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Student Actvities---Page Eleven


~Wednesday, September 2, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Student Activities-Page Eleven

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A n t i w a r activities at the
University and around t h e
country reached a high point
last fall with a huge morator-
ium on Oct. 15 and the largest
march on Washington, D.C. in
history on Nov. 15.
The October event emphasiz-
ed local protests against t h e
Vietnam war in the form of an-
ti war rallies, cessation-of nor-
mal academic activities, and
workshops on various aspects of
the war.
A M a r c h Against Death, a
Mass March'and a Mass Rally
were the basis of the November
Washington protests.
Local planning for both the
October Moratorium, which vir-
tually closed down the Univer-
sity, and the November activi-
ties begain in September, coor-
dinated chiefly by the New Mo-
bilization to End the War in
Vietnam (New Mobe), with
some assistance from the Viet-
nam Moratorium , Committee
and Student Mobilization Com-
Local organizing was directed
chiefly at the October Morator-
ium from the beginning of
school until after the event, at
which t i m e attention became
focused on the March on Wash-
As the date of the Morator-
ium approached, the number of
University organizations an d
departments supporting it grew.
A major boost for the Morator-
ium came on Oct. 6 when Sen-
ate Assembly, t h e representa-
tive faculty group, voted to sup-
port the antiwar activities. The
Assembly resolution urged a 11
members of the University Com-
munity to devote their intel-
lectual energies to considering
ways in which to end the war.
At the same meeting, Assembly
endorsed a letter by Vice Presi-
dent for Academic Affairs Al-
lan F. Smith -which announced
that while the University would
not formally cancel classes on
Oct. 15, faculty members who
did so would not be penalized.
The next day, The Represent-
ative Assembly of the Residen-
tial College voted to cancel Res-
idential College classes on Oct.
15 in support of the nationwide
As the days ticked away un-
til the 15th, virtually every col-
lege and department in the
University was represented in
petitions supporting the Mora-
torium. Support also came from
fraternities, sororities and var-
ious clubs.
On Moratorium Day - Wed.,
Oct. 15, 1969 - the forums,
discussions, panels, a n d sym-
posiums held in the departments
and colleges ranging from mu-
sic a n-d English to economics
and political science were too
numerous to count.
Former Secretary of Labor
Willard Wirtz, speaking at the
law school, denounced govern-
ment officials for not pubiiciz-

ing their motives and overall
government war policies. Wirtz
claimed the Moratorium was a
way of "getting public opinion
to those who say it won't affect
them anyway."
Education school Dean Wil-
bur Cohen called the w a r a
"colossal mistake," and urged
that it be ended soon so that
"we can deal with our domestic
The highlight of Moratorium
Day was the evening rally in
Michigan Stadium. Over 20,000
people gathered to hear speak-
ers, including Sen. Philip Hart,
SDS founder Tom Hayden, U.S.
Rep. John Conyers, State Sen.
Coleman Young (D-Detroit) and
State Rep. Roger Craig (D-
Dearborn) denounce the war.
The October Moratorium was
claimed a great success by New
Mobe spokesmen. "It was the
biggest antiwar demonstration
in t h e history of Michigan,"
they said. "The students dem-
onstrated their unity of feeling,
their desire for the war to be
brought to an immediate halt."
After the Moratorium, efforts
turned to organizing for t h e
March on Washington. On the
local level, the emphasis was on
providing transportation and
lodging in Washington for those
who wished to participate.
National organizers f a c e d
numerous problems r a n g i n g
from negotiating the parade
routes with the Justice Depart-
ment to negotiating the use of
portable toilets with the na-
tional park service.
T h e March Against Death,
involving an estimated 100,000
participants - 4,000 from Ann
Arbor - began on Thursday,
Nov. 13 and continued for 40
hours. The marchers walked
from Arlington National Ceme-
tary past the White House and
on. to the Capitol. Each march-
er carried a placard with the

-Daily-Sara Krulwich
November Moratorium: March Against Death


name of a U.S. soldier killed in
Vietnam, or a Vietnamese vil-
lage destroyed. As each march-
er passed the White House, he
or she shouted out the name of
the d e a d soldier or destroyed
Over 350,000 people partici-


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pated in the Mass March which
began Saturday morning at
9:00 a.m. and continued until
12:30 p.m. The route traveled by
these marchers went from the
Capitol up Pennsylvania Aven-
ue and, over to the grounds of
the Washington Monument. Be-
cause the parade permit expir-
ed at 12:30 p.m., an undeter-
mined number of potential
marchers were unable to par-
ticipate in the March, and went
across the Mall directly to the
Monument grounds, where the
rally was held.
T h e rally speakers included
Mrs. Coretta King, Chicago 7
defendant David Dellinger, Sen.
George McGovern (D-S.D.),
Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.),
and folksingers Arlo Guthrie,
Richie Havens, and Peter Yar-
A major cause of worry for
both New Mobe and the govern-
ment was the possibility of vio-
lence. New Mobe organizers
gave repeated assurances that
they intended all activities to
be non-violent. However, the
possibility t h a t militant fac-
tions of SDS would try to pro-
voke some ' type of confronta-
tion with police was very real.
The government prepared for
the March by alerting several
hundred thousand troops across
the country for possible air-lift-
ing to Washington. In addition,
28,000 federal troops and na-
tional guardsmen were mobiliz-
ed in the Washington area. The
only violence occuring did not
involve New Mobe, and dam-
age and injuries were minimal.
Following President Nixon's
announcement of U.S. interven-
tion in Cambodia last May, an
d hoc group of radical mem-

bers of the University commu-
nity called for a classroom strike
which was unsuccessful. The an-
nouncement had been made
several days before spring term
Before the strike was called
off, however, the group led a
takeover of North Hall - the
ROTC building - and turned it
temporarily into a child day
care center.
\ The protesters left the build-
ing the next day, with the ex-
ception of four who were arrest-
ed but later released without
being charged.
In June, after the announce-
ment of widened U.S. air strikes
in Cambodia, more than 360
protesters marched through the
campusC and several windows in
University b ui1 d i n g a were

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Other University buildings
that were damaged, although
not heavily, included the Physic&
and Astronomy Bldg., East Med.
ical Bldg. and Engineering
There was no police inter-'
ference with the march, al*-
though several plainclothesmen,
maintained a close watch on the
The Cambodian Day Action
Committee, an ad hoc group
which planned the march,
promised further action during
the summer "to, make sure all
the troops and bombs are out
of Cambodia.

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