The Truth Demands Justice-Vol. 1 No.1-Page 2-April 10, 1978
| There was no business as
usual on our campus on May 4th 1970. Four students dead, nine more wounded as National
Guardsmen opened fire on a demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia.k The protest
taking place that day was one of 100's on the nation's campuses as outrage spread like
wildfire--the war which had taken the lives of tens of thousands of American and
There was no business as usual in the days following the murders here at Kent. Campuses across the country were shut down as Kent State became the symbol of all that was wrong with the war and the government that waged. It was also the symbol of the inspiring resistance of those, who themselves or whose sons, husbands and brothers who were being told to fight that war for that government. In the midst of the reaction to the Kent State murders, Jackson State, an all-Black college in Mississippi hit the headlines as 2 more students were shot down.
If it's up to Brage Golding and the KSU administration, there WILL be business as usual on May 4th, 1978. Following in the footsteps of Glen Olds, Golding too is refusing to cancel classes for the entire day on May 4th. The university claims that it must protect the rights of students who want to go to classes and get an education. This may sound like a responsible argument. But what about the university's responsibility for the four who were murdered right here on this campus?The events of May 1970 have had a profound effect on the lives of millions around the country. And every freshman who walks on this campus knows and is affected by the fact that KSU is not just any old university, KSU is one of the places where students were shot down for standing up against the government.
The loss of one day of classes is nothing compared to the loss of four lives. KSU must stand accountable for the murders and part of that is canceling classes on May 4th, officially saying that "No, May 4th is not just another school day."
There were only three years, 1970-1973, that the administration called off classes and each of those years it was because they were forced to by students. Since then it has refused to, another step in white-washing May 4th. The refusal to cancel classes goes
together with the refusal to admit that murder took place. The refusal to rename buildings after the four dead, the refusal to move the gym. KSU never even sent messages of condolence to the families of the dead students.
It's up to us, the students, faculty and others to make sure that there is no business as usual on May 4th, 1978. If the university won't cancel classes THEY SHOULD BE STRUCK.
Beginning now students can help build for the strike by talking with their
friends, their teachers. holding discussions in class and getting involved with the May
4th Coalition as it builds for the strike and the activities on May 1 through May 4.
REPRESSION (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1)
According to All-University Hearing Board Guidelines, the defendant in any case has the right to decide whether his hearing will be open or closed to the public. When Perusek decided on an open hearing the Board replied that only eleven spectators would be admitted to the small meeting room. This outraged the crowd, and Perusek stated that if ALL the spectators were not allowed to witness the hearing, the AUHB would be guilty of abridging his right, stipulated in their own procedures.
After a long delay the hearing board members returned to the room, accompanied by at least 5 KSU police. They acceded o the demand for a larger room and the hearing began, witnessed by the 60 Perusek supporters. The hearing board attempted to reduce the testimony to a strict "factual" account, while denying that the case actually centered around the campaign of political repression on campus.
Defense witnesses attempted to bring out the real nature of the case. They were silenced by the board. This antagonized the crowd, which vocally demanded that the
defense on POLITICAL grounds be continued. At that point the board suspended the hearing.
On April 6, the eight defendants on trial faced jail sentences, fines and
expulsion from school. Reading the 1st Amendment in public, speaking through a loudspeaker
in public, and handing out leaflets in public...these are the crimes of the protesters who
went to trial on April 6th. They were arrested because they dared to speak out against the
injustices of both 1970 and today. Why is the University administration so afraid of the
truth these people are bringing out abut the massacre of 1970 and the cover-up?
THIS SPACE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE
COMMITTEE AGAINST REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION WHO IS SPONSORING: