An afternoon with E. Lawson King, page 5 Jeff Lankford
Confessions of an alleged arsonist, page 7 Sue Anne Salmon
Photographs by Laurence Whitfield
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, page 11 Wendell Berry
Is the U.S. a planetary disease?, page 12 39 ways to save the earth, page 12 Atrocity ads dept., page 13 Exercises for men, page 14 More on Gene Mason, page 14
verse: David Polk, Walter Brown, Richard Taylor and Richard Taylor and Guy Mendes, page 15
cover: "Odd Bodkins, " D. O'Neill
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn."Tennessee is the kind of state whose current governor, Buford Ellington, dedicates himself to running off all the longhairs and which elects a senator, William Brock III, who mounts a massive billboard campaign on the theme of "Brock Believes" to emphasize his commitment to putting prayer back in the schools.
Knoxville is the kind of city that loudly, if unofficially, declares itself "Big Orange Country" every football season when the University of Tennessee team battles for glory. But things are changing: the University of Tennessee is also the kind of place which produces a radical student group called Big Oranges for a Democratic Society (BODS).
On the other hand, things haven't changed too much. Knoxville is still the kind of city which can convict and sentence to two years in prison a former UT student on charges of inciting to riot when all that was proved in court was that he had challenged the UT president to a duel and had ridden on someone's shoulders with a megaphone during a demonstration. It was established that he asked students at a rally to be peaceful and later asked the crowd to disperse when the cops started cracking heads.
The victim was Peter Kami and he was the first of a group of UT students and supporters known at the Knoxville 22 to come to trial in Knox County Criminal Court on charges arising from a January 15 demonstration at UT. The demonstration was in protest of the naming of Ed Boling as UT president.
Student and faculty groups had been promised they would have a say in the selection process. The groups made their recommendations"none of them recommended Boling; in fact, they all specifically asked that he not be considered. Boling was a political hack with no academic qualifications for the job; he previously was UT's vice president for development.
The trustees named Boling president at Gov. Ellington's insistence, the day after students left for Christmas vacation.
When they returned they were angry and wanted to express their dissatisfaction.
Kami (pronounced "camie," not "commie" as some Knoxvilleans have been wont to do) arranged a rally by announcing his intentions to challenge Boling to a duel When Boling failed to respond to the challenge, Kami and other leaders urged the 2,000 students present to peacefully go inside the administration buliding and mill around to make their presence known.
The students started to do just that when a group of YAFers and some plainclothesmen (without authorization) blocked the door. Scuffles broke out and soon the riot squad converged on the scene in what students described as a "goosestep-and-grunt" march. The sight of the riot squad was so ludicrous that the students roared with laughter. The riot squad thereupon went beserk and started cracking heads at random and making arrests, especially - of predesignated activist leaders. Kami was arrested shortly after he asked the crowd to leave.
Charges against five of the original 22 were eventually dropped; however, when that was done they were merely replaced by five activists who hadn't been arrested previously. The 22 include among them one token black and one token woman. They are charged under Tennessee's recently-enacted riot law, which was passed in reaction to college uprisings elsewhere. The law makes it a felony for three or more persons to engage in disruptive behavior and provides sentences ranging from one-to-ten years.
The trials started with Kami's on Oct. 26 and are expected to continue for weeks. The jury on Kami's trial went out on Friday evening (Oct 30) and did not return until 9 p.m. Saturday. Five of the 12 jurors reportedly were holding out for acquittal before they gave in to the other seven. In his closing argument the prosecutor had urged the jurors to "show the world what East Tennessee thinks of student protestors. Kami is appealing, but some of his supporters are not optimistic.
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When the trials of the 22 are completed, another round of political trials will begin almost immediately afterwards. Some 50 UT students and professors face charges of "disrupting a religious service" and "obsenity" in conjunction with a Billy Graham Crusade held at the UT stadium last May"a religious ceremony which included a speech by the Rev. Tricky Dick Nixon.
Graham brought his Crusade (and Nixon) to UT in the wake of a three-day campus strike in protest of the Cambodian invasion. Nixon obviously intended to reclaim some of his lost prestige after the nationwide student protest by showing he could appear on a major college campus. Of course, he intended to hide behind Billy Graham and the cross. About 1,000 UT people were determined not to let him get away with it.
They intended to conduct a peaceful protest Political signs were prohibited, so the protestors restricted themselves to signes quoting scripture: 'Thou Shalt Not Kill" Even these had to be smuggled inside the stadium. They also intended to use the peace "V" sign and possibily file out on the field for a silent prayer for those killed in the war.
The protestors sat in clusters in the crowd of 100,000 and were virtually surrounded by unfriendly cops. Outraged fundamentalist East Tennesseans heckled the students a good deal and goaded them out of their silent protest They answered the hecklers in kind and with chants. At one point when Graham was making political statements in support of Nixon, some of them answered with cries of "Bullshit!"This is apparently the source of the obsenity charges. The protestors also heckled Nixon when he spoke, but were mainly drowned out by the counter-heckling of the larger crowd.
Nine protestors were arrested at the "Crusade"; the remainder were arrested in the days following on the basis of photographic "evidence." The students were studying for final exams by then and were unceremoniously plucked off
the campus by cop cruisers or bustled out of their apartments without notice. One student arrested was in Cincinnati the night of the protest.
A couple of those arrested elected to be tried in city court and were sentenced to 20 days. Cops at the trial who testified that they two were among the chanters were reported to be on the other side of the stadium by witnesses and sometimes by the cops own admissions. Nevertheless, when they appealed to county court, the sentences were increased to SO days.
A lot of students are angry about what is going on at UT. So far little activity has taken place this year. That is partially because the trials have drained leaders and energy and because some students have been successfully intimidated. However, students also realized that any actions they might take would most likely benefit Brock in his race against liberal Sen. Albert Gore. "It's not that anyone expects Gore to do anything for them, it's just that Brock could make it physically impossibile to survive here," according to Carroll Bible, one of the 22. Now that the election is over, people will feel fewer constraints about taking action.
If the 22 and Crusade trials turn into inquisitions, that will lead to "enormous amounts of both intimidation and anger," a UT radical said. "And that could lead to acts of terrorism, which I don't think are very productive."
love of peace!
Liberation News Service
The peace symbol, or as Carl Mclntyre, calls it, the broken cross of the a nti-christ, may soon become the trademark of the Intercontinent Shoe Corp., or Luv, Inc., a clothing manufacturer in Miami.
CM. Wendt, director of the Patent Office's trademark examining office said they rejected a wine company's application to trademark the Madonna,