Box 15, Folder 1, Document 77

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The Urban Coalition / Federal Bar Building West | 1819 H Street, N.W. Washington, D. C. | 20006

Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell / A. Philip Randolph

October 7, 1967

Honorable Ivan Allen

Mayor of the City of Atlanta
City Hall

Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Ivan:

Here are some comments and suggestions on some of the ideas we discussed
in Atlanta.

The establishment of a six-to-eight member committee to act as an organzing
or steering committee is a very worthwhile approach. I suggest that leaders
from business, labor, religion, and civil rights be invited to serve on the
committee. You may wish to add representatives from other sectors of the
community to the committee. This committee should be formed as soon as
possible because, as you know, the Urban Coalition is holding a National
Conference to discuss the formation of local coalitions in Chicago on Octo-
ber 17, 1967. It would be advantageous to have representatives from this
committee attend.

One of the initial actions the committee could take is to convene a meeting
of 50 to 60 local business and labor leaders to consider the formation of a
local task force on private employment.

It is suggested that the format for the meeting be a luncheon followed by
a two-hour working conference. To set the meeting in its proper perspec-
tive, the participants should hear from a nationally known business leader,
preferably Gerald Phillippe of General Electric, co-chairman of our Task
Force on Private Employment and Entrepeneurship. We would be happy to
assist in obtaining a speaker for the occasion.

The discussion at the working session should focus on the development of a
local private employment task force and the establishment of working committees
to (1) assess the local unemployment and underemployment problems, (2) develop
programs with specific goals, and (3) issue evaluation reports on the progress
of the programs.

Staff personnel from the participating companies would be assigned to perform
the specific duties, Technical assistance and specialists should be used as

National Coordinators, John Feild | Ron M. Linton
Te/ephone 293-1530


A second meeting will be convened within a month at which time the
working committees will present recommendations and programs. Com-
mitments from individual companies to support and implement the
programs will be obtained at this time, including financial and
personnel support.

I would be happy to come to Atlanta to meet with your organizing
group at their convenience. If we can be of further help, let us


Jo Feild
National Coordinator

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