When the Ann Arbor Network was originally formed a couple of years ago, it was an independent organization, but due to lack of funds and people was Incorporated with Ozone House. Because of the lack of organization and that the purpose of Ozone House is basically runaway counseling, the Network has not really expanded. Now, the new Ann Arbor Tribal Network will be an independent organization and will soon move into the office of the People's Communications Committee at the Community Center at 502 E. Washington St.
The primary functions of the Network will be 1) A Community calendar with complete, up-to-date information on all activities going on in the community 2) A ride switchboard which will hook up people who need rides with people who have rides and 3) a complete phone list and information service able to deal with any problems or needs that may come up. We hope to expand in the future to include a phone tree to help us communicate with each other when we have to mobilize large amounts of people quickly, and a complete Legal Self Defense service including the administration of a community bail fund.
Right now we need people to help compile all the information needed to get this started and people who are interested in working one or more of the phone shifts. We plan to begin operation within a couple of weeks with the phones staffed 16 hours a day from 10 am to 2 am. If you are interested in working on the Network, call Linda at 662-0310 or leave a message with John or Mike at 761-1709, or come to the Network's meeting Sat. May 13, 1:00, at the Community Center. The Tribal Network will only work if the people help support it. We have to work together for a better informed community.
SUPPORT THE TRIBAL NETWORK AND ALL PEOPLE'S PROGRAMS. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.
-Mike Minnich, People's Communications Committee