Lawler asks boycott of 'white only's
Lawler Asks Boycot Of Heated Battle In SL By HUGH STEVENS And JOHN GREENBACKER Student Legislature was unable to reach a decision on student civil rights demonstrations at its Thursday night session. A heavily amended version of a bill by Borden Parker (UP) was cut down by the 10:45 automatic adjournment rule when the bill's supporters were unable to muster muster the necessary votes to continue continue debate. The Student Legislature Hall was packed with spectators who watched partisan votes and parliamentary parliamentary entanglements dominate dominate a heated three-hour three-hour three-hour session. Parker's slightly amended bill, sent to the floor without recommendation recommendation by the Ways and Means Committee, was the foundation foundation for an amendment battle between SP and UP members. The bill strongly condemned student participation in many loc-r loc-r loc-r al demonstrations as being "willful, "willful, premeditated, and persistent violation of the laws established by the community." The bill also called for Honor Council trials of those students -arrested -arrested in Chapel Hill, sit-ins. sit-ins. sit-ins. - The amendment battle followed the failure of the SP to bring a substitute motion to the floor for consideration. Neal Jackson, Ways and Means Committee chairman, told the body early in the session that a motion to pass the bill out of committee favorably had failed at a Wednesday meeting of his committee. Jackson then submitted a minority minority report on the bill which included included a substitute resolution containing containing no mention of support for trials and urging a student boycott of all segregated establishments. establishments. Arthur Hays, speaker pro-tem, pro-tem, pro-tem, moved for acceptance of the substitute substitute resolution saying that the Ways and Means Committee should not have sent Parker's bill to the floor. "The committee could not reach a decision to favor this bill," he said, "but no vote to pass it out unfavorably was ever taken. The substitute bill, I believe, is more representative of the feelings of this body." Hays was followed in support of the minority bill by Neal Jackson, who said he felt "Mr. Parker's bill could not be suitably amended amended to agree with the intentions of this body." Mike Chanin, UP, then urged defeat of the substitute resolution resolution on the grounds that it had not been properly considered by committee. Phil Baddour, SP floor leader, bill has 6White Lawless Message To SL Student Government's PAST ROLE in human relations and civil rights is a fact of life at this University. In the past decade our work has included the following areas: admissions, desegregation of the football stadium, human relations seminars and public accommodations. In regional and national meetings, University students have supported efforts directed at alleviating discrimination and its historical historical products. At the recent Congress of our National Union of Students, Vice-President Vice-President Vice-President Bob Spearman sponsored a resolution favoring the Civil Rights Bill now before the U. S. Congress. These and other student actions are predicated on a singularly important concept. The University has a vital responsibility and creative function in the total community. We are not only a community of scholars; we are also a community of men and women, citizens. And as such, . we are "obliged to reflect upon our society and to involve ourselves in its progress." What of the present situation in Chapel Hill? My comments comments are limited to two concerns: 1st, that of public accommodations, accommodations, and 2nd, that of the broader conditions of the body politic. Some have questions about the legal issues surrounding -a -a public accommodations law. Some have questions about the efficiency of the present forms of protest employed in Chapel Hill. However, I am certain we believe with unanimity unanimity that discrimination on the basis of race in public facilities facilities is morally indefensible. There can be no question on that point. And the force of that point is also clear. Upon what basis can you and I support a restaurant owner who refuses service to a fellow student because his skin is black? There is none. Legal questions . . . yes; questions of human dignity . . . no! I urge that this Student Body -withdraw -withdraw ;its support from those establishments which do not and will not serve us all. i "Will the student demonstrators be tried?" That has :-foeen- :-foeen- :-foeen- :-foeen- thi; insistent question beginning, .immediately after ; the Student Government's statements of late December and i early January. Some, in fact, have doubted the sincerity i of those Executive statements. And in their doubt they have attempted to exert inappropriate pressures on the Judicial Judicial and Executive branches of this Government. A trial case will go to the Men's Council; the Attorney General will make a public statement regarding this matter. Has not, though, this judicial item actually obscured the larger concerns which are before us? It has indeed. Both the academic community and the town community (Continued on Page Three) -2 -2 Honor Code Policy On Sit-ins Sit-ins Sit-ins Stated In accordance with the policy statement of December 20, 1963, the names of all students who have been arrested in recent civil rights demonstrations were forwarded to the Attorney General's General's office for investigation of possible Campus Code violations. After extensive investigations, it has been found that these cases fall into two particular categories, both of which involve possible violations of the Campus Campus Code. The first category consists of those students arrested arrested on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest. The first of these cases will be presented to the Men's Council on Thursday, February 13 at 7:15. The second OnlyV that of investigating all possible violations of the Honor and Campus Campus Code from whatever source they may arise. In those instances instances where there is a possible violation of the Honor or Campus Campus Code, the cases will be forwarded forwarded to the appropriate Council Council for judicial action. Buzzy Stubbs Attorney General Of Student Body Michael II. Lawler President Of Student Body Robert W. Spearman Vice-President Vice-President Vice-President Of Student Body Cites Students9 Poles By PETE WALES A complete student boycott of all segregated businesses was called for by Mike Lawler, president president of the student body, in a message to Student Legislature Thursday night. "I urge that this Student Body withdraw its support from those establishments which do not and will not serve us all," Law ler said. j Lawlei's statement took no stand on a public accommodations accommodations law. He said there were legal questions on this subject, but that there were no "questions "questions of human dignity." "Discrimination on the basis of race in public facilities s morally indefensible. There can be no question on that point." Lawler called for active participation participation by the students in the i problems confronting Chapel Hill and the state in civil rights. "The University bas a vital responsibility to and- and- a crea-' crea-' crea-' tive function in the total com- com- munity. - . "We are not only a community of scholars; we are also a com-' com-' com-' munity of men and women, .citizens. And as such, we are obligated to reflect upon our society and to involve ourselves in its progress." 1 Lawler announced his intention intention to request civil rights groups in this area to make reports reports on their activities to the Student Body describing how students may help. ; He suggested student activity in the areas of job re-training re-training re-training and employment, voter registration, registration, tutorials and educational opportunities. Lawler further announced . that : a trial case on student sit-in sit-in sit-in demonstrators would go before the Men's Council in the near future. "The Attorney General will . make a public statement regarding regarding this matter." Lawler adqed that concern ;with the sit-in sit-in sit-in cases has cloud- cloud- ed the more important issues . confront ing student-citizens. student-citizens. student-citizens. "It is time that the students o this University assert their citizenship citizenship ia new and meaningful directions. directions. "Our part in Chapel Hill is our contribution to a better North Carolina and to a better American American life for all our people."