ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 29, 1977
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(Studio) There is town outside Chicago, owned by Campbell Soup Company, and lived in by migrant workers. Town is controversial because Campbell wants to keep others out and federal court has ordered them allowed in.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Du Page Cnty., Illinois) Campbell company owns town and makes rules; these include regulations against political campaigning and voter registration in town. Illinois Migrant Council took Campbell company to court to gain access to camp; cncl. wants to provide legal services, English lessons, job training and such to people there. [Council spokesperson Bruce GOLDSMITH - notes council thinks it inconceivable that group providing services financed by federal government should be barred from access to farm worker community. Says council not trying to unionize workers.] Campbell's spokesperson cites facts and figs. re: living and working conditions of workers, but won't comment on issue at hand: whether Illinois Migrant Council has right to come onto Campbell's private land. [Campbell's attorney Mark EVANS - can't discuss matter under litigation at present.] If ruling upheld, it means that even though Campbell company owns town, it can't make rules with regard to who can come in.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory