Protestors Picket Marine Recruiters
Law Professors Condemn Invasion of Grenada
Harvard protest over the U.S. invasion of Grenada continued yesterday as members of campus groups rallied outside the Office of Career Services and Off-Campus Learning (OCS-OCL) to demonstrate against the annual recruitment visit of Marine representatives.
Approximately 50 demonstrators protesting the recent deployment of 6000 Marines to the Caribbean island chanted slogans. Listened to speeches, and marched in picket lines that temporarily blocked traffic on Dunster St.
"We have a duty to inform the native young people going in there that they are not flocking to serve God and country--they are flocking to fight Ronald Reagan's dastardly war," said Ibrahim Gassama, a third-year law student, speaking from the office steps.
"Let us take the pride out of being a Marine and keep their numbers few," he added.
Demonstrators included members of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement, the Committee on Central America, the Spartacus Youth League, Mobilization for Survival, the Boston Alliance Against Registration and the Draft, and an adhoc committee from the Law School.
Inside the Office of Career Services, Marine recruiters Capt. J C Buckingham and Capt. Frank Walizer discussed the Marine Corps' officer candidate programs with Harvard students between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Four students had met with the recruiters by 1 p.m., Buckingham said.
Asked if the demonstration outside had affected recruitment defforts, Buckingham said, "If there has been any impact, it does not appear to have been significant.
An average of five to seven students turnout to meet with the recruiters during their annual visits, Buckingham added.
While interest in enlisted programs has increased since the invasion of Grenada and the recent deaths of U.S. Marines in a Lebanon bomb blast. Harvard interest in the officer programs has not changed. Buckingham said.
Professor of Biology Ruth Hubbard'45 joined the demonstration. She condemned President Reagan for pursuing a "shameful" and "totally racist war" in Grenada and criticized the Administration's statements on the situation as "a pack of lies."
Unless we get the U.S. out now, Grenada will become to put it bluntly--a brothel with the U.S. as its pimp," she said after the rally.
Before dispersing, the protesters marched to Holyoke Center on Mass Ave. chanting "Lebanon, Grenada, U.S. out now" and "The Marine scum must go."
A publicized Conservative Club counter-protest did not materialize.
First Lieutenant Robert C. Barber'72, an active duty Marine assigned to study at the Law School, said he did not object to the protesters as he stopped in the office of career services to visit the recruiters.
"We take oaths as Marine officers that we will uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States, and they are exercising their constitutional rights," he said.
When asked about his reaction to Marine involvement in Grenada and Lebanon, Barber said, "If I got called to go I'd go very willingly I'm a little frustrated that I'm here at Harvard and all the action's going on some where else."
Law Faculty Petition
Law School Professor Duncan M. Kennedy '64 circulated a petition yesterday among the Law School faculty condemning the U.S. invasion of Grenada and calling for the withdrawal of all American forces.
By yesterday afternoon, 42 of the Law School's 69 full-time teaching faculty had signed the petition including Dean James Vorenberg '49, and Professors Lawrence H. Tribe '62, Arthur R. Miller and Alan M. Dershowitz.
Kennedy will send the petition to Reagan House Speaker Thomas P O'Neill (D-Mass) and Sens Edward M Kennedy 54 (D-Mass) and Paul Tsongas (D-Mass) He also plans to circulate it among the faculties of other law schools.
"I would say that the invasion of Grenada is definitely a very hot topic of discussion at Harvard Law School and a large number of faculty members are really outraged about it," Kennedy said.
Sixteen law professors also signed a letter distributed to 2100 law students, faculty, and staff yesterday inviting them to join a University-wide demonstration scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight in front of Widener Library.
A highly vocal crowd of 150 denounced the U.S. invasion of Grenada last night at a discussion panel at the Institute of Politics forum held at the Kennedy School of Government.
Approximately 10 policemen guarded the entrances to the forum where four panelists spoke, including one from the White House and one from the United Nations.
A speech by Michael Avory, a member of the National Lawyer's Guild Committee against Intervention in Central America drew prolonged applause. "There's no question this violates both the Constitution and international law--it is the complete destruction of the government of a sovereign country," Avery said.
Alan Berger, an editorial writer for The Boston Globe, spoke of the role of the press. He said that "purely professional hostility will lead to an assumption that the press is being tied to."
Representing the Administration's view were Philip Hughes, Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Secularity Affairs and Simon Richards. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dominican Consulate. Hughes warned against the use of arms in the hands of those who want to "evangelize their socialist doctrine."
Richards, speaking on behalf of the Dominican Republic, added, "We realized that this massive buildup of arms in Grenada was in the hands of people we did not know or trust."
City Council Protest
A similar protest before the Cambridge City Council last night got embroiled in politics. The resolution, which supported O'Neill in condemning the invasion as "an act of war not sanctioned by Congress," was proposed by Councilors Saundra Graham and David E. Sullivan, both members of the liberal Cambridge Civic Association (CCA) faction on the council.
The conservative Independent block wanted to send the proposal to the Cambridge Veteran's Organization for comment, while the CCA councilors felt matters of council policy should be decided in council without outside advice.
When it became clear that without an amendment asking for the veterans' advice the resolution would not pass, Graham, "charter righted" the measure, a bureaucratic procedure that automatically postpones discussion on an issue until the next council meeting