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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, October 28, 1978-Pago'

Student visits USSR


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ZyAKUL AZIZIAN bad or unfair. Now I feel I have to tell They were the most courageous peopfb
On a gloomy July day in Moscow, people about their plight and help these I have ever met, standing up publicly
niversity senior Sharon Krevor stood Jews through Soviet Jewry groups in against the government. I could feel the
utside a closed court with about 75 this country." tension and see the harassment.
oviet dissidents to protest the trial of Krevor said that Shcharansky's trial "ONCE DURING the day, a street
ewish activist Anatoly Shcharansky. sparked her involvement in the cleaning water truck went down the
This protest incident, along with her movement. Shcharansky was charged small street where we all stood, and
xperiences meeting Soviet Jews this with being a CIA agent. The Soviet just to humiliate the Jews, the truck
ast summer, marked the beginning of government accused him of speaking to spewed water out forcing us to run to
(revor's active involvement in the Western newsmen and becoming a the other side, and then turned around
oviet Jewry movement. The press contact for Jewish activists there. and sprayed again. It was an act
novement, centered in Israel, This July he was convicted and designed totally to humiliate and
ngland, Canada, .and the United sentenced to 13 years in prison and in a demoralize the crowd."
tates is concerned with helping Jews hard labor camp. Krevor had asked one of the
migratefromtheSovietUnion. THROUGH her contacts with the refuseniks why Shcharansky was
KREVOR, WHO is majoring in refuseniks, Krevor met Leonid, singled out. "He said that
olitical science, decided to travel to Shcharansky's brother, and decided to Shcharansky's youth, vitality, and
he Soviet Union while spending a join him, along with other Jewish effectiveness were too great for the
emester in London. It was there that activists, in protesting the trial. Soviet government. He added that in
he met a leading organizer of the "The trial was on a side street, in a this country anything can happen to
oviet Jewry movement who gave her a small, insignificant building. I was anybody and that any one of them may
st of several refuseniks - Jews denied shocked when I saw it," Krevor said. be the next Shcharansky," she said.
xit visas. Krevor later met with these "It was the third day of the trial and the Krevor never saw or spoke to
ews, in Leningrad and Kiev, and then air was heavy, gloomy. A pessimistic Shcharansky. She remembers that his
n Moscow. mood prevailed among those gathered brother, who was allowed to sit in on the
"BEFORE TRAVELING to Moscow in support because we knew proceedings, would report back to the
his past summer, I had heard about the Shcharansky's fate had been decided. refuseniks and foreign correspondents.
light of Soviet Jews in their struggles "The Soviet regime called it an open "LEONID (Shcharansky's brother)
o emigrate from the Soviet Union, but trial, but ordinary citizens were barred felt the world had to know. Although he
ever realized how little I, as a Jew, from directly observing the was not a refusenik nor an activist
new about the situation of my own proceedings," she continued. "There before the trial, he became the contact
eople in the Soviet Union," she said. "I was no demonstrating, but refuseniks person for Western newsmen," she
ever imagined anything could be so were standing outside in solidarity, said. "He said he didn't know what was
going to happen to his brother, but he
was happy that the world was not being
Krevor said that Shcharansky's
I brother was in the process of applying
for an exit visa and that he will play a
more active role in organizing and
helping Soviet Jews.
Krevor emphasized that
. Shcharansky's case is not isolated.
'zMany Jews who have been denied exit
v visas are harassed by the Soviet
i's government, she said.
0 " Some of these Jews actively show
5 their disapproval for the government
after suffering what they claim is
continual harassment.
Many of the refuseniks lose their jobs
after applying for exit visas, she said.
In some cases, the refusenik is then
: . bsr4, P . 1 . called a parasite on society and is
"Their positions are so bad. They are
denied visas, lose their jobs, and are
harassed and watched. Many feel that
by becoming involved they have
nothing to lose," Krevor said.
To help refusenik families, Krevor
and other members of AKTSIA, a
F x{'-campus student group concerned with
Doily Photo by MAUREEN O'MALLEY Soviet Jewry, are writing letters to
provide moral support, sending gifts,
A trip to the Soviet Union opened University senior Sharon Krevor's eyes to the and providing some financial
plight of Jews attempting to emigrate. assistance. The group is also planning
educational programs in dormitories.

Lost in thought
This probiscus monkey, perhaps inspired by Auguste Rodin's famous "Thinker", shows his better side to a
photographer in a zoo in Basel, Switzerland.

CALC expands world

Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC)
was organized in 1965 to protest the
effects of the Vietnam War on the
Vietnamese people.
But now, 13 years later, CALC is still
active and has expanded its interests to
include world hunger, disarmament,
and to a lesser extent, human rights
and political prisoners.
IN ANN Arbor, CALC operates the
Interfaith Council for Peace (ICP)
which, housed in the First United
Methodist Church, is staffed mostly by
students and volunteers.
ICP member Tom Hayes is the local
director of an ICP-sponsored boycott
against the Swiss-based Nestle
Company. The boycott stems from
Nestle's sales campaign to introduce
powdered infant formula to mothers in
Third World countries..
their children when they feed them the
formula," Hayes declared.
Because of lack of refrigeration,
mothers must prepare the expensive
formula fresh each time they feed their

babies. Some have a tendency to
overdilute the formula to make it last
longer, thus giving their babies less
than an adequate supply of nutrients,
Hayes explained.
Many Third World mothers cannot
make the formula within proper
sanitation and sterilization guidelines,
and may therefore cause sickness and
even death in their infants.
"Nestle is staging major campaigns
encouraging mothers to use the
formula," Hayes said. "They say
mothers' milk isn't sufficient, and
Third World women should try to keep
up with the modern American women.
However, our boycott seems to' have
them scared."
ANOTHER ICP program is
"Alternative Lifestyles." It encourages
people to buy goods that use less of the
earth's resources.
"We in the United States are over-
consumers. We have about seven per
cent of the world's population; yet, we-
consume about 40 per cent of the
world's food," said Hayes.
The ICP urges people to buy food at

rghts work-
area co-ops, where most of the food Is
locally produced.
"MUCH OF the cost of food is tied .up
in processing, transportation, and
distribution," Hayes soid. "When
people buy from large, far away
corporations, the food is more
expensive and less nutritious.
EVEN WITH the withdrawal of
troops from Vietnam in 1975, ICP is stll
concerned with that war-torn country.,
"At the cease-fire conference in 1973,
the U.S. pledged $3 million for
reconstruction," said Barb Fuller, head
of ICP's Vietnam activities. "Not -a
penny was sent. This country has not
helped the Vietnamese at all. Some
private citizens did send food and
medicine through what they called
For the past eight years orl
Hiroshima Day, August 6, both CALL
and ICP have held demonstrations
against nuclear warfare. They hae
also staged anti-B1 bomber campaigns'
Funds come from private pledges
and donations, small registration fees
at conferences and lectures, as well as
from local churches.

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