As October 15 approaches, supporters of the Moratorium are becoming less and less certain of whom their allies really are. The major split - between the Student Mobilization Committee (SMC) and those organizing specifically for the Moratorium - seems to focus on charges that SMC is dominated by the Trotskyite Young Socialist Alliance (YSA).
Non-SMC Moratorium supporters, including members of the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL),
"strongly fear" that the SMC is controlled by YSA, which is "attempting to infiltrate the anti-war movement."
SMC is the group organizing for the November March on Washington.
"There is a lot of fear that the SMC people are the old YSA people, and a desire that old left-wing splinter groups shouldn't dominate the movement," one Moratorium spokesman said yesterday. "On the other hand, they accuse us of unnecessary red-baiting, and feel that we sold out to the Democratic party."
One basis of the charges against SMC, particularly those charges brought forth by YPSL, is the inclusion of Peter Camejo, once national chairman of YSA, as a speaker at tomorrow's rally on the Boston Common. Indeed, Benjamin I, Ross '71, secretary of YPSL, told the Boston Globe yesterday that "the rally and Camejo's appearance on the Common were definitely arranged by the SMC," a group he called "almost completely controlled by Trotskyites."
Ross said that he attended an October 1 meeting, presumably to choose the speakers, but when he arrived was told that the speakers had been chosen a week before.
According to Zachary A. Pollett '72,
Cesar Chavez, California labor leader, will speak at 7.30 p.m. tonight in Lowell Lecture Hall. (There will be a $1 admission charge);
John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics: I. F. Stone, Washington journalist; and Howard Zinn, Boston University professor, will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Sanders Theatre;
Students will canvass Cambridge all day Wednesday, assembling at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Church;
Galbraith will speak to a Business students' gathering at 9 a.m. Wednesday, at Carey Cage;
A pre-march rally at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Cambridge Common will hear George Wald, Higgens Professor of Biology, and see an anti-war skit;
The Moratorium march from the Cambridge Common to the Boston Common will begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday;
Senator George McGovern and others will speak at the Boston Common Rally, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday;
Wednesday will end with an evening "peace-in" in Harvard Yard.