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 - AUGUST 20, 1970 a in of Urges Emergency Talks...
AUGUST 20, 1970 a in of Urges Emergency Talks on Gangs ) 1 v v ' ., , ITRIBUNE Staff Photo) The Rev. Curtis Bun-ell left and his assistant, the Rev. John Barber, at press conference. the Baltimore FHA office, said his staff collects no figures on the number of blacks getting federally backed home loans and does not follow up to check the racial composition" of housing developments approved by the FHA. - No Active Attempt Yesterday, the commission was told that the Federal Home Loan Bank Board does not actively attempt to assert whether discrimination is practiced thru the savings and loan association the board oversees. August Schofer, regional administrator for the transportation department, said today it was not his legal . concern whether the Baltimore Belt- way, a high speed county artery built principally with federal aid, was of more bene fit to white suburbanites than to inner city blacks. v At that point, Father Hesburgh noted that federal civil rights legislation requires government agencies to affirmatively determine whether their programs and expenditures are discriminatory or are being uuuzea mat way by local governments, or private industry, BY ARTHUR SIDDON The Rev. Curtis Burrell Jr., head of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, called yesterday for an emergency meeting between city officials and black leaders to develop a citywide program to combat crime by street gangs. The Rev. Mr. Burrell warned that very little time remains if the city is to avoid what he called a major disaster and conflict which could involve the entire city. "The city has no program to solve crimes in our community," he said at a press conference in the K. O. C. O. offices at 1328 E. 47th St. "The mayor must act to call an emergency conference to work toward an' alternative to a major conflict" Suggests Participants . The Rev. Mr. Burrell suggested that Mayor Daley and Police Supt. James B. Conlisk Jr. meet with him and Laplois Ashford, executive director of the Chicago Urban League; Renault Robinson, president of the Afro-American Patrolmen's League; the Rev. Jesse Jackson, director of Operation Breadbasket; and Thomas Todd, an attorney. "We have very serious sur gery to perform in our community," he said. "We cannot try to solve our political position or our monetary position until we deal with the crime problem." Called Disaster Area The Rev. Mr. Burrell's life has been threatened and his church has been burned since he launched an attack on street gang crime. He said Daley's own political future may be threatened if nothing is done. If the mayor fails to listen to the black community and act to solve the problem, he will be unable to count on the support of the black community on election day, he said. The Rev. John Barber, head ; of Black Men Moving, an ' Operation Breadbasket subsidiary, also was at the press conference. He called Chicago "a disaster area" and said the black community will no longer support an administration ; which ignores it. Renault Robinson of the Afro -American Patrolmen's League spoke at a public affairs meeting in the YWCA Loop Center, 37 S. Wabash Av.. and called for a new security program at the Cabrini-Green Housing Project He said his program would require uniformed policemen to be on duty is each building 24 hours a day. People Are Afraid Robinson said he met with residents of the project two months before two policemen were killed by gang members there last month. "Even then they complained of no police protection," he said. "People are afraid to come out after dark, and we found some policemen afraid to go into the project." In addition to the 24-hour a day detail, Robinson's program calls for the right of the tenants to select which policemen would work in the project. He said this would not exclude white policemen from working in the program. He said he had been unsuccessful in an attempt to meet with Supt. Conlisk to discuss ws ""Tbe police can only be safe if the people believe in them and trust them," he said. GOLD1

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  1. Chicago Tribune,
  2. 20 Aug 1970, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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