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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 3

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  • Text: 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 violence, 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 them. We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and human progress the recently released ''Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders'', 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 Reportis a good point of reference and a basis for discussion and action, We are convinced that neither studies, nor resolutions, nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of Metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, contribute to human degradation and fuel violence, We, therefore, commit ourselves 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 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 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, Page Two l. Police Protection Z. Education 3. Housing 4, Employment (Note: 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 but both are needed, To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to - -- - - (three areas are listed) In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action, we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr, to issue invitations to Atlanta pukrtkones political, economic and religious 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 be to achieve in the Atlanta urgan area, an agreement on our stated purpose and to arrange 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 declare ourselves to be an inter-faith committee and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the City of Atlanta and the other local leaders of this area for the following purposes, 1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious community, at 2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races /which time we could hear from Mayor Ivan Allen his suggestions as to how all available resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives. 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 and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area,
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 1

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  • Text: April 4, 1968 MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Subject: Clergymen's Conference I met with representatives of the Atlanta Christian Council this morning to discuss followup on the suggested meeting the Clergy of Atlanta wants to hold to help get further understanding of and involvement in the problems which face the city. The idea of the ministers is to have a meeting which would include the religious leadership from the five county area, the elected political leadership, top business, labor and education, In effect, they are talking about an Urban Coalition type mass meeting of the top leadership. They are speaking in terms of from 500 to 1,000 persons. What apparently prompted this interest on the part of the Clergy was Al Bows speech to them, It is now felt that Mr. Bows has put the Clergy on the spot and there is fear that the business community has gotten out ahead of the religious community. The ministers who are hehind this movement feel that the time is at hand to encourage some of the more timid ministers, particularly in the suburbs, to get moving. They feel that if these ministers can see what some of the business community is doing and saying, people like Mayor Allen Page Two April 4, 1968 Bows, Paul Austin, Sterne, etc., that they won't feel they're risking their necks or their pulpits by getting involved in the "urban problems". We have tentatively settled on May 6 as the date for the dinner and would like to issue an invitation to John Gardner. The program would consist of ''rip-snorting" speeches from you, Paul Austin, John Gardner and a key religious figure. The ministers' committee will be in to talk to you about it, present their ideas and get any suggestions you might have on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. DS:fy
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 2

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  • Text: April 3, 1968 MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Subject: Atlanta Christian Council Divil Disorders Proposal The attached statement was unanimously adopted Tuesday by the Atlanta Christian Council, Johnny Robinson and I met with the Resolutions Committee during the morning to discuss this statement with the members of that committee. The ministers are sincerely interested in contributing directly to the elimination of central city problems and are seeking realistic ways in which to become involved. You will notice they want to finance a luncheon or dinner which you would host. What they really want to do is to organize an Urban Coalition or help formalize the Cohlition which we have previously attempted to get started. They desire to invite John Gardner down, who along with you, would help draw interested leaders from all walks of life to the dinner meeting. I will meet with Dr. Moore and members of his committee Thursday in an attempt to develop specifics before the committee meets with you next Wednesday at 3:00 p,m, to outline their plans to you. Such a dinner would be held probably the week of May 6. Dr. Harry Fifield has suggested that it be held at his church. I think we should support and encourage such a gathering. DS: fy
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Box 14, Folder 15, Complete Folder

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  • Text: April 4, 1968 MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Subject: Clergymen's Conference I met with representatives of the Atlanta Christian Council this morning to discuss followup on the suggested meeting the Clergy of Atlanta wants to hold to help get further understanding of and involvement in the problems which face the city. The idea of the ministers is to have a meeting which would include the religious leadership from the five county area, the elected political leadership, top business, labor and education, In effect, they are talking about an Urban Coalition type mass meeting of the top leadership. They are speaking in terms of from 500 to 1,000 persons. What apparently prompted this interest on the part of the Clergy was Al Bows speech to them, It is now felt that Mr. Bows has put the Clergy on the spot and there is fear that the business community has gotten out ahead of the religious community. The ministers who are hehind this movement feel that the time is at hand to encourage some of the more timid ministers, particularly in the suburbs, to get moving. They feel that if these ministers can see what some of the business community is doing and saying, people like Mayor Allen Page Two April 4, 1968 Bows, Paul Austin, Sterne, etc., that they won't feel they're risking their necks or their pulpits by getting involved in the "urban problems". We have tentatively settled on May 6 as the date for the dinner and would like to issue an invitation to John Gardner. The program would consist of ''rip-snorting" speeches from you, Paul Austin, John Gardner and a key religious figure. The ministers' committee will be in to talk to you about it, present their ideas and get any suggestions you might have on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. DS:fy April 3, 1968 MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Subject: Atlanta Christian Council Divil Disorders Proposal The attached statement was unanimously adopted Tuesday by the Atlanta Christian Council, Johnny Robinson and I met with the Resolutions Committee during the morning to discuss this statement with the members of that committee. The ministers are sincerely interested in contributing directly to the elimination of central city problems and are seeking realistic ways in which to become involved. You will notice they want to finance a luncheon or dinner which you would host. What they really want to do is to organize an Urban Coalition or help formalize the Cohlition which we have previously attempted to get started. They desire to invite John Gardner down, who along with you, would help draw interested leaders from all walks of life to the dinner meeting. I will meet with Dr. Moore and members of his committee Thursday in an attempt to develop specifics before the committee meets with you next Wednesday at 3:00 p,m, to outline their plans to you. Such a dinner would be held probably the week of May 6. Dr. Harry Fifield has suggested that it be held at his church. I think we should support and encourage such a gathering. DS: fy 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 violence, 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 them. We commend to every thoughtful citizen who believes in law and order and human progress the recently released ''Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders'', 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 Reportis a good point of reference and a basis for discussion and action, We are convinced that neither studies, nor resolutions, nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of Metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, contribute to human degradation and fuel violence, We, therefore, commit ourselves 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 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 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, Page Two l. Police Protection Z. Education 3. Housing 4, Employment (Note: 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 but both are needed, To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to - -- - - (three areas are listed) In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action, we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr, to issue invitations to Atlanta pukrtkones political, economic and religious 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 be to achieve in the Atlanta urgan area, an agreement on our stated purpose and to arrange 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 declare ourselves to be an inter-faith committee and authorize our designated representatives to visit the Mayor of the City of Atlanta and the other local leaders of this area for the following purposes, 1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious community, at 2. To fund a luncheon for leaders and representatives of both races /which time we could hear from Mayor Ivan Allen his suggestions as to how all available resources might be coordinated to achieve our objectives. 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 and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area, i ' CITY HALL ATLANTS, GA. 30303 April 3, 1968 Tel, 522-4463 Area Code 404 IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Dey Subject: Atlanta Christian Council Civil Disorders Proposal The attached statement was unanimously adopted Tuesday by the Atlanta Christian Council, Johnny Robinson and I met with the Resolutions Committee during the morning to discuss this statement with the members of that committee. The ministers are sincerely interested in contributing directly to the elimination of central city problems and are seeking realistic ways in which to become involved, You will notice they want to finance a luncheon or dinner which you would host. What they really want to do is to organize an Urban Coalition or help formalize the Coalition which we have previously attempted to get started, They desire to invite John Gardner down, who along with you, would help draw interested leaders from all walks of life to the dinner meeting. I will meet with Dr. Moore and members of his committee Thursday in an attempt to develop specifics before the committee meets with you next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to outline their plans to you. Such a dinner would be held probably the week of May 6. Dr. Harry Fifield has suggested that it be held at his church. I think we should support and encourage such a gathering. DS : fy AGENDA CLERGYMAN'S CONFERENCE April 2, 11 O'Clock, Peachtree Christian Church Dr. Harry Fifield, Presiding Introductory Statement, Dr. Harry Fifield Brief Statement on Condition of Situation in Atlanta, Mr. Dan Sweat & Mr. Robinson Mayor's Office 20-Minute period given to program of operation connection, Dr. John Anderson & Dr. Lawrence Bottoms Motion Presented, Dr. Harry Fifield Dat ha ebut! Discussion , Adjournment prey pak ped. 1130 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 mater - ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them. We commend to every thoughtful citizén who believes in law and order and in human progress the recently released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. 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 basis for discussion and action. We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence. We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor lo respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life = to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection. Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. Education Housing Emp loyment Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity ~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. 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. There must be training for new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap, As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attituded we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to: 1, Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of both races discussing these critical areas of concern, 2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas. 8. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs. In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our ee ee eR ee i a a Bausation Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity -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. Emp loyment There must be training for new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attituded we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to: 1, Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman 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 betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs. In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action, we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta wrban 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 an 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 following 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 dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area. 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 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 released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. 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 basis for discussion and action. We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence, We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life — to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection § Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. - / eaneabion > Every citizen must have the aeons tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity - knowledge of one's rights and duties, 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 new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to: 1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of all races discussing these critical areas of concern, 2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas. 8. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs, In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Aflanta urban 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 an 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 following purposes: Le To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious community of the urban area fér coordinated effort in meeting the needs of every individual. 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. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent meetings and projects. And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our. statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area. Signed on This Day, Tuesday 2nd of April, 1968 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 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 released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 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 basis for discussion and action, We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence. We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life — to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection § Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. Education. Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity - knowledge of one's rights and duties, 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 new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must . be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to: 1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of all 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 betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinies, and training employment programs, In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action 3 we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 10

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  • Text: 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 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 released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. 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 basis for discussion and action, We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence, We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life — to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection § Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. Education. Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity - Inowledge of one's rights and duties, 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 new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to: 1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of all 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 betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs, In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action, we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve ih the Atlanta urban 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 an 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 following purposes: b 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. 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. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent meetings and projects, And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our. statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area. Signed on This Day, Tuesday 2nd of_April, 1968
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 8

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  • Text: 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 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 released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 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 basis for discussion and action, We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence. We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life — to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection § Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. Education. Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity - knowledge of one's rights and duties, 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 new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must . be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to: 1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of all 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 betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinies, and training employment programs, In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action 3 we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban 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 an 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 following 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 dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our. statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area. Signed on This Day, Tuesday 2nd of _ April, 1968
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 7

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  • Text: 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 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 released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. 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 basis for discussion and action. We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence, We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life — to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection § Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. - / eaneabion > Every citizen must have the aeons tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity - knowledge of one's rights and duties, 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 new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to: 1. Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of all races discussing these critical areas of concern, 2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas. 8. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs, In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Aflanta urban 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 an 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 following purposes: Le To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious community of the urban area fér coordinated effort in meeting the needs of every individual. 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. To support a call for broader ministerial and lay leadership in subsequent meetings and projects. And to offer ourselves for service on any Council or Committee dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our. statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area. Signed on This Day, Tuesday 2nd of April, 1968
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 9

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  • Text: 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 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 released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. 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 basis for discussion and action. We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence, We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor to respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life = to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection -~ Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. Education. Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity - knowledge of one's rights and duties, 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 new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attitudes we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we commit ourselves to an effort to: 1, Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of all races discussing these critical areas of concern, 2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas. 8. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs, In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action, we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta urban 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 an 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 following purposes: 1. To offer the full support of ourselves as representatives of the religious community of the urban area fér 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 dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area. Signed on This Day, Tuesday 2nd of_April, 1968
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 4

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  • Text: i ' CITY HALL ATLANTS, GA. 30303 April 3, 1968 Tel, 522-4463 Area Code 404 IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison MEMORANDUM To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. From: Dan Sweat Dey Subject: Atlanta Christian Council Civil Disorders Proposal The attached statement was unanimously adopted Tuesday by the Atlanta Christian Council, Johnny Robinson and I met with the Resolutions Committee during the morning to discuss this statement with the members of that committee. The ministers are sincerely interested in contributing directly to the elimination of central city problems and are seeking realistic ways in which to become involved, You will notice they want to finance a luncheon or dinner which you would host. What they really want to do is to organize an Urban Coalition or help formalize the Coalition which we have previously attempted to get started, They desire to invite John Gardner down, who along with you, would help draw interested leaders from all walks of life to the dinner meeting. I will meet with Dr. Moore and members of his committee Thursday in an attempt to develop specifics before the committee meets with you next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to outline their plans to you. Such a dinner would be held probably the week of May 6. Dr. Harry Fifield has suggested that it be held at his church. I think we should support and encourage such a gathering. DS : fy
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 5

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  • Text: AGENDA CLERGYMAN'S CONFERENCE April 2, 11 O'Clock, Peachtree Christian Church Dr. Harry Fifield, Presiding Introductory Statement, Dr. Harry Fifield Brief Statement on Condition of Situation in Atlanta, Mr. Dan Sweat & Mr. Robinson Mayor's Office 20-Minute period given to program of operation connection, Dr. John Anderson & Dr. Lawrence Bottoms Motion Presented, Dr. Harry Fifield Dat ha ebut! Discussion , Adjournment prey pak ped. 1130
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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 6

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  • Text: 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 occurred in our nation with increasing frequency and with mounting violence! 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 mater - ial things if we fail to bring an end to the riots and the conditions which spawn them. We commend to every thoughtful citizén who believes in law and order and in human progress the recently released Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. 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 basis for discussion and action. We are convinced that neither studies nor resolutions nor good intentions alone will suffice. We believe that all of the religious leaders of metropolitan Atlanta should act now to bring an end to conditions in our midst which create despair, con- tribute to human degradation and fuel violence. We, therefore, commit ourselves to assist in the task of transforming our urban area that, insofar as our abilities and resources permit, we shall endeavor lo respond to this urban crisis and help create a city where there is personal safety for all per- sons 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 professions, in industry and labor, in government, and in all walks of life = to meet our citizens needs in the following areas: Police Protection. Every citizen is entitled to be secure in his person and property and to fair treat- ment by law enforcement officials; and, in turn, each citizen has a duty to obey the law and support and cooperate with police officials. Education Housing Emp loyment Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity ~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. 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. There must be training for new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap, As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attituded we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to: 1, Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman of both races discussing these critical areas of concern, 2. Preach and give courses within our own churches dealing with these areas. 8. Adopt and carry out special projects which contribute to the betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs. In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our ee ee eR ee i a a Bausation Every citizen must have the oppor- tunity for equal educational oppor- tunity -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. Emp loyment There must be training for new jobs and retaining for other jobs in our changing technology, and there must be an end to discrimination against qualified persons based on sex, race, age or handicap. As we see it, we must create new attitudes even more than we need to create new programs, but both are needed! To establish new attituded we must begin with ourselves, our families, our churches and synagogues. Therefore, we pledge ourselves to: 1, Carry on mutual interchanges in our churches with ministers and layman 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 betterment of conditions in each of the foregoing areas, and encourage such things as positive support for day care centers, low cost housing corporations, health clinics, and training employment programs. In order to develop wide acceptance of our stated purpose and our plan of action, we respectfully urge Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to issue invitations to Atlanta's political, economic and religious leaders, and to citizens representative of all areas of our urban community to attend a meeting sponsored by the undersigned with the Mayor serving as host. The purpose of the meeting will be to achieve in the Atlanta wrban 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 an 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 following 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 dealing with these critical areas. Finally, we invite all citizens to join with us in a commitment to our statement of purpose and our plan of action, and we ask the help of Almighty God in this endeavor to transform and redeem our entire urban area.
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