Box 7, Folder 14, Document 4

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·The Urban Coalition
Federal Bar Building West/ 1819 H Street. N.
Washington . D. C. / 20006
Steering Committee Co -chairmen: Andrew Heiskell/ A. Philip Randolph
December 1, 1967
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.
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

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