The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 20, 1990 - Page 5
'by Gwen Shaffer
A, -Daily Staff Reporter
' The Revolutionary Journalists
Tour came to Hutchins Hall in the
Law School last night, with their
"Yo! The World is Being Turned
';Upside Down!" Tour, "for a night of
dangerous truths," said National
ATour Coordinator Michael Ely.
The journalists write for the
'Revolutionary Worker, the weekly
"-newspaper of the Revolutionary
Communist Party, which covers sto-
ries on issues such as youth
- protests, squatters campaigns, and
"Revolutionary journalism is
about taking a stand and hounding
the enemy," Ely said. They are
"journalists who don't believe the
hype," he added.
At the end of each speech the
speaker said that the only way to
,solve political problems is through
political and social revolution.
- $tLarry Everest, a reporter who has
travelled widely in the Middle East,
-said the United States is "on the
.brink of war. Bush talks about peace
in the Persian Gulf, but not peace to
prevent war, peace to prepare for
war. They will be talking peace until
the day they drop bombs ...
Everest concluded his speech by
telling the audience "don't rely on
Congress" and the ohly way to end
the Gulf Crisis is through the
"overthrow of American imperial-
Journalists also discussed freedom
struggles in other parts of the world.
Michael Slate, a journalist who
recently returned from Azania, South
Africa, where he "listened to the
voices of the oppressed," talked
about the actions Blacks are taking
in the townships.
"The system can't be changed by
* negotiations or by changing a few
laws," Slate said. "'It has to be
smashed - killed dead,' is what a
Soviet Parliament wants
economic progress report
MOSCOW (AP) - Lawmakers
demanded yesterday that President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev return to par-
liament in a month to deliver a
progress report on his plans to solve
the country's mounting economic
and ethnic crises.
Also yesterday, Boris N. Yeltsin
criticized Gorbachev for failing to
consult the 15 republics on a mea-
sure to reorganize the government,
and said the Soviet people should be
allowed to vote on their central gov-
Lawmakers showed yesterday
they would not settle for just
passing Gorbachev's proposals.
They approved a preliminary agenda
for the Dec. 17 session of their
parent parliamentary body, the
Congress of People's Deputies, that
says Gorbachev must deliver a
progress report on his plans,
according to news reports.
"It was stated by the deputies that
the president's report... should not
include the analysis of the situation
in the country, but it should rather
include an account of the practical
measures undertaken by the presi-
dent," according to the government
The agenda also called for discus-
sion of Gorbachev's proposed union
treaty, his proposals for reorganizing
the government and unspecified
amendments to the Soviet constitu-
tion, the official Tass news agency
It said the agenda also included
legislation to create rules for holding
national referendums, discussion of
rules on elections to fill vacant leg-
islative seats and one on ejecting
lawmakers from the Supreme Soviet
legislature, and confirmation of the
new Soviet prosecutor general.
The vote yesterday came as
Yeltsin, in his first public reaction
to Gorbachev's proposals, demanded
that Gorbachev consult with leaders
of the 15 republics before imple-
menting his reorganization plan. He
also complained that Gorbachev
never talked with them before
proposing the plan.
"That means that again, knowing
that the republics won't approve of
it, (Kremlin leaders) want to push it
forward. But their reaction will be
opposite," Yeltsin said.
Yeltsin also told the independent
news agency Interfax he found some
of Gorbachev's ideas "disappoint-
ing," but did not specify which ones.
He said he needed to study the
Yeltsin, in an address to the
Ukranian legislature in Kiev, also
said "Russia is ready for the imple-
mentation" of a referendum on the
"entire presidency" system and on
the government's performance, ac-
cording to Interfax. He apparently
was referring to the legislation that
would set up a procedure for holding
referendums, but Interfax gave no
Yeltsin was in the Ukraine to
sign a trade agreement with the
Ukraine, as several other republics
Gorbachev had urged that the
Council of Ministers be replacedI by
several bodies under direct presiden-
tial control. The principle ruling
body would be the Federation
Council, created in March as a presi-
dential advisory body but which
would now be made the highest body
of state power and include representa-
tives of the Soviet Republic.
Mike Mackoff, LSA senior, sells a bargain commuter ticket to a
homeward bound U-M student.
Black youth told me," Slate said.
Heriberto Ocasio, a reporter who
spoke on the "people's war" in Peru,
said the struggle there is different
than in other areas.
"The war relies on on the people
themselves, not weapons. They are
actually organized and led to form a
whole new culture, economy, and
society," Ocasio said.
Ocasio also said the U.S. is
planning to intervene in Peru, "under
the facade of the War On Drugs."
Students in attendance said they
had mixed reactions to the speakers.
"I think the guy who spoke on
the Persian Gulf was promoting a
lot of propaganda," said LSA junior
But Jacqui Bauer, an LSA
sophomore, said "They presented a
lot of good ideas that need to be
SSC movement relies on group decisions
by Lee Shufro
Daily Staff Reporter
Since the takeover of the
Fleming Administration Building
last Wednesday and the subsequent
protests Thursday and Friday, a new
student movement has positioned it-
self to challenge University officials'
plans to deputize campus police.
But the individuals who lead the
movement - comprising members
of Students for a Safer Campus
(SSC) - and decide the direction in
which it moves remains unclear be-
cause of the lack of an apparent hier-
In the spirit of a "democracy," a
large number of students have taken
part in deciding which actions are
taken, said LSA senior Carl Burns.
Michigan Student Assembly
President Jennifer Van Valey, who
has been at center stage for most of
the protests, said, "The leadership is
based on a broadened coalition of a
mish-mash of groups. Nobody is in
"At 'Camp Duderstadt,' anybody
that signed up for a committee was
called over the weekend to decide
what to do next. Those that showed
up had an equal hand in the decision
making process of what to do next,"
Van Valey said.
Protesters dubbed the front of
University President James
Duderstadt's house, which they
"camped out" on Thursday night,
Burns said about 20 individuals
are seriously involved in the move-
ment and have played a major part in
meetings. But the movement has
over 300 commited members who
have also contributed, he added.
"If other groups want to get in-
volved that's fine. We don't want a
radicalized movement. We want to
be as representative as possible.
More efforts have to be made to in-
volve moderate and conservative
constituencies," Burns said.
Student leaders want to open the
decision making process to all stu-
dents, faculty, workers, and any
member of the Ann Arbor commu-
nity, Burns said.
Despite claims that the move-
ment is not spearheaded by one
group, MSA offices have been used
as the meeting place for activists.
Burns said the offices were the
"unofficial headquarters" of the
Van Valey has indicated that she
has been contacted by University of-
ficials to negotiate the deputization
of campus police. She said she re-
fused because of conditions that
would have only allowed one repre-
sentative to negotiate with the ad-
University officials have categor-
ically denied that the deputization is-
sue is up for negotiation. In an in-
terview yesterday Duderstadt said the
decision to deputize campus police
would not be rescinded, but students
would be involved in the process.
"We'll always talk. The decision
for campus deputization has 'been
made and the first set of officers has
been hired," Duderstadt said."In
terms of 'negotiate,' what does-that
mean? I will talk to students bufit's
misleading to (say) 'negotiate."
The logistical decisions for yes-
terdays teach-in, were made by an
open committee on Saturday night
of about 80 students.
The protesters vow that the nei-
ther the Thanksgiving break nor fi-
nals will end the movement.
"It has been the administration's
strategy to wait us out. The
Thanksgiving recess will provide a
much needed break. We will :get
things ready for next semester,'This
movement will not be over at the
end of the semester. They are not go-
ing to get rid of us," Van Valey said.
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