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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

litical Groups Offer Students Opportunities for Education,

Actkl

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University students wishing to
express their political beliefs have
ample opportunity to do so through
the numerous politically oriented
groups on campus.
Most of these groups work in
two main ways. To foster educa-
tion and knowledge among mem-
.t bers of the University community
they resort to a number of pro-
grams. Speakers, both local and
national, are brought to campus
to give talks at open meetings on
topics of interest to the group.
. Sometimes panel discussions are
held and movies are shown for the
same purpose,
Occasionally a club will sponsor
an informal non-credit course on
some broad topic such as peace.
Students sign up and attena one
or more times a weex
The second approach used by
t ese clubs is through action and
monstratiori. Clubs attached to
political parties often take an
active part in campaigns, ringing
doorbells and distributing litera-
' ture. Civil rights groups resort to
picketing local places practicing
discrimination and sometimes call
for boycotts of stores. Peace
groups also hold marches, and
also hand out literature and
sponsor letter writing campaigns
to congressmen.
Occasionally University stu-
dents, usually members of a group,
travel to various parts of the
country to take part in a nation-
wide demonstration.
Whether the student is a mem-
ber of the far left or far right (or
somewhere in between), he can
find a group that fits his leanings.
ACWR ..
The Association for Commitment
to World Responsibility was pri-
marily involved in setting up a
United Nations University. In its
desire to establish such an insti-
tution, students have gone to Paris
to speak to UNESCO administra-
tors about the possibility of put-
ting such a university under the
sponsorship of that organization.
Students have also gone to the
Helsinki Youth Festival to sound
out international student opinion.
Last year, the group initiated an
essay contest on the implementa-
tion of peace plans.
Friends of SNCC...
University Friends of the Stu-
dent Non - violent Coordinating
Committee is an organization. de-
voted to publicizing and obtaining
funds for SNCC. SNCC is an ac-
tivist group fighting for civil rights
for Negroes in the South. All Its
members are working and living
with families in the various places
of operation.
Friends of SNCC is primarily a
student organization which par-
takes in various rights' battles
here in Ann Arbor in addition to
its other work.
It sponsors speakers and on Aug.
25 will be one of several sponsors
of, a freedom rally where SNC
bead John Lewis will speak.
Presently Friends of SNCC is
training field secretaries to work
in Ann Arbor to inform the com-
munity about the racial problem in
the area. SNCC is hoping to gather
its inforpnation from various sourc-
es, such as the Human Relations
Commission and the Survey Re-
search Center.
Michigan Center for
Education in Politics

now at Wayne State University.
Staff representatives (faculty
members) are at a number of the
colleges.
It is affiliated with the ten
year old national organization and
membership is open to both parti-
sans and those who have made
no political commitment.
Annual programs have included
a "Party Leader Day," with state
party leaders gathering for speech-
es, party caucuses and a luncheon
with the students.
Recently, the organization has
instituted a program of intern-
ships. Students visit the State Leg-
islature and work with one of the
legislators for a number of weeks
to learn how the government oper-
ates. There are also eight week,
summer internships.
Peace Ceter .. .
The University Community Peace
Center has as its goal doing the
necessary work in this community
to advance ideas and attitudes es-
sential to peace. They also try to
stimulate other organizations to do
similar work.
During the past year the group
has had several displays, present-
ed various speakers, discussion
groups and films.
The basic concern of the orga-
nization is "peace and freedom,"
and they believe that support for
this task must first be built on a
personal level.
Along with various programs
which the group will sponsor dur-
ing the coming year, it will con-
tinue its afternoon displays on the
Diag and in the Fishbowl.
Socialist Club...
The Socialist Club took part in
a number of controversial issues
during the past year.

Through the forums and speak-
ers, it attempts to educate and
bring information before Univer-
sity students. The forums have
covered such topics as "University
and Social Change" and "Churches
and Social Change."
YAF...
Campus Young Americans for

This organization also takes an
active part in campaigning when
election time draws near. In this,
it strives actively for the victory of
Democratic candidates at the polls.
Young Republicans.. .
The Young Republican Club acts
as a student affiliate of the Re-
publican Party. Like its political
opposition, the YD's, it serves both
as an educational as well as an
active political organization.
During the gubernatorial race
last year, YR's sponsored a Rom-
ney Rally in which the present
governor came and spoke.

During the election, YR's a
tively campaigned, working o
of city and county party hea
quarters.
As with the elections in the pa
this year YR's will work me
along the lines of education
bringing speakers and forming c
cussion groups on campus.
Republican State Chairman
the Central Committee Arthur;
liot is scheduled to speak here
Sept. 5.
An Issues Conference will
held again this fall which will d
cuss current topics of national a
state government.

PEACE TALK-A group of more than 5000 students from all over the country, including about
100 from the University, sits near the George Washington monument in Washington D.C. listening;
to a speaker urging progress in peace and disarmament. The University students chartered two
busses to attend the demonstration in February 1962 which also included picketing the White- House.

Freedom is a part of a national
conservative organization of col-
lege students and young profes-
sional people,
One of its main tasks is re-
cruiting members from every cam-
pus and community. Programs are
developed locally to fit the partic-
ular needs of each community.
All, 'however, strive toward the
Conservative objectives of the or-
ganization.
During past years,. YAF has
taken part in debates on HUAC,
taking the position that the com-
mittee should not be abolished.
The group has also issued state-
ments urging the resumption of
nuclear testing.
Young Democrats.
The Young Democratic Club
applies the ideals and beliefs of
the Democratic Party to the cam-
pus: It'brings in speakers and
works on campus to implement
goals of the party.
Such speakers as Michigan Con-
gressman-at-Large Rep. Neil Stae-
bler, Chairman of the Democratic'
StateCentral Committee Zolton
Ferency and former Governor
John Swainson have been brought
to Ann Arbor under the sponsor-
ship of the YD's.
Under the sponsorship of the
State -YD's, the Issues Conference
was held at the University last
year. YD groups from the entire
state came to the University to dis-
cuss various topics of state and
national importance. There is a
good possibility that the confer-
ence will be held here again this
year.

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It took a very active stand be-
hind Prof. Samuel Shapiro after
his dismissal last year by Michi-
gan State University at Oakland
administrators.
The club also co-sponsored the
showing of "Operation Correc-
tion," a film put out by the Amer-
ican Civil Liberties Union in an-
swer to "Operation Abolition."
This latter film concerned itself
with 1961 protest riots in San
Francisco. These riots were in pro-
test to the House Committee on

Un-American Activities investiga-
tion, then going on in that city.
Sponsoring speakers and sym-
posiums is another facet of this
organization. In the past, it has
sponsored a program along with
Voice which featured Carl Brad-
en and Frank Wilkenson, both of
whom were convicted of contempt
of Congress for refusing to answer
questions before ,HUAC.
The group is not affiliated with
any national party.
Voice...
Established in 1960, Voice is a
liberal, educational and political
action organization. Last year it
held a series of "Voice Forums"

Tuesday nights, exploring current
issues such as civil liberties, peace,
University reform and politics in
world affairs.
It endorses and supports candi-
dates for Student Government
Council and at present there are
four Voice backed students on that
body.
In addition to forums, Voice also
sponsors speakers and comes out
with a newsletter.
Voice is the University chapter
of Students for a Democratic So-
ciety, a national student educa-
tional organization of the left,
Through SGC, Voice tries to im-
plement its concepts for change
on campus.

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a store window during last year's gubernatorial campaign. The
YRs as well as the YDs did election work as well as invite
prominent speakers to campus.

The. bi-partisan Michigan Cen-
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