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Page Six

THEM MICH IGAN DAILY

Tuesday, July 13, 1976

"....Six.THEMICHGANDILYTe Juy ,i7
Davis hits repression in Detroit talk
By MICHAEL YELLIN
Angela lDaris, self-proclaimed revolutionary and execu-
tive committee member of the U.S. Communist Party, spent
last weekend in l)etroit, in a vigorous attempt to publicize
and organize the upcoming National March for Human Rights
and Labor Rights.
The march is set for Labor Day, September 6, in
Raleigh, North Carolina - Davis will be one of its most
prominent participants.
SPEAKING AT an informal brunch on Sunday Davis
proclaimed, "This march is going to be of the most impor-
tance. % r
"It iC not congh to feel upset, disturbed and outraged
at the raci t, repressive acts being encouraged by Washing-
ton, wa have to ds something in such a way as to bring .
-au changes." She added, "The unly way we can do this o.5 ft
is to shw that we are not one or two individuals but we are
hundreds and th- 'isands."-
Organized by the National Alliance Against Racism and .
Political Reression - of which Davis is co-chairperson-
the Labor Day march is slated as a major offensive to
reverse the "anti-Labor anti-black". drive in North Carolina,, T r s p d ti-
Davi. said. The organizers expect the demonstration to be ~~'
the targ .t in the South in many years.
THE ALLIANCE has singled out North Carolina as the
"focal point of national repression" and contends that
developments there are in no way unrelated to occurences
in the rest of the country.
Davis rattled off a depressing list of statistics about z
North Carolina's penal system and labor force, pausing to
ask the small crowd gathered at the fund-raising brunch,
"Do you know that one per cent of the entire adult black
male population in North Carolina is in prison?"
North Carolina has the most prisons of any state, the most
prisoners per capita, the most women prisoners per capita,
the most juvenile prisoners per capita, the country s biggest
military base, the lowest percentage of unionized workers
(seven per cent), and the lowest industrial wage rate,
according to Davis.
THE MARCH, she said, will specifically bring national
attention to the plight of the "Wilmington ten," nine black
men and a white woman convicted in North Carolina of
firebombing a grocery store during racial disturbances in
1971. Davis contends that the ten were convicted on the
testimony of two witnesses being paid $4,000 by the govern-
ment to testify on their behalf.
The Alliance believes that one member of the group,
Ben Chavis, was singled out for special harassment as a
result of his civil rights organizing activities. From 1960 to
1972 Chavis was arrested six times with charges ranging'
from running a stoplight to accessory after the fact of[
murder. All six cases ended in dismissals or acquitals
See DAVIS, Page 10
.:i'Hearst almost died
in shootout-Harris

P

LOS ANGELES UP) - Emily
Harris told her jurors yester-
day that Patricia Hearst es-
caped death in a fiery shootout
only by "a freak chance hap-
pening," a decision to "go
along for the ride" on a shop-
ping trip.
But for that twist of fate,
Harris said, Hearst would have
perished in a Symbionese Lib-
eration Army hideout - and
Patricia "Mizmoon" Soltysik
would have lived.
HARRIS, in the role of her
own lawyer, delivered an open-
ing statement to jurors that
challenged for the first time
Hearst's version of events in-
volving the trio.
Testimony' was scheduled to
begin today.
Harris and her husband, Wil-
liam, are on trial for kidnap-
ing, robbery and assault.
Hearst, a codefendant, is
scheduled to be tried separate-
ly.
"MIZMOON was going to
come along with us," Emily
Harris said, recounting the
shopping trip of May 16, 1974.
But she said Hearst asked to go
instead.
"That chance decision cost
Mizmoon her life and saved

Patricia Hearst's life," said Ms.
Harris.
Soltysik, who died on her 26th
birthday May 17, 1974, was slain
along with five other SLA "sol-
diers." in a battle with Los
Angeles police.
HARRIS, describing Hearst as
a convert to the SLA, said the
newspaper heiress acted "to-
tally spontaneously" when she
fired a volley of machinegun
bullets to cover the Harrises'
getaway from shoplifting.
The heiress has testified she
fired as a "reflex action" to the
Harrises' orders.
"WE DID NOT anticipate
problems," Ms. Harris said of
that day.
"If we had, Patricia Hearst
would have been the last per-
son we'd want to take along
. . . She was the least experi-
enced of us all."
She said Hearst had never
fired an automatic weapon be-
fore she blasted her gun at
Mel's Sporting Goods Store in
suburban Inglewood.
"Patricia Hearst was not
there to protect Bill or myself,"
she said. "If anything, it was
the reverse,"

And the walls came tumblin down
Dr. Rabbi Gernterstein blows a Shofar, ceremonial rams horn, prior to presenting it to Presi-
dent Ford as a birthday gift yesterday in the White House. Ford will be 63 tomorrow.

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