The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 16, 1978-Page 5
Ga. didn't ratify; Mayors snub conference
By ELIZABETH SLOWIK
A handful of mayors from Michigan
and across the nation are not going to
join their colleagues at the National
Conference of Mayors in Atlantathis
weekend in an informal protest of
Georgia's failure to ratify the Equal
Rights Amendment (ERA).
Ann Arbor Mayor Louis Belcher is
among those mayors not attending the
conference. Belcher, who is meeting
with civic officials and Rep. Carl Pur-
sell in Washington today, was
unavilable for comment.
At least four mayors from Michigan
are not attending the five day conferen-
ce: Belcher, George Goodman of Yp-
silanti, George Griffiths of East Lan-
sing, and Abe Drasin of Grand Rapids.
All four cities have passed ordinances
in recent months forbidding city em-
ployees from using tax dollars to attend
conferences in states that have not yet
ratified the ERA.
In addition to the Michigan con-
tingent, several other mayors are
boycotting the conference including
Gerald Springer of Cincinnati, Niel
Goldschmidt of Portland, Oregon, and
Tom Bradley of Los Angeles. These
cities have also passed laws similar to
the Michigan measures.
Springer called his decision not to at-
tend the conference "a symbolic
"When you need only three more
states even symbols help," continued
Springer. "If public attention can be
brought to that issue it can possible
help. This is not a protest buta tool that
can be effective in influencing public
Ironically, Mayor Lyla Cockrell of
San Antonio, who stumped vigorously
for ERA, is leaving with one of her
assistants this morning for the Atlanta
conference. Cockrell is the ERA Task
San Antonio does not have a measure
like the cities of non-attending mayors.
But "if Council passed that," claimed
Cockrell's aide,"they'd be hurting more
"Local NOW chapters are running in-
to city hall and getting these things
passed. Goldschmidt has been a big
help (towards getting the ERA ratified)
and now he can't go. I'm not sure that's
A spokesperson from the National
Mayors' Conference Washington office
stressed that only a few mayors have
skipped the meeting to protest
Georgia's failure in ratification. He
said that registration is up four percent
from last year.
Although Seattle Mayor Charles
Royer is going to the conference, Seat-
tle has a "modified boycott going" ac-
cording to Royer's aide. Seattle's of-
ficials can use city funds to go to "non-
ERA" states if they can "demonstrate
need" and promise to urge the group to
hold future meetings in ERA states.
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Soviets switcb eharge
against Alabama man
MOSCOW (AP) - American erred when it informed the U.S. Em-
businessman Francis Crawford, seized bassy on Tuesday that the Mobile, Ala.,
on a Moscow street by Soviet police, has salesman had been accused under Ar-
been charged with currency violations ticle 78 of the Russian criminal code,
- not smuggling as was previously an- the smuggling section. Currency
nounced, U.S. sources said yesterday. violations fall under Article 88.
The sources, who asked not to be Information available to American
identified, said the Soviet Foreign officials here had indicated that the
Ministry informed the U.S. Embassy of pre-trial investigation centered on ac-
the allegations against Crawford, 38, cusations of currency speculation
Moscow representative for Inter- against Crawford.
national Harvster, but apparently gave Soviet police pulled Crawford from
no r ason for changing the charge. his car at a stoplight Monday night as
The currency violations carry a he and his fiancee, a 32-year-old
three-to-eight-year prison sentence, secretary at the U.S. Embassy, were on
compared with three-to-10-years for their way to a diplomatic party. He has
smuggling, been in detention since then.
His fiancee, Virginia Olbrish,
THERE WERE unconfirmed reports claimed diplomatic immunity and was
in Moscow that the Foreign Ministry not arrested.
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