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How does Denver rate? : an inventory of human relations

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HOW DOES DENVER RATE ?
AN INVENTORY OF HUMAN RELATIONS
DELEGATES' ORIENTATION MEETING
Denver Coordinating Council on
Education and Research in Human
Relations, of the Commission on
Community Relations City and
County of Denver, 260 West Side
Annex, West Colfax and Kalamath
October 16, 1962
Farmers Union Building


coONrt,
tAe Q'AAcu/ror'
and \doan^ ^d&enver'
CITY AND COUNTY BUILDING DENVER 2, COLORADO
Greetings!
I am sorry indeed that a commitment of long standing
prevents my being with you today on the occasion of
your first public meeting of this year.
It is my feeling that the Coordinating Council on
Education and Research in Human Relations can be of
immeasurable assistance to the city administration
and the Commission on Community Relations in
fostering harmonious community relations among all
the racial, religious and ethnic groups comprising
our beautiful city.
My grateful thanks to you, the citizen-arm of our
Commission, for your contributions of time and effort
in maintaining and improving the human relations
climate of our community.
Sincerel
"Dick Batterton
Mayor


Mayor Batterton
commission on eommunnr mumions
1962
COMMISSION MEMBERS
Edwin G. Alexander, Chairman
Honorable Jean Bain
Miss Mildred Biddick
Honorable Bert Gallegos
Rev. Joseph L. Griffin
Mrs. Penelope Griffin
Edward A. Jersin
Jesse Johnson, Jr.
J. R. McCusker, Jr.
Edward Miller
Very Rev. Msgr. Vin. J. Monahan
Dr. Elwood Murray
Mrs. Saralee Pollock
Minoru Yasui
STAFF
Mrs. Helen L. Peterson
Director
L. M. Lopez
Consultant
Miss Ramona Crump
Secretary
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Message from the President of
Executive Board, Coordinating
Council on Education and Re-
search in Human Relations
The Coordinating Council is composed of agencies, organizations,
and individuals in Denver engaged in promoting community under-
standing and cooperation. We are concerned with all areas of
mens life where social justice is a factor, where men's rights
are threatened, where men's opportunities for education, employ-
ment, housing, recreation, and social advancement are abridged
or denied.
Nothing stands steady without a firm foundation and well defined
blueprints for building. Our parent body, the Commission on
Community Relations of the City and County of Denver, is provid-
ing the foundation and blueprints for us to strengthen or to
build bridges of understanding among peoples in the Denver com-
munity.
Cur work becomes more important as "the community" increasingly
encompasses the state, the nation, and the world as well as the
neighborhoods that make up our community. Together and to-
day we face the challenge of tomorrow's Denver by crossing the
bridges we already have, by strengthening weak ones and building
new ones with new talents and materials that we help to bring
forth in the Denver community.
Today we will review the achievements of our predecessors by
presenting a panel discussion comparing the 1955 findings of the
survey "How Does Denver Rate" with the current status of minority
groups. Thus we hope to start this fall's club and school year
programs toward the strengthening of the old, and the building
of the new bridges of understanding and cooperation in our city.
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Mrs. Thomas Duggan
President of the
Executive Board
COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
IN HUMAN RELATIONS of the
COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY
RELATIONS, City and County
of Denver
Mrs. Thomas Duggan, President
Robert Uyeda, 1st Vice President
Charles Tafoya, 2nd Vice President
Mrs. Philip Frieder, 3rd Vice President
Mrs. Janet Batchler
Dr. David S. Brainerd
Russell Casement
Hon. James Flanigan
Lt. E. P. Gartland
Juanita Gray
Rev. Harvey Hollis
Mrs. Harold Jacobs
Mrs. Harold Knight
Mrs. Miles Markley
Sheldon Steinhauser
Tillie Walker
Dr. James D. Ward
Mrs. Charles R. Weidman
Mrs. Kenneth Whiting
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PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Rev. Joseph Griffin, Invocation
Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church;
Moderator of Colorado Baptist Association;
Member, Commission on Community Relations,
City and County of Denver
Helen L. Peterson, Director
Commission on Community Relations,
City and County of Denver 1914.8-1953
and since May, 1962; National
Congress of American Indians,
Washington, D. c., 195U-1961
PANELISTS
MARY McLUCAS, Member of Panel on Public Accommodations
Field Representative of Colorado Anti-Discrimination
Commission since i960 Consultant on staff of Denver
Commission on Community Relations 1958-1960
BLASE A. PADILLA, Member of Panel on Education
President, Latin American Educational Foundation -
Teacher at Cole Junior High School
JAMES REYNOLDS, Member of Panel on Employment
Chairman; Denver Committee on Racial Equality (CORE)
since 1961 Major, U. S. Air Force, Retired
JANET WHITING, Member of Panel on Housing
Secretary, Park Hill Action Committee Board Member
of East Denver Branch, YWCA Member of Citizens1
Budget Committee, City and County of Denver
Very Rev. Msgr. ViTm. J. Monahan, Benediction
Associate Director, Denver Catholic Charities;
Member, Commission on Community Relations, City
and County of Denver
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MODERATOR OF THE PANEL
Sheldon Steinhauser
Crusading against prejudice and bigotry...directing a broad program to
promote democratic practices...advancing the basic ideas of America's
democratic philosophy...all these are part of the day-to-day work of
Sheldon Steinhauser.
Mr. Steinhauser is Executive Director of the Mountain States Regional
Office, Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, a position he assumed
in July, 1957. His office, which is one of twenty-seven around the
country, takes in the vast territory of Colorado, New Mexico, and
Wyoming. He is charged with leadership in this area of the League's
unique and constant fight to contain and conquer one of the virulent
diseases of the mind prejudice.
A native of New York City, Mr. Steinhauser took his undergraduate
studies at Long Island University. Upon joining the staff of the
League in 1950, he served briefly with the New York office, transferring
to the League's Ohio-Kentucky Region in January, 1951. During his ser-
vice in Columbus he charted the daily operations of organized ''hate1'
groups fomenting bigotry in the area and expanded the ADL's vast edu-
cational program with churches, schools, and other civic groups.
Since coming to Denver, he has been called upon for leadership in such
organizations as the Adult Education Council, Denver Coordinating
Council for Research and Education in Human Relations, American Civil
Liberties Union, B'nai B'rith Mountain States Institute of Judaism
and many others. He is a member of the National Association of
Intergroup Relations Officials and the Association of Jewish Community
Relations Workers.
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MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
DENVER COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN HUMAN REIATIONS
Adult Education Council
American Civil Liberties Union
Denver Chapter
American Friends Service Committee
American G.I. Forum, Chapter I
Anti-Defamation League of
B'nai B'rith
Catholic Charities
Catholic Parent-Teacher League
Colorado Anti-Discrimination
Commission
Colorado Congregational Conference
Social Action Committee
Colorado Council for UNESCO
Colorado Hospital Association
Colorado Federation of Womens Clubs
Colorado Private Employment Ass'n.
Commission on Christian Social
Relations of the University Park
Methodist Church
Cosmopolitan Club
Council of Catholic Women:
East Denver District
North Denver District
South Denver District
Courts:
County Court
District Court
Juvenile Court
Muncipal Court
Denver ADL Council
Denver Area Council of Campfire
Girls
Denver Area Council of Churches
of Christ
Denver Bar Association
Denver Board of Realtors
Denver Boys, Inc
Denver Chapter 528, Bnai B'rith
Women
Denver Civil Service Commission
Denver Council of Negro Women
Denver County Council PTA
Denver Department of Health
and Hospitals
Denver Department of Public
Welfare
Denver Federation of Community
Centers
Denver Hospital Council
Denver Housing Authority
Denver Junior Chamber of Commerce
Denver Lodge No. 171, Bnai B'rith
Denver Metropolitan Women's Club
Denver Ministerial Alliance
Denver Police Department
Denver Public Library
Denver Public Schools
Denver Visiting Nurse Service
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Congress of Racial Equality
East Denver Interdenominational
Ministerial Alliance
Federation of Colored Women's Clubs
First Unitarian Church of Denver
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
Girl Scouts of Metropolitan Denver
Inner City Protestant Parrish
Hadassah
Japanese American Citizens League
Latin American Educational Foundation
League of Women Voters
Leyden-Chiles-Wickersham Post No. 1
American Legion
Links, Inco
Metropolitan Council for Community
Service
Mile Hi Chapter 951* B'nai B'rith
Women
Mile Hi Lodge No. 1783, B'nai
B'rith
Montclair Methodist W.S.C.S.
National Association for the Advance-
ment of Colored People, Denver Branch
National Association of Social Workers
Denver Chapter
National Council of Jewish Women
Negro Women's Club Association
Northeast Park Hill Action Association
National Conference of Christians and
Jews
Rabbinical Council of Denver
Regis College
Steel Community Center UNESCO
United Church Men
United Church Women
United States Department of Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
University of Colorado
University of Denver
Urban League of Denver
Wallace Simpson Post No. 29 American
Legion
Washington Park Community Church,
W.3.C.S.
The Woman's Clu£> of Denver
Women's International League for
Peace and Freedom
Young Men's Christian Association
Young Women's Christian Association
9


The objectives of the Inventory were:
To determine how closely the practices
in Denver conform with the accepted
American philosophy of equality of op-
portunity;
To involve citizens of Denver in finding
facts, and to assist in interpreting the
facts and in disseminating the findings,
and
To discover the progress, if any, since
the report of the Mayors Interim Com-
mittee of 1947; to determine by what
means improvements have been made,
and to find the cause of failures;
To provide information for the Mayor,
the Commission on Human Relations and
other organizations, which will assist
them in determining the direction of
their future efforts in this field.
On the following pages are the assets and liabilities as revealed by this Inventory
in the areas of employment, housing, education, public accommodation, and factors
affecting democracy.
At the invitation of Mayor Quigg Newton approximately 200 citizens
participated in making the Inventory of Human Relations. The Steering
Committee for the study consisted of Dr. Prudence Bostwick, Chairman,
Dr. Elwood Murray, Mrs. Henry Swan II, Mr. Leonard Campbell, Mrs.
Henry Luby, Mr. Michael Freed, Mr. Sebastian Owens, Mr. Minoru Yasui,
Mrs. Evelyn Lewis, Mr. Roy Chapman, Dr. Herbert Walther, Mr. Don
King, Mr. Tony Lovato, Mr. Serafin Gonzales, Mr. William Lancaster, Mr.
Bernard Valdez and Miss Helen L. Burke.
The Section Chairmen were Mr. Edward Miller for Housing; Mr.
Richard Hartman for Public Accommodation; Mrs. Eugene Revelle for
Education; Dr. Earl Corbin for Factors Affecting Democratic Behavior;
and Mr. Harry Schnibbe for Employment.
Secretaries for the Sections were Mrs. Nancy Swank, Mrs. Lois Heath,
Mrs. Fanny Houtz, Mr. Donald Molen, Mrs. Barbara Coopersmith.
Dr. Warren Banner, Director of Research and Community Projects
of the National Urban League, served as consultant.
Among resource persons from various agencies were Mr. Edward
Rothstein, Mr. Lorenzo Traylor, Dr. Paul Merry, Mr. Allyn Trego, Mrs.
Eugene Sternberg, and Mr. Travis Taylor.
Complete reports of the Inventory
THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
May, 1955
MA. 3-1133,
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Denver Looks at Itself
by 75,000 persons in the city, over 100,000 in the metropolitan area, making a total
in the city of 490,000 and 703,600 in the area.
How healthy has this growth been in terms of human relations? An inventory
made by the citizens of this community appeared to be the avenue for providing
the answers.
Denvers residents are a composite of descendents of pioneers and later im-
migrants, who for the most part have become completely integrated. Those who,
because they look different, may not receive equality of opportunity are the Negroes,
whose number is estimated at 20,000; the Spanish-American group, estimated at
40,000 to 60,000; and the Japanese-Americans of approximately 2,000. In addition
to these three groups which were chosen for study, the Jewish community of 20,000
was included to determine the extent of this religious prejudice.
The self-inventory of human relations in Denver was undertaken by the Denver
Commission on Human Relations in cooperation with the following agencies: the
Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, Urban League, Japanese-American Citizens
League, Adult Education Council, Anti-Discrimination Division of the State Industrial
Commission, Western District of the National Conference of Christians and Jews,
State Employment Service, League of United Latin American Citizens, and the United
Packing House Workers of America, C. I. O.
11


Employment

Assets
Opportunities for minorities are better now than in 1947 in federal,
state, and Denver civil and career service employment and advancement.
The number of Spanish-Americans working for the City is greater
than their ratio to the total population.
Discriminatory help wanted newspaper advertising has been
almost completely eliminated.
The Denver Commission on Human Relations is available to con-
ciliate complaints against unfair hiring practices in Denver city
government.
The State Anti-Discrimination Act, recently revised, prohibits
discrimination in employment by public employers, private employers,
employment agencies, and labor organizations. Basic enforcement is
through conference, conciliation and education; enforcement powers are
provided for violation by public employers and by those working on
public contracts.
Membership of minority people in labor unions has increased.

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' Private industry lags far behind public employers in the hiring and
upgrading of qualified minority group workers.
'J Negroes and Spanish-Americans are largely kept in low-skilled jobs.


Retail selling remains virtually a closed area of employment to
Negroes.
Discrimination against Jews in some areas of employment still
continues.
Public employment agencies and practically all private employment
agencies continue to accept discriminatory job orders.
Minority group persons are unable to participate fully in ap-
prenticeship training programs because of discriminatory practices.
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Assets
In more areas houses are being made available to both renters a:
purchasers from minority groups.
Some real estate brokers try to have sellers list property witho'
restricting the race or ethnic origin of the prospective buyers.
Many builders will construct houses for minority group persons
if land and financing are available.
Money is more readily available for use by members of minority
groups to purchase property than was true in 1947.
The percentage of discriminatory ads for houses for sale or rent
in the local papers is low.
Public housing has provided good housing, which would otherwise
not be possible, for many minority group families. Families of both
minority and majority groups live in all projects.
Liabilities
The majority of Negroes, Spanish-Americans and Japanese-Amer-
icans are generally confined to areas with sub-standard, or old, housing.
Religious prejudice also prevails in some areas.
The needs of middle-income minority group families are not met
by public housing.
Some public housing projects, because of location and tenant
selectivity, tend to have a large proportion of one minority group.
Community attitudes have made difficult the integration of a new
group moving into an area.
Due to sellers requests and to pressures from neighbors, realtors,
home owners associations and financial interests, minority group persons
are excluded from many areas in Denver.
Availability of new houses to minority group buyers is, in many
instances, conditioned by location and by the minority group identity
of the prospective buyer. Negroes in particular find purchasing such
houses difficult.
Mortgage loans are often refused to minority group persons seeking
to purchase houses in certain localities.
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Assets
Since 1947 the schools have undertaken studies and supported
projects to improve the quality of interpersonal and intergroup rela-
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ness among pupils of the values of differences in our cultures and
respect for them.
The support by the Public Schools and the community of Denver
Boy's, Incorporated, is one evidence of the interest of Denver in helping
youth no matter what their race, creed, or ethnic origin.
An increasing number of teachers from minority groups are holding
permanent appointments in the schools.
The joint work of the Public Schools and the Commission on Human
Relations in assisting the Spanish-speaking community to become even
more an integral part of the Denver family is proving effective.
Both private and public vocational schools indicate that neither
race, religion nor ethnic origin are factors conditioning admittance.
Qualified applicants are accepted for admission to every college
in Colorado without regard to race, creed or color.
Museums and libraries are open to everyone, and minority group
persons serve on their committees and staffs.

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Public school children and youth of both minority and majority
groups living in disadvantaged areas of the city show achievement below
expectancy in certain academic areas. A high proportion of these dis-
advantaged children never complete the twelfth grade.
Because of residential patterns, some schools have high concentra-
tions of students from the four minority groups studied; others have
none.
Where integration has not been achieved between cultures, students
may be limited in their ability to do school work.
Not all teachers have as yet acquired the sensitivities and skills to
promote the best human relations.
At present, teachers of Negro and Spanish-American identity have
been limited largely to positions in their areas of concentration al-
though some teachers from these groups have been assigned to areas
of transition.
Discrimination still operates in the selection of members in many
social fraternities and sororities at the Universities of Denver and
Colorado.
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Assets
The voluntary agencies in the fields of health and welfare serve
every eligible person regardless of race, color or creed. Staff positions
and board membership are open to all.
Hospital facilities are open to everyone. The major nurse training
schools have persons from minority groups on both the faculty and in
the student body. Hospital staff positions, generally, are open to all
minority groups.
From all available reports discrimination in restaurants and eating
places has been virtually eliminated.
Public recreation facilities under the control of the City Recreation
Department and the Denver Public Schools are conducted without dis-
crimination.
Privately owned recreation facilitiestheatres, bowling alleys, and
roller skating rinks are open to all.
All major hotels will accept any person who has made a prior
reservation or who is attending a convention.
Liabilities
There are inadequate nursing home facilities for Negroes.
Negroes are not accepted as guests in over half of the motels, nor
in 64 per cent of the hotels in the area. Some discrimination still exists
against Spanish-Americans, and Japanese-Americans, and a slight amount
against Jews.
Two swimming pools, one operated by a community supported or-
ganization, are known to discriminate against Negroes.
Discriminatory practices during some tournaments are evident on
publicly-owned golf courses.
Factors Affecting Democratic Behavior
Assets
Civic and service clubs generally welcome eligible participation within
the spheres of their operations.
Many churches have programs to promote better racial and religious
understanding.
The findings indicate that Denver is ahead of many other cities in
Civil Rights. There has been notable improvement since the 1947 study
in the protection of Civil Rights of all citizens.
Liabilities
Cases involving police brutality toward minority group persons still
exist.
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To Increase the Assets in Human Relations
We Resolve
That the City of Denver consider a fair employment practices
ordinance to assure minority persons equal opportunities in private
as well as public employment
That the filing of discriminatory job orders with public and private
employment agencies be prohibited
That under the auspices of the Commission on Human Relations,
conferences be held between concerned groups and realtors, financial
interests, builders and home owners associations, toward elimina-
tion of gentlemens agreements and other discriminatory prac-
tices contrary to law and toward the furthering of good relation-
ships
That the community agencies now working to eliminate discrimi-
nation continue to encourage real estate groups whose present
policies are non-discriminatory
That an objective study be undertaken in Denver as soon as
possible to determine the effect, if any, upon property values in
neighborhoods into which minority group members have moved
That the Board of Education and the administrative staff of the
Denver Public Schools should continue to appoint the most highly
qualified persons as principals, teachers, and personnel in the
central administration regardless of race or ethnic background
That all educational institutions in the Denver area should seek
out and develop the best methods for helping children, youth, and
adults of both minority and majority cultures to understand and
appreciate each others uniqueness, to develop together the best
in all cultures, and to share equally in the benefits of the com-
munity so created
That as an antidote to hate-mongering all schools and colleges
should teach to an even greater degree than at present scientific
information now available about race and minority problems
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That more and better efforts be made by the Parent-Teacher Asso-
ciations to interest and include members of minority groups in
projects and programs
That the general public and aggrieved persons be informed of the
responsibility of the district attorney in filing complaints against
discrimination in public accommodation
That the City, through ordinance, make the granting of, and con-
tinuance of, a license to any place of public accommodation de-
pendent on that establishments conforming to civil rights laws
of the City and State
That the Human Relations training in the Police Department be
expanded, and a public relations program be created to develop
better understanding between the police and minority groups
That further study be made as to the need of a public defender
system and a probation department for Municipal Courts
That, as far as possible, racial identification on public records be
eliminated
§ That further study be made of the need of a citizens committee
to investigate and determine complaints involving citizen-police
relationships, including a review of the position of the Commission
on Human Relations in this field
That the Community Chest be urged not to support any agency
which discriminates on the basis of race, creed or ethnic origin
That to enable the various educational, civic, community, business,
labor, human relations and religious agencies and organizations to
cooperate on a continuing and effective basis in the study, plan-
ning and implementation of human relations programs with the
Denver Commission on Human Relations, a Denver Council on
Human Relations be established
That the Commission on Human Relations and other community
agencies, including schools, churches, civic organizations, manage-
ment and labor, institute educational programs designed to create
better understanding in the community and to eliminate discrimi-
nation in employment, housing, education, public accommodation
and cultural life
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BT AUTHORITY
OrtfwuiM No. 77
COUNCILMANS BILL NO. 7*. SE-
RIES OF 1959. INTRODUCED BY
COUNCILMEN HENTZELL, FLOR
AND DOLE.
A BILL
FOR AN ORDINANCE REPEALING
SECTION 131.6 OF THE REVISED
MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY
AND COUNTY OF DENVER AND
AMENDING THE SAID CODE BY
ADDING THERETO A NEW SEC-
TION 131.5 ESTABLISHING A
COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY
RELATIONS AND PRESCRIBING
THE POWERS AND DUTIES
THEREOF.
WHEREAS, in the city of Denver,
with ita great cosmopolitan popu-
lation consisting of large numbers
of people of every race, color, creed,
national origin and ancestry, no
greater menace threatens the peace,
good order, security and welfare nr
the city and Its inhabitants thar
the existence within it of groups
antagonistic to one another and
prejudiced against each other be-
cause of differences of race, color,
creed, national origin or ancestry;
and
WHEREAS, it is hereby found
that prejudice and discrimlnattion
against any individual or group be-
cause of race, color, creed, national
origin or ancestry Is a threat to
democracy, the cornerstone of our
American tradition, and menaces
peace and public welfare. To elimi-
nate such prejudice and discrimina-
tion an Instrumentality of govern-
ment should be established through
which the citizens of Denver may
be kept Informed of developments of
Community Relations; from which
the elected and appointed officials,
and the. departments of this city
may obtain expert advice and assist-
ance In adopting those measures to
keep peace and good order and har-
mony among the citizens of Denver,
and to bring about and maintain
harmoney and avoid inter-group
tensions and to promote tolerance
and good will, and to Insure equal-
ity of treatment and of opportunity
to all regardless of race, color,
creed, national origin or ancestry;
NOW. THEREFORE,
BE I*r ENACTED BY THE COUN-
CIL OF THE CITY AND COUNTY
OF DENVER:
Section 1. That Section 131.6 of
the Revised Municipal Code of the
City and County of Denver shall be
and the same Is hereby repealed,
and the said Revised Municipal Code
shall be and the same Is hereby
amended by adding thereto a new
Section 131.5 to read as follows:
.5. Commission on Community
Relations.
.6-1. Establishment and Mem- >
bershlp. There is hereby created i
a Commission on Community Re- ;
latlons which shall consist of flf- I
teen members appointed by the
Mayor and to serve without com-
pensation, who are broadly repre-
sentative of the religious, racial ,
and ethnic groups of the commu- :
nlty. The present members of the
Commission on Human Relation^
shall be appointed to serve on the
Commission on Community Rela- .
tlons for the balance of their pres- !
ent terms, and the terms or the
members of the commission shall i
be as follows:
The terms of four present mem-
bers, plus two new appointees,
shall expire at the end of the
calendar year 1969; the terms of i
three present members, plus one
new appointee, shall expire at the
end of the calendar year 1960; the
terms of four present members,
plus one new appointee, shall ex-
pire at the end of the calendar
year 1961.
Thereafter all terms shall be
for a period, of three years. One
of the said members shall be des- :
Ignated annually by the Mayor as ;
chairman. In the event of the ,
death or resignation of any mem- {
ber, his successor shall be appoint- i
ed to serve for the unexplreu poi
tlon of the term for which such |
member had been appointed.
.5-2. Functions of the Commls- i
sion. The functions of the com- 1
mission shall be to foster mutual
self-respect and understanding
among ail racial, religious, and !
ethnic groups of the City and ;
County of Denver; to discourage j
and prevent discriminatory prac-
tices against any such group or
Its members; to cooperate with !
state and federal agencies and
non governmental organizations
having like or kindred functions; i
and to make such Investigations I
and studies in any field or com- I
munity relationship as In the I
Judgment of the commission will I
aid In effectuating its general I
purpose.
.6-3. Powers aud Duties. The 1
powers and duties of the commls-
slon shall be as follows:
(1) To receive and Investigate
complaints and to Initiate Its own
Investigation of (a) racial, reli-
gious and ethnic group tensions,
prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and
disorder and discrimination oc-
casioned thereby; (b) practices of
discrimination by any city ofliclal
or city agency against any Indivi-
dual, corporation, association on
racial, religious or ethnic grounds;
and to develop programs and tech-
niques designated to bring about
the elimination of discrimination
In Buch areas as housing, recrea-
tion, education, employment, law
enforcement, vocational guidance,
and public accommodation;
(2) To hold hearings, subpoena
witnesses, compel their attend-
ance, administer oaths, take the
testimony of any person under
oath and in connection therewith
to require the production of any
evidence relating to any matter
under investigation or in question
before the commission. The pow-
ers enumerated In this subsection
may be exercised by any one or
more members of the commission
so authorized by it;
(3) To issue such publications
and such reportB of investigations
and research as In its Judgment
will tend to minimize or eliminate
prejudice, intolerance, bigotry,
disorder and discrimination or
tend to promote good will;
(4) To enlist the cooperation of
the various racial, religious and
ethnic groups, community organi-
zations, labor organizations, fra-
ternal and benevolent associations,
and other groups In an education-
al campaign devoted to teaching
the need for eliminating group
prejudice, intolerance, bigotry,
disorder and discrimination;
(6) To cooperate with federal,
state and city agencies. Including
the department of education. In
developing courses of instruction
for presentation in public and pri-
vate schools, public libraries, mu-
seums and other suitable places
showing the contributions of the
various races, religious and ethnic
groups to the culture and tradl-
tions of our city and nation, the
menace of prejudice. Intolerance,
bigotry and discrimination, and
the need for mutual self-respect;
(6) To promote the establish-
ment of local community organi-
zations, when and wlie.e it may
deem it desirable, consisting of
representatives of different groups
In such community, to plan and
carry out educational programs
in such community;
(7) To appoint an executive di-
rector and such additional per-
sonnel as It may deem necessury
and to prescribe their duties:
(8) To create such advisory
committees and sub-committee*
as in its judgment will aid in ef-
fectuating the purposes of this
local law and to empower them
to study the problems of preju-
dice, Intolerance, bigotry, disorder
and discrimination in all or any
fi' Ids of r .mmunity relationship:
(9> To make such recommenda-
tions to the Mayor and City Coun-
cil as in Its judgment will effectu-
ate thepollcy of this ordinance;
(10) To submit an annual report
to the Mayor and City Council;
(11) To adopt, amend, publish
and rescind rules and regulations
regarding the operation of the
commission consistent with the
powers and duties outlined.
.5-4. Findings and Recommenda-
tions. The commission after the
completion of any hearing shall
make a report in writing to the
Mayor setting forth the facts
found by it and its recommenda-
tions and shall use its best efforts
in bring about compliance with
! its recommendations.
.5-5. Relation to City Depart-
ments and Agencies. The services
of ull other city departments and
agencies shull be made available
by their respective heads to the
commission at its request, and in-
formation In the possession of any
department or agency shall be
furnished to the commission when
it is requested. Upon receipt of
recommendations in writing from
the commission, each department
or agency shall submit a reply In
writing indicating the disposition
of and action taken with regard
to such recommendations. When-
ever necessary and requested by
the commission, one or more at-
torneys from the staff of the City
Attorneys office shall be made
available to it to assist in the
i conduct of its investigations or
hearings.
I Section 2. If any clause, sentence,
paragraph, or part of this act, or
the application thereof to any person
or circumstances shall for any
reason be adjudged by a court of
competent jurisdiction to be invalid,
such judgment shall not affect. Im-
pair or invalidate the remainder of
(his act or the application thereof
lo other persons or circumstances.
Section 3. The Council finds this
Ordinance is necessary for the Im-
mediate preservation of the public
health and public safety, and deter-
mines that It shall take' effect Im-
mediately upon its final passage
and publication.
Passed by the Council March 7,
1959, GEORGE A. CAVEXDER, Pres-
ident. Approved: W. F. NICHOLSON,
Mayor, March 11, 1959. Attest:
CHARLES D. BYRNE. Clerk and
Recorder, Ex-Officio Clerk of the
City and County of Denver. By:
GEORGE MANERBINO, Deputy City
Clerk. (8eal)
Published In The Dally Journal.
March 7 and March 14, 1959. 319
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