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People's Bicentennial: A reawakening


Editorial Staff
Editorial Director
DAVID BLOMQUIST .......... ...............Night Editor
JEFF RISTINE-.-.-...-........... Night Editor
TIM SCHICK ... .... ..Night Editor
DAVID WHITING.. ......... Night Editor
BILL TURQUE ..............................Night Editor
BETH RISES......... Editorial Page Aot.
ANN MARIE LIINSKI ....... .......As't. Night Editor
SUE ADES . . .. ...... . ................. . Asst. Night Editor
ELAINE FLETCHER ..............Ao't. Night Editor
CATHERINE REUTTER.. .... .. At. Night Editor
ROB MEACHUM, JO MARCOTTY ..................... Supplement
Sports Editors:
Bill Crane Al Hrapsky
Night Editors:
Jon Chavez
Contributing Editors:
John Kahler Carke Cogsdin
Business Staff
Business Manager
PETER CAPLAN ......................... ........ Classiied Manager
BETH FRIEDMAN .. ....... ................ ..... d Sarsn Manager
DAVE PIONTKOWSKY. . . . Adverting Manager
CASSIE ST. CLAIR ..... ........... ................ ... Circulation Manager
STAFF: Nina Edwards, Anna Kwok
SALES: Colby Bennett, Cher Bledsoe, Dan Blugerman, Sylvia Calhoun,
Jel Milgrom
The Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Wednesday, June 18, 1975
News Phone: 764-0552
House probe imperative
IN AN UNUSUAL show of support and agreement, the
House voted 290-64 yesterday to reject the resigna-
tion of Lucien Nedzi (D-Detroit) as Chairman of the
House Select Committee on Intelligence Activities. The
committee was created to investigate charges of illegal
domestic and foreign intelligence activities.
Nedzi was criticized by fellow committee members
after it was revealed that he had received briefings on
CIA involvement in possible assassination plots and
illegal domestic activities; Nedzi had not informed the
committee of the briefings, and his impartiality as a
member and leader of the committee was vigorously
challenged by other liberal Democratic committee mem-
Supporters of Nedzi charged that one of Nedzi's most
vocal opponents, Rep. James V. Stanton (D-Ohio) sought
to gain control of the committee to use the investigation
to publicize his campaign for a Senate seat.
Nedzi claimed the inter-committee dissension had
undermined his effectiveness on the committee and
threatened the committee's elimination in purpose and
function. A resolution has already been introduced in
the House to abolish the committee and its investiga-
Internal committee bickering should not be allowed
to cancel an autonomous investigation of intelligence
activities by the House. The House of Representatives
provides more accountable representation of American
people than any other government body.
It is true that the actions of our intelligence agen-
cies have already been the subject of investigations by
the Senate select committee and the Rockefeller Com-
mission. Nedzi himself defeatedly stated that "to send
investigators out to plow the same ground that has al-
ready been plowed is of quesionable wisdom." If it is
questionable, the question must be answered in the af-
firmative. Perhaps repeated plowing is necessary to un-
earth what is buried.-
If the people's interests are to be served, the House
must be encouraged to retreat from in-fighting and
publicity-seeking, and regroup a committee that is more
concerned with thorough investigation of the murky
area of intelligence-gathering than with dubiously mo-
tivated back-stabbing in the committee room.

THE CRIMES of the CIA are beginning to get
some exposure, but it would be a big mis-
take for the people to rely on the criticisms of
the CIA made by the press and Congress, or to
expect them to come up with solutions.
The growing danger of an embryonic police
state can be seen in the drive for the can-
didacy of George Wallace, "Mister Police State'
himself. Not only does he get a friendly day-to-
day public relations buildup in the media; he also
gets de-facto support from liberals who prefer to
fret over the competition he represents rather
than to oppose his racist and anti-labor stand.
This danger can only be met by united people's
action. This is what the ruling class fears nmost,
as the Watergate revelations have shown. Such
action is the only way we can preserve and ex-
pand the limited democracy we have and pre-
vent renewed U.S. aggression against other peo-
Democracy from below. In their pious pro-
nouncements about the American revolution and
the Bicentennial, Shell Oil, Ford, Rockefeller and
Co. would like to have the Establishment get
credit for what are really the fruits of people's
struggle, usually against the will of the rich.
The Bill of Rights, the abolition of slavery, the
right to organize into unions, social security, civil
rights laws, even independence itself, started as
demands by the oppressed poor and working
Even the middle class and the well-to-do lib-
erals who joined in these battles took them up
only after the people at the grass rots had stir-
red into action.
"The People, United, Will Never Be Defeated."
The main obstacles to a real people's bicenten-
nial, to defeating Wallace and to eliminating the
CIA are racism and anti-communism which divide
us and substitute scapegoats for the real enemy.
We must not allow these reactionary ideas to
divert us from our struggle for basic social

change, for a people's way out of the present
~ Come to Chicago. On Sunday, June 29, a bus
will be leaving Ann Arbor to attend a massive
People's Bicentennial Festival in the 5000-seat
International Amphitheater in Chicago, scene of
the infamous 1968 Democratic Party Convention.
The People's Bicentennial Festival will highlight
the conclusion of the 21st Convention of the Com-
munist Party, U.S.A. and will focus on the peo-
pie's demands for peace, democracy and equal-
The Festival will be a big blow to those who
would divide the people's movements. In addi-
tion to leading communists such as Henry Win-
ston, Gus Hall and Angela Davis, speakers' in-
clude: David Martinez of the United Farmwork-
ers: Kathy Kelly, President of the National Stu-
dent Association, Bert Corona, a California Chi-
cano leader, Anne Braden, a southern white civil
rights leader, A. A. Rayner, a black former
alderman from Chicago.
Entertainment includes the George Freeman
Jazz Band (Freeman, a jazz guitarist, has play-
ed with Charlie Parker and has out two albums:
Birth Sign and New Improved Funk; Brazilian
singer Valucha; satirical comedian Bob Mc-
Donald, seen in this week's Jet Magazine; Anita
Satisfield and the Common People, a multiracial
folksinging group, and more.
The People's Bicentennial Festival will mark
a new level of unity of black, brown, red, yellow
and white, communist, socialist and progressive
activists from throughout the nation. It should
not be missed! Tickes are only $5, including round
trip sbus fare and festival admission. They are
available at Herb David Guitar Studio, David's
Books, Suguaro Succulent Shop, and the Dog's
Paw Shoe Repair.
Mary Nash is a member of the People's
Bicentennial Committee staff and Chair-
person of the Ann Arbor Young Workers
Liberation League.

I don't think they've evolved enough to handle that, yet.'
To The laily: ed meal rebates last year s
AT TH June 16 meeting of be allowed to cancel their
Letters. ousing Division's Cmit es since the package which
tee on Cast Redtuctons Mr. Feld-thought that they were b
hasp announced a new inter- has been substantially alt
pretation of the policy regard- However, the dea(Rine for
f Ing meal rebates for reasons of celing leasses was June 1.
ac o onsene.- This new iterpet thing smells funny in the
*wnwould exclude many peo ing Offi m.
pie who were formerly eligible. -Irving Freeman
These people signed their leases Student member of
p) ro m i se with the expectation of the same committee
poley. Those people who obtain- June14



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