Memo to OEO Campaign Staff about Poor People’s Campaign Demands, May 3, 1968

In the spring of 1968, the Poor People’s Campaign submitted a list of demands to the Office of Economic Opportunity. Key demands included participation of citizens, especially from low income communities, in OEO’s policy making processes: “We demand that the OEO reorder its priorities so that the consumers of services be involved in the policy making, the technical assistance, and employment (…) of those programs which continue to be administered by the agency.” The PPC also demanded more oversight and accountability of the OEO programs. The memo, which is part of the Alf Corbett papers (NEJL043) and marked in Corbett’s handwriting, includes a draft response by the OEO to these demands.

The memo is available online in DG:

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