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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, September IS, IV/ U i#

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, September 1 b', 19 It.)

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LOW-COST HOUSING:
Tenants Union presents plans

-Associated Press
Police action after parad e
An overturned truck burns in Los Angeles' Mexican-American section Wednesday night as violence
broke out following a peacefully parade celebrating Mexico's Independence Day. One officer was
shot while about 250 officers-some with drawn revolvers and swinging night sticks-clashed with
youth throwing bottles and rocks.
ASK $1,750,000 DAMAGES:
Two tenants fle sut against
17landlords over blacllst'

(Continued from Page 1)
debated whether the University
should provide low-cost housing
for the Ann Arbor community.
"The University has to relate tot
the private market," Burghardt
said. "I don't think its fair for
the affluent students and the
higher income groups to push the
workers out of the community."
Fleming questioned if students
would' support University subsi-
dized low-cost housing for non-
University people. He pointed to a
Student Government Council ref-
erendum taken last spring which
defeated such a proposal.
A TU spokesman responded
that because of the Black Action
Movement strike at that time,
students' attention was diverted
from tie referendum. "The vote
was more an opinion poll than a
referendum," the spokesman said.
While discussing the low-cost
housing plan, Regent Brown sug-
gested the Tenants Union develop
a detailed, outlined housing pro-
gram similar to one the Regents
passed last spring. The plan, which
establishes an individual co-op-
erative sponsored by the Student
Credit Union and University Em-
ployes Credit Union, involves some
members of the off-campus hous-
ing bureau acting within the co-
operative program independently
of their office.
About 25 acres of University
land has been reserved by the Re-
gents for sale to the co-op pend-
ing approval of a federal "interest
subsidy" on an open market loan
to be given to the group.

Thomas Brown, assistant direc-
tor of Student Community Rela-;
tions and member of the co-op's
planning committee stresses that
the federal money which this plan
requires is slated for "family hous-
ing." He added that the housing1
could include only a limited num-
ber of students.
"Even though this program will

'U' makes administrative
post for minority groups

be staged over a period of 5-10
years, and the cost will be from
$8-12 million, we are both inter-
ested and willing to work with the
Tenants Union in plans they'
have," Thomas Brown said.
The immediate plans of TU in-
volve "waging a housing cam-
paign through SGC and other
student groups to get more people
together," Burghardt said. _

WRO, BEDL
take over
reading, roomk
(Continued from Page 1)
long-range effort by BEDL and
another local 'welfare group, the
W e 1 f a r e Rights Organization
(WRO), to collect $60 to $80 mil-
lion from county churches. The
funds would be used to provide the
county poor with clotles, housing,
day care centers, training pro-
grams, and other community aid
projects.
In support of their effort, the
two groups have conducted sit-ins
at a number of religious institu-
tions in the area.
In an interview yesterday, Tho-
mas indicated that he and sup-
porters intended to continue the
occupation of the reading room
until their demands were met or
they were confronted with an in-
junction forbidding their presence.
Thomas stressed that BEDL's
action represents a protest against
what he called the accumulation
of vast wealth by the American
churches, and he said, a corre-
sponding disregard for the poor of
America by their continued refusal
to distribute this wealth.
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a federal program designed to
provide training and services for
staff members in anti-poverty and
community development organiza-
tions. Maddox is also the producer
and host of "Profiles in Black,"
a television series on black com-
munity affairs, aired by Detroit
station WWJ.
rnfundedb
Maddox said he hopes to pro-
vide a sense of coordination to the
various aspects of the minority
admissions program.
"I will be cofncerned with co-
ordinating research done by the
University departments relative
to the experiences of black stu-
dents on campus, and to institute
programs designed to provide
more meaningful participation of
black students in institutions of
higher learning," he said.

Maddox criticized charges that
the University would be lowering
its admissions standards =in in-
creasing black enrollment.
"There exists in the black com-
munity a vast reservoir of poten-
tial. These persons need to be
given an opportunity and cannot
be identified by traditional stand-
ards."
He said the University has
graduated qualified persons to do
what? To contaminate the en-
vironment, to exploit . oppressed
people, to engage in milateristic
activities, to teach children how to
be racists, to attempt to exclude
minorities from meaningful parti-
cipation, in society?
"Graduates of this and other
major universities have done these
and other activities. If this be the
case of "qualified"' white students,
universities need to re-examine
I their criteria of qualification."

(Continued from Page 1)
Commenting on the prospects
for a court victory, Burghardt
said, "The facts happen to be on
our side." He added that he was
"quite certain the case would re-
present a major victory (for ten-
ants in Ann Arbor)."
Burghardt claims that some
prospective tenants whose names
Seek torebut
MeCraeken
(Continued from Page 1)
Robert Knauss is expected early
this morning.
McCracken, who has been chair-
man of the Council of Economic
Advisers since the start of the
Nixon Administration, will speak
on "Economic Priorities for the
Seventies." The lecture is t h e
fourth in an annual series which
honors William McInally, former
chairman of the National Bank
of Jackson, who served as a re-
gent of the University from 1960
until his death in 1964. The lec-
ture is financed by' an endow-
ment contributed to McInally's,
friends.
In addition to serving the Nix-
on administration, McCracken is
also a member of the Outlook
Forum of the National Industrial
Conference Board and chairman
of the Academic Advisory Board
of the American Enterprise In-
stitute for Public Policy Research.

are on the alleged blacklist have
been required by their landlords to
pay an entire year's rent in ad-
vance.
The rent strike began in winter,
1969, after the newly-established
Tenants Union gathered enough
pledges of support.
The union seeks recognition as
the bargaining agents 'for Ann
Arbor tenants, with the aim of im-
proving the service of local land-
lords.
It charges that landlords have
"used the existence of a large stu-
dent market for apartments to
charge excessive rents and to be
lax in the maintenance of, their
apartments.
At a mass meeting last night,'
the Tenants Union named Dahl-
mann Associates and Hall Man-
agement as the target firms of
the rent strike this year.
About 50 people attended the
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meeting, and discussed tactics
which the union will use in the
coming months. The union plans
to divide its efforts between ob-
taining support for the two target
rent strikes, and organizing ten-
ants who are in non-target apart-
ments.
The union will also continue to
aid tenants who complain of hous-
ing code violations in their apart-
ments.

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