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Vol. LXXXII, No. 134

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, March 28, 1972

Ten Cents

Eight Pages


General strike cripples N. Ireland



Walk-out in reaction to new
JiJlster govt. halts industry
BELFAST, Northern Ireland 1P} - A cut in breakfast
time electric power signalled the start of a massive, crippling
general strike called by Northern Ireland's Protestant major-
ity to protest Britain's takeover of their government.
Ousted Prime Minister Brian Faulkner, who resigned
4ather than accede to British demands for control of internal
security, called for a campaign of non-cooperation with the
Ulster province's new British overlord, William Whitelaw.
Whitelaw is to rule Ulster's six counties for one year.
Yesterday's strike virtually crippled industry. Flights were
grounded, trains, buses and ferries halted; banks and shops
Vhut down; According to a Trade Union Congress estimate,
130,000 of Northern Ireland's'
215,000 workers heeded the
Vote fraud strike call
The strike was seen as a chill-
ing -show of Protestant force and
allega ions!a taste of things to come in Ul-
eg at n s ster, a province already shattered
by nearly three years of continu-
ous sectarian strife between the
Protestant majority and the Cath-
olic minority. The fighting has left
288 persons dead.
Catholics in Belfast, fearful of
By DAN BIDDLE sparking confrontations with the
Student Government C o u n c i l columns of Protestant militants
voted last night to place the latest who paraded the streets, stayed
challenge to the validity of he all- indoors. Taverns in Catholic dis-
campus election results before the tricts were closed.
Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) The right-wing paramilitary Ul-
for a final decision. ster Vanguard hailed the strike as
In an emergency meeting called a show of force for the Protest-
to settle appeals to the Creden- ants. "This will show where the
dial and Rules Committee's (C&R) real power lies in this country,"
decisions, defeated Student Ten- said William Craig, leader of the
ants Union candidates Scott Selig- hardline extremist Protestant
man, Rick Steinberg, SGC mem- group.
ber Joel Silverstein, and Respon- By midday, industry had ground
sible Alternative Party member to a halt. A water crisis was feared
Mark Ruessman, claimed that they when filtering plants were shut
were gathering "new evidence down, and the Electricity Board
hich clearly indicates a massive announced 'a rotation system
election fraud." blacking out homes for six of ev-
The charges were directed at ery eight hours. 15,000 shipyard
Elections Director David Schaper, and aircraft workers marched to
who estimated at Saturday's C&R Belfast's City Hall, where they
hearing that approximately 3,900 were greeted by more protesters
ballots had been cast on Tuesday singing Protestant battle hymns.
and some 1,300-1,400 more Wednes- Some strikers, parading under
lay the red and white flag of Ulster,'
Seligman and Silverstein said sported signs reading, "Heath for
that they have "signed affidavits Long Kesh," a call to intern Brit-
from 20-25 per cent of Wednes- ish Prime Minister Edward Heath
day's poll workers showing that at in the main camp for detaining
least. 1,440 people voted Wednes- suspects of the outlawed Irish Re-
day." publican Army (IRA).
"That accounts for only -one Meanwhile, the Provisional IRA
*urth of the poll workers at best," command in Londonderry report-
Seligman continued. edly announced a suspension of
"Before long we should be able operations against civilian targets,
to prove that at least 2,000 people but said it would continue to fight
voted on Wednesday, contrary to British forces.
Schaper's figure of 1,400." The command later denied hav-
Schaper yesterday called the ing announced the truce, however,
Varges of fraud "totally invalid." triggering speculation that its
"It was almost impossible for Dublin headquarters had ordered
me to know exactly how many the denial. The Dublin headquar-
ballots were cast on either elec-j ters has refused to consider any
tion day, but I don't think the cease-fire plan following recent
charge of missing ballots can be British attempts to settle the'
substantiated," he said. strife.
Silverstein, Seligman, Ruessman, The British plan is designed to
nd Steinberg are requesting a grant the Catholic minority more
total investigation of the elec- input in the Ulster government.

declared not guilty

From the Associated Press
and The Berkeley Barb
white jury yesterday acquitted
the two surviving Soledad
B r o t h e r s, black convicts
charged with murdering a
white prison guard.
The two - John Clutchette and
'CiIFleeta Drumgo - and George
Jackson, a third Soledad Brother
who died in San Quentin violence
last Aug. 21, are the prisoners An-
gela Davis is charged with plot-
ting to set free.
The thirteen week trial has
drawn considerable national at-
tention and has been the focus of
a movement to free the Soledad
Brothers, who many claim were on
trial primarily for their political,
Explaining yesterday's verdict,
one member of the Superior Court
jury said, "The state didn't pre-
sent any evidence."
"Of the three State witnesses,
we couldn't believe two; and we
could hardly believe the third,"
said another juror.
Clutchette, 28, and Drumgo, 26,
were accused with Jackson, 28, of
beating guard John Mills to death
Jan. 16, 1970, at Soledad Prison!
in Monterey County.
Jackson, whose book of letters
from prison became an under-
ground best seller, died with three
white guards and two white con-
victs in what prison authorities
called an escape attempt.
"The verdict is beautiful" Davis
said in San Jose where the black
Communist is on trial for charges
of kidnap, conspiracy and murder.
She is charged withgproviding
the weapons for an Aug. 7, 1970.
Marin County courtroom break at-
1 tempt in which a iudge and three



-Associated Press
Boston fracas
The violence pictured above broke out yesterday as Boston University students fought city police dur-
ing a protest against Marine recruiters at the university's placement office. Police said 30 persons
were arrested in the melee.

-Daily-Terry Mccarthy
STUDENTS JOIN CPHA striking employes yesterday after pro-
testing outside the aerospace division of the Bendix Corporation
earlier in the day.
Studenits pC
Bendix, CPHA

Property tax


placed on May ballot


The Ann Arbor City Council
voted unanimously last night to
place a 2.5 mill property tax in-
crease for the fiscal year 1972-3
on the May 16 ballot.
If the voters pass the tax levy,
city services will be maintained atj
the present level, according to City
Administrator Guy Larcom. If thei
proposal is defeated, budget cuts
n certain departments will be in-

evitable, he added. collection force their jobs, Larcom
According to Larcom, balancing said.
the budget without the tax will Other austerity measures en-
require a reduction of 10 men from visioned by Larcom include freez.
the police force as well as similar ing the budget of the Human
personnel cuts in the fire, building Rights department and slashing
and safety and parks and recrea- the Ann Arbor Transportation,
tion departments. Authority subsidy by $60,000.
It will also be necessary to con- T

tion" based on their charge that
Schaper is unable to account for
all election ballots, especially the
500-1,000 allegedly missing ballots
cast Wednesday.
John Koza, of GROUP, who as-
'sted Schaper during the ballot
count, responded that such an ac-
counting "would be impossible
since many ballots have been
thrown out or used for scr apI
C&R chairman Tom Bentley had
requested at earlier hearings that
*1 ballots be "held for further
Newly-seated SGC President Bill
Jacobs, also a member of GROUP,
described the fraud allegations as
Meanwhile, both Brad Taylor's
challenge to the Student Board of
4ublications election and Jay
Hack's charge of an incorrect cm-
puter program used to tabulate
votes were dismissed last night by
Seligman, Silverstein, Steinberg
and Ruessman also called for
Schaper to submit voluntarily to a
lb-detector test. Schaper refused.
to comment on the request.

There has thus been
lic pressure on the
down its activities -
Protestants deem ter
give the British mov

some Catho-
IRA to tone
- which the
rorist - and
ves a chance.


vert to a curb-side method of gar-
bage collection which could cost
nearly half the present garbage

Holy Week demonstrations add
excitement to Hqrrisburg trial

By MARY KRAMER Nearly all the Life contingent The participants in the day's ac-
Special To The Daily marchers covered' their faces with tivities were not predominantly
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Nearly brilliant rainbow shades of grease young people as older, married'
800 demo nstrators danced, paint. couples with children were in at-
marched and skipped their way Several 'resourceful participants tendance.
into downtown Harrisburg Sun- utilized trash found in a nearby An old, blue van plastered with'
day to nrk the start of "Holy dumping area and improvised a posters and slogans drove by with
Week" festivities focused on the kazoo and hubcap drum band, a sign at the top proclaiming, "I
Berrigan conspiracy trial. Carrying banners bearing senti- am seventy-five but I am with
Demonstrators assembled on an ments such as "I will die _... but the young against the war."
island in the Susquehanna Ftiver that is all I will do for death," the A
and divided themselves into "Life" procession slowly made its way to A large percentage of the group
and "Death".contingents. the capital. seemed to consist of liberal Romanl
At the head of the procession. Although residents lingering Catholics and Quakers.
protestors with faces painted in along the streets were not hostile The carnival atmosphere was
stark black and white donned long to the d e m o n s t r a t o r s, many retained during defendant Tony
black-hooded robes to signify seemed mystified by the boisterous Scoblick's address on capital
spectres of death. activity. grounds.
spectresHe jokingly referred to "the
next conspiracy trial" as the one

The 2.5 mill tax is a temporary
procedure and is not designed as
a long range solution to the city's
financial problems. Larcom said
that this tax was to "hold the
line," and might be subject to re-'
newal-like the school tax.
Larcom's view was shared by
Democratic Mayor Robert Harris,
who reiterated his belief that the
long term solution to the city's fi-
nancial crisis was a city income
Councilman Robert Weaver (R-
Second Ward) said that "It's un-
fortunate that we have to deal
with this issue and that the next
council has to live with it. But I
never object to the public's voting,
on an issue of this seriousness."
Ann Arbor landlords would be
able to transfer payment of the
property tax to their tenants un-
der the present national economic
Attempting to broaden its base
of support beyond the student
community, the Rainbow Peo-
ple's Party (RPP )-formerly the
White Panther P a r t y-has in-
volved itself this year in elec-
toral politics.
Most prominently, Party mem-
ber Genie Plamondon is running
for the vacant City Council seat
in the Third Ward.

abductors died. The prosecution By DAVE BURHENN
contends the purpose was to ran- Chanting anti-war slogans and carrying cardboard pro-
som freedom for the three Soledad test signs, a small group of student demonstrators yesterday
Brothers. picketed the aerospace division of the Bendix Corporation and
The Soledad Brothers trial had later the Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities
lasted 13 weeks under extraordin- (CPHA).
ary security precautions at the
Hall of Justice. Clutchette and Both the Bendix Corporation, whose areospace division
Drumgo were flown back and forth manufactures component parts for military aircraft used in
each day from San Quentin by Vietnam, and the CPHA, which is a consultant firm for ap-
helicopter. - ---- proximately 1,500 hospitals,
In addition, all observers were are located in northeast Ann
photographed, frisked, and as- Arbor.
signed seats. Women observersTh stereveals
were subjected to vaginal searches. 35, st w o theed
When the innocent verdicts were bout 35, first went to the Bendix
read, Clutchette and Drumgo ori u o s plant, where they paraded in the
)umped up and hugged their driveway shouting and bearing
court-appointed attorneys-Rich- By LORIN LABARDEE placards attacking the corpora-
ard Silver and Floyd Sillimanh tion for its involvement in the
The Human Rights Party (HRP) Vietnam air war. The group then
"But our fight is not over. Fleeta yesterday released a complete list marched to the CPHA building,
has been indicted for what hap- of its contributors to the city elec- where they joined about 30 strik-
pened at San Quentin when tion campaigns. ing CPHA employes on the picket
George Jackson died. So we have Commenting on the list, HRP co- line.
to keep on fighting," said Inez ordinator Doug Cornell said, "We The CPHA strike began last
Williams, Drumgo's mother. have nothing to hide. We are chal- Feb. 23 when approximately 150
Drumgo is charged with murder lenging the other parties to show workers walked out after a dis-
in an indictment stemming from who their contributors are." pute with the CPHA management
the San Quentin violence. The HRP list reveals that 114 over the establishment of a union
No other charge was pending persons have contributed a total shop.
a ga in st Clutchette, who was of $2,154.06. Mr hn5 e eto h
sriThe largest contribution was employes voted to join United
scheduled for parole April 20, 1970, Tae las Hodgin was Auto Workers Local 157 when the
before being charged in Mills' made by Dallas Hodgins who gave issue was put to a vote six months
death. $500. Hodgins, who ran for City ago. Negotiations began with
The assault in which Mills died pCouncil in 1a62tosit he cobatc CPHA at that time, but broke
came three days after three black to HRP because he felt they are down over the closed shop issue.
Soledad convicts were killed by more progressive than the Demo- Talks are scheduled to resume
the gunfire of guards seeking to corats today.
break up a prison yard melee s - The strike has raised intense
among black and white prisoners. Political notables who contri- feelings on both sides, and flared
Mills was killed within hours buted to HRP were: Fred Postill, emotions were readily apparent
after a county grand jury ruled an announced candidate for Wash- yesterday. As non-strikers left the
the three deaths were "justifiable tenaw County sheriff; Perry Bul- site, strikers and the demonstrat-
homicide." See HRP, Page 8 See PICKETS, Page 8
'w Party seeks support
people, but for all people in the
community," she adds. T
Plamondon, a member of the
RPP's Central Committee, wasf
nominated by HRP last Febru-
ary. The political alliance mark-
ed a triumph over friction be- 5
tween the two previously-un-
aligned groups.
In last April's election the Ann
Arbor Tribal Council, for in-
stance, a coalition of various }
community g r o u p s of which '

Children think for themselves
at innovative Clonlara school
Second of Two Parts f4
What would make a parent spend$560 a se-
mester to send a five year old child to nursery
Glenn Rosenthal, whose daughter attends
Clonlara School is pleased because, "She doesn't
think of her teachers as ogres." Other parents
offer a variety of reasons for sending their chil-A

in which Sunday's marchers would
'be named as defendants, but he
added, "the painted faces will
make it harder for FBI identifica-
Early Sunday evening Philip
Berrigan appeared before a large
crowd at nearby Dauphin County
Jail where he is currently seirving
a sentence for draft record de-
Referring to last week's surprise
defense move to rest its case thirty
seconds after it began, Berrigan
said the jury "is intrigued with the
entire trial and trying hard to un-
derstand the defense decision to

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