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Page 6-Tuesday, October 17, 1978-The Michigan Daily

Court strikes Skokie's Nazi ban

. iSHINGTON (AP)-A small band
of A merican Nazis won an important
legal fight yesterday as the Supreme
Court left intact decisions allowing Nazi
demonstrations in Skokie, Ill.
The nation's highest court refused to
hear arguments by Skokie officials that
the Nazis' free-speesch rights must yield
to the rights of the Chicago suburb's
many Jewish residents.
Yesterday's action apparently will
carry no immediate impact for Skokie,
home to several thousand survivors of
the Nazi holocaust during World War II.
THE NAZI group earlier this year
Von court approval to demonstrate in
Skokie, but decided instead to hold two
summer rallies in a Chicago park.
The village's ordinances that had
barred such rallies, however, remain

invalidated as unconstitutional in-
fringements on free speech.
Unless those lower court -rulings are
someday overruled by the Supreme
Court, the Nazis are free to peaceably
demonstrate in Skokie.
IN THE SKOKIE case, a group of
Nazis calling itself the National
Socialist Party of America in 1976 plan-
ned a series of demonstrations in
several communities to protest what it
called a Jewish-led effort to racially in-
tegrate Chicago schools.
A Skokie ordinance denied the Nazis
permission to stage a rally there
because it required them to first obtain
$350,000 in liability and property in-
The Nazis then planned a demon-
stration, wearing uniforms complete

with swastikas, at Skokie's village half
to protest the ordinance. Village of-
ficials quickly enacted three ordinan-
ces designed to block the demon-
stration, and subsequently were sued.
Also' yesterday, the Justices cleared
the way for enforcement of the federal
government's stringent clean air
requirements for Ohio industries.

The Environment Protection Agency
estimates that compliance with the
sulfar oxide emission rules will cost
Ohio industries some $500 million
initially and then $171 million each
year. That translates into a 3 per cent
hike in electric rates for all Ohio
residents., the government says.

Clericals set to vote

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Noted short story writer & novelist,
Author of No Relief, Work, Too Late
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for union c
(Continued from Page 1)
and got 1423, close to 50 per cent of all
"We're very confident that we have
enough signatures for the election,"
said OCC recording secretary Patty
sen said that the OCC can now move
forward in union organization. "We can
now begin transformation of the'OCC
from an organizing committee to a
union," she said.
The OCC will have its first constituen-
ts' meeting tomorrow in the Kuenzel
Room of the Michigan Union at 5:30
p.m. Members will be discussing their
strategy for the upcoming election and
will be organizing people to get out the
"We will also discuss by-laws,
proposed by the OCC to the union mem-
bership, which will eventually set up
the union's structure and serve as the

ert Ication
operating constitution," said Jensen.
After the certification election, the
union membership will vote on the by-
Schwartzman said that the OCC was
very excited about the upcoming elec-
tion because "it represents a real leap
forward in the work of the OCC." "We
can now begin to lay the foundations for
higher wages, better benefits, and im-
proved working conditions," Jensen
confident that it will win the election -
that clericals will vote union. The ballot
will have two choices on it - OCC or no
Schwartzman stressed that the OCC
is an independent organizing commit-
tee and is not affiliated with any inter-
national union at this point. "The
decision of whether to affiliate and with
whom will be made by the member-
ship," she said.

Dick Gregory Photo by Tom Mirga

Crowd gets taste of
Gregory's life views

Dick Gregory is a man of many hats.
In a careersspanning over 20 years,
Gregory has played the role of
comedian, actor, philosopher, recor-
ding artist, and human rights activist.
YESTERDAY afternoon, Gregory
wore the hat of lecturer as he held a
crowd spellbound during a very critical
look at American life, the feature event
of a five-part lecture series held on the
University's Dearborn campus.
Gregory began by launching into a
staccato-paced delivery which lasted
nearly two hours. During the course of
his talk, the comedian-turned-full-time-
activist covered a whole spectrum of
topics, ranging from the problems of
world hunger to the reason his daughter
refuses to eat spinach at dinner.
"Kids are so hip," Gregory told the
audience. "I put some spinach on the
dinner table in front of myndaughter,
and she tells me that she isn't going to
eat it. I tell her ten thousand kids in
China would love that bowl of spinach
for dinner, and she says, "Name'two of
them.' "
GREGORY THEN explained to the
audience why men are at the root of the
growing problem of overpopulation.
"They say that the world's getting
overpopulated," Gregory said, "but
what is it being overpopulated with?
"It's all a problem of men in charge
not respecting what they cannot
produce. If men had the kids," he con-
tinued, "I bet we wouldn't send them off
to the front lines of war so fast. We say
that there's too many kids, but we don't
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say there's too much alcohol, too muc
GREGORY'S presentation was the
second part of a semester-long series of
lectures on controversial issues bein
sponsored by the Dearborn campus Of-
fice of Student Life. Assistant Directo
Cathy Poutinen said Gregory's ap
pearance on campus "fits well into th
type of series that is being held thi
"Heswill probably hit many, if not
most of $he subjects that we plan to
present later in the series," sai
According to Gregory, "Black folk
didn't put Jimmy Carter in the Whit
House, we snatched Gerry Ford out. W
may have put Jimmy in the place, bu
we can snatch him out too. And yo
THE LEAN, bearded satirist also had
something to say about the drug scan-
dal which rocked the Capitol this sum-
mer. "Carter's luck is so bad. He hire
himself a doctor to help solve th
nation's drug problem," said Gregory
"and the dude goes out and gets himsel
"Kind of makes you wonder abou
that smile Jimmy's been flashing - a
the time."
Gregory tied all the various aspect
of his talk together with a dire
prediction of the country's future. "All
the trickery, all the lies that the ric
folks and government people bee
laying on us just ain't gonna work," he
"Because after all the killing, after
all the lies, they're gonna have to deal
with the truth. Just ask Hitler. But the
thing is that we can turn it all around.
"THE NUMBER ONE problem with
America today is that we are morally
and spiritually bankrupt," sai
Gregory, "and until we can deal wi
that, nothing is gonna change.
"All we have to do," Gregory con-
tinued, "is finally come together as
humans, to forget our hangups and
everything else in our way, even if just
for one second." \
Gregory then challenged the audien-
ce to action. "Until you decide to tur
colleges into pools of love," he said
"they're going to stay cesspools of hate
If you're coming to this place wit
hangups and leave here with them, yo
know something's wrong."
Somewhere in the midst of the crow
sat listening Margaret Raglin and her
group of about thirty students from
Fellrath Junior High in Inkster. Raglin
brought the youths to the lecture hoping
they might learn something about life
in general, and gain some common sen-
se knowledge from what Gregory had t
But at least one of the students came
away somewhat disappointed.
"I heard about him being a comedian
or something," the young critic said,
"and all he's done is talk. When is he
going to get to the jokes?"

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