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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, November I, 1979-Page3

Communists to march
in Greensboro today

1,000 police and National Guardsmen
moved into this normally placid city
yesterday in advance of a funeral
procession for five persons slain at an
anti-Ku Klux Klan rally.
Communist demonstrators, planning
to parade their dead comrades through
the streets today, said they would be
armed despite police demands that
they keep their guns at home.
"WE WILL guarantee the security
and armed defense of the march. . . if
we are attacked we will respond," said
Nelson Johnson, a member of the
Communist Workers Party, organizers
of the procession and the earlier
demonstration that turned violent.
Col. Kenneth Newbold, commander
of the 500 National Guardsmen, mostly
from the furniture town of Hickory,
said his troops would carry unloaded
rifles but officers would distribute am-
munition if he gave the order.
Police expect at least 2,000 persons
for the 2.5-mile march which will start
in downtown Greensboro at 1 p.m. A
police spokesman said yesterday his
department had received no reports of
any planned attempts to disrupt the
organizers urged sympathizers to "turn
the country upside down to beat back
the new wave of KKK, Nazi, and FBI at-

Five members of the leftist
group-four white men and a black
woman-djed after gunmen opened fire
on a crowd at a "Death to the Klan"
rally Nov. 3.
Fourteen white men, many claiming
to be Klansmen or Nazis, were arrested
after the shooting and police said they
were looking for at least one other
In Greensboro, as in other Southern
cities, the "whites only" signs have
long since disappeared and residents
take pride in the racial progress that
has been made here since the civil
rights sit ins and demonstrations of the
And now they say it is leftist radicals
and right-wingers-and not their
neighbors-who are responsible for the
violence and bloodshed that has given
the city unwanted notoriety.
"THIS ISN'T like Greensboro-these
people just happened to get together
here," one man said. "Personally, I
think both sides are crazy."
The people in Greensboro say the
disturbance did not arise from any
racial unrest in the city, which claims a
reputation for progress in racial af-
The city began taking down its
"whites only" signs in 1956. The first
sit-ins of the 1960s occurred here and
helped lead to peaceful integration.
A racial disturbance in 1969 left one
high school student dead and several
policemen injured, but since then the
textile manufacturing city has been
quiet. Unlike other North Carolina
cities, such as neighboring Winston
Salem, until the rally there had been no
visible Klan activity in recent months.

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Daily Photo by TOM MIRGA
iA TRIO Or ANTI-KLAN protesters braved temperatures in the low-thirties
-,yesterday to attend a rally at Detroit's Kennedy Square protesting the kill-
-ing of five compatriots in Greensboro, N.C. last weekend. Rally organizers
!jfaimed a victory Friday after persuading Detroit Mayor Coleman Young
?,,not to arrest the demonstrators.

Anti-Ku Klux Klan protes
non-violent demon'Sstratio
(Continued from Page .1) the city last year," Rhinesmith said.
viglence," Ann Arbor Spartacus Youth "He's not worried about getting rid of
Lgague (SYL) member Irene the Klan."
Rjnjnesmith said, "He was worried "WHEN WE went to talk to Young's
abopt seeing a mass mobilization of mouthpiece (spokesman James
wo.ers.in his city." The SYL member Graham) yesterday," group organizer
1a4. said to her understanding the Frank Hicks told the crowd, "he said
utice Department played an influen- we who oppose the Klan have no more
tial' role in getting Young to change his rights than the KKK killers, that we'd
minad about allowing the protest to oc- be treated the same and would both be
cur. arrested. Well, we said if he treated us
"He made sure the Nazis got protec- like that, he'd really catch hell.
tion when they opened a bookstore in "It was the auto workers, who forced

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Cinema II-Strombori, 7 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
yCinema II-The Decameron, 9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hlall.
Mediatrics-Bride of Frankenstein, 7, 9 p.m., Assembly Hall, Mich.
Cinema Guild-Foolish Wives, 7, 9:15p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
Musical Society-Dresden State Symphony, 8:30 p.m.. Hill Aud.
PTP-"Broadway," Houseman's Acting Company, 2 p.m.,.Power Cen-
UAC-'Robin Goodfellow," Theatre Production, 2 p.m., Kuenzel Room,
Mich. Union.
U Club-"Brunch on the Terrace," featuring Nancy Waring, flute, and
Rochelle Martinez-Mouilleseau, harp, 11:15 a.m, to 1:30 p.m., first floor,
Mich. Union.
Ark-Clannad, Irish instrumental group, 1p.m., 1421 Hill.
' Hiking Club-I:30 p.m., meet at Rackham N.W. entry on E. Huron.
Law School-Midwest Regional Conference on Women and the Law,
Hutchins Hall, Law School, 763-4158.
Concerned Citizens for Cambodia-rally at Kennedy Square in Detroit,
bus leaving from Michigan Union, 1 p.m..
Recreational Sports-Family Sunday Funday: Folkdance:Workshop,
Art Museum-Gallery talk, Cydna Mercer, Edgar Degas' Sculpture
"Little Dancer of Fourteen Years," 3 p.m., University of Michigan Art
Hillel-Lox and bagel brunch, 11,a.m.; Israeli dancing, 1p.m.; Deli, 6:30
p.m. ; International Jewish Students Deli, 6:30 p.m.; 1429 Hill.
AAPEX-Ann Arbor Stamp Club Exhibition, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ann Ar-
bor Armory, 223 East Ann.
Cinema Guild-Yesterday, Today: The Netsili Eskimo, 8 p.m., Old Ar-
:h. Aud.
School of Music-Collegium Musicum Concert/Demonstration, 8 p.m.,
Michigan Journal of Economics- 4:30 pm., third floor, Econ. Bldg.
Center for Near East and North African Studies-Ben Hoffiz, "The Land
a the Pharoahs as Seen by an American Student: A Slide Show," noon,
;ommons, Lane Hall.
Resource .Policy and Management Program-Greg Daneke, "The
;overty of Energy Planning"; Jean Shorette' "What Belongs on the Coast?
Visual Simulation in Resource Policy"; noon, 2032 Dana.
Anatomy-Dr. David McClay, Duke University, "'n the Mechanisms of
'Cell Recognition," 12:10 p.m., 5732 Med:.Sci. I.
Humanities-Victoria Winkler, "Metaphor in the Rhetorical Tradition:
-'heEvolution of a Theory," 3:10 p.m., 1047 E. Eng.
Mech. Eng. and App. Mech.-Dr. Viggo Tvergaard, Technical Univ. of
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>Disks," 4 p.m., 229W. Eng.
Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies -Prof Nemai Sadham
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Macromolecular Res. Center-Prof. U.S. Nandi, Bangalore, India,
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Judaic Stud./Near East Stud.-Yitzhak Ben Nir, "Contemporary Tren-
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Young to back down," the organizer
continued. "We've got the power to shut
this town down, but we need leaders
who aren't afraid to do away with the
bosses' racist system once and for all."
"The people in power want us to play
dead, roll over and ignore the Klan,"
speaker Charles DuBois said. "Let me
tell you, the Klan's been around for
over one hundred years, and the only
way of getting rid of these guys is
massive mobilization."
BOTH DUBOIS and Hicks are-mem-
'bers of UAW Local 600, which represen-
ts the entire Ford Motor Co. Rouge
Plant. 'The members organized a
petition drive last month demanding
that two white foremen who wore KKK-
type robes in the plant be fired for their
In two days, DuBois, Hicks, and
others gathered-over 1;000 signatures;
and deposited them with UAW officials.
*gbe. foremen were later transferred to
Ford's Wixom and Wayne assembly
"Detroit is going down the tubes,"
DuBois said. "Chrysler is going under
and they're going to put you out on the
street. Well, the next time they come
around to lay us off, I say we sit down
and let the workers take the plant."
munications Workers of America
(CWA) Local 9410 executive board
member who came to the rally from
San Francisco, explained the relation-
ship between the Klan, labor, and
politics in an interview after her speech
to the crowd.
"Workers and blacks cannot rely on
the Democratic Party for protection,"
* she said, "We have to have mass labor
and black mobilization to smash the
KKK. Due to the shape of the economy,
the big corporations are pitting white
and black workers against each other.
Added to that, the unions no longer
work for economic security and jobs for
aill. A strong worker's movement is
what's needed to combat that."
Margolis, who said she was dragged
off the stage at this year's CWA conven-
tion for making anti-Carter statements,
claimed the government "is trying to
characterize us as extremists" and
equate the group with the KKK.
"BUT ONCE labor and blacks unite
with fierce determination," she said,
"the murderous Ku Klux Klan's days
are over,"
"I've covered a lot of stories and a lot
of strikes," Worker's Vanguard repor-
ter Mark Laughton told the crowd, "but
I had never seen anything like the
Greensboro massacre. Laughton
covered last week's shooting for the
Vanguard, a Spartacus League
publication, last week.
The reporter said he spoke to eyewit-
nesses of the killings and their version
of the events that led up to the shootings
differed from those reported by the
police and the national media.
"THE PRESS said the demonstrators
provoked the KKK, that they got what
they deserved," he said. "But the car
doors flew open, the Klan flew out, got
their guns, pistols and lead pipes and
methodically killed the demonstrators.
There's a word for what happened that
day; cold-blooded murder."






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