Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Fugitive Generation (xv)


About 25 students are sitting around in a circle on floor of lounge, listening to Jim speak.

JIM: When people realize the War is still going on, they'll join us. What we have to do is show people on campus that the University of Michigan is still producing weapons in its laboratories for the automated air war in Indochina. And that the most effective way they can contribute to stopping the air war in Indochina is to demand that their university shut down its war labs.

Rachel raises hand.

MARLENE: Rachel?

RACHEL: What about demonstrating at the offices of those companies in Ann Arbor that still have weapons contracts with the Pentagon?

MARLENE: I call myself. I like that idea. The people who produced the slide show provided me with a list of the companies that help produce the electronic battlefield for the air war. And companies with Ann Arbor corporate headquarters--like KMS and Hoover Ball & Bearing--are on the list. Let's plan an anti-war demo in February at KMS. And in March, let's demonstrate at Hoover Ball & Bearing.


Students hurry to and from classes. Jim is standing against wall of lobby, next to a table. Marlene suddenly approaches with the slide show equipment in her hands. Marlene smiles when she notices Jim.

MARLENE: Good to see you so early in the morning. You're so reliable.

JIM: I signed up to table all morning.

MARLENE: That's true. But a lot of people sign up to table at 9 a.m.. But then they don't show up until 11.

Marlene puts slide show projector on lobby table. She plugs in equipment, focuses first slide on wall across lobby and hands Jim the switch to use to rotate slides and project next slide and voice/over.

MARLENE (CONT'D): Just keep pressing the switch. And I'll be back when my morning class ends at 10:30. Then we can re-set the projector and show the slide show again.

Jim presses the switch. As Marlene walks away the sound of the slide show voice-over can be heard.

SLIDE SHOW V.O.: The war in Indochina is not over...


Time is 10:30.

Jim is standing between table and wall, conversing with a long-haired male student. After conversation ends, Jim notices Marlene walking towards him.

MARLENE: How's it going?

JIM: People stopped by for awhile and watched bits and pieces of the slide show. Everybody seems against the War around here.

MARLENE: Let me re-start the slide show. We'll just stay here until 1:00. And then we'll dump everything off at the student government office.


Jim and Marlene are about to leave office.

JIM: Well, Marlene. How about some lunch?

MARLENE: O.K. I know a good place where we can talk.

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