Box 7, Folder 14, Document 2

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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

December 1, 1967


Task Force on Local Coalitions

More than 200 representatives from 34 cities in six states
attended the Western Regional Mobilization Conference in
San Francisco on November 30. The program followed closely
the format of the previous conference held in Chicago, with
heavy emphasis on how to organize local coalitions.

General session speakers included Bayard Rustin, Executive
Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, who also served
as chairman; Mayor John F. Shelley and Mayor-Elect Joseph
Alioto of San Francisco; Francis M. Barnes, Vice President

of Crown Zellerbach Corporation; Bishop Donald Harvey Tippett,
President of the Council of Bishops of the Methodist Church;
Kenneth Wright, Vice President of the Life Insurance Associa-
tion of America; Mayor Floyd H. Hyde of Fresno; California
State Assemblyman John Knox; Robert Reveles, Washington Repre-
sentative of the National Association for Mexican-American
Services; and Auxiliary Bishop-Elect Mark Hurley of the
Archdiocese of San Francisco.

San Francisco Mayor-Elect Alioto gave the conference a boost

by announcing that he intends to appoint committees broadly
representative of labor, business, and minority groups to advise
him on urban problems. He said he also intends to broaden

the coalition of supporters in his recent election to be repre-
sentative of the entire community. While not specifically label-
ing this group as an "Urban Coalition," the Mayor-Elect made it
plain that he expects it to work toward the same objectives.

"In the past we have been able to successfully organize coalitions
for less noble purposes," Alioto said, "and then, but unfortunately,
we have let them disband when they had fulfilled a single purpose.
We do not intend for this to happen in this case."

An Eastern Regional Mobilization Conference will be held in New
York City in early January.

National Coordinators: John Feild | Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293-7530

Working Committee Meeting

Minutes of the November 27 meeting of the Working Committee
have been mailed to you. You will note from the minutes that
much of the discussion centered around plans for the December
18 and January Steering Committee meetings.

Next week you will receive a calendar of scheduled Coalition


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