Box 7, Folder 15, Document 1

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Box 7, Folder 15, Document 1

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October 11, 1967
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
T o : Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Subj ect:
Dan S w eat
R e port on U r b a n C oalition M eeting,
O ctob e r 9 , N ew Y o r k C ity
The me e ting of the Ste ering Committee of the National Urb an
C oaliti on d e v e lope d i n t o quite a stalemate on the que stion of
whe the r or n ot public policy position s s h o uld b e take n b y the
g r o u p.
M o st M a y o rs pre s ent - L indsay, C avana g h , Graham a nd
p erhaps N aftalin, a s we ll as s o m e C ivil Ri ght s, E duc ation
and R e lig i on re pr esentatives fe lt t h e u r gent necessity for
t he C oal iti on to communicat e a pol icy posit ion to the C o n gress
on such pressing matters as the Welfare Amendments,
P overty Bill , e t c .
Business r epresentat ives, noteably F reder i ck Cl ose and G eral d
P h i llip p e, felt any policy stat ements is s u ed as a C oalition on
controversial l egislation would jeopardi ze anticipated support
for the Coalition by Business.
They were greatly upset by t h e Coalition 1 s statement on t h e
C l ark- J avits Amendment to the Poverty Bil l.
After a two hour debate the committee voted t o adopt a policy
which states: 1 1 The C o alition shall take public policy positions
except where a sub stantial or intense disagreement emerges. 11
�Mayor Allen
Page Two
October 11, 1967
What this all amounted to was a stalemate on the question of
whether or not the Coalition, as an organization, will lobby
for urban legislation.
I feel that it is imperative for the Congress to have an idea of
the thinking of a group as potentially powerful as the Urban
Coalition, but can understand the problem of the business
representatives, who really cannot speak for any business
except their own.
The Committee adopted a budget of $100,000 for the period
August 1, 1967 - January 31, 1968. (Copy attached.)
It also heard reports from the Task F o rces on Local C o alitions,
C o mmunication, Reconstruction and Urban H o using, Equal
Opportunity in H o using, E d ucational Disparities, Private
Employment , and Legislation.
The Private Employment Task Force noted it planned to
consider setting up pilot meetings in thr e e cities , including
Atlanta t o consid er methods for e stablishing private busine ss
coalitions .
The n ext m ee tin g of the C o alition 1s sche dul e d for Decemb e r 18 ,
possibly in D e troit .
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