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Fair and cold,
possibility of snow

Vol. LXXXII, No. 93 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, January 30, 972 Ten Cents

Eight Pages

City elections:


for sho of youth


Can young voters be an im-
portant factor in local electoral
politics? The answer to that
question should come this spring,
when newly enfranchised .18-to
20 - year - olds vote in the city
elections for the first time.
Though 18-year-olds have been
able to vote since last summer,
and some court rulings have let
students register in their college
towns. the impact of the "youth
vote" has thus far been minimal.
However, come Feb. 21 the im-
pact of young voters may be felt.
On that day, voters will go to the
polls here to cast an advisory vote
on a proposed city income tax,
and, in some wards, select candi-
dates for City Council races from
fields of primary contenders.
But the real test of the youth

vote will not come until the final
City Council elections April 3. The
primary will only consist of sepa-
rate intra-party contests in two of
the city's five wards-wards which
have comparatively small student
ann -arbor
In addition, a third political
party-which may attract a large
number of student voters-will not
be on the ballot until the main
The Human Rights Party, which
organized a year ago to provide
a left-wing alternative to the two
major parties, may well steal
votes away from the Democrats

and the Republicans this time
The party, which is holding its
platform convention this week-
end, will select its candidates for
council at a party nominating
convention next weekend, thus
bypassing the primary.
But all three parties will be on
the April ballot,- fighting it out
for their share of the city's voters.
Which party young people will
support remains to be seen. Va-
rious polls have shown the Re-
publicans will come up on the
short end of the political stick,
but) the Democratic and Human
Rights parties could -divide the
vote of young people to the ex-
tent that both lose out to the
Democratic Mayor Robert Har-
ris says the new voters will prob-

ably have a "mild effect on Dem-
ocratic chances," due to the pres-
ence of the Human Rights Party
on the ballot and the probability
that young voters will not turn
out in exceptionally large num-
Ann Arbor Republican Party
Chairman Peter Wright says Re-
publicans "have their work cut
out for them" this spring. At this
point, he believes, "No ward ever
looks assured for Democrats or
Wright sees the young voters as
being issue oriented, rather than
party oriented. Asked if the Re-
publicans should adopt a young-
er, more liberal image, he said,
"I don't think that a candidate
has to be 20 to relate to a 20-
year-old person."
The Human Rights Party, in its

first ballot appearance is expect-
ed to do well in wards with a high
proportion of student voters.
One party member estimates the
party has a better than 50-50
chance to win both first and sec-
ond ward council seats in the gen-
eral election. In addition, he says
the party should garner more than
10-15 per cent of the vote in the
third, fourth, and fifth wards -
none, of which has a large stu-
dent population. Harris would not
comment on these estimates.
Both Democratic and Human
Rights parties have been working
hard to get students to registe-,
to vote here. Though .ar'y 'drivs
showed limited success, party
workers hope to sign up more stu-
dents when intensified door-to-
door registration gets underway
this spring.

Perhaps the most important is-
sue in this year's election is the
city income tax question which
will appear on the February bal-
The advisory vote, which does
not bind council to a particular
action, will be on a flat rate one
per cent levy on all incomes above
$650. Commuters, who live outside
Ann Arbor but work here, would
b- required to pay a .5 per cent
The income tax question has
issed intense controversy - with
opposition coming from both sides
o" the Political spectrum.
The Human Rights Party
char es that the proposal is un-
fair to lower income groups and
commuters. The party claims the
tax would be a "windfall" for
See A LOOK, Page 8

Student registers to vote

Angela Davis
trial starts
From Wire Service Reports
Black militant Angela Davis goes on trial
in Santa Clara, Calif., tomorrow on charges
of murder, kidnaping and conspiracy in con-
nection with an August, 1970, courthouse
shoot-out that claimed four lives.
Davis was charged following an attempt by
Jonathan Jackson-brother of recently slain
black activist George Jackson-to free two
men on trial in the Marin County (Calif.)
courthouse. Jackson, the two defendants and
the judge in the case were killed in the
Although there is little question that Davis
was not at the scene, she was charged with
being an accomplice to the crime when it
was discovered that she owned the two guns
used by Jackson.
Under California law, an accomplice to a
crime may be charged with the same crimes
as those who actually commit the offense.
Following the shootings, Davis was placed
on the FBI's list of the Ten Most Wanted
Fugitives and an intensive search was under-
taken to capture her.
She was finally arrested Oct. 14, 1970, at
a New York motel.
Davis was an acting assistant professor
of philosophy at UCLA two years ago. As
a doctoral candidate, she had been a protege
of Herbert Marcuse, a Marxist professor.
On the basis of her membership in the
Communist Party, Davis was fired from
UCLA by the California Board of Regents-
led by Gov. Ronald Reagan.
Overruled by a superior court judge, the
regents voted not to re-appoint ner any-
way, citing not her Communist membership,
but her extra-curricular activities in support
of the Black Panther Party and other mili-
tant groups.
The charges against Davis have sparked
allegations that the trial is both a "frame-
up" and a political trial, with organizations
around the country springing up to support
California penal officials have been the
subject of severe criticism for denying bail
to Davis.
According to a speech made at the Uni-
versity Friday by Sallye Davis, mother of
the defendant, Angela Davis' bail appeal
was denied even though a group of proba-
tion officers recommended ball be set at
The judge refused to grant bail for what
he called "purely legal reasons," said Davis'
mother, but he refused to explain exactly
what he meant.
Last Thursday, more than 200 people dem-
onstrated in Detroit in response to the De-
troit Common Council's refusal to proclaim
Davis' birthday as "Angela Davis Day."
The proposal came in a letter signed by
State Rep. Jackie Vaughn III (D-Detroit),
15 labor union representatives, peace groups
and youth organizations.

-Daily-David Margolick
Trumpeter Doc Severinsen lets loose at a concert in Hill Aud. last night, while a
member of his act looks on. Severinsen was the featured performer for "Roses in the
Snow", a concert with the Michigan Marching Band.
AFSCME begins new drive
to organize U'secretaries

-Daily-Robert Wargo
HUMAN RIGHTS PARTY members David Black, Nancy Wechsler, Mike Foo and Bob Alexander (left to right) lead an afternoon
session of the party's platform conventicn yesterday. Wechsler and Foo (below) listen to a discussion of the party's education plank.
Human Rights Party adopts planks

A new effort has begun recently to organ-
ize University secretaries.
Spearheading the drive is Council 7 of
the American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employes (AFSCME), whose
Local 1583 currently represents University
service and maintenance employes.
So far the union's efforts have been limited
to leafletting and discussions with secre-
taries. The union has posted pamphlets ex-
plaining the purpose and background of
AFSCME and has provided cards which
secretaries can send in to indicate an interest
in the union.
Whenusufficient numbers indicate an in-
terest, the union will begin an involved pro-
cess to seek representation.
Under state law, petitions signed by sec-
retaries, in this case, must be filed with the
Michigan Employment Relations Commission
(MERO) , which determines the appropriate-
ness of the proposed bargaining unit.
Once MERC decides a group of employes
may indeed unionize, elections are held un-
der MERC's auspices to choose a bargaining
agent for the proposed union.
State AFSCME officials are reluctant to
discuss specifics of the current unionization
drive until more definite plans are made.
Concern was expressed that management
would take advantage of union plans.
One offical, describing the campaign's
tactics said, "Generally, we like to have
these movements build from within. We us-

similar work is being done.
Grievances, some secretaries also com-
plain, can only be reported to supervisors.
Since the supervisor is also responsible for
determining merit salary increases, many
complaints are never made.
In addition, recommendations for merit
increases are not shown. employes. Thus,
workers do not find out the reasons they
don't receive such salary increases.
Despite the complaints, there has been
some reluctance on the part of secretaries
to organize. Some like the present system,
while others fear they will lose their job it
they actively support a unionization effort.
Others, however, feel that unionization is
not desirable for professional employes.

Two planks of the Human Rights Party
(HRP) platform for the upcoming city elec-
tions were decided last night at the end of
the first day of the party's platform cau-
In their approved preamble, the party
states that it "seeks a society in which all
people are able to grow fully, free from dis-
crimination and oppression, and in which
everyone shares equitably in the wealth of
the country and the decisions which affect
their lives."
The party, renamed yesterday morning to
be the Human Rights Party of Ann Arbor,
also said in its platform that the Democratic
and Republican parties "cannot create real
change because they represent the interests
of business and the rich." The party also
charged that the two parties have placed a
low priority on attacking sexism and racism

in the city, and on providing adequate city
The preamble adopted yesterday states,
'City resources should go toward providing
housing, health care, child care, education,
transportation, food, and clothing which are
the rights of all people regardless of income."
"Community control" the party's platform
stated, "is necessary to make services re-
sponsive to the people." It favors a highly
progressive tax structure as the means of
financing the city programs.
In essence, HRP's goal is summed up as
the eventual attainment of a "truly demo-
cratic socialist system."
With approximately 25 members present,
the caucus worked late last night to formu-
late its planks.
Under the student's rights section of the
education plank, the party asks that "All
levels and aspects of education (i.e., books,
equipment, transportation) be provided free

to the student." It was specifically pointed
out that this amendment applied to Univer-
sity education.
Concerning the financing of education, the
party's plank supports an end to the non-
commercial property tax, and any flat rate
tax for financing education," because, as one
member said, "these discriminate against
poor people."
HRP also came out in favor of a steeply
graduated personal income tax as the means
of financing public education.
Concerning ageism, or discrimination
based on age, the platform states that
"domination of the educational system by
the academic-military-industrial complex, in
fact, means that education does not serve
the needs of personal development of all
"Rather," the platform goes on, "young
people are developed as cannon fodder for
the military, or as docile automatons for
the industrial assembly line, or conformist
middle managers and professionals. Th@
same ideology that forces children into these
molds also relegates older adult people to the
garbage heap-not worthy of investment of
educational dollars."
The racism and university sections of the
education plank were tabled until today,
while the party continued work last night on
its legal plank.
HRP's platform states that "People who
are incarcerated, rather than being punished
as anti-socialdeviants, must be treated as
individuals and 'helped to function as indi-
viduals within society."
With the above in mind, HRP proposes that
the following legislative changes must be

Students: Caught in the budget cutback

In the financial tug-of-war between the state
and the University, the University and its colleges,
and the individual college and its departments, the
student emerges the loser.
This year's budget squeeze - which involved
trimming $3 million from the 1971-72 budget -
provides another round in the continuing struggle
for quality University education.
Even without a thorough knowledge of budget

December of a 2 per cent cutback in state appro-
priations to the University;
-$825,000 which was rebudgeted in anticipation
of unspent salaries, that is salary money available
when faculty members resign or retire before the
end of their appointments;

-the overbudgeting of
about $380,000 because of
in-state students relative

student fee revenues by
an increased number of
to the number of out-

of-state students; and

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