Box 18, Folder 21, Document 38

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Dear Mr. Leftwich: Mr. Vaughn of Pittsburg Civic League asked rr.e to write you a letter, thanking
you for coming out to see him.
You will receive it later.
you wLa.t a good thing it was--your coming out.
I just wanted to tell
You always do all you can to help
but there are circumstances you don I t know any-1::hing about that made this doubly
a good move.
As you probably know, EOA is trying to force the City to turn Model Cities
over to them.
They know it is just a matter of time for EOA and want to insure
keeping their jobs this way.
participation".
jobs at EOA.
This is what is behind their charges of "no citizen
John Hood is helping them because he gets votes by getting people
The Center Directors in the "Model City" area are meeting with John
a couple of time s a week--at the Southside Day Care Center (the EOA nursery where
he has an office).
They are really stirring people up against the City---the people
don't know what it is all about--they just do what they are told.
The latest
development is that EOA Center s are working on voter r egistration---I am in charge
of it here and at a staff meeting I remarked that it was hard to get people to
come register in a non-election year.
Terrill told me I was negltative thinking.
To tell them that the aldermen and representatives in this area weren't doing

anything to protect them from Model Citie s--that this ITB ant their homes would be
taken--and for them to come register so they could vote new alder~e n and r epresent at i ve ~
y.:r
in next year.
We really had it·- after the staff !TE eting was over--I told him I di dn't
I
appr e ciat e t he reference s to you, Hugh and G. D.--that he di dn't even live i"n this
part of town ard we r ese nted people coming in trying to run our politics.
Als o,
that he didn't even know when the ele ctions would be he ld, as the next City e l ection
would be in 1969.
He told me that EOA was t he b iggest vote getter in the City and
EOA could make or bre ak any politican because the people in the areas ser ved by
EOA would vote for anybody t hey were told to .
After a few more words , he threate ned
�-2to fire me for disloyalty to EOA.
I told him I owe d my loyalty to the City and
to the City Adminis tration and if he could find an y conflict in that with the EOA
operation--to go ahead.
Things haven't been too pleasant since.
Meantime, Eliza
Paschall complaine d to Mrs. Crank , who is Terrill's Supe rvisor about the bu siness
about the phone c alls--sa id she thought I should file charge s with the Community
Relations that I was being discriminated against.
He · jumped me about this too, but
when I told him :t-'irs Paschall was not the only on e complaining about the. phone--that
John Greer had compl ained to Emmerich-:--he c_almed do,-m.
to in the Democratic Party, is on the board of EOA.
John Greer, who I am clos e
I take my complaints to him--
since this way Terrill can't claim political pressure.
It is terrible the way the
three r emaining white girl s are treated he r e ---but I am not going to q~i t until I
get ready---where else c ould I draw a good salary for doing about an hours worl<: a day.
I run the entire de partment--the re were three of us in Housing orig inally--I am the
only one left and I stil l don' t hurt myse l f worki ng- -which shows how over- s t a f fe d
the Cente r s are .
I have good work h ab i t s , I ge t along wi t h the oth er e mployees ,
and I respect supe rvision--so if he fires me , he is going to have to co!TB up with
some pr etty go od c harge .
I have ch e cke d up and f ound th at th i s bit about t he Aldermen not he lping the

people about Model Citie s is true a.t all Ce nters--this is what the p eopl e are be ing
told.
My i de a of what EOA s houl d do is to work wi th t he City--but a ll t he y are doing
is encour aging peop le to fi ght i t!
Wh e n I hear all thi s it r e ally b urns me up .
Espe c ially when t he criticism come s f rom a Vi s t a volunt eer- - all they do i s stir
p e ople up.
_;).
I d on' t want a ny of my fr iends to get mixed up in my per s onal pr obl ems , but
some t hing s hould be done about the breach EOJ! i s creating between t h e City and the
people in the Nade l Citie s areas .
I h ave t alked to G. D. and t old h i m t o keep in touch wit h Mr . Vaughn, Hrs .
Bill ingsley and Mrs . Wright ---they are the leaders in ?j ttsburg and while t he y are
· on the · Advi sory Board of · EOA-,-they are not f oo_led b y it .
They all b eg _me t o stay
�-3every time I threaten to quit because they say it is the only way they have to
know wbat is going on.
Most of·the Advisory Boards go to meetings and agree with
all they hear--but not t he Pittsburg leaders.
As proof of the poor com-·.u nication
--rrDst people would have eone to EOA----Y~. Vaughn carr~ directly to you with his
problems, and all the
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street corner hanger outersn have been praising you ever
since--because you bothered to come out!
These· are good people in Pittsburg, if
the west side negroes would not come out here stirring them up.
I have good
influence over all the leaders but I cannot get them to believe anything against
John Hood.
Something needs to be done to stop him from knocking the City however.
I had so~e phone calls from some of tr~ negroes in the Democratic Party witj me-telling me i,.;hat all they had heard about the negroes "going after" the Wrens Nest
until they changed their admittal policy.
With Calvin Craig meeting in ·;-. re st End,
I figured it would really cause trouble if the negroes started breaking out windows
and storming the cb ors as they were threatening to do.
I discussed t his with Irving
Kaler and made the motion that t he Community Relations ask the Wrens Nest to change
their policy.
Don't know if this will help, but figured it would show good faith
on oi..:.r part or as Helen Bullard puts our movements nact as a asprin towards helping
f
the headache.
I really enjoyed see ing Richard Freeman in ac tion at the Comnmnity Relations
n:eeting last week.
Concerning this Dixie Hills rnes s , he really pinned do,m some
of the people who claimed they witne s sed "police brutality"--- - when he got through
--all they knew was what somebody else told them! He is really good in this job and
the be st police committee chairman we have ever had.
Mrs . Leftwich told
all right now.
rre
you h ad to go back into the ho spit al- --hope you are f ee ling
Take it easy, cause wecan 't get along without you.
Mary
Terrill backed do,m on the phone c all s---I can have i ncoming ca.l l s-- I just ca,n' t make
any!

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