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Vol. LXXIX, No. 8-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, May 16, 1969 Ten Cents
Tenants' Union seeks support in court f
«4By HAROLD ROSENTHAL emplary damages and recovery of "the issue of whether we have a reasons why tenants can't have spiracy are Kutz, Dale Berry. existingt
Facing a court battle over more than $100,000 of unpaid rent right to.organize." organizations." David Goldstein, Peter Denton, to withh
charges of conspiracy, the Ten- being held in escrow. "The statement is to show that Twelve of the 91 defendants are Nancy Holmstrom, Barry Cohen, cordance
ants' Union is seeking the backing The statement says: we have support among members charged with conspiracy to vio- Janet Handy, Mary Crawly, Alan or future
f prominent local citizens. d "I support the ri it of the Ten- of city council and prominent late existing and future leases Kaufman, David Shapiro, Steven
The enants'Union aouncmed ants' Union to organize to obtain members of the community," Katz and to obtain libelous articles in Marston and Maria Mazzaloni. a tempo
last night that two councilmen, .. .TeDal.Tesvealitfs r pr- wthmosd
Nicholas Kazarinoff (D-3rd ward) collective bargaining rights with added. The Daily. The seven plaintiffs are Apart- withholdi
and LeRoy Cappaert (D-5th ward) the landlords." The Tenants' Union said several Circuit Judge William Ager will ments Limited, Arbor Forest Ap- the trans
have already agreed to sign ia "The Ann Arbor Tenants' Union additional members of the city hold a pre-trial hearing this aft- artments, Charter Realty, Brady local co
e .statement supporting the right of has been working honestly and council and the community are ernoon. The actual trial will begin Anderson, Charlotte Van Curler, money is
the Tepants' Union to organize the democratically to achieve decent expected to sign the statement in May 6. William Van Fossen and Robert L. Howev
tenants. living conditions." the next few days. Ron Riosti, the Tenants' Un- Shipman. temporar
The suit has been brought "I therefore deplore the recent "I don't know what effect this ion's attorney, said the purpose In addition to the 91 strikers, when at
against the Tenants' Union by actions taken by certain landlords will have," Kazarinoff said. "I of the pre-trial hearing is to the complaint covers "all organi- and the r
seven landlords who charge that to obtain an injunction against hope it will have a constructive ef- clarify procedures that will be zations the strikers represent or the tem
the ultimate goal of the rent strike the Tenants' Union by labelling fect since this is a constructive used in the case. belong to, including the so-called avoid du
is an attack on the concept of their activities a conspiracy. This effort to correct grievances against The most important thing that Tenants' Union and anyone in- speed up
private property. The suit seeks action is an unjustifiable attempt landlords." may come up at today's pre-trial volved in it, and all co-conspira- "They
for an injunction to halt the rent to undermine the tenants' legiti- "I hope that the state legislature hearing, he said, was the question tors whether named or not."
- strike. mate right to organize." will pass a law that says the ten- of whether the Tenants Union has It also asks that the defendants rent strik
Besides the injunction, the land- Stu Katz, Grad, a member of ants have a right to organize," a right to see the books and rec- be restrained and enjoined from ever, he
lords are seeking $10,000 in in- the Rent Strike Steering Commit- Kazarinoff continued. "Landlords ords of the landlords. "soliciting, requesting, or impor- would no
Nazarioff dividual damages, $300,000 in'ex- tee said, the statement involves have associations so there are no The twelve charged with con- tuning others to breach contracts izing.
or in their inception, or
old payments due in ac-
with existing contracts
ndlords originally sought
rary injunction against
ng of rent and ordering
fer of the $100,000 to the
urt's jurisdiction. The
in a Canadian bank.
er, the hearings on the
y injunction were haldte
orneys for the landlords
ent strike agreed to drop
porary suit in order to
plication of effort and
think this will end the
e," Dale Berry said. How-
predicted that a defeat
t preclude future organ-
By JOEL BLOCK
The Human Relations Commission postponed action last
night on the Ray Chauncey incident pending the report of
Ann Arbor Police Chief Walter Krasny on his investigation.
Mayor pro-tem Leroy Cappaert (D-5th ward) told the
spepially convened meeting of the HRC that Krasny's report
would be completed in one or two days, possibly late today.
Cappaert was substituting for Mayor Robert Harris who has
been out of town for -the past three days.
The HRC has claimed that an Ann Arbor policeman beat
staff member Chauncey after arresting him while he was
j investigating a 11 e g e d mis-
From Wire Service Reports
By ERIKA HOFF
Eight of the nine candidates for
three seats on the, Ann. Arbor
Board of Education spoke last
night at at public candidates meet-
ing. The election is June 9.
The Acandidates 'were asked to
speak, on school Superintendent
W. Scott Westerman's propbsed
budget alocation for special edu-
The proposal which will be on
the June 9 ballot asks; that the
present half mill property tax for
special education be increased to
Currently' all ' special education
for atypical children is left up to
,* the, discretion of individual school
A. Gerald Gottlieb, a candidatej
afor the. 'board, said the constitu-
tion of the Ann Arbor Board of
Education does call for the educa-;
tion of all children, and therefore
requires special education classes.
4Mrs. Mary Jane Schoultz, -a
consultant with the University's
C h I l d Development Consultant
project, strongly opposed separate
classes for atypical children. She
said, "Separate is not equal,", anda
maintained that all children are
entitled to equal education.1
.A Mrs. Shoultz \favored putting all,]
children in the same class be-
cause children: learn from each
other. "Those who we would clas-,
gee CANDIDATES, Pa $e 3 1
treatment of blacks at the
Star Bar last Friday night.
The HRC has asked that police
drop all charges and discipline the
officer involved. The officer has
been suspended with pay pending
Krasny has countered that "a
blow in the face does not consti-
tute a beating" and that being a
city employe does not grant a per-
son amnesty from arrest. i
At a morning meeting -yester-
day with Guy Larcom, city admin-
istrator, HRC Director D a v i d,
Cowley, Krasny, and Cappaert,
City Attorney Peter Forsythe re-
ported that no formal arraign-
ment of charges was scheduled
-against Chauncey and that the $25
bond posted was returned to him.
Cowley is currently completing
his report on the HRC's perspec-
tive of the incident, including the
assignment he made to Chauncey
and why he thought Chauncey
carried out his assignment in the
The Commission delayed action
on the case until its regular meet-
ing next Tuesday. The members
passed a resolution last night ask-
ing Krasny to come to the meeting
to explain his findings.
Cappaert told the HRC last+
night, that City Council would
soon "meet in executive session to
discuss the findings of the police.
He said he would have no objec-
tion to allowing URC members to
sit in on the Council meeting.
Cowley reiterated his position on'
Chauncey's arrest and alleged
beating. "As a result of our staff
member's doing his duty, he was
arrested and beaten. We feel that
the credibility of our commission
is at stake in this case," he said.
Cowley has maintained that the
Chauncey i n c i d e n t representsl
what happens to the black man at
the police station.
A STUDENT GRIMACES with pain from a wound inflicted by police. The shooting occurred
during a riot following a rally at the University of California, yesterday. Demonstrators protested
fencing in of a "people's park" on university property..
Hnoi issues mld attack
on Nixon peace proposal
persons were injured yester-
day as police used shotguns
and tear gas to' greak up a
demonstration by 1500 over
possession of a vacant lot
owned by the University of
A total of 58 persons were in-
jured in the outbreak of violence,
31 of them from shotgun wounds
and two from bullets, the Daily
Californian, the student news-
paper on the Berkeley campus,
Three of these persons were re-
ported in serious condition. One
has already lost an eye.
Additional -injuries resulted from
flying glass, rocks, and other
objects. As many as 40 others were
treated for gas inhalation.
Four policemen were injured,
Two National Guard units have
been mobilized by Gov. 'Ronald
Reagan at the request of Berkeley
Berkeley was quiet last night as
city officials imposed a modified
curfew which prohibits any gath-
erings or loitering on the streets.
However, there was serious spe-
culation that violence would break
out again today.
The violence began as police
cleared some 150 "street people"-
from the vacant lot ina pre-dawn
raid. A noon rally on the Univer-
sity of California campus drew
1500protesters and resulted in a
march on the Rlot.
This led to a confrontation be-
tween protesters and police after
the "street people" exploded a fire
hydrant and threw rocks at the
police. Police responded with tear-
gar, and then shotguns.
University officials had planned
to build a soccer field on "People's
Park," an area where residents on
Telegraph Avenue had installed
plantings, benches, sod and a
windmill. The officials had warn-
ed the "street people" they would
be cleared and work on the lot
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' y The Associated Press
PARIS - The Viet Cong's Na-
tional Liberation Front delivered
a mild-sounding attack yesterday
on President Nixon's proposals for
a Vietnam solution, but appeared
to be carefully avoiding rejection
of the President's eight-point plan
as a whole.
At the same time, North Viet-
nam's official radio also attacked
the Nixon program, saying that
the plan "is not to end the war of
aggression, but to replace the war
of aggression fought by U.S. troops
into a war of aggression fought by
the puppet army of the United
States - meaning the South
Meanwhile in Saigon, President
Nguyen Van Th1eu said today
President Nixon once more "has
shown sincere good will to go for-
ward to serious and useful talks
with the Communist side to bring express its disapproval in general,
peace to Vietnam." while simultaneously seeking more
Thieu added that his govern- time to study Nixon's Wednesday
ment believes Nixon's peace plan night speech, before making offi-
is "not contrary to the spirit" of cial comment.
the government's own basic pro- Earlier, a dispatch from Hanoi
gram. - of a Communist-aligned Japanese.
The NLF attack centered on news agency quoted "observers" as
that section of the Nixon proposals suggesting the North Vietnamese
which insisted upon mutual with- would not make an outright, total
drawal of all outside. troops from rejection of the Nixon proposals.
South Vietnam. 'J~
I n ars* persons close to the
History change goes on
There was a hint of caution in
this, suggesting that Hanoi and
the NLF might explore the Nixon1
proposal further at or after the '
17th full-scale session of the Paris
U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot
Lodge, Nixon's chief negotiator,
flew back from Washington yes-
terday to present the President's
plan formally to the other parties
in the talks and to repeat the
President's statement that Wash-
ington welcomed the NLF initi-
ative in putting forward its com-
prehensive 10-point plan at last
Before returning to Paris Lodge
said at a White House news con-
ference that Nixon's peace plan
"comes along at a prppitious
Although the variety of pro-
posals-the Hanoi "4 points," the
NLF "10 points," the American
"8 points" and the Saigon "6
points"-left the opposing sides
as far apart as ever on some key
issues, conference observers said
the initiatives might at least get
the talks off dead center.
The sides remain at opposite'
poles on such questions as the mu--
tual troop withdrawals and an
eventual political settlement.
Hanoi radio, using a "special
interview" commentator to get
across its rebuttal, underscored the!
conference noted signs of flexi-
bility on both sides and suggested
that neither Nixon nor the NLF
negotiator here, Tran Buu Kiem,
had indulged in recriminations in
presenting their formal proposals.
President Nixon said his plan
was not offered on a take it or
leave it basis, but that the Ameri-
cans wouldl talk about anybody's
program "provided it can be made
consistent with the few basic
principles" set forth in his speech.
Former Justice Fortas
frkom high court
WASHINGTON (A - Pleading to the end that "there has
been no wrongdoing on my part," Associate Justice Abe Fortas
has yielded to mounting pressure and resigned from the U.S.
Supreme Court in one of its grimmest hours.
He is the first justice to quit the court under fire in'the
history of the country.
President Nixon accepted Fortas' resignation, effective
Wednesday, 'in a 20-word letter lacking any expression of
regret. The brief exchange of letters was made public hours
after the White House an-
nounced the resignation.'
White House press secretary
Ronald L. Ziegler, who announced
Nixon's acceptance of Fortas' res-
ignation, said he had no idea
when a. successor might be nomi-
Demands for an investigation of
Fortas' extra - judicial relations
with jailed financier Louis E.
Wolfson persisted in Congress,
despite a White House statement
that Nixon considers the case
The historic incident could have
a major impact on the future of
the Supreme Court, very likely
shifting the balance from a pro-
gressive to a more conservative
Fortas' resignation means Nix-
on must fill two vacancies on the
court this year, with Chief Jus-
By ERIKA HOFF
Reform in the history depart-
4 ment will not stop over the sum-
The history students' steering
committee presently is working
on an intra-departmental study,
a comparison of the University's
history department with history
departments at other schools
and a fall orientation program,'
for graduates in history.
Steering committee member
Bill Jowdy, Grad, says the com-
parative departmental study will
collect data "on t h e formless'
character of graduate educa-
tion" in the history department.
says the committee will try to
collect further data to discover
the reasons. He says two possi-
ble causes could be the faculty-
student ratio in each depart-
ment area and the number of
courses offered in each section.
Ray Shortridge, Grad, anoth-
er steering committee member,
says b o t h of these problems
could be remedied through the
department's curriculum com-
mittee which has both student
and faculty members.
"The faculty concentration in
each sections can always be al-
tered by shifting visiting pro-
fessors, and the curriculum com-
port for degree candidates. Ef-
forts to obtain more money from
the University "haven't been too
successful," he admits.
"We could investigate and
remedy the distribution of funds
between sections," Jowdy says.
"Even if we can't get more mn-
ey, we can see that what we do
have is being allocated optim-
One possible source of money,
however, is the Wolverine fund
which belongs to the Center for
Research on Learning a n d
Teaching. Director Stanford
Ericksen says the center "ear-
marks part of its budget as be-
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