:!ressmr> n represent districts in
wh 1<:h the ml•tor c:ompany is a large, if
n ot the largest, e mployer. All have
constitue nts in the UAW.
Th P talk was not or car sales but of
pcn-rrly . In a soft-~e ll ap proach, the
visitors asked support for the $2.06 billion au thorization [nr the antipoverty
prr,,_!ram and ur).!ecl I.he doubtful Congrf'~E men to resist c [forls to cut it
b ark.
Tht· unusual co1ifrontat.ions (" It's the
fir~t time in my nine years in Wash.ingt.on I've gone into a Congressman's
.)rf'1,:c with a UAW man," observes the
ind11 , t r,v lnhbyist) ma rked the first sig;11 f1cant dri ve of the Urban Coalition, a
f!,·d~li 111; orga niza tion rtevoted to
pr .. ss1ng l1·.~1s latil1 n il hopes will solve
t IH· C' r i~i~ of the cit ies.
In the •a rgot of Washington politics, it is a campaign with great potential "clout" because it is loaded
with the names of big business, labor,
civil righ ts, religion and city politics.
It puts Walter Reuther on the same
bandwagon with Henry Ford II, and
links moderate civil rights leaders
with General Electric, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and the Chase
Manhattan Bank.
The key is business support, for
without it the Urban Coalition is little
more than an assemblage of liberals,
city hall politicians and civil rights
leaders who have lobbied for social
welfare legislation for years.
One spokesman familiar with the Coalition's founding observed that in
such fields as poverty, model cities
funds and rent supplemeruts, Congressmen are accustomed "to hearing from
civil rights people and labor. But they
have rarely, if ever, heard from business."
Is business really on the bandwagon? The signs are far from clear.
Besides the automobile lobbyist, a few
others acknowledge they called or
wrote certadn Congressmen, blllt are reluctant to discuss details.
Alfred Eisenpreis, vice president of
Allied Stores Corp. of New -York, said
he talked t-0 "several" Congressmen.
about the poverty bill. His list included some whose districts contain
Allied stores and others with whom he
is acquainted.
Had he changed any votes? "I don't
know . . . I would have no r eason to
say if I knew," Eisenpreis replied .
J . Irwin Miller, chairman of tl">e
Cummins Engine Co. of Columhus,
Ind .. wrote to hi~ Congressman anrt
Senators on at least one issue, but has
"not been as active as I hope to be."
On only one issue besides the
antipoverty fundin•g h as the Urban
Coalition attempted to exert conrentrated pressure- the emergency j obs
legislation that drew a surprising
amount of Senate support in the face
of stiff Johnson Administration opposition.
The best evidence available indica tes
that labor provided the most direct
lobbying for the employment bill,
other than the Senators who sponsored
it.
One industry leader active in th E'
Urban Coalition said his firm did nnt
support the emergency jobs program
although the Coalition's legislative
�C"omrnittee had endorsed it. It was
1eared, he said, that the bill had too
little support and might saddle the Coalition with a publicized failure just as
it was gettin g started. Also, he said,
the Senate bill did not offer as many
jobs as the Coalition's platform proposes and therefore might have
"falsely raised the hopes of the poor."
The Urban Coalition sprang out of
meetings sponsored by Urban America,
a relatively new Washington organization sµP.c ializing in research and analysis of ur ban problems.
It was largely a paper committee
until last summer's big-city riots
rocked the country. In the aftermath,
the Coalition held an "emergency convocation" in Washington, laid out a list
of urgent needs and set about organizlng the political framework.
The movers in the Coalition were
perso ns profoundly discourage d by the
national reaction to the .riots. Mayors
and civil rights leaders who had pleadt:d for appropriations for model cities
rnd rent supplements found Congreu
in no mood to spend more money. The
·poverty program appeared destined for
a quick trip down the drain. The
White House let it be known that no
new urban-aid programs would be adva nced this year.
Experienced lobbyists .and nose-counters in the United Staites Coil!fereJ1Ce
of Mayors had long noted one particularly disappointing fact-the persistent
opposition of Congressmen from suburban areas. Their ranks growing with
court decisions requiring congressional
red istricting, the suburban Congressmen were proving to be nearly as uninterested in central-city programs as
th eir rural counterparts.
Such complaints aire illustrated by
an independent analysis of 1967
vo tes on key urban issues such as
model cities, the control of rats, rent
supplements and antipoverty funds .
There are, at latest count, 56 Congressmen whose districts are predominantly composed of people living in
what the Census Bureau describes as
th e "urban fring e."
On almost every peculiarly urban
issue, about half of the suburban Congressmen voted against the Administration's bills or appropriation requests . Twenty-four of them, for example, wanted to eliminate all funds for
the fled gling model cities program .
Twenty-six joined the majority last
Ju ly to kill the rat control bill, later
revived.
Using a wider ta rget, the Urban Coali tion pinpointed 110 Congressmen
fr om districts in 52 metropolitan areas
who are consider ed "negative" on
ma jor ur ba n legislat ion.
Stra,ige Bedfellows
Aiding the Cities
"There! That should keep you in rhe w:iy to which you're accu,1om ed."
"They particularly hurt us on money
bills," observed one Coalition spokesman. "They are conservative and they
don't like to spend money-even
though they might not be opposed to
the legislation per se."
The Coalition's . strategy ca ll ed for
·approaching th ese targe ts through
businessmen who own the shopping
centers or manage the suburhan plants
of big business. The unstated tactic is
to convince t hem they have an interest
in a healthy downtown and that they
should advise their Congressmen of
their feelings.
"We have got to convince the shopping center guy that he has a basic interest in urban legislaU-on-if only in
seeing that the city is not burned
down," said one strategist. "And to be
blunt, it is worth pointing out that in
Detroit there were fires five miles outside the ghetto."
With the legislative season nearly
over, the Coalition is now concentrating on founding local counterpartsmetropolitan coalition s tha t incl ude
represe ntatives from bu siness, labo r.
local government, church and ch·iJ
rights groups.
The model of local coalitions is tllf'
"New Detroit Committee," whi ch wa ~
formed independently of the nationa !
coalition after the riot last surnm ei·.
With a leadership rang ing from Re uth er to all three big auto compani es, th P
Detroit committee lent some suppor1
to the national fight over pover ty
funds ·but has directed mos t lobbyin g
efforts at the Michigan Legislature in
support of Go v. Geo rge Romney's fair
housing bill.
In Washington . a local coa lition I i'
being form ed with the im pctm com ing
from Pa tric k Cardinal O'Boy le or th e
Ca tholic Ar chd iocese of Was hingto n
a nd the He alth and Welfare Cou ncil of
the National Capi tal Area .
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Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 H Street. N.
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Washington . D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co -chairmen: Andrew Heiskell/ A. Philip Randolph
December 1, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
Task Force on Local Coalitions
More than 200 representatives from 34 cities i ~ six states
attended the Western Regional Mobilization Conf e rence in
San Fra nci s co on Nov embe r 30. The program followed closely
the format of the previous conference held in Chicago, with
heavy emphasis on how to organize local coalitions.
General session speakers includ2d Bayard Rustin, Ex ecutive
Director o f the A. Philip Rr:1.ndolph I Listitute , w110 also s e rved
as chairll!~n; Ma yor John F. She lley a nd Ma y o r-El e ct Jos eph
Alioto of San Francisco; Franci~ M. Barnes, Vice President
of Crown Zellerbach Corporatic:".!. : Bishop Donald Harvey Tippett,
Pre sident of the Council of Bish0ps of the Methodist Chu r ch;
Kenne th Wr ight , Vice Pre side nt o ~ t h e Lif e Insuranc e Associ a tion o f Ame rica ; Mayor Floyd H. Hyde of Fre sno; Ca li f o r nia
St a t e Assemblyma n John Knox ; Rober.t. Reve l es , Wash i n gt o n Repr e sentative of the National Assoc iation for Mexican-American
Services; and Aux iliary Bishop-E ]~ct Mark Hurley of the
Archd i oces e o f San Francisco.
San ~ran c i sco Mayor-E l ect Ali~to gave t he c o~fe r ence a b o ost
by anno u n cing th a t h e i nt e n ds t .o ap::ioin t corrnr.i i:. tees broadly
repre sentative of labor, bu s iness, a n d minori -~~· groups to advise
him on urban p r oblems. He said h 2 a l s o int e ::d :: co broa d e n
the coal ition o f s u ppo rter s in h is re c e nt e lectio n to be rep r e sen tativ e o f t h e entire c orrununity. W11i l e not spec i fical l y l abe l ing this grou p as an "Urban Coalitio n, " t he Mayc:;.:-Elect made it
plain tha t he expects it t o w01:k toward the same objectives.
"In t h e past we hav e b een able_ to succe s sful ly organize c o ali t i o ns
f o r less n oble p u rpo ses, " Alio t o said, " and th en , b u t u nfortunate l y,
we have let them disband when t h e y had fulfill ed a single p u rpose.
We do not intend for this to happ e n in this case."
An Eastern Regional Mobilization Conference will be held in New
York City in early January.
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National Coordinators : John Feild/ Ron M. Linton
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Working Committee Meeting
Minutes of the November 27 meeting of the Working Committee
have been mailed to you. You will note from the minutes that
much of the discussion centered around plans for the December
18 and January Steering Committee meetings.
Next week yo~ will receive a calendar of scheduled Coalition
meetings.
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Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 H Street, N.
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Washing/on, D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell/ A. Philip Randolph
November 24, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
LOCAL COALITIONS
The third in a series of regional conferences to assist local
communities in forming their own Urban Coalitions will be held
in San Francisco on November 30 in the San Francisco Hilton.
The program format will be similar to those used for the
previous two successful conferences in Chicago and Minneapolis,
with emphasis on "how-to-do-it" workshops. The three general
sessions will feature remarks by San Francisco Mayor Shell~y
and Mayor-Elect Alioto, The Most Reverend Joseph McGucken,
Kenneth Wright, Vice President and Chief Economist of the Life
Insurance Association of America, California State Assemblyman
John T. Knox, Bishop Donald Harvey Tippett and Frances Barnes,
Vice President of the Crown Zellerbach Corporation and President
of the Management Council for Bay Area Employment Opportunity.
A similar regional conference for eastern cities , originally
set for December 11 in New York City , has been postponed
because of scheduling problems to the second week of January.
You will shortly be advised of the exact date.
PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYMENT AND URBAN LEGISLATION
.More than 40 Washington representatives of organizations which
support the program of the Urban Coalition attended a luncheon
meeting in the Statler Hilton Hotel on November 20 .
Featured speaker Mayor John Lindsay of New York City stressed
the necessity of a united legislative effort to move bills
supported by the Coalition through Congress. Andrew Biemiller,
Legislative Director of AFL- CIO, cited a case history to
illustrat e the positive value of business and labor representatives going together to call on Congressmen.
Rabbi Richard G.
Hirsch of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations described
National Coordinators : John Feild/ Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293 -1530
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the growing awareness of church groups of the need to be active
in public affairs.
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
On November 21 the Task Force on Private Employment met in
Detroit with the Employment and Education Committee of the New
Detroit Committee. The meeting was chaired by William M. Day,
president of Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
In his remarks to the group, Task Force-Co-Chairman Gerald ·
Phillippe, Chairman of the Board of the General Electric Company,
said "As a representative of the Task Force on Private Employment
I have been encouraging businessmen to enter into a regular
program of exchanging ideas on this subject and pitching in on
useful programs to get at some of these urgent needs.
All
sectors of the society need to help each other and we need to
join together in useful programs to create new opportunities
for self-realization in our City slums."
"In some cities it would sound strange, but there is a growing
feeling among businessmen of my acquaintance and among some of
our own General Electric plant managers that a substantial
measure of our business success in the future is going to depend
on our ability to help a good number of these hard-core unemployables become productive workers and citizens."
HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTION AND INVESTMENT
The Task Force met in New York on November 21 . Twelve additional
members have been recruited to work with this group . A major
working paper is being developed to guide this Task Force in
developing a long - range program .
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Federa l Bar Building W est / 1819 H Stree t, N. W W asl11ngton, D C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co-chairmen : Andrew Heiskell / A. Ph i lip Randolp h
November 17, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Task Force Co-Chairman Gerald L. Phillippe keynoted a November _
14 Baltimore meeting on expanding opportunities for Negro
entrepreneurship. Purpose of the meeting was to bring local
business leaders together to discuss techniques for assisting
local residents in the establishment of small sub-contracting
firms in the central city. Thirty Baltimore-area business
leaders attended the meeting, which was co-sponsored by the
Coalition and the Baltimore Council for Equal Business Opportunities. Acting as hosts were Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin, MayorElect Thomas D'Alesandro, James Rouse, president of The Rouse
Company, Arthur Foster, Division Manager of the Western Electric
Company and Councilman Henry Parks, President of the Parks Sausage
Company.
Next week, Mr. Phillippe will speak in Detroit at a meeting cosponsored by the Coalition and the New Detroit Committee. Subject
of the November 21 meeting is employment of the hard-core unemployed.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC SUPPORT
The Urban Coalition was a central subject at the 20th national
conference of the Public Relations Society of America last week
in Philadelphia. Theme of the conference wa s "The Open Soc iety- Public Relations Challenge," and Coalition Co-Chairman Andrew
Heiskeil highlighted the session on "Our Civilization--Whose Job? "
There was considerable discussion, throughout the three-day meet ing, on the role the private sector can play in solving today's
urban crisis.
Mayor John Lindsay will highlight a special information meeting
for Washington representatives of companies that have indicated
an interest in the Coalition. His subject will be "The Legi slative Goals of The Urban Coalition. " The meeting will be held in
Washington on November 20.
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EQUAL HOUSING
Task Force Working Committee meets November 27 to review program
development papers and to discuss plans for national action session
on open housing scheduled for January.
EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES
Position paper has been prepared for review at November 21 meeting
of the Task Force in New York. Subjects to be discussed include a
statement of the problem, the goals of the Task Force, the financial
resources available, the political necessities involved and the.
entrepreneurial imperative that needs to be created.
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Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 H Street, N. W. Washington, D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell/ A. Philip Randolph
November 10, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
EQUAL HOUSING
Task force working committee met November 3 in Washington.
gram development papers in three areas are being prepared:
Pro-
1) an analysis of government investment policies and
how they affect open housing,
2) the experiences of existing fair housing groups
and what additional target groups should be involved,
3) a survey to identify suburban areas where it would
make sense to activate a program for building low
income housing on an open occupancy basis in connection
with the Insurance Committee's urban program.
Working committee will mee t again on November 27 .
COMMUNICATIONS
The Communications Task Fo r ce plans to sponsor a re·p ort luncheon
for information officer s o f members o f the Steerin g Committe e on
December 7th i n New York Ci t y.
A pla nni n g g r oup wi l l be cal l ed tog ethe r shortly b y Urban Amer ica
to discuss t he proposal s f or the Advert ising Council campaign.
EDUCATI ONAL DI S PARITIES
Task Force on Edu cational Disparities has scheduled a two-day
working session in January. Spe cific program ide as and program
p articipa n ts wil l b e d iscussed at the nex t Task Force meeting
in De cember.
Task force met in New York on Nove mber 7 to de f ine its goals and
suggest addi tional me mbers. A rev i ew of curr ent e ffor ts to deal
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with educational disparities is now being prepared and will be
reviewed at the next meeting.
LOCAL COALITIONS
Plans for the Western Regional Conference on "Mobilizing Urban
Coalitions" are proceeding rapidly. The conference will be
held in San Francisco on November 30 at The Hilton Hotel and
more than 50 cities from west of the Mississippi River are expected to participate.
Speakers so far include Mayors Frank Curran of San Diego and
Floyd Hyde of Fresno, David Sullivan of the Coalition's national
Steering Committee, and Jesse P. Unruh, Speaker of the California
State Assembly.
The Eastern Regional Conference will take place December 11 in
New York.
Proceedings of the Chicago conference will be ready
next week.
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Task force working committee met November 8th in Washington to
complete plans for three regional meetings on pr ivate employment
to be held in Atlanta, Phoenix and Kansas City.
Task force co-chairman Gerald L. Phillippe will keynote a
Baltimore meeting on expanding opportunities for Negro entrepreneurship on November 14 . The meeting is sponsored by the Task
For ce on Priva te Employme nt and Entrepreneurship in coope r ation
with the Bal t imore Commi ttee on Equal Busine ss Oppor tunity .
Key Baltimor e area businessmen have been invited to attend the
Ba ltimor e lunch e on meeting, whi ch is being hosted by Mayor
The odore R . McKeldin , Coun cil Pres i dent and May or-Elect Thomas
d 'Ale sandro ; J ames Rouse, pres ide n t of t h e Rouse Comp any;
Arthur Foster, division manager f or the Western E l ectric
Corporation and Counci l man Hen ry G. Parks.
A second city program meeting with leading emp l oyers will be
held in Detroit on November 2 1 , in cooperatio n with the New
De troi t Committee.
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October 27, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
LOCAL COALITIONS
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 Chicago
"Mobilizing Urban Coalitions" planning session dozens of other cities
now have organizing committees.
The California League of Cities, meeting in San Francisco, formally
endorsed the 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.
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
On October 25, some 40 major Pittsburgh employers and labor leaders
attended a meeting hosted by Mayor Joseph M. Barr on private industry
plans 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 Works,
The Urban Coalition Task Force on Private Employment joined with
several hundred leading Gary employers and unions in developing a
program of expanded employment opportunities. Mr. David Stahl, of
Mayor Dale y's o ff ic e r e presenting th e Task Forc e , spoke briefly at
t h e l unche o n .
Other local meetings on private employment have been scheduled for
Baltimore (November 14) and Detroit (Nove mber 21). Task Force cochairman Gerald L . Phillippe will speak at both meetings.
In Baltimore , Mayor Theodore Mc~eldin and Council President Thomas
D ' Alesandro and fifteen major industrial leaders are convening a
meeting of top management representatives of Baltimore firms to
l aunch a program of e xpanding Negro entrepreneurship in the ghetto
stimulated by sub- contract arrangements with leadi ng industr ies .
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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·oject 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.
LEGISLATION
Coalition co-chairmen 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 cities
arid $40 million for rent supplements. Rent supplements received
$10 million (the House had earlier approved no funds) and model
cities received $312 (the House had approved $237 million).
The fact sheet and position paper on the Social Security amendments
will be mailed to the Steering Committee the first part of next week.
EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES
The Task Force will meet on November 7 to map its program and round
out its membership.
HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTION AND INVESTMENT
The Task Force had to reschedule its October 19th meeting for early
November.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
Task Force working committee meets November 3 in Washington to
consider a pilot three city project involving development of new
lower-income housing on an open occupancy basis in suburban areas .
Also scheduled for the meeting kre plans to draw together some 300
Fair Housing Committees now operating in suburban communities for
a national action session on open housing to be held in Chicago
early in January .
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NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
Plans have been
Baltimore (Nov.
Chairmen Gerald
both meetings.
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completed for the two exploratory meetings-14) and Detroit (Nov. 21). Task Force CoPhillippe and David Sullivan will speak at
Key business and labor leaders from the area
In addition, three regional conferences on expanding private
employment have now been scheduled. They will take place in
Atlanta (Dec. 13), Phoenix (Jan. 17) and Kansas City, Mo.
(Jan . 24).
Officials of the National Industrial Conference Board are
cooperating with the Coalition in developing information on
hard-core unemployment and training projects. Task Force
representatives met with the National Association of Manufacturers to discuss their .activities in employment expansion .
Representatives of task force co-chairmen meet November 8 in
Washington .
EQUAL HOUSING
Representatives of task force co-chairmen meet November 3 in
Washington. The group is paying particular attention to the
p roblem of new lower income housing in suburban areas on an
open occupan cy bas i s.
A nationa l a c t i o n session fo r some 300 subur ban fair housing
c o u n ci ls is p lanne d fo r ear ly ne x t year in Chicago.
HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTI ON AND INVESTMENT
Task fo rce mee ts No vembe r 21 in New Yo rk to discuss p os itio n
papers drafted by repre s ent a t ive s o f the c o -cha irme n. Anno unce ment of new members on the ta sk fo r ce will b e made at t h a t time .
EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES
Task force meets November 7 in New York.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC SUPPORT
McGraw-Hill Publications has scheduled a special supplement on
urban problems for January which will run in ~11 40 of their
publications: This is the second time McGraw- Hill has ever
done this.
�Andrew Heiskell, Co-Chairman of The Urban Coalition, speaks
on urban problems and local coalitions at the annual convention
of the Public Relations Society of America on November 14 in
Philadelphia.
A presentation on the work of The Urban Coalition will be given
to the Public Service Council of PRSA by James Pitt, director
of public relations for Time, Inc.
Discussions of the Coalition and its goals are also taking place
with representatives of the Advertising Council and the American
Business Press Association.
LOCAL COALITIONS
Communications are coming in from cities across the country
wanting to know how they can set up a local coalition. The
task force is developinq a pamphlet version of the guidelines
distributed in Chicago. This will be available for distribution shortly.
The next regional meeting on "Mobilizing Urban Coalitions" will
take place in San Francisco .on November 30. Program and space
arrangements are now being made with the help of Mayor John
Shelley's office. The Eastern Regional meeting will be held
in New York City on December 11.
�November 3, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
Plans have been
Baltimore (Nov.
Chairmen Gerald
both meetings .
will attend.
completed for the two exploratory meetings-14) and Detroit (Nov. 21). Task Force CoPhillippe and David Sullivan will speak at
Key business and labor leaders from the area
In addition, three regional conferences on expanding private
employment have now been scheduled. They will take place in
Atlanta (Dec. 13), Phoenix (Jan. 17) and Kansas City, Mo.
(Jan. 24) .
Officials of the National Industrial Conference Board are
cooperating with the Coalition in developing information on
hard-core unemployment and training projects. Task Force
representatives met with the National Association of Manufacturer s to d i scuss the ir .acti v i t ies in employment e xpansion.
Representatives of task force co-chairmen meet November 8 in
Washington.
EQUAL HOUSING
Repre s e n tatives o f task f o r c e co- chairmen mee t Nove mber 3 in
Wash i n g ton . The group i s p a ying parti cula r attention t o the
p r oblem of new lower income housing in suburban areas on an
open occupa n c y b asi s .
A n a ti o nal action ses s i on f o r s ome 300 s ubur b an fair h ous ing
c ouncils i s plann ed f o r early nex t year in Chic ago .
HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTION AND I NVESTMENT
Task force mee t s Nov e mbe r 21 in New Yo rk to d isc uss pos i t i o n
paper s drafte d by representativ es o f the c o - chair men. Announc e ment of new me mbe rs on the t a sk forc e will be made at that time .
EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES
Task f orce meets November 7 in New York.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC SUPPORT
McGraw-Hill Publications has scheduled a special supplement on
urban problems for January which will run in ~11 40 of their
publications: This i s the second time McGraw-Hill has ever
done this.
�Andrew Heiskell, Co-Chairman of The Urban Coalition, speaks
on urban problems and local coalitions at the annual convention
of the Public Relations Society of America on November 14 in
Philadelphia.
A presentation on the work of The Urban Coalition will be given
to the Public Service Council of PRSA by James Pitt, director
of public relations for Time, Inc.
Discussions of the Coalition and its goals are also taking place
with representatives of the Advertising Council and the American
Business Press Association.
LOCAL COALITIONS
Communications are coming in from cities across the country
wanting to know how they can set up a local coalition. The
task force is developinq a pamphlet version of the guidelines
distributed in Chicago. This will be available for distribution shortly.
The next regional meeting on "Mobilizing Urban Coalitions" wi ll
take place in San Francisco .on November 30. Program and space
arrangements are now being made with the help of Mayor John
Shelley's office. The Eastern Regional meeting will be held
in New York City on December 11.
�October 27, 1967
...
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
LOCAL COALITIONS
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 Chicago
"Mobilizing Urban Coalitions" planning session dozens of other cities
now have organizing committees.
The California League of Cities, meeting in San Francisco, formally
endorsed the 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.
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
On October 25, some 40 major Pittsburgh employers and labor leaders
attended a meeting hosted by Mayor Joseph M. Barr on private industry
plans 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 Works,
The Urban Coalition Task Force on ·P rivate Employment joined with
several hundred leading Gary employers and unions in developing a
program of expanded employment opportunities. Mr. David Stahl, of
Mayor Daley's office representing the Task Force, spoke briefly at
the luncheon.
Other local meetings on private employment have been scheduled for
Baltimore (November 14) and Detroit (November 21). Task Force cochairman Gerald L. Phillippe will speak at both meetings.
In Baltimore, Mayor Theodore McKeldin and Council President Thomas
'
D'Alesandro and fifteen major industrial
leaders are convening a
meeting of top management representatives of Baltimore firms to
launch a program of expanding Negro entrepreneurship in the ghetto
stimulated by sub-contract arrangements with leading industries.
�(2)
This is beind 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 j ect 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.
LEGISLATION
Coalition co-chairmen 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 cities
arid $40 million for rent supplements. Rent supplements received
$10 million (the House had earlier approved no funds) and model
cities received $312 (the House had approved $237 million).
The fact sheet and position paper on the Social Security amendments
will be mailed to the Steering Committee the first part of nex t week.
EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES
The Task Force will meet on November 7 to map its program and round
out its membership.
HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTION AND INVESTMENT
The Task Force had to reschedule its October 19th meeting for early
November.
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
Task Force working committee meets November 3 in Washington to
consider a pilot three city project involving development of new
lower- income housing on an open occupancy basis in suburban areas .
Also scheduled for the meeting kre plans to draw together some 300
Fa ir Housing Committees now operating in suburban communities fo r
a n a tional action session on open hous i ng t o be held in Chicago
ear l y in J anuar y .
�October 13, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
NOTE:
Minutes of the laststeering committee meeting are included.
discussed there will not be treated in detail here.
Subjects
PUBLICATIONS:
Printed roster of all those attending the convocation is ready and is being
mailed to all who were there . They will also receive a special supplement
of CITY magazine, devoted entirely to the Convocation.
LOCAL COALITIONS
Urban Coalitions are now underway in Detroit, Minneapolis and New York. In
addition, dozens of other cities have begun organizing local groups and many
more want to know how to go about it. In answer to these requests, the
Coalition is calling a one-day planning meeting in Chicago on Mobili z ing
Urban Coalitions." Some 50 cities are expected to have representativ es at
the me e ting which will take place at the University of Illinois' Chicago
Circle Center. Speakers and workshop chairman include Mayors, businessmen,
labor leaders , religious leaders and civil ri ght leaders -- many of them
members of the Coalition's national steering committee.
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
Pilot programs -- all different -- are being developed in Atlanta, Baltimore
and Detroit , through the cooperative efforts of local government, labor un ion s
and the business community. The Atlanta program will feature hiring and
train i ng , the Detroit program emphasizes t raining and up grading and the
Baltimore program is concentrating on expanding Ne gro business opportunities .
EQUAL HOUSING
Working s taff members o f tas k f or c e will meet soon f or a second s e ss i on to
cons i der propective members for the task fo r ce and to plan a r eas of a c tivity .
Po's i t ion paper s wi ll be prepar ed in the following areas : 1) a surve y o f
ex i s t ing fa i r housing committees experience , 2 ) the current private and
gov e rnme n t i nv estmen t s i tuation, 3) governme n t policies such a s 221 D3 and
how they a ffect p l a ns f or metr opol i tan open hou s ing and 4) wha t the t a r get
groups f or t his task should be and how they shou l d r elat e to loca l c oalit ion s .
HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTION AND I NVESTMENT
Working staff member s wi l l be mee ting fo r the second time t he evening of
October 16 and a ll- day Octobe r 17 to prepare agenda and d iscu s sion papers for
the task force . On Oc t ober 19, ~he full t ask forc e wi ll hold its first meeting,
also in New York. Approximately 15 key people in the banking, building and
insurance indu s try, and in the labor movment, have been aske d to ser ve .
�COMMUNICATIONS
Task force co-chairmen met in New York prior to steering committee meeting
and agreed on a list of top leaders in the various media who will be asked
to serve on task force. Negotiations are going foward with the advertising
council for a campnign on the urban crisis.
EDUCATIONAL DISPARI.TIES
Members of the working corrnnittee met in New York following the Steering
Corrnnittee meeting. They discussed the relationship between this and the
other task forces -- for example, the role of local government in working
with the problems of the school board, and the role that industry can play in
developing systems to eliminate educational disparities. This question will
be discussed in further detail at the next meeting of the group. It was
also agreed that there needs to be further definition of "educational
disparities" and further discussion of what this task force's goals should be.
�October 20, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY
/
TASK FORCE ON LOCAL COALITIONS
The Coalition took a major step forward this week in its program of
lending assistance to communities that want to set up local coalitions .
In response to requests from numerous cities throughout the country,
a one-day planning conference on "Mobilizing Urban Coalitions" was
held in Chicago on October 17. Two hundred and fifty representatives
of 52 cities attended. (LIST OF CITIES IS ATTAEJBED)
Speaking at the Chicago meeting were Mayors Richard J. Daley of
Chicago and Arthur Naftalin of Minneapolis. Both Mayors stressed
two points : the need for acting swiftly and the importance of involving all key sectors in the community.
May or Daley declared that "our common purpose is to improve the
quality of urban life for all citizens and we are here today to plan
a course of action to a::hieve that goal."
Mayor Naftalin stressed the need to involve the various segments o f
the community and to improve communication between them. He said :
"Business leaders must hear first-hand about the frustrations and
conditions o f despair that are the every day e x perience of many o f
our citizens ... Government officials and voluntary agency directors
mu st look honestl y at whether their programs are really reaching
their targets ... The idea of the Coalition , as we view it in Minn eapolis , is to make an h onest effort to ident i fy our strengths a n d
weaknesses , to wi n each other ' s conf i den ce for a new attack and th en
to go out a n d vigo r ously impleme n t the program ,"
Th e p lanning s e ss i o n he a r d stateme nt s f r om His Emine n ce John Cardinal
Co dy a nd t he Rt. Re v. J ames W. Mo n tgome ry a n d a message fr om I. W.
Abel d e live r e d b y United Steelwo rk e r s ' Leg i s l at i ve Directo r, Jack
Sheehan.
Also speaking a t the me e ting was Dr. Keeneth Wright, vice-president
and chief economist for the Li f e Insurance Association o f Ame rica.
Wright told the Coalition audienc e that the nation's insurance companies ,
al r eady pledged to invest a billion dollars in inne r-city housing
development, wer e also planning to move into job development by making
money available to finance industrial facilities in the inner city.
�This, and other specific proposals, were discussed at a series of
workshop sessions. Here, representatives of business, labor,
religion, civil rights and local government thrashed out their ideas
on how to communicate with each other most effectively and what
specific measures need to be taken in their communities to meet the
compelling needs of our urban areas.
Steering Committee members participating in the Chicago meeting,
besides Mayors Daley and Naftalin, included John H. Johnson, Mayor
Joseph M. Barr and Arnold Aronson who each presided at a general
session and Milton Graham, who spoke at the lunceon session.
Workshop chairmen were John Denman, Manager of the Department of
Urban Affairs, Ford Motor Company; John Gunther, Executive Director
of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Mrs. Frank Williams, League of
Women Voters Education Fund;and Larold Schulz, Coordinator of the
Anti-Poverty Task Force of the National Council of Churches and
Harold Fleming, President of the Potomac Institute.
The Chicago program proved to be a useful one and similar meetings,
on a regional basis, are planned for the east coast, the west coast,
and the south.
On October 19 and 20, in Minneapolis, leadership from 12 cities,
meeting under the auspices of the U. S. Conference of Mayors, discussed
the Coalition concept and how it could work in their cities. They
were joined in these discussions by the leadership of the newly formed
Minneapolis Coalition. National Coalition coordinator John Feild led
the discussion.
TASK FORCE ON PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT EXPANSION
During the Chicago session, the Staff Coordinator met with individuals
from Detroit, Atlanta and Baltimore to discuss plans for Task Force
meetings to be held in those cities within the next two months.
A meeting was held with Mr. John H. Murphy, of the National Industrial
Conference Board to discuss the role of the Board in assisting the
Task Force and a further meeting will be held in New York City on
October 24. The Task Force has been invited to send representatives
to a major community meeting on private employment under the newly
formed Gary Coalition's Employment Task Force chaired by U. S . Steel's
Gary Works Superintendent, George Gedenoff.
A number of local communities have formed, or are forming private
employment task forces , and have requested assistance from the national
staff in obtaining information and speaker s.
�TASK FORCE ON HOUSING, RECONSTRUCTION AND URBAN INVESTMENT
A work group meeting was held on the evening of October 16th
and all day on October 17th in Washington, D.C. at which time
the outline for the first draft of the Definition of Needs and Goals
and some program concepts for the Task Force were set forth.
�LIST OF CITIES REPRESENTED AT CHICAGO MEETING
ARIZONA
Phoenix
CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles
San Bernadina
San Jose
IOWA
Des Moines
INDIANA
Gary
Indianapolis
KENTUCKY
COLORADO
Louisville
Denver
MARYLAND
CONNECTICUT
Ba l timore
Sta n f o rd
MASSACHUSETTS
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Ma l d e n
FLORIDA
MI CHIGAN
Miami
GEORGIA
Atl a n ta
Savan n ah
HAWAII
Hono lulu
I LLINOIS
Chic a go
Chicago He ight s
East St . Lou i s
Evan sto n
Eve rgre en Park
Highl a nd Park
J o l iet
Mo l ine
Naperville
Peoria
Wilmette
Winnetka
Ann Arbor
Dearbor n
Detroit
Pontia c
Saginaw
MINNESOTA
Minn eapoli s
MISS OURI
Kan s as City
St . Louis
NEBRASKA
Linco ln
NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte
Du r ham
�LIST OF CITIES REPRESENTED AT CHICAGO MEETING
Continued
NEW JERSEY
Newark
NEW YORK
New York City
Rochester
White Plains
NORTH CAROLINA
Durham
Charlotte
OHIO
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dayton
Toledo
PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
WISCONSIN
Racine
�LIST OF CITIES PARTICIPATING IN MINNEAPOLIS MEETING
ILLINOIS
Decatur
INDIANA
Gary
Muncie
IOWA
Council Bluffs
MINNESOTA
Duluth
Mi nne apolis
NEBRASKA
Lincoln
NORTH DAKOTA
Fargo
OHIO
Dayto n
OKLAHOMA
Tul sa
SOUTH DAKOTA
Sio ux Falls
WISCONSIN
Madison
�September 29, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
LOCAL COALITIONS
Approximately fifty cities where local coalitions exist or are being
formed have now been identified. Representatives of the leadership in
these cities will be invited to an all-day planning meeting in Chicago on
Tuesday, October 17. Meanwhile, staff is responding to requests fo_r
assistance in setting up coalitions from these and other cities and is
preparing guidelines with suggestions for local action for use by local
coalitions.
Attorney Charles Taft of Cincinnati has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the local coalitions task force (with Mayor Joseph Barr and
Arnold Aronson).
PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT
Businessmen and business organizations are being contacted to explain
Coalition goals and to develop a list of examples where business has taken
the leadership in expanding opportunities for the hard-core unemployed.
These ca se studies will be collected and considered as the basis for
guide lines for local action.
An agenda has been developed for a series of pilot meetings in different cities at which ideas for local action will be discussed. These meetings will be held in October and November.
PUBLICATIONS
Roster of participants in August 24 Emergency Convocation has been
prep are d and i.s being mailed to all who attended. Convocation proceedings
will be mailed later this month .
LEGISLATION
Funding for model cities and rent supplements was approved by the
Senate -- $637 mil lion for model cities and $40 million for rent supplements . This is $300 million more than was approved by the House for
model cities and $40 mil lion more than was approved by the House which
tried to kill the program entirely.
The House has not yet reported out a substantive measure on the
Poverty Program. The Senate Committee has reported one out which includes the Clark- Javits Emergency Employment Title . This measure is now
being debated in the Senate and chances for passage are better than they
we r e las t week .
�THE URBAN COALITION
1819 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 293-1530
National Coordinators:
John Feild
Ron Linton
ACTION REPORT
September 24, 1967
One month after our Emergency Convocation in Washington, D. C., The
Urban Coalition has established its own offices in the Federal Bar
Building West in Washington, D. C.
Coordinating staff is being drawn
together from the various groups in the Coalition to service the seven
Task Forces that are now beginning to move.
Local Coalitions Forming:
Dozens of communities around the country have
responded to the Emergency Convocation with plans to organize representative Local Coalitions.
An Emergency Task Force on Local Coalitions is
being created to assist these groups and to establish liaison with the
nat i onal effort.
Representatives from those cities that have asked for
information and assistance will be invited to an all-day national planning
meeting on October 17th.
As an interim goal, the Task Force will attempt
to establish liaison with local coalitions in at least fifty major urban
areas by November 15th.
By that date local steering committees are
expected to have organized local Emergency Convocations patterned after
the Washington meeting.
Emergency Work Program:
As a step in the right direction, the Task Force
on Emergency Work recommended and the Steering Committee authorized support
for the Emergency Employment Act, co- sponsored by Senator Joseph Clark
(Dem-Pa) and Senator Jacob Javits (Rep-NY).
At the same time, the Coalition
call ed upon Congress to expedite action in providing full funding for the
Poverty Program, Rent Supplements, Model Cities, and the Equal Opportunity
in Housing measure now pending in both houses .
�Emergency Task Force on Educational Disparities:
Mr. Roy Ash, Dr. Arthur
Flemming and Mr. Roy Wilkins of the National Steering Committee have
started planning what The Urban Coalition can do to lend its support to
both new and on-going efforts that will contribute to the elimination of
educational disparities.
Their technical work group is being drawn from
leading school personnel, civil rights groups, labor, industry and church
groups.
Communications and Public Education:
A new Task Force has been set up in
this area under the co-chairmenship of Mr. Joseph H. Allen, President of
McGraw-Hill Publications, Mr. John Johnson, President of Johnson Publications, and Mr. Harold Fleming, President of Potomac Institute.
They are
assembling a working group drawn from the leading mass media to assist
the Coalition with its efforts to emphasize the nature of the urban crisis.
Convocation Participants:
Proceedings of the August Convocation are now
being completed and will be distributed to the convocation participants
in the near future.
Apologies to those who expressed a desire to help
The Urban Coalition and have not yet been called upon.
As the Task Force
programs develop, it is expected that an increasing number of those who
indicated interest will be contacted.
The local coalitions that are now
forming may well need assistance from all segments of those who attended.
The organizational phase of The Urban Coalition and its local counterparts
has reflected
the emergency nature of the concern of those involved and
will continue to move with this sense of urgency .
Your understanding of
the problems involved in coordinating the jnterests of the diverse segments
of this Coalition and its national dimension can help keep the momentum of
the Emergency Convocation moving forward in an orderly way.
Monthly Action
Reports will be sent to all of those who attended the August Convocation.
�Private Employment Expansion:
The Task Force on Private Employment
Expansion is developing plans with which it will be able to assist
local committees where Coalitions are established to accelerate specific
programs for the expansion of private employment opportunities for hardcore unemployed workers.
Meantime, work is proceeding on developing new
ideas on recruiting, testing procedures, training, managerial assistance,
employment standards, youth motivation, and private industry assistance
to public projects.
Expansion of private employment opportunities will
be a major priority of the Coalition.
Reconstruction Investment and Urban Development:
Mr. David Rockefeller,
Mr. Walter Reuther, and Mr. Joseph Keenan have scheduled a series of
meetings to chart the program of this Emergency Task Force.
They are
now reviewing such matters as needed public investment, as well as incentives to encourage greater private investment in ghettos and barrios
throughout urban America.
They expect to work closely with the Insurance
Industry Committee on Urban Problems as well as other segments of industry,
organized labor, local government, civil rights and religious groups.
~qual Housing Opportunities:
As indicated above, the Coalition has publicly
expressed its support of federal legislation to guarantee equal housing
opportunities.
Beyond this, the Emergency Task Force has initiated plans
to accelerate greater private effort in this field.
Preliminary discussions
are being held with key leaders in the housing industry, banking and insurance
groups as well as with national and local fair housing groups which have been
working for some time in expanding housing opportunities. Leaders in these
interest groups will be asked to assist the Coalition in developing an action
program in this area and a national planning session in the very near future.

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