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Reuther aspires





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ON AUGUST 6, the Democratic
primary will decide, among oth-
er things, which Democrat s h a 11
oppose incumbent Republican Con-
gressman Marvin Esch. John Reu-
ther, born in Detroit in 1943, is one
of the aspirants for the Democratic
He tends to agree with Walter
Shapiro (candidate for the Demo-
cratic 2nd congressional district
nomination in 1972) when he s a y s
that fthis district is the most dif-
ficult in the country to win.
The heterogeneous nature of the
district makes it imperative that
Reuther not only receive the sup-
port of the left, but find a way to
reach those in the middle and the
However, he makes it quite clear
that he's not going to do this by
"backing down" or "softening on
ths issues."
Rather, he hopes to accomplish it
through personal contact and dis-
cussing the issues with them, Itres-
sing those issues that they have in
common with the left, such as cam-
paign reform, unemployment and
health care. On Nixon's national
health insurance plan he comments,
"It doesn't change the system of
health care; what it does is double
the profits of the $26 billion-a-year
health industry."
REUTHER WAS amazed at the
hypocrisy in Nixon's call for an end
to the invasion of personal privacy.
He states that the recent election
of Democrat Richard VanderVeen
over his Republican opponent in
Gerald Ford's old district demon-

.trates a "clear rejection of the
serious scandals of the Nixon ad-
ministration." He hopes that legis-
lation requiring public financing c.f
presidential campaigns will de-
crease corruption in the executive
Legislation to de-criminalize the
possession of marijuana, and to ef-
fectively deal with sorely needad
penal and pension reforms also re-
ceive his support.
He favors impeachment and he
will speak frequently on the sub-
ject during the upcoming cam-
paign. "Polls show that m a n y
people in this country don't under-
stand what impeachment is." He
continues by saying that it is the
representative's duty to explain tha
Reuther could be described as a
liberal who happens to be quite
candid when discusing nearly any-
thing. His campaign will be direct-
ed against Esch, not the o t h e r
Democratic hopefuls. He makes it
obvious that he wants to retire
Esch when he says, "I wouldn't
have run this year if I thought
someone else could have been beat-
en him (Esch). I would've worked
for anyone, within reason of course,
who I though had a decent chance
to beat him . . . One of my cnief
aims in this campaign is to expo.se
REUTHER graduated from Cor-
nell University's School of Indus-
trial Relations in 1966, whereupon
he became a legislative aid to Sen-
ator Birch Bayh. In 1967 he left
Bayh's staff to take a job as a
congressional liason for OEO. Ile

worked in the 1968 Kennedy cam-
paign in California with Cesar
Chavez until Kennedy's death. Af-
ter that, a discouraged Reuther
packed up and spent two years in
Hussia studying the contemporary
role of Soviet trade unions.
Upon returning to the U.S., Rea-
ther spent the next several years
working in various poliical cam-
paigns. In 1970 he worked in Sen-
ator, Edward Kennedy's re-election
effort, then joined the presidential
campaign of Sen. Birch Bayh, first
as a youth coordinator, then as re-
gional mid-Atlantic coordinator.
With Bayh's decision to drop out,
Reuther promptly joined the Mc-
Govern forces and directed M,-
Govern's victorious primary cam-
paign in Massachusetts. During the
general election race he acted as
a peacemaker between the Mc-
Govern camp and hostile labor force-
es in Minnesota. He held a job with
Ford as a legislative re ;earcher
into industrial-governmental rela-
tions until just recen*ly when he
decided to devote full time to his
THE SON OF Roy Reuther and
nephew of the late Walter Reu-
ther says Esch will have the ad-
vantage over his Democratic op-
ponent in that he is the in-umbent.
He doesn't believe that his famous
name will be much of a factor once
the voting begins.
"The name Reuther gets me the
initial focus of attention, but I've
got to cary it from there," Reu-
ther says.
Brian Colgan is a staff writer
for The Daily.

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Solidarity program continues

NOw THAT THE Third World Confer-
ence is in progress, students must
come 'out of their pre-spring doldrums
and give the conference avid support.
Lectures and rallies will mark the re-
maining two days of the conference
which opened last night with lectures by
Pat Sumi of the Third World Women's
Alliance and by Ramsey Muniz, Texas
gubernatorial candidate. Calling for mi-
nority unity, Muniz, who ran for gover-
nor in 1972, exclaimed that "the man is
out to get all of us.," Muniz is the co-
founder of the Raza Unida party (all peo-
ple united), founded in 1969.
Tonight the conference continues with
black activist Angela Davis speaking and
American Indian Movement co-founder
Clyde Bellacourt. Bellacourt is currently
on trial for an array of charges ranging
from arson to assaulting federal officers.
offenses outlined yesterday by law-
yers for the House Judiciary Committee
is a sound document that could force
Richard Nixon to account for more than
his strictly criminal acts.
The report argued that the President
has the duty "not to abuse his powers or
transgress their limits--not to violate the
right of citizens such as those guaranteed
by the Bill of Rights, and not to act in;
derogation of powers vested elsewhere by
the Constitution."
Thus, the President could be impeach-;
ed for bombing Cambodia without ap-
proval from Congress, or for impounding
$12 billion appropriated by Congress for

A rally at 11:00 AM today will try to
gain support for the Wounded Knee
defendant. People should meet on the
ding to demonstrate. Support for the
Wounded Knee defendants including
Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and Bella-
court, is essential. This rally needs stu-
dent support as the trial is expected to
constitute a major civil rights case for
Native Americans. It should be of the
highesty priority for all students to at-
THE THIRD WORLD- Conference closes
tomorrow with workshops, among
them one on the need for a minority pro-
gram. Dr. Les Owens, Director of the
center for Afro-American and African
studies, is among the list of today's
N on Nixon
vital social needs. The President has vio-
lated the Bill of Rights by harassing and
intimidating journalists and political op-
ponents, and by setting up a secret police
force engaged in illegal espionage.
IT IS IMPORTANT to establish that
there are strict limits to the powers
of the presidency, and that the President
must be held accountable when he ex-
ceeds them. The impeachment of Rich-
ard Nixon will serve as a healthy prece-
dent, and as a warning to future presi-
dents that their attempts to usurp power
and flaunt the Constitution will not be
Editorial Director

FOOD STAMPS, popularly associated with
the indigent members of society, a r e
also available to low income University
students since the Supreme Court over-
turned several amendments to the F o o d
Stamp Act last June.
Food stamps are a subsidy from the fed-
eral government for food expenses. Under
the food stamp program, "households" ex-
change their food money for coupons which
are worth more than the money. They can
be used to purchase food at retail food
stores which are authorized by the United
States Department of Agriculture.
In late December, 1970, Congress passed
amendments to the Food Stamp Act, en-
acted in 1964, which were aimed at getting
hippies and college students off the food
'stamps roles.
One amendment denied food stamps to
persons otherwise eligible if all members
of their "household' were not related to
each other. The other stated that if persons
of 18 or older were claimed as dependents
by a taxpayer not eligible for food stamps,
the 18-year-old and his "household" were
also ineligible for stamps, even if they
qualified in every other way.
These amendments hurt students because
most of them live away from home w i t h

people to whom they are not related, and
many are claimed as dependents 3n their
parents' tax returns.
Both amendments were declared in vio-
lation of the Fifth Amendment by U.S. Su-
preme Court decisions handed down in June
of 1973. Students can now receive f o o d
stamps if their income (minus certain al-
lowable deductions) is low enough,
A "HOUSEHOLD", as defined in the Food
Stamp Act, is one person or a group of
people who buy, store, and prepare food
together. More than one "household" may
share the same living quarters, as long as
each separate household buys, stores, and
prepares its food separately from the other
The amount of money that an ligible
household must pay to receive a given
amount of food stamps varies according
to the income of the household.
For example, a two-person household
whose adjusted income for food stamp pr-
poses (this -is not the same as their gross
or net monthly income) is $85 a month
would pay $18 to receive $66 worth of food
stamps. However, a two-person household
whose monthly income for food stamp pur-
poses was $235 would pay $46 for $66 worth
of food stamps.

Households which are receiving public as-
sistance, such as Aid to Dependent Child-
ren or Aid to the Blind, are automatically
eli'gible for food stamps.
ELIGIBILITY OF non-public assistance
'households' for participation in the food
stamp program is based on four criteria:
residency, income, resources, and work re-
To be eligible for food stamps, a person
must live in the county in which he applies
for food stamps. All this means is that one
has to live within the county. A person
can be an'out-of-state student and still re-
ceive food stamps in Washtenaw County.
Another requirement is that all food stamps
recipients must live in a dwelling which is
eqimyed with cooking facilities.
All income received during the certifica-
tion period (generally the three months fol-
lowing the day a person's application for
food stamps is accepted) must be taken
into account when an applicant is figaring
his income for food stamp purposes. A
food stamp recipient must apply at the be-
ginning of each new certification period.
RESOURCES, the third criterion, are
such things as money in savings accounts,
stocks and bonds, and the market value of
buildings and lands (except Indian tribal

lands) not used for a home.
Not included as resources are one's own
place of residence, one car, property used
in earning a living, household goods, per-
sonal property, and life insurance. The
total resources of a household cannot ex-
ceed $1,500 for its members to receive f od
Students over 18 years of age who are
enrolled less than half time in a school
or training program must register for work
through the social services department in
order to qualify for food stamps.
The Student Legal Aid office is beginning
a program to assist students who think they
may be eligible for food stamps to eval-
uate their income, deductions, and ^esourc-
es to see if they are indeed eligible.
Appointments will be available on Tues-
day evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning
with next Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Anyone who is interested in an appoint-
ment for next Tuesday can make the ap-
pointment by calling the Legal Aid office
on Monday afternoon between 2 o'clock and
5 o'clock. The telephone number is 665-
6146. The Legal Aid ofice is located at 4310
Michigan Union.
Angela Balk is a volunteer at the Stu-
dent Legal Aid Office.


Insuring justice for


Nixon crimes merit trial

THE CONCLUSION by the legal staff of
the U. S. House Judiciary Committee
that Richard Nixon need not be guilty
of a strictly defined criminal offense in
order to be impeached is a significant
move forward - an indication that the
Watergate issue may yet be resolved
with the interests of the people, not just
of the President, taken into account.
The invasion of Cambodia; the "secret
war" in Laos; the President's approval of
the Gestapo-style Huston internal secur-
ity plan; the possible covert arrange-
ments between the Administration and
(take your pick) the dairy interests. ITT,
Robert Vesco, and Howard Hughes; the
President's tax returns; his notorious -
and possibly illegal - backdating of the
contribution of his Vice Presidential pa-
pers to the National Archives: all these
add up to a strong prima facie case that
Richard Nixon has systematically abused
the nowers nrivileos nnd1 alergd rights

To The Daily:
JUDGING FROM America's his-
toric vendetta against theNative
American People and the charges
facing those active in last years
Wounded Knee insurrection, the
U.S. government is preparing an-
ther Indian massacre. The trial of
Russell Means and Dennis Banks,
two leaders of the American in-
dian Movement (AIM), has begun
to take on tremendous historical
The trial of Banks and Meansis
the first of those stemming from
the Wounded Kneertakeover. The
two AIM leaders are charged with
assisting in burglary, theft, a s -
saulting federal officers, possessing
explosives and conspiracy. They
face possible sentences from 85
to 200 years. More than 150 other
militants who took part in the se.;,-
ure have been indicted by federal
grand juries and still face charges.
THE PRINCIPAL aspect of the
Wounded Knee trial hinges on the
question of treaty rights, not on
the question of the 71 day takeover
of a small portion of land by AIM
and others. Washington's continual
violation of these treaties c o u I d
possibly be broughttto justice or at
least thoroughly aired through the
vehicle of the St. Paul trial. The
confrontation between the Indian
people and the government over
treatyurights represents a momen-
tous turning point in the :struggle
against the government's attempts
to steal Indian land and destroy
Indian culture.
At a recent press confeerence,
Means detailed the real issues in-
volved. "We didn't break any
laws," Means said, "out w2 went
into Wounded Knee to uphold laws.
The statements put forth by the
independent Ogala nation inside
Wounded Knee is that we were
trying to get the United S ates of

tined to change the course of Ind-
ian history."
ONE OF THE main functigns of
the trial wil be to put before the
American people the true history
of the Indian people. It is a history
of genocidal destruction of a na-
tion, racist degradation andl ex-
treme oppression. The wrong done
to the Native American People
can never be wiped out. ChapterI
of Wounded Knee is already his-
tory, but chapter II is still in the
process of being completed. A
judicial decision in favor of t h e
Wounded Knee defendents and a
public airing of the treaty right.s
can go along way towards educa-
tion of the American people about
the rights of Native Americans and
exposing the racist and imperial-
ist policies of our government.
As students we can play a key
role in supporting themWounded
Knee defense. The mass rally
scheduled this Saturday on t h e
Diag is one big step in that direc-
tion. Great public pressure oz he-
half of the defense must be im-
mediately brought to insure t h a t
both the judge and the jury t) not
push the essential issue of treaty
rights to the background and that
another Wounded Knee massacre
does not become a reality. Already
thousands of people have mobilized
throughout the country. 2,500 re-
cently gathered in St. Paul and
15,000 came together in New York
to support the Wounded Knee de-
THOUGH the early 70's have been
cynical times for the student move-
ment, we should keep in mind the
strong points and successes of the
late sixties, when student activism
was at a high point. Thy dem:-n-
strationsato free the.Chicago ' de-
fendents and Bobby Seale should
not be forgotten. If students had
not come out for those demonstra-
tions, today many of those defend-
ents would be behind bars. T h e

the trial and the hicor7 of t h e
Indian people. We should welcome
him as a leader of the American
Indian Movement and thc Wounded
Knee insurrection, representing the
Indian people who are still fighting

back against centurimes of oppres-
sion. At the same time we should
let him know that the studen:s of
Ann Arbor will not sit back and
let the brothers and sisters of
Wounded Knee be run up for many

years in prison. The rally will be-
gin at 11 a.m. this Saturday on the
-Mark Leit4zn
Attica Brig-ide
February 20

of his office in an attempt to institute a
government by Presidential decree, of,
by, and for Richard Nixon and his
JT IS CRITICAL for the future of
American democracy, such as it ex-
ists, that these charges be investigated in
exhaustive detail, both to determine any
possible civil and criminal liability on the
part of Richard Nixon, and to judge
whether this pattern of behavior--legal
or otherwise - constitutes a violation
of the President's oath to "preserve, pro-
tect and defend the Constitution of the
United States."
Richard Nixon won in 1972 by a land-
slide. Should he eventually be ousted,
those who voted for him have every right
to demand that such a move be not done
arbitrarily or capriciously. But it is equal-
ly important that this issue be settled:
can Nixon-like behavior be tolerated in
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