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Send your order now, specifying your bonus selection, to The Texas Observer, 504 West 24th, Austin, 78705. You may revise your order as the class rolls settle, at which time we will bill you. We also invite requests for sample copies of recent issues, as a method of introducing the Observer to your students. ACLU Officer on Tour Charles Morgan, Jr., since 1964 the director of the Southern regional office of the American Civil Liberties Union, is making appearances in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. In Dallas Friday night Morgan was scheduled as the guest of honor at a party at Mrs. Barbara Nelson’s residence, 4331 W. Lawther Drive, at 8 o’clock. Contributimis of $3 for individuals, $5 for couples were planned. Saturday noon in Austin Morgan is to speak at a luncheon on “What the Union Does Nationally.” His talk is planned at the Catholic Student Center, 2010 University Ave., as part of a symposium planned by the Central Texas ACLU on “Civil Liberties and Marijuana.” Saturday night at 7 Morgan will be in San Antonio at another gathering, this at the Gunter Hotel’s North Terrace Room. A $1 contribution will be collected. The Austin symposium will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Catholic Student Center, adjourning at 5:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. four speakers will discuss the “Civil Liberties Aspects of Marijuana.” Moderator will be John Henry Faulk; speakers will be Mike Rosenthal, Dr. Arthur Briggs, Tom Payte, and a fourth person unnamed at press time. At 3:45 p.m. a panel discussion is planned. Among panelists will be a member of the Dept. of Public Safety narcotics division and Dr. Kent Houston, head of the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Morgan was the attorney whose arguments before the US Supreme Court led to the one-man, one-vote decision. His clients have included former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali; Capt. Howard Levy, the medical doctor who was court-martialed for refusing to train Green Berets for Vietnam; and Julian Bond, Georgia legislator who was denied his seat in the Georgia House because of his views on Vietnam and who was subsequently seated on order of the US Supreme Court. Austin Ben Barnes was braced in Dallas Sept. 11 by a Dallas News interviewer on his role in the Senate’s passage of the food tax. Barnes would like to escape his responsibility for this black event, but cannot. He repeated his account to the Observer that he told the senators that for whoever could get a majority of votes for a tax bill, he would “give that bill a run.” He added, “I didn’t solicit any votes for the food tax.” “When I heard that one group had a majority of votes for the food tax bill Saturday [Aug. 23] , I met with those senators in my apartment that afternoon,” the News quotes Barnes. “I told them I didn’t think the House would go for the food tax bill. I said it was a very controversial proposal.” Thus, Barnes tries to make it sound as though he was warning the 15 not to pass the bill, when his thrust Saturday was in favor of the bill. “Then,” he told the News, “I drew an imaginary line across the living room rug. I said I wasn’t trying to recreate the Alamo but that they should think about this vote carefully. I said that if anybody wants out, he should get out by stepping across the line.” Barnes would like to forget that: 1.With Gov. Smith and Speaker Mutscher, Barnes endorsed the food tax at a public meeting of the House-Senate tax conferees. 2.Barnes asked Sen. Bridges to vote to end the filibuster against the food tax. Barnes asked Smith to ask Senator Christie to do the same thing; Smith did, and both senators ran out on the vote, ending the filibuster. 3.Barnes asked Smith’s people to round up lobbyists, and Barnes addressed these lobbyists in Smith’s office on behalf of the food tax. 4.AP’s Garth Jones reported over the crucial weekend, “Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes and Sen. William T. Moore, Bryan, head of the Senate tax negotiators, kept a firm grip on the 15 pledged votes” for the food tax. Squirming, Barnes just pins himself tighter into the trap he thought he was setting for his political foes. “Barnes,” wrote Glen Castlebury and George Kuempel in the Austin American, “is much more polished than Mutscher in slipping it to the public.” And himself. R.D. September 26,1969 11 Observations Barnes Trying to Forget
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