2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 11, 1995
Washington march gains support
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Tens or even
hundreds of thousands of African
American men will gather on the Mall
Oct. 16 for what organizers envision as
a solemn display of moral fortitude and
They are calling it the Million Man
March. Though numbers are impossible
to predict, there already are abundant
signs that the event has struck a chord in
the black community. It is uniting a di-
verse array of leaders under its banner and
generating uncommon attention beyond
the ranks of the politically active.
Themarch is the brainchild ofNation
of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, whose
stern calls for self-reliance and spiritual
renewal resonate with many African
Americans, but whose rhetoric, which
has been widely criticized as anti-
Semitic, repels many others.
Some who in the past have kept
Farrakhan at arm's length have made
peace with him, at least for the moment,
and are embracing the march. Others
are putting aside deep disagreements to
As conceived by Farrakhan, the march
will highlight aday on which black men
will "straighten their backs" and pledge
themselves to a restoration of values.
He is asking black men across the
country to stay off their jobs as part of
an economic boycott. And he hopes
that a mass of orderly, resolute African-
American men in the nation's capital
will stand in stark contrast to negative
images that pervade popular culture.
But some political leaders are seeking
to make the event more than that. With
economic upheaval and crime taking a
heavy toll on African Americans, and
with a Republican-controlled Congress
pursuing an agenda that many regard as
hostile to civil rights, organizers hope the
march will ignite anew political urgency.
Customarily cautious politicians such
as Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke
and Philadelphia Mayor Edward G.
Rendell, who is Jewish, have given
their endorsement. Baptist preachers
are organizing alongside Farrakhan's
Some well-known rap musicians, in-
cluding Public Enemy and Brand
Nubians, have signed on.
Women, who have not been invited
to march, but who are being asked for
their support, are lining up to provide it.
"I think there is an obvious
groundswell of support for the march
in the African American community,"
said Earl T. Shinhoster, interim execu-
tive director of the NAACP, which has
not taken a position on the march.
"While the march has some controver-
sial aspects, the overall notion that this
will be a day of atonement during which
African American men would chel-
lenge themselves to do what's manly
has an appeal."
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of grass-roots, pro-family activists in
America this year.
At the conference, you could pick a
presidential candidate or order a "Pre-
cious Feet Baby," a life-sized doll of a
12-week-old fetus, four for $6.95 each
or 100 for $4.50 each. Christian Coali-
tion golf balls went fast at the bargain
price of three for $9. "We the People"
ties were $28, brought to you by a
company called Ties that Bind, "It's not
just a tie ... it's a ministry."
The conference was staged, said del-
egate Harold Hopkins, a Messianic Jew
from Rochester, N.Y., for "getting the
troops geared up, choosing the candi-
dates and challenging our views."
For Hopkins, who said he came to
Christ 20 years ago through the minis-
try of Pat Robertson's "700 Club," the
conference exceeded his expectations,
particularly on the final count.
While the thousands of religious con-
servatives drawn here for a weekend of
political strategizing were largely white
and well-coiffed, they were not all cut
from a single piece of ideological cloth.
There was Ann Reilly of Waltham,
Mass., who turned to husband Alfred
on her right to get an answer for the
person on her left: "When they say
we're right-wing radicals, what do we
say, honey? Oh, yeah, we say: 'You're
left-wing secular extremists from the
culture of death."'
And then there was Joseph Sharp, a
semi-retired commercial artist from the
greater Washington area, here "as an
observer" with his pediatrician son,
Stephen. "I sent (the coalition) a small
donation a couple of times to see what
they're up to. ... This is their ultimate
goal: to control the government. They
put forth good aims for doing this. But
I believe that ultimately it will work
against them and their principles."
' NATIONAL REPORT
Gingch urges Powell not to run
WASHINGTON- House SpeakerNewtGingrich urgedretiredGen. Colin Powell
to give up any idea of an independent candidacy, saying yesterday that having a
President outside the current party system is "a joke" that could lead to disaster.
Gingrich, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," also revealed some details
of the GOP plan to restore fiscal integrity to Medicare, including a proposal to
apply means-testing to couples earning more than $125,000.
Powell, in his new autobiography, says he is comfortable with neither party and
the time may be ripe for the rise of a third party to represent the political center in
America. He makes no commitment to lead such a party.
Gingrich (R-Ga.) strongly urged him against that course. "I think it's frankly in
the long run ajoke," he said. "This country is a party country.... There is no magic
independence of people who are just able to stand up and magically produce a
An independent presidency would be "a disaster for this country," he said.
If Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ran as a Republican, he
would immediately become the chief rival to GOP front-runner Sen. Bob Dole,
Gingrich, like Powell, says he will make no announcement of his own presiden-
tial intentions until the end of the year.
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Judge imposes rare
sanction on GM
NEW YORK - A federal judge,
ruling that General Motors Corp. has
repeatedly disobeyed court orders in a
major Oklahoma case set for today im-
posed a rare and harsh sanction on the
automaker that could severely hamper
The ruling, which prohibits the
automaker from introducing any ex-
hibits at the upcoming trial, came in
the latest court battle over GM's long-
controversial design of its pickup
trucks. The case has been marked by
vast confidentiality orders and acri-
monious discovery disputes that the
judge said had become "vexing and
U.S. District Court Judge Michael
Burrage of Muskogee excoriated the
automaker in an order Wednesday, rul-
ing that GM had failed to adequately
prepare its exhibits in the case, making
it difficult for the plaintiff's lawyers to
prepare forthe trial. The suit was brought
by the family of 22-year-old Shawn D.
Bishop, who was killed in a fiery 1993
crash of a GM pickup.
The Bishop suit, like dozens of oth-
ers against GM, alleged that GM's fuel
tanks were vulnerable to deadly explo-
sions in crashes because of a design
defect. GM has consistently denied
those allegations in court, and last year
successfully blocked a government at-
tempt to recall its pickup trucks.
its Simpson rebuttal
LOS ANGELES-Lawyers on both
sides of the O.J. Simpson case are ex-
pected to come out swinging today in a
new roundof legal wrangling that threat-
ens to lengthen the trial and test the
patience of the already restless jury.
On Friday, a day after Judge Lance
Ito told jurors the end was in sight,
prosecutor Marcia Clark unveiled a list
of 60 possible witnesses poised for a
point-by-point rebuttal of the defense
case. The primary goal will be to refo-
cus the case against Simpson and away
from former homicide detective Mark
Fuhrman and the taped interviews that
have monopolized the trial for more
than two weeks and placed the state's
case in jeopardy.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -
Firefighters and divers searched for
bodies in the wreckage of shattered
homes and sunken yachts yesterday as
islanders gave thanks for the lives spared
by Hurricane Luis.
In full combat gear, Dutch marines
shouldering FAL assault rifles con-
trolled thousands of stranded tourists
jamming the airport, and frightened
away looters sifting through foot-high
debris in a supermarket. Looters fled
with everything from champagne to
The Red Cross confirmed two deaths
in St. Maarten but expected the toll to
rise. In Amsterdam, Dutch Interior Min-
istry spokesman Ger Bodewitz said
there were five dead. Other reports,
which could not be independently con-
firmed, said there were as many as 30
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side of the island, St. Martin, said Capt.
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said Charles Peltier, who lives in St.
Peter, one of the worst-hit neighbor-
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Five days after one of the century's
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this Dutch-French Caribbean island, the
sounds of pounding hammers and slash-
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Some Russian troopS
GROZNY, Russia- Long columns
ofRussian troops rolled outofChechnya
yesterday, the first since a July 30 ac-
cord calling for a partial withdrawal.
The Chechen rebels, meanwhile,
agreed to a schedule for disarming their
fighters, another key point in the mili-
tary agreement, which has remained
largely on paper amid mutual mistrust
Armed clashes have persisted in the
southern republic. On Saturday, a Rus-
sian tank commander was killed near
Kurchaloi, about 12 miles east of the
capital, Grozny, when rebels fired gre-
nade launchers at his vehicle.
The tank driver was missing and pre-
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tary officials said. Two other service-
men were killed and three were wounded
in rebel attacks Saturday and early yes-
terday, they said.
Russia's Independent Television
showed long columns of armored ve-
hicles and tanks, some flying Russian
tricolor flags, rolling toward the Rus-
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