Five members of Congress
may draft Sen. Kennedy
By KEITH RICHBURG committed to the program for which
Special to The Daily the Democratic party had traditionally
WASHINGTON - The campaign to stood," including national health in-
draft Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), surance and a social service budget. "I
as the 1980 Democratic presidential and my colleagues believe that the
nominee received a new impetus 'someone' who best fits this prescrip-
yesterday, while at the same time tion is Sen. Edward Kennedy," said
drawing a sharp rebuff from the Richard Ottinger, Democrat Rep. from
national Democratic party. New York.
Five liberal members of Congress - Ottinger was wearing a red, white,
including Rep. John Conyers (D- and blue button which read: "Draf-
Detroit), a long-time critic of the Carter TED."
presidency - held a press conference Kennedy later disavowed any con-
to officially announce their break with nection with the draft effort, and
the president. Democratic National Committee
"I CAN NO longer support Jimmy chairman John White called his own
Carter as leader of the Democratic par- press conference later to denounce the
ty or as a prospective candidate for five congressmembers for splintering
reelection for president," Conyers said the party.
in his press release. THE FIVE liberal politicians insisted
"Time has run out on Jimmy Car- that their break with the administration
ter. .. We feel betrayed and President was in the best interest of the
Carter has lost our respect and con- Democratic party. "The first four
fidence." primaries cannot be won by Jimmy
At the same time, the four other Carter," Conyers said. "But maybe he
congressional liberals announced the can do his party and the working people
formation of the first nationally of this country a favor by not even of-
organized effort to draft Kennedy for fering himself."
the nomination. The draft organization Rep. Richard Nolan (D-Minn.) said
will be called "Committee for a unless Kennedy declares himself a
Democratic Alternative," and candidate, the senator may end up
represents the first serious movement "like Thomas Jefferson, who found
to force the popular Massachusetts himself dragged to Philadelphia to
Democrat into the 1980 presidential write the Constitution."
race. The congressmen all but dismissed
"I AM HERE today to announce that California Gov. Edmund Brown as their
I have joined with four of my colleagues alternative candidate for Carter. "Rep.
in forming a national effort to insure Tete Stark (D-Calif.) said of Brown,
that the presidential nominee of the "I think when he grows up and decides
Democratic party in 1980 is 'someone' what he wants to dohe could qualify."
Attorney General will fight
inmate's stay of execution
Contnur(tram Page 3
with candles in hand. Inside the prison,
stays fail and the present warrant ex- inmates chanted, pounded on the walls
pires. and bars of their cells, and set small
HOWEVER, said counsel Robin Giv- fires.
son, "the intent is to carry out the laws. BUT LEGAL efforts continued.
If there is no change in the law, there Earlier in the day, defense attorneys
will be no change in the governor's ap- had assembled an alliance of three
proach." specialists, former U.S. Attorney
The orders temporarily sparing General Ramsey Clark and Atlanta at-
Spenkelink and fellow Death Row in- torneys Millard Farmer and Marjorie
mate Willie Jasper Darden Jr. from the Hanes.
chair came in a hectic day of The three lawyers argued before Tut-
maneuvering that reached the nation's tle in Atlanta that Spenkelink had had
highest court and reportedly even ineffective legal counsel, basing their
reached the White House. There was no case on a recent Florida Supreme Court
immediate comment from the White ruling. By the old rule, a defendant had
House. to show his trial was a "farce and a
As evening fell Tuesday on the mockery." The change meant he need
meadows around Florida State Prison, prove only he was denied "reasonably
protesters prayed, wept, and marched effective representation."
The Ann Arbor Film Coopertfive presents at Aud A
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(Arthur Hiller, 1969) 7 only-AUD A
Praised by the New York Times as "one of the warmest, funniest, most original
and most contaious screen comedies in years" this film concerns the hilarious,
determined and often profoundly poignant efforts of a Puerto Rican father to
liberate his two impressionable sons from their squalid Spanish Harlem en-
vironment. ALAN ARKIN gives a brilliant performance as the tough-minded,
soft-hearted "Popi." With RITA MORENO.
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER
(Robert Ellis Miller, 1968) 9 only-AUD A
The story of two deaf mutes, John (ALAN ARKIN) and Spiros (CHUCH McCANN)
who have little else but each other until Spiros must enter a hospital, leaving
John alone in a world he does not understand. "Alan Arkin's performance is
a masterpiece."-N.Y. Daily News. "Alan Arkin is extraordinary."-N.Y.
TIMES. "Alan Arkin triumphs."-Judith Crist. With SANDRA LOCKE, STACY
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Birzeit University Prof. Henne Nasir claims the Israelis are unnecessarily sup-
pressing what he says are the Palestinians' "basic human rights." Nasir is
currently on a lecture tour of the United States to raise Amercan support for his
Prof speaks out against
Israeli academic restraint
By TIM YAGLE
A professor from a university on
Israel's West Bank accused Israelis of
infringing on "academic freedom in
Palestine" in a speech last night before
an audience of about 80 in the Michigan
Union Kuenzel Room.
Bir Zeit University Prof. Henne Nasir
focused on the May 2 closing of that
university, a liberal arts college on the
West Bank. Nasir claimed the Israelis
closed the school because "it was
threatening public peace" and the
Israelis thought its students were "sub-
versive." The student population at Bir
Zeit University is dominated by Arabs.
NASIR, WHO WAS deported from his
Palestinian homeland in 1974, asserted
that Bir Zeit's graduate students were
forbidden by Israelis to student-teach in
West Bank high schools because of the
students' alleged subversiveness. The
Israelis "can't make collective
statements about these students,"
According to Nasir, the 1,200 students
at Bir Zeit University "are being
deprived from ptirsuing their higher
education, which is our strongest
weapon for survival." Many of them,
Nasir continued, are sent to the United
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