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Julian Bond
Delegate Selection Commission
Atlanta, Georgia
July.20, 1973

I AM PLEASED TO TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF THE REFORMS ON DELEGATE SELECTION, COMMONLY CALLED THE MCGOVERN-FRASER GUIDELINES. WHILE THERE ARE SOME WITHIN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY WHO ARE NOW SAYING THAT THESE RULES SHOULD BE CHANGED, IT IS MY FIRM CONTENTION THAT THESE REFORMS ARE CRUCIAL TO OUR PARTY. WE NEED THEM TO INSURE A STRONGER PARTY, REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL PEOPLE.

I WANT TO SPEAK PARTICULARLY TO SECTION A-1 AND SECTION A-2 OF THE GUIDELINES, WHICH DISCUSS "REASONABLE REPRESENTATION" IN STATE DELEGATIONS. THIS IS, PERHAPS, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE GUIDE LINES, AND WITH THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION MANDATE, IS THAT SECTION WHICH PRESENTS THE MOST POSITIVE STEPS RECENTLY TAKEN WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

REASONABLE REPRESENTATION MEANS THAT ALL DELEGATIONS TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION MUST ADEQUATLEY REPRESENT DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF A

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