Cincinnati Herald (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Cincinnati, Ohio
—SEASONSWGREETINGSBERRY “FINDS” $80 MILLION FOR HUNGER
Mayor 'nieodore M. Berry climaxed his search for solutions to problems of hunger in the city last week when he announced, during an informal meeting between
himself and members of the state legislature, that he had discovered the State of Ohio had available $80 million of untapped funds that could be used.
On Dec. 6, Berry had held an open public meeting with leaders of various food programs in attendance. At this time only a few were able to speak, but the problems of hunger in Cincinnati were thoroughly explored.
During that meeting the frustrations experienced by those agencies whose purpose was to feed the needy were illuminated. Berry vowed that another meeting would be held, and means to challenge the problem would be found,
In last weeks meeting Berry startled the assembled solons with the information that the State had money 5available under the Social Security Act, Titlie 4-A and fundm by the Department of Health
Education and Wdfare. These monies, according to Mayor Berry, can be obtained by submitting a request for a grant and matching funds of thirty percent.
. Ihose in attendance at the meeting were State Representive James Rankin, State representive Helen Fix, County Commissioner Robert Rickman, Minority Leader of Senate, State Senator Mike Maloney and Acting Director of Hamilton County Welfare Department Don Swallow.
Don Swallow stated that no one in this dty should go hungry and that the Welfare Department is operating at a deficit, brought about as a result in a cut in welfare funds during this fisical year. According to Swallow there was a cutback in welfare funds of $1.5 million. This cutback did not include money that would have been needed due to the increase of clients due to unemployment and inflation. This money is desperately needed by the city to aid all of these persons who are in need of both general and emergency assistance. To make matters worse the Federal Government placed ceilings on puUic welfare money already allocated which does not allow the welfare department to give welfare recipients full benefits.
State Senator Maloney explained that the city could try to get a transfer of funds but this would require controlling board approval. The Senator also asked what was needed. Maloney said the first priority was to get the state to (Continued oo page 8)
S63 UNCOU AVENUE • CINCINNATI. OH» 4S206
VOL. 18 NO. 26
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1974
PRICE 20 CENTS
NEA Defends Programs
Seeking Affirmative Action
Death Claims FOL Leader
WASHINGTON, D C., Dec. 13 -- Recent complaints of “reverse discrimination” against white men “reveal a peculiarly ingrained type of prejudice,” National Education Association President James A. Harris charged recently, adding that some people “simply can’t bring themselves to believe that white males aren’t always more qualified.’’ Harris made the charge in
the wake of an announcement by Peter E. Holmes, director of the Department of Healtti, Education, and Welfare’s Office of Civil Rights, concerning college employment practies. Hdmes indicated that federal affirmative action guiddines were being widely misinterpreted - there is no requirement that less-qualified women and minority group members be hired over white males, he said.
came after several dozen prominent university professors complained to President Ford tllat the federal government’s affirmative action program is “unjust and discriminatory.” Harris pointed out that NEA has never been under the impression that college affirmative action programs called for a drop in employee quality. “On the contrary,” he said, “fully qualified women and minorities have been
systematically excluded from top faculty jobs while preference was given to white males.”
If women or minorities win top jobs, some people assume that standards must have been lowered, Harris commented.
The NEA leader warned ttiat “we must not allow the HEW statement to be used as a new defense for the old bigoted thinking.”
PUSH To Demonstrate Church Begins Aid
On Kings Birthday
To Tomato Victims
January 15th, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is a day in which the issues of hunger and unemployment can be given national visability. Rev. Jesse Jackson, National President of Operation F\ish and the Bishop H. H. Brookins, A.M.E ., Bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the PUSH Ecumenical Ministers Division will be heading up a National demonstration of ministers, priests, rabbis, and nuns, as well as labor, business, the unemployed, etc., from across the country in Washington, the nations’ Capitd on that day.
This demonstration around the White House and around the Congress will be a reaffirmation of the concern our clergy has for the unemployed and inflation. The national focus is on getting the Congress to pass
Congressman Gus Hawkins’ Full Employment Bill of 1976.
Congressman Hawkins is a black Congressman fi-om Los Angeles, California who has introduced the best legislation to date on implementing the full employment concept set forth in another piece of legislation passed by Congress in 1946.
The local strategy is to have demonstrations take place simultaneously in some 50 other cities at the Labor Departments and Gty Halls by the unemployed demanding jobs and relief.
The New Year will be ushered in with a new spirit that mobilization and action is on the >agenda of the Movment. Nothing is going to come from the Ford Administration without this kind of mass action. The National theme for this demonstration is “JOBS FOR ALL.”
Columbus, Ohio, Dec.-19 -United Methodism’s West Ohio Conference headquarters here announced today it is beginning to distribute approximately $170,000 to victims of the devastating Aiwil 3 tornado in southwest Ohio.
Monies are fi*om a Tornado Disaster Fund whidi Bishop F. Gerald Ensley asked United Methodists to raise in their local churches of western Ohio immediately after the calamity.
The Rev. Dr. William K Messmer, the bishop’s administrative assistant, who is the Fund’s chairman, said this distribution follows other grants in the affected communities which have been
made from time to time since the middle of April. He said;
“We’ve been attempting to meet our responsibilities as a Church in a variety of ways, first by contributing nioney to community agencies, secondly by direct gifts to churches and other institutions which suffered loss, and now directly to families through our pastors and the Xenia Area Inter-Faith Council, representing Protestant, CatholicT and Jewish faiths.”
Prior to this week, the denomination had distributed some $200,000, including money from its national emergency relief arm. United (Continued on page 9)
OCRC Says Sex
John Holly, the founder of the Future (Xitlook League is dead!
Holly, one of Ohio’s most dynamic leaders in the late 40’s and early 50’s made the FOL one of the most formidable and militant state organizations since Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa movement unified Black Americans.
Starting in Cleveland, 0., Holly began a pattern of organized picketing that forced the Cleveland telephone company to break precedent and begin hiring Blacks. He swiftly followed this success by demanding and winning jobs and opportunities in Cleveland for
Fresh with these victories. Holly organized POL chapters throughout Ohio, including Cincinnati, and won recognition as one of Ohio’s noted political, fraternal and activist leaders.
Holly’s book, written by Charles Loeb, veteran prize winning newsman, “The Future is Yours” is still a ridi tome for those who seek affirmative action by direct methods.
Holly was a confidante of former (Governor Frank Lauche, an ardent civic workff, and very active in the IBPOE of W. (ELKS).
He died Friday, Dec. 20th. in Qeveland.
Black Memo Producer
Lauds Latest Show
For Kings Birthflay
Robert N. Dixon, who prefers to be called “Bob” recently celebrated his 20th Anniversary at WCOP-TV. He started in 1954 as a Property and Procurement man. About a year later he became the week-end Oew Chief, whilf^rking full-time at the Cincinnati Water Works. Somewhere along the line, the two jobs both became full-time until Bob decided that “two jobs are for two men.” At that pointhe was an Assistant Director. Later, through a number of other positions. Bob became the Producer of the weekly magazine series “Black Memo,” which has been on the air for about a year. Over the years Bob has gathered experience in every aspect of television production.
During his stint with the station. Bob has met and gotten to know scores and scores of national TV personalities. Three of his favorites are Gail Fisher of “Mannix,” Stu Gillium of the now defunct “Roll-Out,” and Las Vegas record holder Billy Daniels.
Bob says that “of all the things I’ve done in television, so far. I’m proudest of my role as the Associate Producer of the recent prime-time special “The House That Smack Built.”
ATLANTA, GA. (NNPA) -The 46th Birthday Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King? Jr., will be observed in January with four days of activities here in his home city, Including a conference on saTnr^ one of the greatest acbieV^ments of the movement Dr. King led -- the Voting Rights Act.
At the same time, communities across the nation will be holding services, celebrations and other activities honoring the slain dvil rights leader on his birthday, Jan. 15.
^ThCD events in A^nta, _announced’ by JThe Martin Luther ^g,,Jr.“Center for
Social Change, are as follows: January 12: “Martin Luther King Sunday,” with churdi services throughout the city emphasizing Dr. King’s life and teachings, and receiving offerings for the continuation of his work throu^ The Center.
January 13: The Southern Policy Conference on the Voting Rights Act. This law, which helped to revolutionize politics and race rdations in the'South, was passed-by Congress in 1965 as the direct result of the mass movement for voting rights which began in Selma, Alabama.
The.Act is due to expire in (Continued,on page 9)
December 19,, 1974 marks the first anniversary of Ohio’s anti-sex discrimination law. Ohio’s law against sex discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations went into effect on December 19, 1973.
The 110th General Assembly had amended Ohio’s Laws Against Discrimination and gave the Ohio Civil Rights Commission enforcement
powers over sex discrimination cases. The Commission also has jurisdiction over discrimination cases based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry.
During the sex law’s one-year existence, about 14-hundred Ohioans have filed charges with OCRC alleging discrimination based on sex. Eighty-four per cent of the charges were filed by white
persons, mainly women. Another 16 percent were filed by blacks and other minorities. About 14 percent of the sexj±arges were filed by men. Siex discrimination cases now rank second only to the . number of race discrimination charges filed.
The majority of the cases involve discrimination in employment - specifically terms and conditions of employment, .hiring, firing, pregnancy leave, and promotions. Women have come to the Commission staff with complaints about being paid less than men for doing the same work, for being denied credit although their financial status is good, and for being denied jobs that have traditionally been held by
Men have also filed charges (Continued on page 9)
By Nañ NAACP
NEW YORK.-The defeat of the Holt school amendment that would have barred the busing of pupils by the U.S. Senate was a vindication of the Constitutional principles upon which the American syston of justice was founded, NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins said today.
“The Senate had no alternative” Mr. Wilkins said. “For it to have done otherwise would have resulted in the harmful weakening of the dvil rights laws for which so many Americans worked for so many years. The passage of tiie amendment would have opened • the way for resurrection of many of the
evils thatcast a pall of second-class citizenship over a sizeable segment of the American population.”
The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Marjorie S. Holt, Republican of Maryland, would have prohibited federal govermnent sanctions against public schools that defy des^regation orders.
It would have barred the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from cuti|ng off funds under Title VI of the 1964 Qvil Rights Act for the busing of pupils. Without such powers, it would have been diffucult, if not impossible, to force com-(Continued on page 9)
City Begins $18.8 Million Housing Program
Representatives of the Department of Urban Devdbpment have completed their neighborhood visits designed to inform communities and other interested persons of the requirements of the Housing and Community Devdopment Act passed by Congress this year. The new act would, in effect, consolidate several programs into a more viable program based on community need and with greater community participation. According to a formula provided by the federal government' it is estimated that Cincinnati should qualify for $18.834
This Act provided for Community Development Block Grant funding and the consolidation of the followii^ categorical programs: All Title I activities of Urban Renewal; Neighborhood Development Pro^am Code Enf(X"cement; Neighborhood Facilities; Opai Space Land; Basic Water and Sewer Facilities and Model Qties. The Act provides for a Tix-year program with funding for the first three years. The Act has a three year authorization of contract authority totaling $8.4 billion, of which $2.5 billion could he used in the
In order to be funded one of the requirements is that the jHiblic be made aware of the program and then decide how much money will be needed by eadi neighborhood for improvements. This is being done by members of the Urban * Development Department of Cincinnati visiting various community coundl meetings, civic group meetings and task force meetings to .present the Community Development Act.* Barry Cholak, Assistant Director of Urban Development Planning; Victor Bitter. Urban Technician: Robert
Rosen, City Planner; Dennis Dimuzio, Urban Technician and volunteers from Model Cities are making these presaitations on behalf of the city.
After the cornmunity is advised in their separate council meetings and they have had adequate time to discuss improvements they feel are needed, there will be four regional follow-up meetings held for communities at large presently set for the week of January 20th, through January 24th. By mid February each community would have to have given some input, the city' would
then supply technical ii^ut, all of which would have to be approved by Qty Council. By April 15th, applications must be filled out by each community for the services they want rendered. Within seventy-fiye_ days after the applications have been submitted Cincinnati should receive funding.
According to Cholak, the Urban Development Department has suggested the Qty Manager convene an Ad Hoc Advisory Board comprised of members of the various communities. This Advisory Board would serve as a liasion between the neigh
borhoods and the city. The Advisory Board would be comprised of representatives from the Housing Working Review Committee; the Human Task Force; the Industrial and Commercial Development Task Force; the Parks and Recreation and Open Space Task Force; CDA; the Neighborhood Development Program (NDP); the Community . Action XJommission (CAC); the Downtown Develoixnent Cbundl and the Community at large, (heinold^ Lo^r Price Hill, Madisonville and Nor-thside) fora total of seventeen board members.
The $18.8 million will be used for the following:
1—Acquisition of Real Property to remove blight and for other purposes.
2—Construction or installation of Public' Works, Facilities, and Site or Other Improvements.
3—Code Enforcement together with Public Im-ixrovements to arrest decline of of a residential area.
4—Clearance, Demolition, Removal and Rehabilitation of Buildings and Improvements (including Meeting Interim Assistance Needs _ and Providing Financing for Rehabilitation
of Privately Properties).
5—Special projects to respond to needs of Elderly and Handicapped Persons.
* 6—Payments ot Housing Owners for Losses of Rental Income when holding Rental Units for a Relocatiim Resource for the City’s Community Development Program.
7—Disposition Activities for Community Development Land.
8—Provision of Public Services not otherwise available in areas asssted by the Community Develoiwnent
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