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The Urban Coalition

Background: Last January, the late Stephen R. Currier, founder and president of Urban America, Inc., invited a group of mayors to Washington to discuss the national social crisis of the cities. A series of meetings ensued in the spring with representatives of business, civil rights, labor and religion which laid the groundwork for the anticipated formation in the fall of a coalition to alert the nation to the critical urgency of urban needs. The outbreak of violence in scores of cities in early summer, coupled with evidence of punitive reaction, accelerated the organizational process which had been initiated by Urban America, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities ....and the Urban Coalition became a reality on July 31.

League Cooperation: In July, the League had announced its support of the goals of the Urban Coalition, later adopted by the Coalition's August 24 Emergency Convocation. (See The Aloha Voter Dec. 1967). An opportunity for the League to cooperate with the endeavors of the Coalition presented itself when it was learned that a conference was to be held in Chicago on October 17, to offer guidance on the establishment of local counterparts to the Urban Coalition. On very short notice, Gary, the Illinois and the Wisconsin Leagues did send representatives. Mrs. Frank Williams of the Indianapolis League, a Trustee of the LWV Education Fund, chaired one of the workshops at the conference.


Purpose of the Conference: The conference was called in response to requests from communities in about 50 major urban areas for assistance in the formation of local coalitions. Repeatedly, speakers and participants emphasized that the formation of local coalitions is indispensable to the success of the national Urban Coalition, whose program is summarized as follows:

  1. To encourage the Congress to respond affirmatively to the needs of the cities.

  2. To encourage public concern with the needs of the cities.

  3. To stimulate greater private initiative and effort in dealing with the problems of the cities, including both investment and technical assistance.

  4. To stimulate greater support for and interest in ongoing efforts to meet such needs as:

    --job development and manpower training programs

    --open housing efforts

    --urban renewal and reconstruction

    --anti-poverty programs

    --programs to overcome educational disparities

Who Was There? Delegations attended from 51 cities in 23 states, and the District of Columbia, and included in many instances the mayors themselves or their aides, representatives of business, labor, civil rights and civic organizations. Honolulu was represented by Mr. Robert Ellis, Managing Director, City & County of Honolulu.

JANUARY 17, 1968 - WEDNESDAY - 9:00 A.M. Human Resources Committee - Evelyn Oishi - 1549-D Palolo 770-001

Evelyn Oishi

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