Box 14, Folder 15, Document 3

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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 3

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SUBJECT: Statement of Purpose and Plan of Action for Atlantans
Concerned about Riots, Their Causes, and Their Consequences
We, the undersigned Atlantans, are deeply concerned about the riots which
have occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and believe
that the deterioration of human relations could do greater damage than the
loss of material things if we fail to bring an end to riots and the ·:;_· conditions
which spawn the mo
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and
human progress the recently released 11 Report of the National Advisory
Commission on Civil Disorders 11 • Whether one would agree absolutely
with its methodology or the conclusions of the Commission, we believe
the Report contains food for thought and suggestions for action which
merit consideration. The Report is a good point of reference and a basis
for discussion and action.
We are convinced that neither studies, nor resolutions, nor good i ntentions
alone will suffic e. We believe that all of the religious l eade rs of Metropolitan
Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create
des pair, contribute to human degradation and fuel violence.
We, therefore, commit ours e lves to assist in the task of transforming
our urban area , that insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we
should endeavor to respond to this urban crisisand help create a city where
there is p ersonal safety for all persons and property and where there is
reason for hope and opportunity for individual growth and dignity for every
To do this there are many things which we believe must b e done.
There must be a pooling of our resources - a coordinated effort for rich
and poor, by affluent and depressed citizens , by leaders in religion,
education and business and the professions , in industry and labor , in
government and in all walks of life to meet our citizens needs in the
following areas o
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Police Protection
These areas are spelled out in the Council's memo)
As we see it, we must create a new attitude even more than we need to
create new programs hut both are needed. To establish new attitudes we
must begin with ourselves, ourx families, our churches and synagogues.
Therefore, we pledge ourselves to
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(three areas are listed)
In order to deve lop wide acceptance of our stat ed purpose and our plan of
action, we re s pectfully urge Mayor Iva n Alle n, Jr . to i s s u e invi t a tions to
Atlanta : p ~ political, e conomic and r eligious leaders, to citizens
representative of all areas of our urban community, to attend the meeting
sponsored by the undersigned. with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose
of this meeting will b e to achieve in the Atlan ta urgan area, an agreement
on our stat ed purpos e and to a rr ange for a coordinated use of all possible
resources. We seek a true and a new commitment and to develop a simple
connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do d eclaJi-·e ourselves to b e an inter-faith
committee and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor
of the City of Atlanta and the other loca l l eaders of this area for the
following purposes.
To offer th e full support of ourselves as representatives of the
r e ligious community.
To fund a luncheon for l ead e rs and r epresentatives of both races /which
time we could hear from Mayor Ivan Allen hi s suggestions as to how all
available resources might be coordinated to achieve our objective s.
3 and 4 are listed in other memo.
Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our Statement
of Purpose and our Plan of Action a nd we ask the h e lp of Almighty God in this
endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area.

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