Cox Gives Final Warning; Women Reiterate Demands
Harvard has informed the women occupying 888 Memorial Drive "for the last time to leave voluntarily before the use of police authority becomes inevitable."
In a statement which Archibald Cox '34 read yesterday afternoon outside the building, he also claimed that the women had located space near Central Square for a women's center.
The space to which Cox referred is privately owned. Cox said that the money for the space had been provided for women through a $5000 gift from an anonymous benefactor which the women were told was available on Friday night.
Cox also reiterated Harvard's intention to negotiate "seriously and in good faith with the Riverside community." Both Cox and Daniel Steiner '54 refused to comment last night on whether or not there was any deadline after which the center would definitely be busted.
The women responded to Cox in a press conference held last night. They stated that they had "set two conditions for leaving this building: that space and money be provided for a women's center and that Harvard University build low-cost housing for the Riverside community on this, the Treeland site."
Although the women acknowledged Harvard's alleged willingness to discuss the housing, they said that Cox was "misinformed" about the availability of space for an alternate site for a women's center.
'Not a Closet'
"The site near Central Square is one room and a basement. It is woefully inadequate." they stated. "We would like to move as soon as possible." the women's statement concluded, "but we demand a women's center, not a closet!"
They said that they needed the extra space "to continue the many programs we have begun in only one week." These activities include day care, karate lessons, dance, auto mechanics, medical and legal counselling, a large meeting room, a women's crash pad and "space for a lesbian lounge."
Yesterday was "Kids' Day" at the Center, with the theme, "Kids, bring your mothers." From noon until after 4 p. m., about 200 children and their mothers crowded the center, which had been specially decorated for the occasion. "It was just incredibly beautiful," said one woman.
A report of a bust at 9:30 p. m. last night proved to be a false alarm provoked by the arrival of three fire engines in front of Peabody Terrace. A Cambridge policeman on the scene, when asked how he felt about a possible police action against the women shook his head and said "Christ no!"
"I'd rather take on five men, but I wouldn't want to fight one woman. If there was a bust, I just hope they let me know long before it so I can go hide somewhere."