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ERIC Number: ED001969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Mar
Pages: 32
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GUIDELINES FOR MUNICIPAL HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEES--A MEMORANDUM TO MUNICIPALITIES.
MARTIN, GALEN; AND OTHERS
GUIDELINES ARE PRESENTED, BASED ON THE EXPERIENCES OF SEVERAL COMMUNITIES, FOR COMMUNITIES SEEKING TO ESTABLISH OFFICIAL HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEES. MANY HAVE FORMED BIRACIAL COMMITTEES BECAUSE THEY FACED A CRISIS IN HUMAN RELATIONS. NORTHERN COMMUNITIES HAVE GONE FAR BEYOND THE SIMPLE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE AND HAVE CREATED COMMISSIONS WITH ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS--COMMISSIONS STAFFED WITH PROFESSIONALS IN THE INTERGROUP RELATIONS FIELD. THERE IS OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT CERTAIN FEATURES ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY COMMITTEE OR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS. IT MUST BE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE PURPOSE OF SUCH AN OFFICIAL BODY IS TO ACT AS AN INSTRUMENT OF ORDERLY CHANGE WITH THE GOAL OF ACHIEVING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL. AGENCIES CREATED BY ORDINANCE, GIVEN ENFORCEMENT POWERS, AND STAFFED BY PROFESSIONALS ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE. ANY COMMITTEE CREATED SHOULD HAVE A PERMANENT BASIS, AND THERE SHOULD BE PROVISION FOR CONTINUITY OF MEMBERSHIP. MEMBERSHIP SHOULD REPRESENT A CROSS-SECTION OF RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC GROUPS IN THE CITY. THE GROUP SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH DEALING WITH THE WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN RELATIONS PROBLEMS WHICH EXIST IN EVERY COMMUNITY. THE COMMITTEE MUST HAVE PROGRAMS OF POSITIVE ACTION AS WELL AS GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE COMMITTEE HAVE STRONG BACKING BY THE CITY ADMINISTRATION, THAT IT BE RANKED ON PAR WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT, AND THAT IT BE PROVIDED WITH AN ADEQUATE BUDGET.
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Intergroup Relations Officials, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: BIRACIAL COMMITTEE; DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA