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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, July 17, 1984 -Page 3
Youth to raise issues at convention

Special to the Daily
SAN FRANCISCO - The apathy
which has plagued most college cam-
puses since the end of the Vietnam War
has enabled the Reagan Administration
to do many things which 'have hurt
students, and this year's election
provides a chance for America's youth
to again become an important voting
force, said a group of national student
leaders Sunday.
"Youths have been dumped on in the
last two-and-a-half years," said Dino
Fire, a leader of Frontlash, a student
group affiliated with the AFL-CIO,
"because youth as a rule does not
The student leaders, assembled in the
city for the Democratic National Con-
vention, cited a number of issues which
all students should be concerned about
such as cuts in federal financial aid, the
Solomon Amendment tying financial
aid to draft registration, and the
proposal to set a national drinking age
at 21.
Raising student interest in these
issues can be "like pulling teeth," Fire
said, "until people are beaten over the
head with the fact that you are not
going to school next year because you
can't come up with 10,000 bucks for
tuition and board, your student loan has
been taken away, or the interest has in-
creased on it."
The low voting record of students -
less than 25 percent of the country's 13
million college students went to the
polls in 1982 - is partially due to laws in
some states which prohibit students
from registering to vote on their college
(Continued from Page 1)
wild, enthusiastic and emotional ap-
plause." Four years ago he led the par-
ty to its worst defeat in decades.
EARLIER IN the day, with chants of
"Ger-ry, Ger-ry," Geraldine Ferraro
was given a rousing, ear-splitting
welcome by thousands of female sup-
porters on her arrival for the
Democratic National Convention.
Walter Mondale's running mate -
virtually certain to become the first
woman vice presidential nominee of a
major political party - arrived in the
city with Mondale.
Their first stop in the city was at a
Democratic women's fund-raising rally
at the San Francisco Opera House and,
as it turned out, they could not have
picked a better spot to begin the con-
vention week.
" Dover port
joins British

"Many students can't vote in key
districts around the country because
they are denied residency," said Greg
Moore, president of the United States
Student Association (USSA).
The USSA along with members of
other groups including Frontlash, the
Americans for Democratic Action,
Students Against Reaganism, and the a
NAACP, have joined forces to form the
Youth Advisory Council.
The council, designed to coordinate
national activities and advise the
Democratic Party on youth affairs,
drafted planks for the party platform
dealing with issues of concern to
students such as the sub-minimum
wage for younger workers and reform
of election laws. The groups's planks
were all adopted into the platform
which will be discussed and adopted
tonight at the convention.
Student leaders plan to work hard in
September encouraging more students
to register and helping to make them
more aware of issues that affect them.
"Things have happened in'
Washington over the last few years that I
have affected young people in an ad-
verse way, said Sherrod Brown,
Ohio's Secretary of State. "(It) will
wake a lot of young people up and make
young people want to vote and want to
participate in the system much more
than they have."
Brown, who addressed student '
leaders at the convention, was at age 29
the youngest person in the country ever ssociated Press
to hold the office when he was elected insocadPrs
1912. Delegates and spectators show signs of support in the opening session of the
Democratic National Convention at Moscone Center in San Francisco
See YOUTH, Page 7 yesterday .
speeches blast Reagan policies
'Our policy drifts with no real direction Ferraro was given a one-minute
standing ovation.
other than an hysterical commitment to an Jesse Jackson's role in the campaign
arms race that leads nowhere - if we're also appeared to increase as he met
lucky,'with Mondale campaign chief Bert
Lance and Democratic chairman
-New York Governor Mario Cuomo Charles Manatt to work out differences
on platform planks, and Manatt said
Keynote speaker Jackson would play a "leadership role"
in the party this fall.
About 2,000 women, including Roosevelt would be very proud of you Jackson said there was a "faithful
feminist leaders Gloria Steinem and today and so would we, "Rep. Barbara effort" under way to work out
Bella Abzug and celebrities Margot Mikulski, (D-Md.) said at the beginning differences.
Kidder and Bonnie Franklin, jumped to of the fund-raiser. The crowd cheered. Lance, the newly installed and
their feet and cheered as Mondale in- It was clearly Ms. Ferraro's audien- controversial Mondale -F e r r a r o
troduced Ferraro as a symbol of the ce. She and Mondale received a stan- campaign chairman, met with Jackson
"next door that we are about to open in ding ovation when they first walked out in the morning for about an hour. He
America." onto the stage, but when Ferraro jab- said afterward, "This morning is the
"WALTER MONDALE, Eleanor bed her left fist into the air, the crowd start of the consultation process."

From AP and UPI
LONDON - Dock workers at Britain's last major port to
operate normally yesterday joined a week-old dock strike
and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher met with Cabinet
ministers to review the country's mounting labor troubles.
Longshoremen at Dover, Britain's "gateway" to Europe,
voted two-to-one to stop handling all cargo bound for the con-
tinent, union officials said.
MARITIME traffic at more than 60 major ports, including
Liupnn l L dn Gl s nw and Felixstne has, been halted

miners' strike that has closed three-quarters of Britain's coal
THOUSANDS OF tons of produce were reported rotting in
ships' holds. Depsite an airlift of fresh tomatoes from the
Channel Islands, tomato prices here more than tripled from
26-cents a pound to nearly 91-cents a pound. Hundreds of
truckers have been laid off.
Thatcher has vowed to invoke emergency powers enabling
the government to use troops to move essential supplies from
strikebound ports if necessary. She has blamed the strikes
for a fall in the value of the British pound that triggered a rise
in interest rates.
Emergency legislation allowing the use of troops to run the
country was last used 10 years ago during a miner's strike
that forced British industry to go to a three-day week and
toppled the Conservative government of Edward Heath.
Speaking during a debate in the House of Commons, Tran-
sport Secretary Nicholas Ridley vowed the Conservative
government "will take any action necessary to keep the life
of the nation going."

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Lverpool,'jon, a' go'" ' lureb.., ""Lc 1"'
orkiers by the walkout, which flared July 10 when a contract laborer,
rather than a dockworker, was used to shovel iron ore at a
northern port.
s ie noAlthough that dispute was resolved, the dockworkers'
5SLrlJk e union is now demanding guarantees of future work. Union
and port officials are scheduled to take part today in separate
talks with government arbitrators.
The longshoremen's walkout increased pressure on
Britain's economy, already pressed by an 18-week-old coal

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