Box 7, Folder 14, Document 12

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Box 7, Folder 14, Document 12

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October 13, 1967

NOTE: Minutes of the last steering committee meeting are included. Subjects
discussed there will not be treated in detail here.


Printed roster of all those attending the convocation is ready and is being
mailed to all who were there. They will also receive a special supplement
of CITY magazine, devoted entirely to the Convocation,


Urban Coalitions are now underway in Detroit, Minneapolis and New York. In
addition, dozens of other cities have begun organizing local groups and many
more want to know how to go about it. In answer to these requests, the
Coalition is calling a one-day planning meeting in Chicago on "Mobilizing
Urban Coalitions." Some 50 cities are expected to have representatives at
the meeting which will take place at the University of Illinois' Chicago
Circle Center. Speakers and workshop chairman include Mayors, businessmen,
labor leaders, religious leaders and civil right leaders -- many of them
members of the Coalition's national steering committee,


Pilot programs -- all different -- are being developed in Atlanta, Baltimore
and Detroit, through the cooperative efforts of local government, labor unions
and the business community. The Atlanta program will feature hiring and
training, the Detroit program emphasizes training and upgrading and the
Baltimore program is concentrating on expanding Negro business opportunities.


Working staff members of task force will meet soon for a second session to
consider propective members for the task force and to plan areas of activity.
Position papers will be prepared in the following areas: 1) a survey of
existing fair housing committees experience, 2) the current private and
government investment situation, 3) government policies such as 221 D3 and
how they affect plans for metropolitan open housing and 4) what the target
groups for this task should be and how they should relate to local coalitions.


Working staff members will be meeting for the second time the evening of
October 16 and all-day October 17 to prepare agenda and discussion papers for
the task force. On October 19, tthe full task force will hold its first meeting,
also in New York. Approximately 15 key people in the banking, building and
insurance industry, and in the labor movment, have been asked to serve.

Task force co-chairmen met in New York prior to steering committee meeting
and agreed on a list of top leaders in the various media who will be asked
to serve on task force. Negotiations are going foward with the advertising
council for a campaign on the urban crisis.


Members of the working committee met in New York following the Steering
Committee meeting. They discussed the relationship between this and the

other task forces -- for example, the role of local government in working
with the problems of the school board, and the role that industry can play in
developing systems to eliminate educational disparities. This question will
be discussed in further detail at the next meeting of the group. It was

also agreed that there needs to be further definition of "educational
disparities" and further discussion of what this task force's goals should be.


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