by about 2-1. It then appeared that perhaps 30 persons, almost all of them of college age, were trying to organize themselves into a walkout. However, this point of business was the last of the day and adjournment was voted before any budding walkout could have been mounted, if indeed that had been intended. Most of the young people had chosen between attending the coalition meeting and a gathering that same afternoon to form the liberal New party, a group which this year will work to organize a write-in campaign for Eugene McCarthy as president and New York Mayor John Lindsay as vice president. A few of the young people attended both meetings but most attended one or the other. Some state newspapers reported that the coalition had luke-warmly endorsed Humphrey, but clearly this was not the intent of the vast majority present. The resolution sought only to recognize the differences within the group on the question, a question which, really, is not germane to the group’s central purposes, which extend beyond and do not really include the 1968 elections. Virginia Curry, Arlington, introduced a resolution urging Humphrey to resign as vice president so he could campaign free of President Johnson’s influence on Vietnam. Dugger said he feared the Curry resolution might jeopardize the budding compromise between the proand anti-Humphrey factions in the group. The resolution, which had been defeated in Incorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the State Week and Austin Forum-Advocate. We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. 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Other resolutions passed expressed “regret for the conduct [in Chicago] of John Connally and Frank Erwin, men who reflect a departing order in Texas, grounded in intolerance and the unprincipled use of power”; said the state Democratic party has, “in alliance with oil, gas and banking interests” become “an institution privately supported by leading Republicans with the aim of suppressing any genuine statement of Democratic ideals”; pledged to organize a statewide council on a senatorial district pattern, to form local organizations and to reform the state party, “opening up the party machinery for all the people, returning it to the ideals of progressive reform”; opposed the “militarization of our nation . . . and therefore we favor the ultimate abolition of the draft”; endorsed changes in the state election code, to provide for permanent voter registration, a state presidential primary, no unit rule and proportional representation to national conventions based on the percentage of support for opposing positions; said that problems of Mexican-American education must be faced more squarely; urged that UT regents chairman Frank The Observer is published by Texas Observer Publishing Co., Inc., biweekly from Austin, Texas. 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Erwin not be reappointed; called for the Texas Rangers to be abolished; advocated higher standards in the employment and pay of state and local police, in training them, “especially in the area of nonviolent crowd control,” and opposed equipping police with “such excessive devices and weapons as armored vehicles, automatic weapons and disabling chemical agents such as Mace; supported civilian review boards to oversee police activities; commended the Kerner commission report on civil disorders; and said that “justice in law is more important than order and especially order before or without justice.” ED COGBURN, Houston, was named by the nominating committee to be the coalition’s chairman. Graves was nominated from the floor. Graves, who had left the meeting, reportedly had told some members of the black caucus that he would serve as chairman if elected. The vote was 68-63 for Graves. His election was a surprise to the Houston people who, Cogburn among them, have been instrumental in organizing the coalition. After the meeting there was d o u b t expressed by some that Graves, a popular state legislator, would have sufficient time to do much work for the coalition. Some persons said that if he does not, he should be asked to resign the chairmanship. The coalition will be led by an executive committee composed of the chairman and eight committee members two each chosen by the Mexican-American, black, Anglo, and youth \(younger Houston, and Trey Ellison, San Antonio, Anglo; Miss Sarah Lewis and Phillip Green, both of Houston, youth; Mrs. Gus Gonzales, Austin, and Mike Gonzalez, Del. Rio, Mexican-American; and Mrs. J. H. Means, Austin, and Graves, black. A council of 124 persons will be named later four members from each of the 31 state senatorial districts, each district naming a black, Anglo, youth and Mexican-American member to the council. During the day Mrs. Carr reported on the activities of the Texas Democrats for an Open Convention in Chicago. The rules committee minority report that was accepted at the convention abolishing the unit rule in 1972 was, she said, just the second minority report to prevail at a national Democratic convention. Mrs. Carr said Will Davis, the Texas party chairman, came up to her at one point in Chicago and asked “When are you gonna get off our backs?” “When you do right,” Mrs. Carr said she replied. She said that if the TDOC had been given one more day they could possibly have mustered the votes to have had at least some of the challenge delegation seated. TDOC people were scheduled to talk to twelve state caucuses that Tuesday but a last-minute switch in schedule, which Mrs. Carr called “a Texas-type trick” moved consideration of the Texas challenge up to Monday night. “We did have one advantage there that THE TEXAS OBSERVER The Texas Observer Publishing Co. A Journal of Free Voices A Window to the South 62nd YEARESTABLISHED 1906 Vol. LX, No. 18 September 20, 1968
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