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stumps in
Ann Arbor
The North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) was
the focus of Lana Pollack's address last night, as the
Michigan state senator (D-Ann Arbor) hostedafundraiser
to support her bid for the U.S. Senate.
"It's not the wrong direction," said Pollack. "It's just
the wrong treaty."
While the senator said she supports the idea of free
trade and a world market, she takes issue with certain
provisions oT the treaty.
"NAFTA, as it is currently written, would prohibit
states from passing environmental, worker safety and
health laws that exceed federal standards," announced
Pollack to about 300 local Democratic supporters. The
treaty, as interpreted by Pollack, would allow state laws
to be challenged as impediments to free trade if they are
more stringent than federal regulations.
The $100-a-plate dinner was Pollack' s fifth fundraiser
in less than two weeks, and the first in Washtenaw
County since she announced Aug. 2 her intention to
challenge Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Mich.) for his Senate
The event raised about $40,000, said Campaign
Manager Barbara Fuller.
Fuller said the campaign will spend $2 million before
the Democratic primary Aug. 2, when Pollack and
Riegle go head-to-head for their party's nomination.
Thatcontestmay bea greater challenge than the Novem-
ber election, said Fuller.
"Right now we're focusing on the primary. I'll worry
about what to do next August third after the results come
in on the night of the second."
The incumbent Riegle has faced increasing criticism
since being identified as one of the "Keating five" in
1991. Riegle was accused of receiving campaign contri-
butions from Charles Keating, in exchange for using his
power as a member of the Senate Banking Commission
to protect Keating's failing Lincoln Savings.
Although Riegle was cleared of any wrongdoing,
this link to the Savings and Loan scandal has continued
to plague him.
"Ideologically there's not a whole lot of difference
between Lana and Riegle," said Fuller. "Mainly it's a
character issue."
Pollack alluded to the character issue in her speech,
saying, "I think I can do a whole lot better than the guy
who's there now."
However, Pollack has caught flack from within her
own party for challenging a fellow Democrat. Riegle has
already received the endorsement of the five female
Democratic senators.
See POLLACK, Page 2

Riegle blasts free
trade agreement

Michigan's senior U.S. senator, Donald Riegle,
railedagainsttheNorth American Free Trade Agree-
ment (NAFITA) and urged bi-partisan cooperation
on the health care issue in a speech to the University
of Michigan College Democrats last night.
Riegle spoke for more than an hour to a recep-
tive standing-room crowd at the Michigan Union
Pond Room.
Jeff Gourdji, the chair of the College Demo-
crats, said that a speaker of national stature tradi-
tionally appears at the mass meeting to drum up
recruits. He added that the invitation was not an
endorsement of Riegle for the upcoming Demo-
cratic primary.
'We want this to be a platform for all of the
candidates," he said.
Riegle has comeout forcefully against NAFTA,
and sponsored a nationally-televised rally in Lan-
sing Saturday with Ross Perot to defeat the treaty.
NAFTA is a trade agreement that would lower
tariffs and other trade barriers among the United
States, Mexico and Canada.
At the Union, Riegle used anecdotes about

Michigan workers to illustrate his position. He
said American workers would lose their jobs to
lower-paid Mexican workers.
Riegle likened the issue to the Vietnam War,
saying that the decision-makers are gambling
with other people's lives.
"I see, in a different form, some of the same
elitism behind this Mexican free trade agree-
ment," he said. "I see a lot of people who are out
of the line of fire and will not lose their jobs ...
and they're for the NAFTA."
The senator said NAFTA was flawed be-
cause it was put together by a collection of
special interests and could not be rescued. "I
don't think we can correct this one," he said.
"It' smisdesigned so you basically have to scrap
this one and start over."
Riegle noted that he was the co-sponsor of
other legislation aimed at increasing trade with.
Mexico at the expense of trade with China.
Democratic Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Caro-
lina authored the bill, which has not received
much national attention.
See RIEGLE, Page 2


Sen. Donald Riegle speaks at the Union yesterday.

Perot visits Lansing to protest NAFTA

LANSING - Angry workers
crowded the steps of the state Capitol
building Saturday to hear former inde-
-pendent presidential candidate Ross
Perot challenge citizens to continue to
fight the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) until itisdefeated.
NAFTA would eliminate most tar-
iffs and trade barriers among the United
States, Mexico and Canada. If approved
by the House and Senate, the legislation
would take effect Jan. 1.
Shouting blistering criticism of both
the Clinton administration and business
leaders who supportNAFTA, the crowd
paraded around the Capitol with signs
that expressed their bitter resentment
toward a treaty they felt would cost
them their jobs.
Lansing native Mary Crosby, who
has worked at General Motors for 15
years and who attended the rally with
her daughter and 14-month-old grand-
daughter, said she believed NAFTA

would reducejobs throughout the market-
place, not just in the auto industry.
"This is going to cost American jobs in
my plant and in plants across the country,"
she said.
The smaller-than-expected crowd gath-
ered tohearaparade ofspeakers including
members of Congress and entertainers.
Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Mich.) spoke
with such passion against the agreement
that he nearly lost his voice.
"NAFTAis a loaded gun pointed at the
working people of America," he said, ig-
noring an airplane that flew above the
Capitol carrying a banner that read, "Re-
member the Keating Five: Dump Riegle."
The banner refers to Riegle's alleged con-
nection to the Savings and Loan scandal.
Although Riegle has been cleared of con-
nections to the Savings and Loan scandal,
his character has come under question.
Helen Bentley (R-Md.) and Marcy
Kaptur (D-Ohio) also spoke.
Kaptur spoke of her personal experi-
ence as a factory worker for 12 years in
northern Ohio.
"(NAFTA) will especiallyhurt women

and minorities working to raise families on
meager salaries," she said, "while also hurting
underpaid workers in Mexico."
Perot, who arrived one-and-a-half hours
late, much to the displeasure of those who had
arrived early to get a good spot near the steps of
the Capitol, personally challenged President
Clinton to attend one of the similar rallies he
will be leading across the country.
He referred to Clinton's pro-NAFTA rally
in New Orleans last Friday, to which only 500
select supporters were allowed to attend.
"They usher in 500 people and then they
lock the doors tight and they don't allow any
opponents in," he said. "Here we'll allow any-
body to come."
Perot displayed his flair forhomespun rheto-
ric in explaining why NAFTA would cost jobs
and its effecton the tax system which allows for
"a $50,000-a-year housekeeper for the vice
"No matter how hard you sweat, if you're
not working, you are not paying taxes," he said.
Putting in face time were gubernatorial
candidates Howard Wolpe and Debbie
Stabenow, who are vying for the chance to
challenge Gov. John Engler in 1994.

Perot-fans trek
to Lansing
LANSING - While many students re-
mained in bed Saturday recovering from the
previous night, Jim Harnsberger and Keva
Silversmith planned to shuttle students to
Lansing to hear Ross Perot bash the NAFTA
The trouble was no other students showed
A third-year graduate student in linguis-
tics and a native of Macon, Ga., Harnsberger
said he had been contacted by half-a-dozen
students who expressed interest in attending
the rally. However, when he arrived atB ursley
Hall Saturday morning in his $40 rented blue
Ford Tempo, no one was waiting for him.
Silversmith, a LSA junior from McLean,
See UNITED, Page 2

Yzaguirre calls upon Hispanics to strenghten their ethnic ties

Aztec blessings and a traditional Mexican folk dance
performance welcomed Raul Yzaguirre, president of
The National Council of La Raza - the nation's largest
Hispanic organization -when he spoke at the Michigan
League Friday.
Keeping with the theme of the University's Hispanic
Heritage Month, "The Many Faces of Our Past: The
Many Voices of Our Future," the night began with some
dances from the past to entertain the estimated 150
members of the audience.
Kalpulli of Ann Arbor performed its Aztec blessings
with smoky incense, the bellowing sound of a conch
shell and a pulsating drum beat. Then Los Hijos de
Aztlan brought the dance floor alive with its colorful
costumes and rhythmic footwork.
For 35 years Yzaguirre has advocated civil rights. As
a Hispanic activist whose national status grants him
many opportunities to speak of the growing Latino
presence, Yzaguirre brings to mind the many responsi-
bilities for the future.
He related many humorous anecdotes to the students
and faculty gathered. Yzaguirre focused primarily on the
importance of strengthening the common ties between
Hispanics in the United States rather then letting their
differences drive them apart.
"Many people have a sense that Latinos are not
organized and are with out an agenda. The problem is

we have the highest family values of anyone else in the country
... we are going to make it eventually," he said.
His final words to the audience were, "Nuestro futuro,
nuestro destino, estA en estas manos" - meaning "our future,
our destiny, are in our hands."
The audience thanked him with a standing ovation.
Student coordinators said they were pleased withthe results

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