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October 27, 1967
NATIONAL COORDINATORS WEEKLY REPORT
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.
On October 25, some 40 major Pittsburgh employers and labor léaders
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 Daley's office representing the Task Force, spoke briefly at
Other local meetings on private employment have been scheduled for
Baltimore (November 14) and Detmit (November 21). Task Force co-
chairman 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.
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 project 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 all-
Negro high school in the center of Detroit.
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
and $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.
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
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 are 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.