Box 14, Folder 15, Document 6

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A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND A 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
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occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence!
We are concerned about the consequences of continued rioting and b elieve that
the deterioration of human relations could do greater damage than the los s of mater ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them.
We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and in
human progress the recently release9 Report of the National Advisory Commis sion
on Civil Disorders.
Whether one would agree absolutely with its methodol ogy or
the conclusions of the commission , we b elieve the report contains food for thought
and suggestions for action which merit consideration. The report is a good point of
r eference and basis for discussion and action.
We are c onvinced that n either studie s nor resolutions nor good int entions alone
will suffice . We believe that all of the religious leaders of metrop olitan Atl anta
should act now t o bring an end to conditions in our m i<l s t wliieh c r eatP. <le spair, con tribute to hum an degradation and fuel viol ence .
We, therefore, c ommit our selves to a ssist in the task of tran sformin g our urban
area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor Lo
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to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all persons and property and where there is reason for hope and opportunity for individual
growth and dignity for every citizen.
To do this, there are many things which we believe must be done.
There must be a pooling of all resources - a coordinated effort by rich and poor,
by affluent and depressed citizens, by leaders in religion and education, in business
and the profes sions, in indust r y and labor , in governm ent, and in all wal ks of life to meet our citi?:en s needs in the following a r eas:
Police Protection._
Every c itizen is entitled to be secure in
his person and property and to fair t reat-
ment by law enforcement officials; and,
in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey
the law and support and cooperate with
police officials.
�Every citizen must
Education
have the oppor-
tunity for equal educational opp ortunity --knowledge of one's rights and
dutues, education for employment,
and for living - the essentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for n ew jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing t echnology, and the r e must
be an end t o dfacriminati on against
qualifie d per sons based on s ex , r ace ,
a ge or handicap.
As we see it , we mu st creat e new attitude s even more than we need t o cre ate
new pr ograms, but b oth are needed! To e :.t ablish new attituded we mu st b egin with
ourselves, our famil ies , our churches and synagogues .
Therefor e, we pl edge our s elves to:
1. Carry on mutual int erchanges in ou r churche s with mini ster s and 1ayman of
both races di scuss ing th e se critic al areas of concern .
2. Preach and give c ourses within our own church e s dealing with the se areas .
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contr ibute to the better m ent of
condit ions m each of the foregoing areas , and encourage such things as
positive support fo r day car e center s , low cost housing corpor ati ons, h ealth
clinic s, and t r ainjng empl oyment programs .
In order to develop wide ac cept ance of our stated 1,>urpose and our plan of action ,
we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to i ssu e invitations to Atlanta's political,
economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our
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�Education
Every citizen must
have the oppor-
tunity for equal educational opportunity ""knowledge of one's rights and
dutues, education for employment,
and for living - the essentials to a
society of law and order and human
progress.
Housing
Every citizen must have access to
decent housing. This goal adopted
long ago has not been achieved, and
there is yet to be obtained a climate
in which every person will have equal
opportunity for housing that he can
afford.
Employment
There must be training for n ew jobs
and retaining for other jobs in our
changing technology, and there must
be an end to discr imination again st
qualifie d per sons based on sex , race,
age or handicap.
As we se e it, we must create n ew attitudes even more than we need to create
new programs , but both are needed! To e::.tablish new attituded we mu st begin with
oursel ves, our families, our churche s and synagogues .
Therefore, we pledge ou rselves to :
1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and l ayman of
both races discussing these critical areas of concern.
2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas.
3. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the bette rment of
conditions m each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as
positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health
clinics, and trainin g employment pr ograms.
In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and ou r pl an of action ,
we re spectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr . to issue invitations to Atlanta's political ,
economic and religious leaders, and to c itizens r epr esent ative of all areas of ou r
urban community to attend a m e etin g spon sored by the undersigned with the Mayor
serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to ac!1 ieve in the Atlanta u han
�area an agreement on our stated purpose, and to arrange for a coordinated use of
all possible resources. We seek a true and new commitment and to develop a
simple connectional structure to carry out this commitment.
We, by signing this resolution, do declare ourselves to be 1an inter-faith .
committee, and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the
City of Atlanta and other local leaders of this area for the followin g purposes:
1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious
community of the urban area for coordinated effort in meeting the needs
of every individual.
2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races at which
time we could hear from Mayor Allen his suggestions as to how all available
resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives.
3. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent
meetings and projects.
4 . And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee de aling
with these critical area s.
Finally , we invite all citizen s to join with us in a commitment to our statement
of purpo s e and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almight y God in this
endeavor to t ran sform and redeem our enti r e urban area .
Si gned on Thi s Day, Tuesday 2nd ,_ of April , 1968

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