The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 5, 1979-Page 3
Monroe anti-nuke rally attracts A2 groups
By ADRIENNE LYONS
Saturday's anti-nuclear protest at
Monroe's Detroit Edison Fermi II
nuclear power plant attracted more
r than 3,000 demonstrators, including
several hundred representatives from
groups in the Ann Arbor area.
The protest, which one spokesperson
called the "first organized anti-nuclear
rally in Monroe," was one of many
staged across the country last weekend,
STOP and some organizers said they were
CLEA pleased with the size of the crowd that
WER turned out.
"PEOPLE ARE catching on (to the
hazards of nuclear reactors)," said
Lance Morrow, of the Arbor Alliance in
Ann Arbor which helped sponsor the
event. "Harrisburg (Pa.) illustrated
Many anti-nuclear protestors want
Fermi II closed because of alleged
major construction problems including
poor welding and difficulties with
flooding. Frank Kuron, a Fermi II con-
struction worker who was recently
fired from his job and the principle
speaker at Saturday's rally, said the
concrete foundation for the reactor's
core is faulty. Kuron reportedly was
suspended because of a request to
testify before the Public Service Com-
mission on the alleged irresponsibility
Doily Photo by LISA UDELSON of Detroit Edison in construction of the
THIS MOTORCADE cruised past the reactor site in Monroe Saturday, immediately following the rally. The cars were plant.
supposed to resemble a funeral procession to emphasize the danger of the reactors. Protestors at the rally listened to two
hours of musical performances and
DETROIT CONSIDERED FOR '80 CONVENTION: speeches - including a lecture by
University Mathematics Prof. Arthur
2 1Schwartz - and participated in a "die-
Dems tour A as possible housin site in." Following the die-in, a mock
funeral procession embarked from
By TIM YAGLE "We have to convince them (the Site "We're going to show them Nike Park, outside Midland, and
With WireReports Committee) that we have enough everything Ann Arbor has to offer," travelled to the site of the Fermi II
Twenty-two members of the Demo- rooms and that, in terms of time, they Starro said. She pointed out that power plant currently under construc-
cratic National Committee and the are accessible to the convention site," "unless there's a change in plans," this tion.
Democratic Site Selection Committee Young said. will be the committee's only stop in Ann LAKE ERIE Alliance member Mike
will tour Ann Arbor this afternoon to petroit is a 40-minute drive from Ann Arbor. Barrett said if a state bill calling for a
determine whether the city can provide Arbor, according to Young. He added STARRO SAID the committee is also moratorium on nuclear power plants
20,000 rooms should Detroit-be selected that Detroit would provide shuttle looking at several other sites in. fails, a referendum seeking to close the
to host their 1980 national convention. . buses between the cities. southeastern Michigan, including plant would probably be initiated.
The Democratic Convention Commit- THE DEMOCRATIC National Com- Southfield, Troy, Pontiac, Dearborn, "We feel there's a lot of people in
tee decided to visit Ann Arbor because mittee, which is expected to make its and Ypsilanti. Monroe who don't want it (Fermi II),"
it has "a large concentration of ex- decision June 28, has narrowed its The University already plans to said Barrett.
cellent hotel facilities and it's not that choices to Detroit, New York City, and provide more than 2,500 rooms in dor- Many people atthe rally agreed witl
far from Detroit," said Jan Starro, Philadelphia. The convention is mitories and the Union for the July, Barrett.
communicatinos manager for the De- scheduled for Aug. 11-15, 1980. New 1980 Republican National Convention in SISTER AMATA Miller of the Mother
troit Convention Bureau. York City, considered the front runner, Detroit. House in Monroe, called nuclear plants
hosted the Democratic convention in Dick Lotz of the Ann Arbor Conferen- a "crime against humankind."
THE SITE Selection Committee is in 1976. ce and Visitors Bureau said by allowing "As it's (the nuclear power issue)
)etroit for a final three-day inspectionof Starro said the tour of five local the Democrats to occupy rooms that become more obvious, it's more ob-
the city's facilities. Detroit Mayor hotels will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the might otherwise be filled by August vious it's a social issue," said Sister
Coleman Young said hotel space Holiday Inn-West, then proceed to the tourists, "we're trying to help them Miller. "Since it's become so obvious,
remains the crucial selling point. Bell Tower Hotel, the Michigan Union, (Detroit) achieve the national it's a case for human rights - it seems
Detroit is reportedly expected to be the Briarwood Hilton, and the prominence and recognition they anyone who cares about people can't
able to house 20,000 Democratic Wolverine Inn. "Ten to 15 facilities are deserve. We are supporting Detroit. If ignore it (the issue)."
delegates. involved," Starro said. one room is rented, that's a benefit." See ANTI-NUCLEAR, Page
Priceless commodity - )
Under the somewhat hazy shies at Nike Park near
Monroe Saturday during the protest against the
Fermi II nuclear plant, a young girl became
separated from her parents. The emcee made
several efforts to reunite the family by announcing
the girl's presence at the first aid booth to a
sweltering crowd downing Perrier water and fruit
juice. She was clad only in blue underwear, ex-
plained the emcee, and would the persons who
"owned" her please claim the child. The word
"owned" sparked resounding hisses from the sign-
carrying audience. The emcee quickly apologized,
but provided no word on whether the tiny streaker
ever was matched up with her parents.
Some people get stuck in elevators, some get
stuck in traffic, and still others get stuck in long
lines. But last weekend, James Reeves, 19, of San
Jose, California, got stuck on Super Glue. Reeves
foot stuck to his basement floor while working
barefoot in his game room. "I stepped on a tube of
Super Glue with my left foot. The top popped off and
the glue squirted out. I bent down to pick up the tube
and stepped ina big gob of glue with my right foot."
Reeves said he tried everything from a putty knife
to nail polish remover to free his foot. Then he
called the Santa Clara County sheriff's office. An of-
ficer managed to un-stick Reeves with the nail
polish remover and gentle pulling, but four layers of
paint from the floor remained on the bottom of
... are slow in starting today. Two events are
listed for 7:30 p.m.: Howard Simon, executive
director of the Arderican Civil .Liberties Union of
Michigan and Frank Wilkinson, executive dir6ctor
of the National Committee Against Repressive
Legislation will discuss draft registration and
criminal code reform at the First Unitarian Church,
1917 Washtenaw Ave.... and organizers of the 10th
Ann Arbor Medieval Festival ask anyone interested
in being a musician, craftsperson, actor, costumer,
dancer, clown, juggler, knight, tinkfr, or even a
fool, at the festival to attend an open meeting and
play audition in the Michigan Union Assembly
Hall. Call 763-1259 for more infor-
mation ... FILMS: Ann Arbor Film Co-op presents
Red River, 7 p.m., and Rio Bravo, 9:15 p.m., both in
Aud. A, Angell Hall.
On the outside ...
Warm temperatures again, say the forecasters.
Expect a high near 80', and a low in the 50s. A few
showers may dampenthe morning, but they should
be gone by mid-afternoon.