Memorandum from CORE Field Director Gordon Carey to Local Contacts and the Advisory Committee, ca. 1960

Memorandum from CORE Field Director Gordon Carey to Local Contacts and the Advisory Committee, ca. 1960

Transcript

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Kleinfeldt replied: "I made that statement on the basis of information I had received and had not yet verified. But it has immaterial whether or not CORE is on the list. We have some evidence that the organization financed to some extent the demonstrations. The matter is being continuously investigated. If and when the investigation is completed we might consider charging others with criminal anarchy."
Where we stand
All 12 of the CORE members arrested have been arrested. CORE chairman Rudolph Lombard spent six days in jail before coming out. Total bail costs have been raised $5,250 of which national CORE has advanced $3,500. The rest has been raised in New Orleans.
CORE executive secretary James R. Robinson has protested Mayor Morrison's action to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. We have conferred with representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union and have urged other organizations to express their concern to their New Orleans affiliates.
The CORE group continues to meet and to act. Fifty thousand copies of the enclosed leaflet "Please Don't Buy at Woolworth or McCrory's" have been distributed in the community. Representatives of the group have been speaking at local churches urging a withdrawal from Canal Street and also raising money for the CORE group.
What we can do
First, we can protest individually to: Mayor de Lesseps S. Morrison
City Hall
New Orleans, Louisiana
Second, CORE groups, churches, unions and civic groups should protest to the Mayor and to the United States Attorney General. Protests from out-of-state can be effective.
Third, we can publicize this basic infringement of the right to peaceful assembly and protest as well as the right of free speech. CORE members who speak before other groups or on the radio or TV should tell this story. If Mayor Morrison can do this in New Orleans then the same thing can be done throughout the South.

Source

State Archives of Florida: Collection N2015-1, Box 01, Folder 11

Description

Memo from CORE discussing sit-in activity in New Orleans during September 1960, starting with the arrest of seven CORE members holding a peaceful sit-in at the Canal Street Woolworth's lunch counter. The memo outlines other arrests in New Orleans and the charges against these activists.