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Vietnam vets may start local group

By ANITA CRONE
Local Vietnam veterans may soon form
a united group against the Indochina war..
Veterans Mike Lewis and Dave Balough.
after finding over 100 Michigan men
among the 1,000 military troops demon-
strating against the government in Wash-
ington last April, are currently seeking to
organize a local chapted of Vietnam Vet-
erans against the War (UUAW).
Lewis, a photo reconaissance person
while in Vietnam, helped to start the
VVAW chapter at the University of Texas
at Austin last December. Now a BGS
student at the University, Lewis wants to
get in contact with campus veterans and
accomplish the same thing here.
"I was really surprised that there wasn't
already a chapter on a campus this
size," he says.

Balough,. a former Green Beret, shares
Lewis' contempt for the war. He was in
Vietnam for a year and a half, he says,
when he realized that he was being "forc-
ed or taught to tell people how to run their
own country."
The goal of a University chapter of the
VVAW would be, according to the two men,
to unite GI's on campus as well as to
provide them with information on what
the VVAW considers to be the facts of the
war.
"Although the VVAW has little influ-
ence with the veterans administration in
providing jobs and social activities for
vets, they have the numbers to show the
people of America that the war is wrong,
as they themselves have come to believe,"
says Balough.

Both men hope to have the drganiz-
tional work done by the end of Septem-
ber. Neither has any idea of how many
of the 1,000 veterans on campus will join
with them, but they say they are shoot-
ing for an active 1,000 person member-
ship.
Following organization, they feel that
the first official actions of the new chapter
should involve the growing GI drug prob-
lem. They also plan to follow the lead of
the national VVAW in working to right
racial discrimination.
Locally, a new chapter of VVAW would
be working with Newsreel, a radical film
group, in showing films on campus, and
setting up a booth on the Diag in order
to air their views on the war in South-
east Asia.

Dave Balough

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HEAT WAVE'
High-89
Low-s5
Sunny and warm,
cloudy near evening

Saturday, August 14, 1971

Ann Arbor, Michigan

News Phone: 764-055Z

At the ivall
Demonstrators on the West Berlin side of the Berlin wall burn East German flags and red Com-
munist flags during a rally yesterday in the divided city. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the
building of the wall.
ARITIFIIA L PARKS
Huron dam proposal opposed

Panther party
initiates class
action law suit
BALTIMORE '-The Black Panther Party, in what was
described as the first shot in a nationwide legal assault
against police and prosecutors, has initiated a $1 million
damage suit in U.S. District Court against four Baltimore
officials.
- The class action suit alleging denial of constitutional
rights was filed Thursday by civil rights lawyer William
M. Kunstler on behalf of the Panthers and Arthur Turco
Jr.
Turco, a white lawyer from New York accused of being
an accessory to the 1969
murder of a Baltimore
Panther suspected of being
a police informer.
"This is a pioneer project in
a counterattack against unjusti-
fied prosecution," Kuntle said OVts
"This is a precedent suit. I
don't know of any like this ever
being filed."bp
The lawyer said similar ac-
tions are being prepared in con-
nection with past and present
Panther-related prosecutions in SANTIAGO, Chile xpt- A
New York, Oakland, New Haven, decision by the U.S. Export-Im-
Detroit and New Orleans. port Bank to hold back credits
Named as defendants were to Chile unless compensation is
nad as eeatsB emore paid to nationalize U.S. copper
police commissioner; Milton B. withinsts was criticized yesterday
within the government of Pres-
Alien, the Baltimore state's at- ident Salvador Allende
torney and one of the few elect-
ed black prosecutors in the na- The Marxist chief executive
tion; Hilary D. Caplan, as as- met with top economic advis-
sistant to Allen, and Lt. Col. ers Thursday to discuss the
Maurice D. DuBois, head of the Eximbank's decision. Govern-
city police criminal investiga- ment spokesmen said an offic-
tion division. ial statement would be released
Besides damages, the suit ask- later.
ed the federal court to prohibit "The Yankees won't give us
the officials from further prose- loans because of the nationali-
cution of Turco and "infiltrat- zation of copper," said El Siglo,
ing, surveilling or otherwise in- the official organ of the Comi-
terfering with the activities of munist party in Chile.
the Black Panther Party. Foreign Miiister Clodomiro
Central figure in the suit is Ameyda warned Thursday
Turco, a 28-year-old lawyer night that the Exibank de-
who was the only white among cision "does not help to main-
12 persons initially charged in s d n e -
connection with the torture and ile aodthrelUited Setwe n
shotgun murder of Eugene Le- the cordial and friendly way we
roy Adamson, a car painter, in w ,,
July, 1969. Chile sought a $21-million
Turco is free on $10,000 bond loan from the Eximbank to fi-
pending retrial on the accessory nance the purchase of three
A three-week trial ended Ju Boeing passenger jets for t h-e
national airline.
3 in a mistrial after a jury of Five of the biggest copper
seven blacks and five whites mines in Chile were iational-
were unable to 'agree on a ver- iced last monlh by Atlende's
dit.No hearing date on the ut left-wing coalition government,
wasset. gdewhich includes Communists and
was set. Socialists.
The compensation to be paid
The Michigan Daily, edited and man- to the copper companies is to
aged by students at the Univesiy it
Michign. News phone: 764-055.eeid be determined by Chile's comp-
Class postage paid at Ann Arbor, Mich- troller general within six
igan. 420 Maynard Street. Ann Arbor months
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day throug Sundaemninsgea aier- And three companies hare in-
sity year. subscription rates: $10 by sured portions of their invest-
carrier, $10 by mail ments in Chile against losses
Summer Session published Tuesday from expropriation with t h e
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By BETH OBERFELDER
Pressure from cramped city
dwellers for new recreational fa-
cilities has resulted in park plans
which various environmental and
neighborhood groups have found
objectionable.
Both the State and Huron-Clin-
ton Metropolitan Authority (HC-
'MA) plan to create recreation
areas similar to Kensington
Park, by impounding the Huron
River at Island Lake and Mill
Creek, and constructing artificial
lakes.
Protests stem from the Wash-
tenaw Environmental Council
IWEC) and the Mill Creek Re-
,search Council, who do not want
to see another, what they term,
auto-oriented park, or a change
in the existing ecology-system.
Concerning the development of
a 4,000 acre regional park along
Mill Creek in Lima and Free-
dom Townships, however, HC-
IMA received a report Thursday
from University hydrologist Prof.
Ernest Brater which did not dis-
courage the move,
"From a hydrological stand-
point there seems to be no rea-
son why the proposed lake could
not be created in a satisfactory
9ianner," he said.
Professor Brater was hired by
HCMA to study what effects the
planned 650-acre impoundment
would have on upstream drain-
age.
WEC has stated that it will
lend its support to a park which

could be easily accessible by
modes of transportation other
than automobiles. This would
project it from "turning into one
big parking lot," members have
said.
According to WEC spokesman
Jerry Fulton, "The park plan-
ners are looking at the people's
needs, but are not giving the
people alternatives. Although
they have good intentions, all
this damming will create an
aquatic super highway just like
concrete ones."
In Mill Creek's case, WEC's
chief concern is not with preserv-
ing the ecological stability of the
area because, says Fulton, "The
farmers have already changed
the unique natural environment
at Mill'Creek."
While agreeing with WEC's
plea to direct recreational ener-
gies elsewhere, the Mill Creek
Research Council (MCRC) is
still working to support the far-
mers' interests.
"This is the best agricultural
land in the Huran River Basin,
and we must preserve the food
supply and greenbelt," empha-
sizes Virginia Denham of MC-
RC.
"If the park is developed it
will contribute to the demise of
agriculture in the whole region
of the country. But if it can't be
preserved due to economic rea-
sons, I would rather see a park
than a subdivision" Denham
adds.

Bill VanRiper, a farmer on
MCRC is "presently expanding
his investment," and fears "the
park plan will put us out of
business."
HCMA's spokesman has main-
tained that they will go ahead
and purchase the land if the
park is approved. If a few farm-
ers hold out, he stated, "We will
begin condemnation cases."
Angrily, VanRiper a r g u e s,
"business is protected, and so is
industry, but agricultural land
is like a sitting duck, waiting
to be bought and used for some-
thing else."
"People have been dictating
long enough," says VanRiper.
"It's time the land started dic-
tating,"
Opponents of the Island Lake
dam have gathered less support
than has the Mill Creek dam
opposition because the pro-
posed park there is to be built
on government - owned 1 a n d
rather than privately owned
property.
State money has already been
appropriated to impound the
Huron River, yet WEC advo-
cates still' hope to prevent the
"unique natural environment"
from being destroyed.
WEC and MCRC suggest al-
ternatives to highway=oriented
parks be examined.
They would like to see recrea-
tion areas developed close to
where people live, or on a public
transportation route.

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