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For the most part the Democratic Presidential contenders voted with the consumer, that is, when they were there to vote. EDMUND MUSKIE was only their to vote on two of the seven issues and followed suit , getting two R's for himself. HUBERT HUMPHREY had an even poorer attendance, casting a ballot only once • that meriting him an "R" for the bill on insurance rates. GEORGE MCGOVERN was around for five of the votes and voted each time

rulings should be told by the government that the courts might now consider them innocent. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kevin Maroney, testifying before the Se- nate Subcommittee's amnesty hearings, argued it should be up to the young men 's lawyers to acquaint themselves with the two Court decisions. Senator Kennedy noted in reply that many of the men do not have lawyers and often cannot afford them. He inquired whether the Justice Department and Se- ~l lective Service System did not feel "any , 1 kind of responsibility " toward the men. The Justice Department says it has no " statistics on how many men in jail or .{ exile may unknowingly be affected by ,{ the Court rulings. A spokesman for the "l American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has urged that the government obtain sta- 1o tistics because of the large number of men involved. Marvin Karpatkin, General Counsel to the ACLU, has claimed that many of the men indicted or convicted for refusing in- duction would have their indictments dis- ,, missed or their convictions set aside if • their cases were re-examined. Karpatkin , 1 charged that the Justice Department's re- ,,. luctance to inform the imprisoned and ,• exiled men is "shameful and outrageous." ., " ; [DNSI] : l The Students for a Democratic ' ' - I Society [SDS] struck · national prominance a few years ago with their protest against U.S. involve- "~ ment in Southeast Asis. Since then, ...: h ,,, many ave pronounced the organ- :, ization dead. Despite these death notices, however, - , the SDS Boston office has predicted that - • one thousand will attend the SDS r; National Convention against Racism at ,., Harvard University 30 March to 2 April. , .- A reluctant Harvard administration i• initially denied facilities for the con- :1• vention, SDS reported, but relented after '.-, the organization launched a petition ·, campaign. •, SDS said that a key focus of the convention should be the launching of a ... national campaign on the scale of the anti-war movement to fight the upsurge ,,: of racism on campus, be it racist text- .:' books , professors, or administrators and ,,, their policies. ., The Society sees alliance of students ,.,, and working people in a struggle for , common interests as the most effective way to achieve progressive social change. -.1 SDS Conference

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"Not Welcome'

Recently, four sons of the rancher who posted bail for Angela Davis were turned away from their elementaryschool in Rasin City, California. Ms. Roger McAfee drove up to the small elementary school to drop her children off for the day. She was in - formed by principal Thomas Davis that her children were no longer welcome at the school. The four boys had previously been attending the school on a special inter-district permit which was required because they had taken up temporary residence in a neighboring school district. However, within twenty-four hours after McAfee announced that he was posting the $100,000 bail bond for Ms. Davis' release the inter-district privilege was suddenly revoked. Numerous death threats against McAfee and his family have forced the · family to go into hiding, blt a do~en volunteers from a largely conservative M'resno (California) area were staying on Whe ranch property acting as body guards in case trouble did arise. McAfee stated earlier that he guaranteed the bond for Ms. Davis be- cause of his belief in her innocence and his long time affiliation with the Communist Party. Consumer Federation Calls Roll Last month the Consumer Federation of America released a roll call of the number of Congress- men that voted on seven consumer bills during the first session of the current legislative session. The seven bills dealt with government meat and poultry inspection, legal aid, child care for low-income families, insurance rates, deceptive business practices, consumer protection and government inspection of fish. The CFA drew up its own rec commendations on how each of the Congressmen should have voted and rated aach of the lawmakers with an "R" for a wi,rrect vote, and a "W" for a wrong vote. Those absent or not voting at all were given zeros on the roll call.

with the consumer. HENRY JACKSON cast four votes for the consumer. EDWARD KENNEDY was present for all seven votes and cast each one for the consumer.

Delayed Decisions

Innocent young men remain in jail or in exile because the Justice Department and Selective Service System have failed to inform them of two Supreme Court decisions on draft opposition. This was the accusation leveled by Se- nator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) during the recent amnesty hearings before Ken- nedy's Senate Sub-committee on Admin- istrative Practice and Procedure. The Supreme Court ruled in 1970 that it is unconstitutional to reclassify young men as punishment for their political acti- vities, and in the same year decreed that men can qualify as conscientious object- ors even if their . objections to war are based on non-religious beliefs. Federal district courts have judged both decisions retroactive, and Senator Kennedy suggested that men indicted or convicted prior to the Supreme Court

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