The City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution denouncing what it called "a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States" and the Klan's "reprehensible conduct that is not acceptable in a democracy."
The resolution was prompted by reports that several Klan groups plan to hold a demonstration march in Washington Nov. 6. The report has sparked the formation of a coalition of anti-Klan groups here that is considering a counter-demonstration.
Although the council noted "the high level of concern" about the Klan among civic and religious groups here, the resolution stopped short of calling for a prohibition against the Klan's march as some organizations have suggested.
The resolution said the District as "the seat of the nation's capitol, should set an example for the rest of the United States and world, wherein every individual is allowed the right to exist without being intimidated, threatened or abused by persons with different opinions."
The U.S. Park Service generally permits marches or gatherings by any social or political group unless there is a clear likelihood of violence or other danger, according to park spokesmen.
The resolution was introduced by Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R-At Large).
Outgoing City Council Chairman Arrington Dixon has appointed John Ray (D-At Large) to his first chairmanship--but not to one of the council's standing committees. Dixon tapped Ray to head a study commission made up of four other council members to help implement the council's Independence Act, one of Dixon's favorite projects before his defeat in the Sept. 14 primary by David A. Clarke (D-Ward 1).
The act, which recently passed the mandatory congressional review period, allows the council to sever most of its administrative ties to the mayor. Under its provisions, the council can publish its own records, establish completely separate accounts for its operating funds, and hire its own staffs, including security guards, without sending its paper work through the executive branch.
Clarke, who generally has questioned the need for the legislation, has indicated he will give it a low priority when he takes over as chairman in January. Members of the commission include Ray, Moore, H. R. Crawford (D-Ward 7), Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4) and John Wilson (D-Ward 2).
The D.C. chapter of Common Cause is still gathering examples of elections irregularities that could be used as examples for a suit it may file against the city for its handling of elections. Scott Sklar, a member of the D.C. chapter, said the group hopes to have a proposed suit ready for its executive board to approve Oct. 28. Sklar said his organization is working for long-term improvements rathar than any quick fixes for the Nov. 2 balloting.