Council Backs Anti-Draft Resolution
The Cambridge city council last night became the first local government in the nation to refuse to comply with a federal request to publicly display a list of draft registrants, according to members of the Anti-war Organizing League (AWOL), who lobbied for the denial.
On a 7-1 decision, with Councillor Walter Sullivan opposed and Councillor Thomas Danehy absent, the council ordered City Clerk Paul Healy to remove the lists from his office in city hall, where they had been displayed for about eight months.
Councillor Francis H. Duehay '55, who sponsored the resolution with Councillor Saundra Graham, said that the lists "encourage people to spy on each other" in order to report non-registrants to selective service officials.
Councillor David While said that President Reagan might be forced away from his artist build-up "if enough local bodies like the Cambridge City-Council begin to recognize it.
Selective service officials had asked local municipalities nationwide to post the lists in their respective draft board offices.
But since Cambridge has no draft board. Administration officials requested the lines to be posted in city hall.