Box 15, Folder 13, Document 66

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The Urban Coalition / Federa/ Bar Building West / 7879 H Street, N.\W. Washington, D. C. / 20006

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

November 13, 1967

Dear Friend:

On August 24, 1967, 1,200 leaders of American life met in Washington at
an Emergency Convocation called by The Urban Coalition. The Coalition,
representing business and the professions, organized labor, religion,
civil rights groups and local government, was established in response
to the urgent need for action in behalf of the nation's cities.

The Statement of Principles, Goals, and Commitments adopted by The Urban
Coalition identifies specific problem areas and appeals to both the public
and private sector for action to meet these needs. The Coalition has
created Task Forces--one of which is the Task Force on Private Employment--
to focus on the individual problem areas.

Expanding employment opportunities for the hard-core unemployed has been
given top priority by the Coalition. The Task Force on Private Employment
is holding a series of Regional Planning Conferences to discuss this diffi-
cult and complex problem.

The first conference is scheduled to be held at the Atlanta-American Motor
Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on December 13, 1967. Other conferences are
planned for Phoenix, Arizona on January 24, 1968 and Kansas City, Missouri
on January 24, 1968.

We hope your schedule will permit you to join us in this most important
project. Please complete the attached card indicating the conference you
“plan to attend.

We are enclosing a list of states covered by each of the conferences. It
would be most helpful if you would supply us with the names and addresses
of appropriate affiliates in these states so we may extend an invitation
to them. In the meantime, we hope you will communicate your interest and
support of this endeavor to these officials.

November 13, 1967 Page 2

More specific information on the program will be sent to you in the

very near future. If you have any questions regarding these activities,
please contact Mr. Mel Cotton, The Urban Coalition, 1819 H Street, N. W.,
Washington, D. C. Telephone Number: 293-1530.

Gerald L. Phillippe David Sullivan, President John Wheeler, President
Chairman of the Board Building Service Employees Mechanics and Farmers
General Electric Company International Union Bank

570 Lexington Avenue 900 17th Street, N. W. Box 1932

New York, New York Washington, D. C. Durham, North Carolina

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