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The need for such a union should be obvious to anyone who's been charged S110 a month for a plastic efficiency or more for a larger place complete with assorted roaches, a perenially-broken toilet and/or unvented gas heaters. Lately, landlord harrassment also has become a major problem, One of Lexington's biggest (and most notorious) landladies, Mrs. Lorraine Higgins, has a new rule for her tenants: "Gentlemen residents, leasor and roommates, must maintain a well-groomed appearance; that is, having a conventional tapered haircut, not hanging over the ears nor over the collar.'' Rule 13 was added to her list because of neighbors' complaints about "dirty-looking hippies," Mrs, Higgins commented, "Some of my nicest people had long hair and it just broke my heart not to continue renting to them." Despite the obvious need for it, the Tenants' Union presently is defunct. If you're a UK student and have a complaint against your landlord, you can turn it in at the Student Government Office. But that's like the proverbial ban-aid for a broken leg. You can also try to find out what rights you have as a tenant and what responsibilities your landlord has. But these are only half-way measures. Hopefully, another attempt will be made to form a Tenant's Union"and more people will respond. 3 plus 7 makes 10 By Marianne Jorgenson SALINAS, Calif.(LNS)-The Soledad 3 have become the Soledad 10. When a Soledad guard was found dead last January"a few days after a tower guard opened fire on a group of black prisoners, murdering three"Soledad Prison officials chose Fleeta Drumgo, George Jackson, and John Clutchette to try for the killing. The three are now joined by seven other young black men who are being charged with the killing of a second prison guard, and face the same mandatory death penalty. The guard was killed on July 22, and since the three were safely locked away the officials had to find another conspiracy. Why these seven? All used to sit around rapping about politics, and prison officials identified them as "black militants." The "conspiracy" includes Jessie Phillips, 20, serving a life sentence on a murder-robbery; Walter Watson, five years-to-life for robbery; Alfred Dunn, 20, five-years-to-life for robbery; Jimmy Hames, 23, one-to-life for robbery; O.C. Allen, 26, five-years-to-life for robbery. Since July 22 each has been held in solitary in a 7 x 5 cell. Nothing was known about the treatment the seven were receiving until Mrs. Bessie Phillips, mother of Jessie, received an anonymous letter from San Diego which said, "Jessie and another six are.. .in confinement for suspicion (of the killing of the guard). Jessie may not get a chance to contact.. .(you).. .until they build a case against him . .Bring your lawyer... they are trying to put it on anyone." The letter further explained that a white inmate who was interrogated had failed a he detector test. "They let him go anyway" the letter continued. Since their arraignment, prison officials have posted notices in the Soledad prison offering early parole and monetary rewards for any inmates willing to testify against these brothers. It was clear to the lawyers that many "witnesses" obtained by this route would testify against the brothers at the hearing, get their parole and split. But their testimony would be admissable before a jury during trial, and there would be no way for the defense to put them on the witness stand. Therefore, the defense moved to waive the preliminary hearing of October 13, forcing the prosecution to produce all their witnesses before a jury. Cancerous pills still on sale WASHINGTON (LNS)-Eli Lilly and Upjohn drug companies have graciously decided to stop producing their favorite, money-making, women-killing birth control pills: C-quens and Provest. Since 1966, or maybe even before that date, evidence had been available from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which showed that beagles formed both malignant and nonmalignant cancerous nodules on their breasts from certain pills. An approved, FDA-written letter was addressed to women using the two pills stating "there is no proof at the present time that the oral contraceptives can cause cancer in humans." Women were encouraged to stay on those pills. But during the week of October 19, 1970, the FDA issued a new statement recommending that production of these pills be stopped immediately. While Eli Lilly and Upjohn agreed on October 24 that they would stop making the pills, they have not been removed from the market and reserve supplies are still for sale. Bad, bad bank By Michael Sweeney Liberation News Service Americans have always known that banks are behind everything. Thomas Jefferson said they were more dangerous than standing armies. The Wobblies, a revolutionary labor movement in the early decades of this century, had a ballad that ran: Oh, the banks are made of marble With a guard at every door And the vaults are stuffed with silver That the people sweated for. The business of a bank is lending other people's money at a profit. Through their control of credit, banks gradually extend their control throughout society. As Bob Dylan put it, "The national bank at a profit sells a roadmap to the soul..." Since the system runs at the expense of the great majority of people, and the people know it, banks have always had to worry about getting burned down. Bank of America"modern in all things" has always been a leader in attempts to convince people that banks are a good thing, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Bank of America, in fact, used to call itself "the Peoples' Bank." A.P. Giannini, the bank's founder, had the advertising department nickname him "the Little Follow's Friend." To build up this image, Giannini said things like "The only legitimate business in the world today is to fill the needs of people"as we serve so shall we prosper." To defend this shuck, Bank of America has always employed a large crew of image-makers. After the bank foreclosed on thousands of farmers during the Depression, its power was exposed by John Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath and Carey McWilliams in Factories in the Fields. A bank image-maker, assigned to evalute the damage, reported confidentially that the books strengthened the notion "of land-grabbing on our part." It seemed unwise for Bank of America to be the biggest bank and the biggest landowner at the same time. So most of the 600,000 acres were sold off. Today Bank of America conducts extensive market research studies to learn how to win friends and influence people. One recent project was a number of special "test branches" located near college campuses in California. Experiments were conducted to learn how to win students as loyal customers. Discussion groups were organized (without students knowing Bank of America was the sponsor) and the sessions were tape recorded and sometimes observed from behind one-way mirrors. One of the test branches was located at Isla Vista, California, just outside the University of California at Santa Barbara. On February 25, 1970, students delivered a decisive experimental result by burning down the Isla Vista test branch. The bank's petty manipulation was swept aside. "Bank of America breaks human laws!" shouted the bank-burners. Their grievances against Bank of America varied. Some students knew about the bank's oppression of Chicano farm workers. Others knew of the bank's involvement in the Vietnam war. Said one 17-year-old bankburner,"Well, it was there.. .the biggest capitalist establishment thing around." And everything the kids at Isla Vista said about Bank of America was true. Their instincts had broken through one of the most carefully devised corporate images in America. Like the Wobblies, 60 years before, people instantly identified the bank as the real enemy. Young revolutionaries all over California began to imitate them, trashing and bombing Bank of America branches. Bank of America responded with a $340,000 campaign that placed full-page advertisements in every daily newspaper in California. The burning was "mindless violence," said the bank. All the charges made against the bank were "pernicious propaganda." That was only the first shot. Bank of America knew that it had to make unprecedented efforts to make itself seem friendly, helpful and peace-loving. Singing rock commercials were aired on hip radio stations. Psychedelic cartoon advertisements were placed in college newspapers. And top bank executives formed a "student affairs committee" to try to "understand" student grievances, Bank chairman Louis Lundborg came out publicly against the Vietnam War. But the bank was running scared. When SCOPE Corp., a subsidiary of Saga Foods, wanted to install a bank as part of a student housing project at the University of California at Riverside, it invited Bank of America to fill the space. The bank was cautious, Its student affairs committee called together student "leaders" from all over the state to a two-day seminar at Riverside to discuss whether it was safe for Bank of America to locate branches near college campuses. The Riverside question is undecided. Meanwhile, Bank of America rebuilt its Isla Vista branch bigger than ever. A new police station will be located across the street. "We are but one bank, but we have decided to take our stand in Isla Vista," anounced the full-page ads of the $25-billion giant. But all the advertising in the world won't save Bank of America. The truth keeps slipping out. The bank claims it is against the war while it expands its operations in Southeast Asia. The bank says it is the friend of labor while it refused to allow its own employees to unionize. The bank says it will fight racism while it operates an affiliate in white-supremacist Rhodesia. The bank says it is "The Little Fellow's Friend" while it takes interest from them in the most sophisticated loan shark racket in history"BankAmericard. Notices A fellow by the name of Rick Brown is trying to find a young man or a couple to help him establish a homestead on a large tract of wilderness land in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Says he's looking for someone who goes for the quiet life and a minimum of material goods. If interested, write: Rick Brown, General Delivery, Viola, Tennessee 37394. Or go to Viola and ask for him""Anyone there can tell you where I live." * The Lexington Women's Liberation Group is looking for witnesses to testify for the two 17 year-old girls who were arrested for "offenses against morality" after being identified from photographs as allegedly swimming nude at the Rock Bottom Music Festival. The trial is scheduled for Nov. 18 and they are still in need of witnesses. If you are over 18, have no police record and saw one or both women and were not offended by their appearance or behavior at the festival, contact Women's Lib at 266-2234 in Lexington. * Anyone in the Lexington area who has a draft physical approaching and is not sure of their physical condition can get a thorough examination from the Medical Committee on Human Rights any Thursday after 7 p.m. in the Third-Floor Clinic of the UK Med Center. If you have something you think might get you out, the exam will be concentrated on that point. If not, a general search will be made. The examinations are conducted by UK med students, * The Lexington chapter of SLAM (Southern Legal Action Movement) will be available to represent students accused of student code offenses before the Judicial Board and the Appeals Board at UK. Though a legal defense is not required at these hearings, students may find a law student helpful in deciphering the intricacies of the code. A list of law students who have volunteered to represent students is on file at the Grosvenor Zoological Gardens (phone: 255-9425). * A new independent literary magazine by the name of handsel will hit the streets of Lexington soon. It will publish poems, short stories, sketches and other things. If interested, contact Gray Zeitz at 429 Park Avenue; phone: 269-1474. * If anyone is interested in compiling a monthly calendar of events and notices for the fly, please contact us at P.O. Box 7304, Lexington, Ky, 40502. Ideally, we hope to be able to list a month in advance what will be happening in Louisville, Cincinnati, Richmond, Bowling Green, Lexington and so on. The fly will pay for necessary phone calls. * Governor Louie B. Nunn is sponsoring a drug seminar in Louisville's Convention Center on December 3 and is urging i citizens to attend. So plan to drop by if you're in the neighborhood. The Governor also has been appealing to newspaper people to promote drug awarness. Which, of course, we've been doing all along. The Clay County Poor Peoples' association will conduct a public hearing on November 21 at 2 p.m. on dissatisfaction with the ineffectiveness of the year-old federal "Black Lung" measure. Those scheduled to be on hand include Dr. Donald Rasmussen, a W. Va. physician who has been outspoken on the issue;widows of the 78 miners killed two years ago in the Farmington, W. Va. disaster and representatives from the UMW's Miners for Democracy contingent. The hearings will be held in the Horse Creek Community Center in Clay County. Three blacks shot 'quietly' MORRISTOWN, Term.-There has been a good deal of indignation in the national press over the killing of the four Kent State students and, to a lesser extent, over the shootings at Jackson State College and Kansas University. There never has been much outrage expressed over the shooting of black ghetto residents, as in the case of the six people killed in Augusta, Ga. shortly before the Kent State slayings. Now the area of unconcern apparently extends to black junior college students. On October 8, students at predominently black Morristown Junior College occupied the administration buliding in support of 30 demands they were making Morristown is the sort of school that gives demerits to students for walking on the grass (one student was given VA demerits for this; 10 demerits means expulsion) and has compulsory chapel attendance. Ironically, in terms of what was to happen early the next morning, the demands included one that campus security guards stop carrying live ammunition. At 1:30 a.m. a group of men students were talking on the balcony of a dorm when according to a student witness, a car pulled up behind a security guard car parked in the street outside and started firing at the students. Inexplicably, the white security guard responded by also shooting at the students. He wounded three of them"one seriously"with a shotgun blast For some reason, the story of the shooting has received very little attention outside Tennessee. 4/Number Nine