Demands of the Chicago Freedom Movement
Demands Taped to the Door of City Hall by Martin
Luther King — July 10, 1966
Chicago Freedom Movement,
Slumlords, & Open Housing for background.]
Real Estate Boards & Brokers
- Public statements that all listings will be available on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Banks & Savings Institutions
- Public statements of a nondiscriminatory mortgage policy so
that loans will be available to any qualified borrower without
regard to the racial composition of the area.
The Mayor & City Council
- Publication of headcounts of whites, Negroes and Latin
Americans for all city departments and for all firms from which city
purchases are made.
- Revocation of contracts with firms that do not have a full scale
fair employment practice.
- Creation of a citizens review board for grievances against police
brutality and false arrests or stops and seizures.
- Ordinance giving ready access to the names of owners and investors
for all slum properties.
- A saturation program of increased garbage collection, street
cleaning, and building inspection services in the slum properties.
- The requirement that precinct captains be residents of their
Chicago Housing Authority & Chicago Dwelling
- Program to rehabilitate present public housing including such
items as locked lobbies, restrooms in recreation areas, increased
police protection and child care centers on every third floor.
- Program to increase vastly the supply of low-cost housing on a
scattered basis for both low and middle income families.
- Basic headcounts, including white, Negro and Latin American,
by job classification and income level, made public.
- Racial steps to upgrade and to integrate all departments, all levels
- Headcounts in unions for apprentices, journeymen and union
staff and officials by job classification. A crash program to
remedy any inequities discovered by the headcount.
- Indenture of at least 400 Negro and Latin American apprentices in
the craft unions.
- Prepare legislative proposals for a $2.00 state minimum wage [equal
to $14.61 in 2014] law and for credit reform, including the abolition of
garnishment and wage assignment.
Illinois Public Aid Commission & Cook County Department
of Public Aid
- Encouragement of grievance procedures for the welfare
recipients so that recipients know that they can be members of
and represented by a welfare union or a community organization.
- Institution of a declaration of income system to replace the degrading investigation and means test for welfare eligibility.
- Executive enforcement of Title I of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
regarding the complaint against the Chicago Board of Education.
- An executive order for Federal supervision of the nondiscriminatory
granting of loans by banks and savings institutions that are members of
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or by the Federal Deposit
- Passage of the 1966 Civil Rights Act without any deletions or
- Direct funding of Chicago community organizations by the Office of
- Financial support of the Freedom Movement.
- Selective buying campaigns against businesses that boycott the
products of Negro-owned companies.
- Participation in the Freedom Movement target campaigns for this
summer, including volunteer services and membership in one of the
Freedom Movement Organizations.