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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Letter of Transmittal P-1
The Chairman Reports pp. 2-3
The Commission pp. 4-5
The Executive Director Reports pp. 6-8
1973 Plans and Priorities p.9
The Staff pp. 10-11
Youth Opportunities pp. 12-14
Training: Orientation in Human Relations p. 15
Community Involvement for Citizen Participation pp. 16-17
Affirmative Action pp. 18-19
ACTION p. 19
Communication for Better Understanding p. 20
CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER
COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Honorable William H. McNichols, Jr., Mayor
and Members of the City Council
City and County of Denver
City and County Building
Denver, Colo. 80202
Pursuant to the provisions of the City Ordinance, dated
March 7, 1959, establishing this Commission, we respectfully
submit this annual report for 1973.
This report highlights the programs, projects and personnel
of the Denver Commission on Community Relations. We emphasize the
word "highlights", because it is unrealistic to assume in these few
printed pages the total activities and concerns of our 15 commissioners
and 50 staff members, as well as the countless individuals and
groups in the community with whom CCR coordinates.
It is hoped that this overview is sufficient to show the
main thrust of the Commission's activities, especially as related
to the Plans and Priorities established for 1973.
On behalf of the Commissioners, I express our appreciation
for the opportunity to serve our city. We believe in the goals of
the Commission and hope that our involvement will truly contribute
toward making Denver a place where people of all cultures can live
with mutual understanding, with equal opportunity and with justice
FIFTH FLOOR, ZOOK BUILDING
431 WEST COLFAX AVENUE
DENVER, COLORADO 80204
W. H. McNICHOLS. JR.
Viilliaia L. Funk
Chairman, Commission on
As I begin this year-end review and look back at 1973 in relation to the Denver Commission on
Community Relations, I am frankly amazed at the number of activities in which we were engaged last
year. There is no doubt in my mind that for the CCR, 1973 was one of the most active years in recent
memory. And, by virtue of this wide and deep community involvement, there is also no doubt in my
mind that the CCR did, in fact, have an impact on Denver at many levels of human and community
One of the very real frustrations in working in an area such as community relations is the inability
to quantify results. Therefore, at times, it is tempting to sit back, wring one's hands and decry a
seeming lack of progress.
Yet, on balance, when one takes a longer, deeper, more pensive look at the CCR and its activities,
one can see where some progress, yes, even some measurable progress, has been made.
For example, in the area of public information, in 1973 CCR significantly increased its radio and
TV output for a combined total of more than 800 separate "airings" of CCR-produced programs, not to
mention numerous "spot" announcements, print materials, etc.
The CCR Training Division continued its valuable work with both police and fire recruits as well as
with the metropolitan sheriff's department. Through CCR efforts each recruit was offered an impressive
array of human relations material.
Within the area of citizen participation, this past year, as in other years, CCR staff maintained
almost weekly contact with an incredible number of community groups, offering technical, program and
other types of assistance. Where needed, new linkages were developed as the staff struggled to keep
abreast an ever-changing community relations scene.
Despite a sharply-increased workload due to the monitoring of DACC-funded projects, the
affirmative action staff, with help from other divisions, contended with overwhelming odds to fulfill its
obligations in this critical area of community relations.
In reviewing 1973, it is in the area of youth opportunities that, in my opinion, the CCR made
some of its most significant contributions. By any standard of measurement, CCR and its Youth
Opportunities staff played an absolutely vital role in the progress made last year in establishing the
Denver Youth Services System. True, much of last year was spent in "foundation laying", but as any
builder will tell you, the bigger the building, the greater the need for a solid foundation. Now, thanks in
large measure to the CCR, working in concert with many agencies, organizations, and individuals during
1973, the real objective of the Youth Services System can show real progressthe work of delivering
more and better coordinated services to Denver's youth.
Another excellent example of CCR's involvement in Youth Opportunities during 1973 was
Westwood YES, the temporary, 120 day youth employment project spearheaded by CCR last summer.
Through this effort, more than 120 Denver youth, primarily in the Westwood area, were placed in
constructive jobs. Most importantly, permanent community organizations and structures were developed.
At the other end of the age spectrum, CCR was instrumental in organizing the newly created
Commission on Aging. Since this objective was included in our 1973 Plans and priorities, as the need for
assistance was received CCR responded.
CCR responded to an amazing number of community needs in 1973 just as it has in other years.
That is a fact. Unfortunately, it is also a fact that CCR, by no means, solved all of Denver's community
relations problems in 1973. Nor will it in 1974. Nor in 1975.
But I honestly believe that because of the dedication and untiring work of our staff and our 15
citizen commissioners, the City and County of Denver did make some progress in coming to grips with
some of its human relations problems in 1973.
William L. Funk Jr.
Life Insurance Executive
Human Relations Training
Writer, Active participant in
Denver civic and cultural affairs
Edward A. Jersin
Executive and Chairman of
Budget and Personnel
Relations Training Gene Gallegos
Ashland Elementary School
Committee: Executive and
Chairman, Youth Opportunities
William L. Funk
Vice-President and Public Affairs
Officer. United Bank of Denver
Supervisor, Primary Bilingual
Program, Denver Public Schools
Executive and Communications
Civic Leader working in
civil rights, health and welfare
Chairman, Citizen Participation
Dr. Charles Milligan
Miff School of Theology
Rev. George Turner
Curtis Park Community Center
Committee: A ffirmativeAction
The fifteen commissioners, appointed by the Mayor to
three-year terms, are broadly representative of the ethnic, reli-
gious, and cultural groups in Denver. They bring to the Commis-
sion a wide variety of backgrounds and points of view. This is as it
should be since they must deal with community problems which
affect, at one time or another, all segments of Denver's disparate
In addition to the regularly-scheduled monthly meetings,
special meetings and informal work sessions of the Commission are
held periodically to discuss various issues and to plan specific
Commission members, serving without compensation, are
also called upon to assist in conferences, emergency situations and
other activities which fall within the purview of the Commission.
In 1973, the Commission met in general session on the fourth
Tuesday of each month. The Commission meetings are always
open to the public, and it is not unusual to have community
groups, such as the League of Women Voters, have representatives
attending Commission meetings on a regular basis. Persons wishing
to attend the monthly meetings are asked to call the Commission
offices in advance to verify the time and place of the meeting for
any given month.
Fr. James Rasby
Rector, Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception, Denver
Committees: Youth Opportunities
First National Bank of Denver
Chairman, A ffirmative Action
Real Estate Investor
U.S. Civil Service Commissio
Azteca Films,Clasa-Mohme, Inc.
Committees: Budget and Personnel
During 1973, the Denver Commission on Community Relations (CCR) endeavored to raise its high
level of accelerated activities in on-going programs to promote better human relations and to broaden
understanding of social inter-relationships in the total Denver community. These increased efforts included:
Public information and programs promoting better understanding
Promotion of more active citizen involvement
Human Relations training sessions and seminars
Affirmative Action in employment opportunities
These goals and priorities were mandated by the Commission's 1973 Plans and Priorities", which
were presented to and approved by the Mayor and City Council during December, 1972.
Greatly expanded activities in formally organized and officially sanctioned programs were also
undertaken by CCR during 1973. Although long-continuing efforts had been carried on for many past
years, CCR undertook implementation of organized activities to create formal structures in:
- Youth Services System coordination
ACTION Volunteer Programs Coordinator
These objectives, too, were an integral part of the approved "1973 Plans and Priorities" statement
adopted by the Commission in November, 1972.
Despite reduction of over-all CCR budget from an all-time high in 1972 of $345,000 to a
minimally-reduced $303,300 in 1973 by actively seeking specific grants, CCR acquired some additional
$350,000 in funding for special projects during 1973.
Over and above direct operational responsibilities, CCR undertook governmental sponsorship to
monitor five LEAA (Law Enforcement Assistance Act) projects during the year, involving almost $740,000
in federal funds.
Thus, in 1973, CCR was fiscally responsible for the disbursement of almost $1.4 million. The scope of
1973 activities of the Denver Commission on Community Relations is tabulated as follows:
1973 Direct Operations:
In addition to the actually funded programs, CCR lent assistance in the preparatory work of staging
"EXPLO Career Fair" sponsored by the Junior League of Denver by providing office space and
participating in the planning and policy boards and committees.
CCR basic budget, City and County of Denver
Affirmative Action Program, Model City grant $ 74,158
Youth Services System, Office of Youth Development 190,000
ACTION Volunteer Programs Coordinator 24,877
Westwood YES Employment, from Denver Opportunity 35,211
Community Education Workshop, thru AEC/MD 26,173
(Adult Education Council of Metropolitan Denver)
1973 Sponsored Projects (LEAA funded)
Freedom House Job Placement Center $102,237
Employ-Ex, Inc. (ex-offenders program) 115,320
Northeast Denver Youth $ervices Bureau 151,311
Youth Recidivist Reduction Program 357,636
Cooperative Endeavor slide show program 11,832
AGGREGATE TOTAL FUNDS:
L. John Simonet
Lincoln Baca Joyce Mullan
Consultant III ACTION Volunteer
Assistant to Community
A ffirmative A ction
Sheila Ann Porzak
Woodrow T. Parker
Virgil Robinson Valarie Hitchings Cheryl Burkert
Consultant / Consultant / Consultant /
Urban Corps Workers (Not pictured)
High School Trainees (not pictured)
J. J. Hofmeister
EE A Intern
EE A Intern
Youth Commission Staff
Pictured from left to right:
CCR CLERICAL STAFF
Pictured from left to right:
Anita AI ire
Involvement in youth opportunities played a major role in overall CCR activities for 1973. Most significant
was continued CCR involvement in formation and establishment of the Denver Youth Services System,
(YSS) an effort begun in 1972 to develop a coordinated, integrated system to deliver a multitude of services
to the youth of Denver.
DENVER YOUTH SERVICES SYSTEM
On December 7, 1972, Mayor McNichols convened 22 major City and State youth-serving agencies and
directed that they coalesce their planning capabilities to develop an integrated, coordinated Youth
Services System for the City & County of Denver.
FIRST PROGRESS REPORT
On March 7, 1973, the first youth services progress report was given to Mayor McNichols. The
following recommendations were made;
initiate work on a youth services system
adopt initial guidelines
create the Mayor's Commission on Youth (MCOY)
apply for funding
assure citizen (including youth) participation
convene a city-wide conference
FIRST ANNUAL MAYOR'S YOUTH CONFERENCE
On May 16, 1973, more than 600 Denver citizens, adults and youth, attended this conference for the
purpose of reviewing plans and making specific recommendations to the Mayor.
The Mayor accepted all of the recommendations made by the conference participants. In July he
appointed a 36-member Youth Commission, chaired by Ben Bezoff, the Mayor's executive officer.
Additionally, CCR Youth Opportunities staff, which had initiated, scheduled, organized, convened,
and participated in all elements of the youth services planning process was designated to serve the
Mayor's Commission on Youth, (MCOY).
At this time, additional staff was also hired. The staff grew to seven in February, to 11 in May, to 14
in June and 17 in August. On December 1, 1973 the staff consisted of 16 members and one account
PROGRESSSINCE JULY, 1973
A Youth Commission has been established and is operative. The Commission is composed of 50%
adults and 50% youth, including one adult and one youth from each of Denver's councilmanic
Key operational structures have been formed and four standing committees have been created and
executive ordinance by-laws conference
An Interagency Council has been created and is operational. A Steering Committee of the Interagency
Council has been formed and task forces are working in the following areas:
employment recreation runaways health needs
Data has been collected for planning purposes. Two important surveys were completed during 1973:
A Youth Survey in which 800 Denver youth were surveyed in depth about their needs and
An Agency Survey was completed which identified, quantified, and located services which
private and public agencies make available to Denver youth.
Beginning in the Fall of 1973, at least one youth caucus was held in each councilmanic district
for the purpose of providing the community with a forum for the discussion of youth needs and
DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In addition, staff has worked with parents, teachers and community groups on complaint matters;
maintained liaison with individual schools and administration; have been involved in school rap
sessions, the Community Education Workshop; and have been involved in school crisis-intervention.
Staff has also assisted with the School-City Council visitation program.
DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Staff has been involved with Cooperative Endeavor, particularly in District #2 & #3. One CCR
consultant was elected Chairman of District #2 program. Also staff has assisted in Storefront projects
and with the CCR human relations training for police recruits.
PARKS & RECREATION
Staff visited the parks during the summer months in an effort to identify potentially explosive
situations. They also provided information-exchange with all recreation centers and assisted in
promoting year-around youth recreation programs and better utilization of existing facilities.
Staff cooperated with other groups working with youth employment job information and referral.
Youth Staff met with and assisted a variety of youth serving community groups and agencies.
WESTWOOD YES (Youth Employment Service)
Mention must also be made of CCR involvement in the temporary, summer employment project titled
Westwood YES. CCR sponsored and operated the project under a $35,211 contract from Denver
Opportunity. By the end of the summer, figures showed that Westwood YES had exceeded its goal of
100 summer jobs and had, in fact, placed 120 youth in jobs.
Citizens Serving the People
Malcolm X Center
Greater Park Hill Community
United Parents of NE Denver
Welfare's Transitional Living
Tee Pee Center
Native Americans Association
Bethesda Mental Hospital
SE Children's Council
Washington Park Council
Colo. Commission on Children & Youth
Advocacy for Children & Youth
Westside Research & Development Project
UAW (United Auto Workers)
TRAINING: ORIENTATION IN HUMAN RELATIONS
In 1973, orientation in hum n relations had two objectives as related to OCR's plans and priorities:
1. To help city employees become more aware of the sensibilities inherent in a multicultural
2. To assist community groups toward the same goal.
HEALTH AND HOSPITALS
In May and June, as an outgrowth of a pilot program conducted in 1972, thirty human relations
sessions were conducted by the training staff for 650 employees of the Department of Health and
Hospitals, primarily for the staff who have a considerable amount of patient contact.
DEPARTMENTS OF PROBATION AND PAROLE
A one week, 40 hour training program was conducted for Colorado State probation and parole officers
selected to man decentralized field offices in southwest, northwest and northeast Denver. The CCR
training program was designed to orient the officers to the community in which they would be
working, to help facilitate their acceptance in the community, and to assist the officers in improving
their human relations and communications skills.
DENVER FIRE, AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS
The Training Division continued to conduct an eight hour session with each class of the Denver Fire
School and 40 hours of community relations training for each of the five classes attending the Denver
OTHER training sessions were conducted with the following agencies:
Dept, of Health, Education & Welfare
Special Development Placement Center
Denver Fire & Police Dept.filming of two
TV programs on Affirmative Action
Denver Red Cross
U. S. Naval Reserve at the Federal Center
Macedonia Baptist Church
COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR: CCR continued its support of the Cooperative Endeavor Program,
designed for better police/community rela'tions. CCR acted as the sponsoring agency for an LEAA
grant to Cooperative Endeavor to^produce six slide programs regarding community relations matters.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS: CCR also assisted in planning the annual
Rocky Mountain National Institute on Community Relations and the Administration of Justice,
sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS: During 1973, two Community Education Workshops
were held, with a third planned for March 1974. The purposes of the workshops are to provide
opportunities for school communities in Denver to become better informed about creative
instructional programs now in progress throughout the Denver Public Schools and to exchange ideas
for program improvement based on varying student needs. The workshops have been a cooperative
undertaking of CCR, the Denver Public School Administration, the Adult Education Council of
Metropolitan Denver, and the Denver County Council of Parent, Teacher, Student Associations.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION is a term to describe attempts to eliminate disadvantages suffered by certain
classes who have been discriminated against because of factors having no relationship to their ability to do a
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY has been declared by the United States Congress as a matter
of statutory law and as official policy the right of every man and woman in America to compete for
employment on the basis of his or her training and ability, without regard to arbitrary barriers of race,
creed, color, sex, national origin or ancestry.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN DENVER
In 1963, the Denver City Council enacted Ordinance #161.1 E, which provided that "any contractor
involved in construction or repair of any public building or public work was obliged not to discriminate in
matters of employment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, and further providing
that such provision so stating be included in every contract and every sub-contract for such work entered
into by the City and County of Denver."
Since 1970, CCR has been charged with responsibility of monitoring all city contracts funded by local
sources. CCR developed its own guidelines, rules, procedures and forms in cooperation with the
Department of Public Works (DPW).
DEVELOPMENTS IN 1973
ON JANUARY 1, 1973, CCR's Affirmative
Action Division had a staff of 11 and a budget of
$140,500. CCR, along with DPW and Model Cities,
was charged with the responsibility of monitoring
and carrying out affirmative action requirements
on all city construction contracts, including Model
IN APRIL, after working out details with the
Denver Anti-Crime Council (DACC) and the Im-
pact Neighborhoods task force, DACC formally
enacted affirmative action requirements for all
DACC funded anti-crime projects in Denver.
IN JUNE, the Model City administration
terminated its relationship with CCR, cancelling
the balance of its $74,158 annual grant and
resuming its own monitoring responsibilities.
ALSO IN JUNE, CCR was charged with
tabulating data of all municipal non- CSA (Career
Service Authority) employees, including police,
fire, museum, water board, library, election com-
mission among others.
IN SEPTEMBER, City Council amended Ordi-
nance #161.1 E by vesting DPW with affirmative
action monitoring for all construction work con-
tracted with City government. CCR transferred
$18,500 from its 1974 budget and two positions,
effective Jan. 1, 1974, Because City Council did
not provide funding for DPW to carry out this job
for the balance of 1973, CCR continued monitor-
ing on construction contracts through the end of
CCR was also instrumental in extending a
grant by the US Department of Labor to the Metro
Denver Construction Plan, which was designed to
place minority workers in actual construction
At the end of 1973, CCR was still charged with four areas of responsibility:
Monitoring non-Model City construction contracts of the City;
Generally overseeing extension of equal employment opportunity in all phases of city activities;
Conducting EEO-4 census for all non-Career Service employees of the City and County of Denver,
numbering about 5000 municipal employees of independent city agencies, and coordinating an
annual report with Career Service Authority in filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission in Washington, D.C.
Specifically monitoring all DACC-funded anti-crime projects for affirmative action. DACC had 22
projects in operation, and will expend $20 million by June 30, 1975.
The Commission on Community Relations accepted the challenge of an ACTION grant of $24,877.00 for a
twelve month period beginning August 1, 1973. The purpose of the grant was "to coordinate the volunteer
programs within the City and County of Denver having an impact on the lives of the underprivileged,
particularly those related to the categories of health, education, welfare, justice, employment, recreation
and community services."
The ACTION Volunteer Programs Coordina-
tor was hired to implement the grant in which the
specific objectives are: coordination of existing
programs, development of new programs, identifi-
cation of other sources of funding, recruitment of
volunteers, advocacy of voluntarism and evaluation
A questionnaire to identify existing volunteer
services within city government structure revealed
that there are approximately 3600 volunteers
serving in a wide variety of ways.
In the first six months of the grant, needs of
individuals and organizations were defined, re-
sources were identified and the two were linked.
An "attitude survey" under the auspices of the
Denver Urban Observatory, helped determine atti-
tudes of city departments' supervisors towards the
use of volunteers in their departments.
Projected towards the end of the grant period
in 1974 a two-day conference will be held to
coordinate City Volunteer Programs in line with
COMMUNICATION for better understanding
The CCR public information division produced 52 Let's Pull Together" programs in 1973. These
30-minute public affairs programs were broadcast each week on 15 Denver radio stations, making a
total of 765 separate "airings" of CCR-produced community relations material. In this series various
segments of the Denver community were represented:
Black ..........................................6 programs
City Government (including CCR)....................17 programs
Education.......................................... 7 programs
General ...........................................16 programs
In 1973 CCR public information office produced 38 "Focus: The City" TV segments as part of KOA's
weekend "Area 4" public affairs program. Average length of each CCR segment was 16 minutes.
Within the "Focus: the City" series, the following broad program categories were represented:
City Government (including CCR).................16 programs
Other Government or Quasi-Governmental Agencies ... 6 programs
Community Groups................................16 programs
ColumnsIn 1973 the Denver Post continued to allot occasional space
to CCR for columns relating to community relations material. Ten
columns appeared in 1973 under the CCR by-line.
News Releases120 news releases were written and distributed to
various Denver daily and weekly newspapers, radio and TV stations.
Community CommentsThree issues of the CCR newsletter (circula-
tion 10,000) were published in 1973.
Annual ReportOne Annual Report was published.
ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY GROUPS
During 1973 CCR assisted twenty-two community groups in their
Lets pull together,
before were torn opart.
DENVER COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS