By Dan Georgakas, Marvin Surkin
A second revised version of this account of the struggle opposed to racism and exploitation via black car staff on the Chrysler avoid Plant in Detroit, led by way of the keep away from innovative flow within the overdue Sixties.
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The DPOA launched a petition campaign to have Crockett impeached or removed. It took out a full-page ad in the Detroit News to present its case, and it set up picket lines around the Judge's court. Governor William Milliken and various state senators responded to the initial DPOA efforts by calling for a full legislative probe of Crockett's fitness to remain on the bench. Crockett refused to repent his acti~ns. He declared that the police had no right to declare martial law whenever it pleased them.
Once more, thousands of copies of the paper left the university campus, reaching the streets, neighborhoods, and schools of the city. The jurist at the center of the storm was no newcomer to political turmoil. George Crockett belonged to an earlier generation of Detroit black radicals. He had been one of the defense attorneys for the Communist Party in 1948 and 1949, when its leaders were prosecuted under the Smith Act. During the heated trials, Crockett had been cited for contempt of court by Judge Harold Medina, and be had served four months in a federal prison.
His mother became the plaintiff in the class-actfon suit brought against the city of Dearborn, and the pressures on Alan Amen became so strong that his wife, Karen, a nurse, had to support the family. Amen became Treasurer of the Community Council in 1968 and President in 1970. Other officers were Nick Kolcheff, a Greek in his sixties, Jerri Rallis, a Cherokee Indian in her thirties, and Helen Okdi Atwell, a mother of eight who, although a Muslim of Lebanese descent, hoped to become an anti-Hubbard member of the Dearborn City Council.