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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, October 30,1991

Continued from page 1
Arker told Sharpton he went to the
same high school as Jermaine Ewell,
a Black youth from Atlantic Beach,
N.Y. who was the target of racial
violence. Sharpton organized a
march in Atlantic Beach after the
"We pride ourselves on being a
racially unbiased community, and
the people in the town didn't want
you to march there," Arker said.
"You had to bring in busloads of
people from outside the commu-
Sharpton retorted that he had
been called by Ewell's mother, and
defended bringing in outside people.
"Everybody brings in people
from outside. That's what King did
in Selma. No one said we were hav-
ing a march against the indigenous

people. We were marching against
racism, not having a parade," he said
Sharpton defended tactics such as
marching through Atlantic Beach, as
necessary when Blacks still do not
have the same rights and privileges
as white people in America.
"Until we have a nation of mu-
tual respect, we will have a nation
divided against itself," he said.
Sharpton also spoke against
those in the press and government
who said he was an irresponsible
Black leader. He accused them of
trying to decide for Blacks who
would lead them.
"They want to decide who's go-
ing to talk, how long their going to
talk, and what they're going to say,"
Sharpton said.
"When you have a problem in the
white community, you quickly
move to justice, there's no need for
marches. But when someone dies in

my community you expect us to
stand around and hold hands," he
"I want the same thing you've
got: equal protection under the
Audience members reacted
strongly to Sharpton's speech. RC
sophomore Tovias Zimmerman said
he had an unusual perspective on the
event, being both Black and Jewish.
"He's a very convincing speaker,
but it's very difficult to agree with
him when he has a Greek chorus over
there to shout down anyone who
doesn't agree with him," he said.
Tovias added, however, that he
saw some of Sharpton's comments
as anti-Semitic.
"I don't want to call him an
anti-Semite, but he obviously has
anti-Jewish feelings," he said.
strict offensive ads.
Muir disagreed, "No one has a
right not to be offended. This seems
a case of wanting to shoot the mes-
senger and not the message. It would
be a tragedy for a newspaper of all
things to fail to publish it because
the editors disagree with it."

Continued from page 1
"I believe in many of the ideas,
although not all, that Al Sharpton
stands for," LSA junior Albert
Roberson said. "He is being attacked
by people who portray him as anti-
white or anti-Semitic, when in real-
ity he is just pro-Black."
"This is what happens when
Black leaders come to light," he
added. "We're both trying to con-
vince each other of our point of
view. It is a good exchange of
The Michigan Committee for a
Safe Israel also distributed fliers to
the crowd, calling for a federal in-

vestigation into the recent Black-
Jewish confrontations in Crown
Heights, N.Y.
The flier read, in part: "Al
Sharpton waged war against Jews -

Members of the University
Activities Center (UAC), which
sponsored the event, were not sur-
prised by the protests.
"It was anticipated that

'We are not protesting Al Sharpton's right to
speak, we are protesting his ideas. He
pretends to help the racial situation but is
dangerous because he spreads hate in Black-
white relations'
- //ana Greenfield
Open Your Eyes

inciting hatred, harassment, racism
and terrorism. Mob rule! Anarchy!
People afraid for their lives because
of Sharpton!"

Continued from page 1
such as the Holocaust Memorial in
West Bloomfield, Michigan" and to
review the advertising placement

The resolution was passed 15-6.
LSA Rep. David Englander, who
sponsored the resolution, said that
the proposal was not an attack to re-
strict the Daily's freedom of speech,
but to ask it to review why this ad
was included while current ad place-
ment policies allow the Daily to re-

Continued from page 1
that will move us, Palestinians,
from a people under occupation to a
people with full independence and a
Palestinian independent state that
will later join in a confederation
with Jordan."
Israel rejects the notion of a

Palestinian state in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip. But Israeli officials
have said an agreement on autonomy
could be a key achievement of the
Madrid peace negotiations.
For an interim period, the
Palestinians would accept the self-
rule which they violently opposed
when it was first offered during the
Israeli-Egyptian peace process in

Sharpton's speech would be a con-
troversial event," LSA sophomore*
Dena Leshets, who is a member of
UAC, said.
The extent and duration of au-
tonomy would be left open to dis-
Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian
delegation's spokesperson who also
was involved in the pre-conference
negotiations with Baker, stressed
that Jewish settlements were "one
of the greatest obstacles to peace."


Continued from page 1
"We want to plan other little
things. We could've handed out
whistles, key rings - things people
could look at farther down the
Clapham said the week hosted a
lot of quality programs, though he
was disappointed in the turn-out.
Clapham and Singer plan to
study the effectiveness of the kinds
of events they planned and empha-
size the popular or successful ones
next year.
"I think any time you have a
week's events like this, some will
appeal to some people and some to
others," Clapham said. "It's good
to host because even if there's not a
large turn-out, hopefully the pub-

licity will raise issues and make
people more aware."
At the same time last week, the
University's Department of Public
Safety and Security (DPSS) and the
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC)
'Attendance was not
what I hoped for but
what I expected'
- Priti Marwah
planned their own awareness weeks.
Julie Steiner, SAPAC coordinator,
was unavailable for comment.
Eric Stempien, a DPSS crime pre-
vention intern, participated in
Crime Prevention Week by passing
out fliers at table tents in residence
halls and in the MUG and the Fish
Continued from page 1
Few fires flared early this week
in Detroit. But a fire department
captain who declined to be named
characterized the lull as the calm
before the storm.
As in past years, Mayor Coleman
Young's office said an arson tally
wouldn't be released until Friday.
In 1990, Detroit officials reported
281 blazes for Halloween and the
two days preceding it and 22 arrests.
Each year, Detroit officials are
besieged by arsonists from Oct. 29
to Oct. 31. It's been that way since
the early 1980s, when pranksters on
the eve of Halloween switched tac-
tics and began torching houses in-
stead of tossing eggs.
The worst Devil's Night was in
1984, when 810 blazes left dozens
of Detroiters homeless.
This year's anti-arson campaign,
"Get Mad. Get Involved," will rely
on thousands of volunteers to watch
vacant buildings and patrol streets
with flashlights, fire extinguishers
and citizen's band radios. More than
35,000 volunteers were expected
this week, Georgella Muirhead, the
city's Devil's Night campaign coor-
dinator, said.
The city also purchased televi-
sion and radio spots for "A Fool
and His Match," an ad featuring De-
troit Pistons forward John Salley.
Despite those precautions, offi-
cials braced for a new breed of ar-
sonists: landlords who would be
tempted to torch tenements vacated
by former welfare recipients.

Bowl. He said October is national
crime prevention month, and this is
the first time the University has de
cided to participate.
"We passed out a lot of fliers,'
he said. "We're going to use it to re-
flect on how we can do better."
Five people worked together to
distribute the fliers and other crime
prevention information.
Lt. Vernon Baisden, crime pre-
vention supervisor at DPSS, said
several hundred fliers and book-
marks were printed and all were
distributed. He estimated that abou
450 people were contacted.
"Being a first-time effort, we
think it was successful, though we#
hope to expand on it," Baisden said.
"If it helps somebody avoid being a
victim of a crime, it was worth.
Landlords of 19 residential ho-
tels this week announced plans to
begin evicting tenants who haven't
been able to pay their rent since Oct.
1, when Gov. John Engler elimi-
nated the state's General Assistance
welfare program.
"There are multiple motives for
people, and some (arsonists) do it to
get rid of their buildings for insur-
ance," Detroit City Councilmember
Mel Ravitz said.
About 1,000 vacant buildings.
which are easy targets for arsonists
were to have been razed by today
Ravitz said. Estimates of the num
ber of abandoned buildings in De-
troit range as high as 5,700.
. The Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment (AAPD) has appointed a
Devil's Night coordinator, Lt. John
King, who was unavailable for
comment. King was in charge of
preparations last year, which will
be repeated this year.
AAPD Information Officer
Sherry Woods said Ann Arbor is in-
creasing the number of police cars
and volunteer citizen vehicles on
Devil's Night and imposing cur-
fews. Woods said state law man-
dates that children under the age of
12 cannot be on the streets between
10 p.m. and 6 a.m., those under 16 be-
tween midnight and 6 a.m., unless
accompanied by a parent.
"We are asking Ann Arbor resi-
dents to keep their outside lights on
on Oct. 30 from dusk until dawn,"
she said.
- The Associated Press con-
tributed to this report.

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