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Tuesday, July 11, 1972


Page Sever

Tuesday, July 11, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

The people hit the streets

(Continued fromtPage 1)
As the march moved unhin-
dered down Espanola Way to-
wards the ocean, the streets
were lined with old people, some
standing on their steps and
others peering out from be-
hind iron fences and closed
At about 6:30 they reached
the hall, which with its vine
covered fences, batteries of
floodlights and makeshift tow-
ers resembled a hibiscus-cover-
ed concentration camp. Inside
the compound, only a token
number of Miami Beach police
could be seen.
As the non-delegates made
camp and settled down for
speeches, their legitimate coun-
terparts were just arris ing for
the evenine ,session. The two
groups returned stares as the
credentialled Democrats f i 1 e d
through the gate and into the
By quarter to seven, dark,
menacing clouds hung tow in
the pink-streaked sky behind
the hall. Overhead, an observa-
tion helicopter hovered induc-
ing jeers and clenched fists
from the assembled crowd be-

As the speakers began their
raps, the hawkers started mov-
ing through the crowd, pushing
their own special causes. SDSers
and other sectarians pushed
newspapers and pamphlets, two
Jesus freaks carried a cross
down the street, offering salva-
tion, and one lone soul just
walked back and forth carrying
a sign pushing Fr ancis
Farengold-unsuccessful candi-
date for the Democratic gub-
ernatorial nomination in Texas
-as a vice-presidential pros-
Beulah Sanders, national
chairperson sf NWRO opened
the evening teling the crwd
"This is your convnotion. Whir<
ya gonna do about it?"
"Unless the Democratic Par-
ty represents us," she said,
"There will be no Democratic
convention. This convention will
disrupt itself."
NWRO, which held its cenven-
tion here last week, has been
negotiating with the Democratic
Party to secure 750 convention
floor .seats for its representa-
tives. Thus far, a number of
compromises have been offered,
but none accepted.

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The speeches contirued with
talks by uch movement uni-
ries as Dr. Benjamin Spock and
Gloria Stenem, and by 7:15 p.m.,
the clouds stopped threatening
and it began to rain.
Undaunted an hour later, the
demonstrators also s t o p p e d
threatening. Led by NWRO lead-
er George Wiley, they started
to. move along the fence, shout-
ing 'Open the doors."
They tried to force their way
through a gate by the corner of
Washington and 17th Street, butt
the police quickly moved up and
at the urg i ag of demionsitration
mashalls, the crowd brke up
and moved further down the
street. Incredibly, a gate just
around the corner of 17th street
had been left open and those in
the front of the march started
cautiously moving into the com-
pound. Al the critical moment,
however, they hesitated. In a
rsh, s e c u r i t y forces-Dade
County men with riot helemtst
and two foot trunchoens-moved
up and the intruders were forced
outside. Once again, the mar-
shalls convinced the crowd to
move on-
A few more brief confronta-
tions broke out at the gates. The
marchers would stop, and sud-
denly batteries of TV lights
would come on, revealing dens-
onstrators hurtling themselves
into fences and riot police jab-
bing them with sticks through
the fence length.
Eventually, most of the dem-
onstrators moved off Meridian
St. heading back for the park.
It was a long, violent retreat
through town as lightning flash-
ed eerily in the dark blue night
sky. By 8:40 p.m., most of the
demonstrators had filed back in-
to the park, returning to their
tents, singing, smoking dope,
talking to octagenarian visitors,
and generally relaxing.
The air began to fill with tihe
rapid clcking of the park per-
ple's favorite toy, a device wit
two plastic balls on the end of
strings which is swung to pro-
duce a loud noise. One older mal
with an American Civil Liberties
UnionObserver arm band, com-
mented, "It's just like a cirusr
except for the riots."
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(Continued from Page ) )
delegates could not.
The vote to sustain O'Brien's
ruling was 1,689.52 yes to 1,162.23
"I am gratified but not sur-
prised that the rule of law and
the rule of fairness have been
upheld " said McGovern, who
captured the winner1take-all Cal-
ifornia primary June 5.
The Democratic Credeni1ss
Committee later ruled that thn
271 delegates should instead be
apportioned among all the pri-
ry entries, a decision over-
irrned last night.
"Americans simply refuse to
believe that the rules of the
aae should be changed after
the game is over," McGovern
said in a statement.
"It would now seem that the
nomination victory we have an-
ticipated is within our grasp."
A top McGovern aide, Frank
Mankiewicz, working the con-
vention floor, was more suc-
cinct. "That's the ballgame," he
When New York cast 267
votes for McGovern's side of the
California case, the convention
hall erupted into cheers. These
votes put the McGovern tally
past the majority level.
And when Bie forced the ap-
peal roll call, McGovern parti-
sans erupted into chants of,
"No, no, no."
McGovern's strength on the
California test pushed far past
the 1,509 majority it will take
to name the Democratic nomi-
The Associated Press count of
his delegate committments for

the nomination, including Cali-
fornia, stood at 1,485.35.
Earlier yesterday, a peace
move by Edmund- Muskie fell
flat as battling Democrats
headed into the start of their
1972 nominating convention
split down the middle over the
California delegations.
Setting himself up as a con-
ciliatorthi Maine senator in-
,'ilcdoil eiht declared candi-
dates tr the prsirdiential normi-
naton to sit ers I fogether in
advance of the certarn raising
and comvprtomitise the fractious
dispute aic 151 contested dele-
But the front-running George
McGovern saw in the offer
traces of a stop-McGovern
move and boycotted the ses-
sion when he could not get it
opened to the press and to dele-
"Z see little to be gained in
locking the doors with the six
stopMcGovern candidates and
then trying to reach a compro-
mise on California," the South
Dakota senator said.
McGovern rejected any closed-
door meetings, although he
said he might attend a candi-
date conference open to the
press and the whole California
delegation. But he said, "Of
course there can be no compro-
mise on California."
Only three other contenders,
Sens. Hubert Humphrey and
Henry Jackson and former
Gov. Terry Sanford of North
Carolina appeared and Muskie
called the meeting off.

Miami women lack unity

(Contiuedto ae 3)
deals. We should try to organize
against him."
Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), a
McGovern delegate r e p 1 i e d
forcefully, "The question of
guidelines is what we're sup-
porting. . . the right of women
to be represented. We have made
no deal. We here (NWPC) are
addressing ourselves to what
women are doing across candi-
date lines."
Speeches to the group by San-
ford and Humphrey provoked
little reaction. However, Chis-
holm's arrival at the conference
sparked off cheers and hisses.
Many applauded her as she
emphasized her importance as
the female candidate. "If women
of America are going to unite,
I'm an instrument for uniting
womanhood. If you are talking
about a woman who's become a
political force to be reckoned
with, you've got one."
When Chisholm implied that
the delegates should vote to up-
hold the rulings of the creden-
tials committee on California,
however, she provoked angry
talk in the crowd.
Shirley MacLaine muttered,
"She's not telling them that the
California cost us 75 women, 17
blacks, and 17 Chicanos . . .
she's a very integral part of the
Stop McGovern campaign."
McGovern was enthusiastically

applauded when he arrived. Liz
Carpenter, former press svcre-
tary to Lady Bird Johnson, com-
mended him on his role in re-
forming the democratic party
"We know we wouldn't be here
if it hadn't been for you," she
said. "George didn't just talk
about reform, he did something
about it."
McGovern told the NWPC that
"this is the most open represen-
tative convention any political
party has had in years." He
asked the women, "to forget
about all the candidates-no one
of us is at issue tonight-the
issue is whether it's fair to
change the ground rules after
the election."
Several women yelled to him,
"What about abortion," but the
senator made no reply.
During his arrival and depar-
ture the meeting erupted into
a shouting match between
Chisholm and McGovern sup-
Gloria Steinem closed the
morning's conference by dis-
cussing the Feminist Party (an-
other national women's rights
organization) demands for lob-
bying seats at the convention.
"The National Welfare Rights
Organization asked for 750 seats
and they got 60. We're only ask-
ing for 500," said Steinem.

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