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May
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1986
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Agenda created the Community Resource Directory (CRD) in order to give Ann Arbor community organizations a forum in which to publicize their activities and to inform the public about what types of activities and resources are available to them locally. What you read in the CRD was written by organization members, except for our minor edits. The length and format of the individual listings is reflective of the actual text given to us. For last month's premier issue of Agenda, approximatety fifty Ann Arbor-based organizations were asked to particípate in the CRD. About half the groups contacted responded and appeared in April's CRD. This month we have nearly the same number of entries--a couple new listings and a couple deleted listings (due to missing the copy deadline). There is a great diversity of grassroots organizations in Ann Arbor, as you will see by reading the CRD. And there are many more locally-based community groups than those that appear here. It is important to us that the CRD maintain this representativo diversity, so we invite all Ann Arbor grassroots organizations to contact Agenda to find out how to go about being included. Our phone number is 996-8018. The Performance Network of Ann Arbor 408 W. Washington Street Ann Arbor, Ml 48103 663-0681 The Performance Network of Ann Arbor is a collectively-run, intímate theatre including shop, storage, and rehearsal space. It is designed to promote the production, presentation, and discussion of poiitically-committed and experimental theatre, literature, music, video, and cinema through a variety of means, such as workshops, screenings, installations, performances dhd critiques. The Performance Network of Ann Arbor is available to other arts organizations or individuals to rent at a nominal fee as a shop, workshop, or performance space. We provide resources to the community in the form of space and equipment: a 150-seat theatre with sound and lighting systems, expertise in arts management, outreach programming and education, and creativity in the various media. As our name implies, we function as a liaison for artists, political organizations and the community. The Performance Network of Ann Arbor is committed to producing alternative work in all media of the arts as well as promoting the active involvement of all members of the community in the arts. To this end, we have housed a young people's theatre company, women's music concerts, an original symphony composed by local musicians, a multi(cont. on next page) cultural theatre festival, a festival of Black independent cinema, a play which toured unión locáis, and other socially conscious theatre featuring postperformance discussions about social and cultural significance. In addition, our Works in Progress seríes produces new works by local writers and performers for discussion and critique by actors, directors, writers and audiences. Besides fostering non-traditional artists and audiences in cinema, theatre, and music, we encourage the production and exhibition of innovative and archival work in video through our tape installations. The Performance Network is located in a large industrial warehouse space, empty at the time the theatre began, and now itself a network of artists and craftspersons, collectively sharing materials, resources, talent and energy. In the future, we will continue to present work which confronts crucial issues and develops new forms. We will enhance our workshops and thus encourage active participation in the arts by the community, breaking down the distinction between artist and audience. The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor 417 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 761-3186 Statement of Purpose Environmental issues are manifestations of many of society's most pressing problems, such as the need to manage our dwindling resource base more carefully and the question of how to respond to the pressure tor rapid development of complex technologies. These issues range in scope from local to global, from preserving wildemess areas to revitalizing our urban centers. Solutions to these problems will only arise through examining and changing our institutions, our lifestyles, and our attitudes toward the human inf rastructure and the environment. The mission of the Ecology Center is to effectively channel community resources into meaningful action on environmental issues. The Ecology Center is therefore an organization that values diversity in its membership and has deep roots in the surrounding community. The Center offers a unique opportunity for individuals to contribute their time and effort toward a cause that is unquestionably vital. The Center pursues its broad aims through numerous programs , each of which may have several components: education, advocacy, demonstration, and service. In all of these programs, the Ecology Center maintains a balance between involvement at the local level and involvement on a broader scale, where these are clearly relevant to the interests of the Centers membership and the surrounding community. Meeting Times and Places Meetings of Ecology Center committes and task forces, including an issues steering committee, pesticides task force, environmental education committee and others, take place at 3 to 5 week intervals, and new voiunteers are invited. Informal oríentation meetings with a staff person prior to involvement are usually scheduled. Membership Profile The Ecology Center has over 2,000 member households, mostly in the Ann Arbor area. Members include over 150 businesses and approximately 200 voiunteers. Membership rates are $15 per household, $5 for seniors. Regular voiunteers receive a free membership. Member benefits include a year's subscription to Ecology Reports, the Center"s monthly newsletter, environmental alerts on critical local issues, discounts on Center publications and merchandise, energy visits, voting rights to elect board members , and invitations to member activities. Sponsorships, bequests, and special contributions are welcomed. Organlzational Structure The Ecology Center is organized as a non-profit Corporation with a board of directors to oversee the operations of the organization.Committees of the board (made up of community members, volunteers, and board members), citizen task f orces, and staff at the Center all make recommendations to the Board of Directors on organizational issues. The staff of the Ecology Center are organized democratically , ratherthan hierarchically, with major decisions of the staff being made by the consensus of the staff. All staff receive the same rate of pay for theirwork. Committees of the Board include: a recycling-incentives committee, a personnel committee, a committee on resources, an education committee, an issues steering committee, and a number of ad hoc committees. Current Board members include: president, Barbara Wykes, vice-president, Ken Ludwig, treasurer, Pat Corey, secretary, Susan Morrison, and staff representatives: Francés Bunch, Leroy Cappaert, Joyce Chesbrough, John Edgren, Jim Frey, and Nancy Stone. The Ecology Center practices affirmative action for minorities, differently abled individuals, and others in its staff hirings. Community Services Environmental information and Referral: Assistance by phone is available Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 9:30 am to 1 :00 pm. Environmental Library and Resource Center: Over 2,000 books, hundrods of topical files, joumals and curricula are available for public use, Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Recycle Ann Arbor Monthly Curbside Pickups: The Center provides set-scheduled monthly piek ups of recyclables on every city street. Trucks piek up newspapers, glass, tin cans, aluminum, used motor oil and batteries. Cali the Ecology Center to determine your pickup day. Commercial Recycling Pickups: Special pickups may be arranged for local businesses and institutions wishing to recycle. Cali the Ecology Center forfurther information. Recycling Drop-Off Station: The Center also operates a drop-off station for nonresidents and those who just can't wait for their pickup day or have missed it. The station is open Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Home Energy Works: The Center's Energy Team offers weatherization, energy education, and comprehensive audits to renters, homeowners, and property managers, and is available for community development contracts. Services are often free to low-income households. Cali the Ecology Center to see if you qualify for a free home visit. AIDS Action Alliance (A5) co Human Sexuality Advocates Office 3118 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 763-4186 AIDS Action Alliance (A5) is a nonprotit, democratically organized group recognized by the student government of the University of Michigan. We are composed of interested students and staff members at U of M, and are open to members of the Ann ArborWashtenaw County community. Our goals are twofoid. First, to edúcate members of our community about AIDS. We have done this through workshop forums open to the public. Second, to be active politically to guarantee the rights of people with AIDS (PWAs), ARC (AIDSrelated complex), and positive HTLV-III tests, as well as gay men and lesbians who are coming under attack because of the misperception of AIDS as a "gay disease." Future activities will include working to repeal a communicable disease policy approved by the Ann Arbor School Board, which allows for exclusión of a student or staff member "reasonably suspected" of having a communicable disease, including AIDS, ARC, or a positive HTLV-III test. (This policy is in opposition to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, which states that people with AIDS should be allowed to work and attend school as long as they are physically capable of doing so.) We also hope to network with other political and educational groups in the area and to make information on AIDS available to their memberships. We hope this networking will allow us to set up a series of small group rap discussions on issues pertaining to AIDS, as well as obtain community-wide support for sound public policy on issues raised by AIDS. We will be meeting every other Tuesday, starting May 6, in the Michigan League at 7 pm. The room number wil! be available on a list on the main f loor. Gay Liberation co 4117 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 INFO: 763-4186 HOTLINE: 662-1977 Statement of Purpose To provide information, counseling, and related social services tor people concerned about sexual orientation: (1) maintain Hotline for crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral; (2) help provide tactual information to offset prejudice and misinformation about lesbians and gay men; (3) work to obtain human and civil rights for lesbians and gay men; (4) consult and cooperate with other community groups and agencies; (5) help other lesbian and gay male groups organize. Meetings and Membership Our meetings vary according to purpose (counseling, education, etc). Cali for information. Our organizaron is made up of students, staff, U of M (contlnued on next page) faculty, and people from the larger community. Currently there are approximately 50 members. Organizational Structure Gay Liberation has the Executive Offices of President, vice-president, secretary, treasurer. We also do a lo tof work in Subcommittees: Counseling, Group Workers, Education Workers, and Civil Rights. Community Services Hotline: Crisis interventbn, peer counseling, referral. Edu catión: Workshops on lesbia n and gay male concerns, with an emphasis on how people in helping professions can work positively with lesbian and gay male clients. Speakers Bureau: Cali for information. Current News Gay Liberation is helping plan Lesbian-Gay Pride Week, which is scheduled for June 21-28 in Ann Arbor. Anyone who would like to contribute time, energy and talent, please cali the group organizing alternative planning at 663-3514, or GLOHRYA2 (Gay-Lesbian Organization for Human Rights YpsilantiAnn Arbor) at 572-1779. Also, Gay Liberation is cooperating with groups responding to concerns about AIDS. These groups welcome helpers of any sexual orientation. For information, cali Jim at 763-4186. We are making preparations for Hotline and groupwork training. If interested, please cali Jim at 763-4186. We need sincere, talented, committed volunteers who feel positive about their gay orientation and possess good communication skills. Coming Events Sunday, May 4, "Positive Gay Identity Conference," Marygrove College, Detroit. Cali 763-4186 or 8637255 for information. Friday, May 16: Pride Week Planning Meeting, sponsored by GLORHYA2, 7 PM, Michigan League Rooms 4 and 5. Memorial Day Weekend: Caving trip to Kentucky. For information, cali David at 769-2443. Ann Arbor Tenants Union (AATU) 4001 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 763-6876 Purpose The AATU provides counseling, tenant organizing and advocacy, and educational activities designed to empower tenants. Most people in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti community are tenants, and in general, tenants are a rising percentage of the population in the United States. The "dream" of home ownership is over for most Americans who did not purchase a home before 1973 or who did not survive the foreclosure onslaught of the Reagan years. Among the problems which tenants report to the AATU are high rents, discrimination (race, age, income, sex), shabby conditions, invasions of privacy, theft of security deposits, threats and intimidation. slow service, and rent increases. AATU helps tenants deal wilh these housing and landlord problems as individuals and as organized tenants unión locáis. Meetings and Membershlp "How-to" meetings for tenants interested in organizing with their neighbors will be held on Monday, May 1 2, and Tuesday, May 27, at 7 pm in the TU office. Memberships in the Tenants Union are $7.50 for low-income renters and students, $15 for working people, $20 for house membership, and $50 for sustainers. AATU is a member organizatton of the National Tenants Union, the Ann Arbor Community Housing Coalition, the Michigan Ad-Hoe Committee on Housing, the Freedom Charter Coalition, and the National Low-income Housing Commission. Organizational Structure Services are provided to individuals and groups through the central service operation located at 4001 Michigan Union. Tenants who share common buildinglandlord problems with their neighbors can form local tenants unions at the site where they live in order to bargain collectively with the landlord. The AATU can provkJe assistance. Locáis are the way neighbors get together-through newsletters, door-todoor outreach, and general meetings of all tenants. Members particípate in committees (negotiating, newsletter, outreach, etc.) that do the tasks the local needs done. Community Services Phone counseling is available on Mondays from noon to 5 pm and on Thursdays from 1 1 am to 4 pm. Office counseling is available Wednesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm (other hours by appointment, please). Tenants attending a counseling session should bring photocopies of letters, leases, logs, photographs, etc. The AATU publishes the booklets "How to Evict Your Landlord" (basic information on obtaining your tenants rights) and "Fight Back" (how-to manual for defending yourself from eviction). The AATU publishes other tenantsrights literature and is also gearing up for publication of a local newsletter called"lnSite." Back up services for tenants locáis include research, graphics production, organizational and negotiating assistance, and networking with other tenants. The AATU has a delégate on an Ann Arbor City Council committee that is revising the city housing code and proposing changes in bureaucratie policies. The final report from this committee is expected in the summer. Input from tenants is weloome. Current News AATU investigation of the city Housing Inspection Bureau (HIB) over the past year has led to substantiative changes in bureaucratie behavior. Among the changes are: 1 . The bureaucracy has agreed to end its long practice of granting socalled "administrative variances" to landlords. These "variances" were illegal, secret exemptions to the law granted to many landlords throughout town. Politically prominent landlords and campus addresses are prevalent among examples that have been uncovered. 2. The HIB will accept requests lor inspections from tenants, as the law says, instead of discouraging tenants from using this city service by imposing improper requirements. The bureau will also stop informing landlords that tenants made complaints when the bureau is at the same time refusing to accept the tenants request for inspection. 3. The HIB will stop gnoring requests to enforce the city's Truth in Renting law, which says landlords must distribute the city-published "Rights and Dutjes of Tenants" booklet to tenants. 4. HIB officials will no longer order housing inspectors to ignore sections of the law in an attempt to void those sections at landlord request. Substantiative changes have also occurred on the Housing Board of Appeals (HBA) which is a citizen's review board. In February, local landlord John Swisher, was forced to resign the HBA seat that he had occupied since 1979. AATU member Vickie Wilson was appointed to the vacant seat. To our knowledge, Wilson is the first active tenant to be appointed to the HBA. The AATU believes the next vacant HBA seat should be filled by a student tenant. Gray Panthers of Huron Valley 1209lsland Drive #103 AnnArbor, MI 48I05 663-0786 Statement of Purpose As advocates for social change, Gray Panthers initiate projects or work in coalition to promote peace efforts, a national health service, maintenance of Social Security benefits for all ages, decent affordable housing, and many similar issues. Emphasis is on intergenerational involvement and cooperation; all ages need to work togetherfor peace and security. Meeting Times and Places The second Saturday of each month, September through June (no July or August meetings), in the second floor conference room of the main Ann Arbor Fire Station, at 107 North Fiflh Avenue, from 2:00-4:00pm. The public is welcome. Meetings are open. (Monthly newsletter gives program for the upcoming meeting.) Membership Profile Seventy-plus paid members from different backgrounds and of varying ages, whose common denominator is a concern for abating social, political and economie injustice and oppression. Organizational Structure A steering committee, in which any member may particípate at any meeting, does the planning, and determines actions, projects, and programs. It also establishes necessary financial and Communications procedures.The consensus process applies.The committee meets twice a month. (continued on next page) Gray Panthers of Huron Valley Community Services Advocacy at public meetings, presence at public rallies, aiding in petition drives. Individual members, either by training or background, serve in agencies dealing with housing, as counselors for assistance in Medicare and tax matters, n coalition with peace groups, and similar efforts. Current News The Covenant for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, a campaign initiated by the local Gray Panthers chapter, now has 19 co-sponsoring Michigan organizations. It is also receiving wider national recognition and engendering growing interest. The Covenant concept calis for a boycott of consumer goods produced by nuclear weapons manufacturera, along with divestiture of stock holdings in those firms. Which manufacturera and which products one wishes to boycott are individual decisions, but all cases also cali tor letters to those companies' presidents telling them of the action taken and why. A kit has been prepared for purchase (to help fund the campaign) which covers all ramifications of the effort, and is available for $5.00. It includes, among other useful nformation, a Buyefs Guide listing of the 30 major nuclear firms, the consumer products they turn out, and alternative sources forthose products. Coming Events May 10--Monthly meeting, on planning for action. A work session, plus letterwriting to political leaders. Industrial Workers of the World Southeastern Michigan General Membership Branch 42 S. Summit Ypsilanti, Ml 48197 483-3478 Statement of Purpose The I.W.W. Union advocates the ownership and control of all means of production and dislribution by the working class. It promotes this purpose through workplace organizing and education. Tactically it differentiates itself from conventional unions through emphasis on direct action rather than reliance on the courts and government to achieve the ends of the working class. In the short run, the I.W.W. helps workers organize for increased decisionmaking power in the workplace as well as improved wages and benefits. Meeting Times and Places General membership meetings: Second Monday of every month, 5:45 pm, Room 4304 Michigan Union, 530 S. State, Ann Arbor. Informal working meetings every Monday, same time and place. Membership Profile Área membership includes the majority of the employees at: American Speedy Printing, 525 E. Jefferson, Detroit; Ann Arbor Tenants' Union, in the Michigan Union; People's Wherehouse, 727 W. Ellsworth; University Cellar, 341 E. Liberty; and several other workers, both employed and unemployed, homemakers and students who are in agreement with the Union's principies. The I.W.W. has approximately 110 members in this area. The initiation fee is $5. Dues are $5 per month for workers making more than $300 per month, $2 per month for anyone making less than $300 per month. Organizational Structure All officers of the I.W.W. are elected annually. Between annual conventions the business of the I.W.W. is conducted by a seven member board of directors. lts only paid official is the General Secretary-Treasurer. The General Membership Branch is an umbrella group for the Job Shops mentioned above plus members who do not work in I.W.W. shops. The General Membership Branch has a secretarytreasurer. I.W.W. shops have a lot of flexibility in determining their organizational structures. Most have a Branch secretary-lreasurer, delegates who are authorized to sign up new members and collect dues, and stewards who process grievances. All decisions are made through democratie processes. Community Services Labor-organizing: Members of the I.W.W. are available to advise and assist anyone engaged in organizing which will promote worker control, regardless of whether the organizers ultimately desire aff liation with the I.W.W. Current News We are presently promoting boycottsof: Coors beer--for the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-civil liberties, and antiunion policies, and attitudes of the owners. Hormel meat products-Hundreds of Hormel workers in Minnesota have been on strike for several months to oppose a concessionary contract. The company refuses to negotiate. The workers have faced attacks from the pólice and national guard, and have been abandoned by their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers. The Hormel workers' only hope to bring Hormel back to the negotiations table is through economie pressure. Shell Oil-For corporate policies which abet apartheid in South África. Coming Events May 1 - 5: On the 1 0Oth anniversary of the Haymarket incident and the campaign for the eight hour day, the I.W.W. is sponsoring an international conference of progressive Unionists, to be held in Chicago. Unions and rankand-file activists from Canada, Denmark, England, Japan, Poland, South África, Spain, Sweden, the U.S., and Venezuela are currently expected to particípate, with many others expressing strong interest in attending if circumstances and f manees permit. May 19: Marek Garztecki, editor of "Voice of Solidarnosc," the London based information bulletin of the Polish Solidarnosc labor unión in exile, will speak on the state of the labor movement in Poland. Solidarnosc is the Polish Union which excited the world by obtaining extensive freedom for Polish workers from 1980 until 1982 when it was forcibly suppressed by the government. It continúes to function underground. Garztecki was and remains an active participant in the continuing struggle for workers1 liberation. 7:30 pm, Pendleton Room, Michigan Union Admission is free, but donations to help cover Garztecki's travel expenses will be greatly appreciated. ■■■■■HiHEnBiiBa A2MISTAD Construction Brigade 802 Monroe Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 761-7960 Statement of Purpose The A2MISTAD Construction Brigade is a project of HAP-NICA and thus is oriented to the same general goals given under the HAP-NICA listing. A2MISTAD was organized for the spec'rfic purpose of carrying through to completion the construction of a structure to house a soil-testing laboratory at the Agriculture School of the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua. This lab will use equipment donated by the Italian government and will do nutriënt analysis of soils to help farmers make their land more product ive and enable them to use fertilizers more effectively. A2MISTAD sees the soiltesting lab as crucial to their goal of selfsufficiency since so much of the Nicaraguan economy is agricultura based. Important goals of the project are: Raising $20-30,000 for the purchase of tools and materials. Increasing community awareness of the realities of Nicaragua and how the U.S. is involved there. Establishing ties between Ann Arbor and Managua as a local peace initiative. Sending a broadly-based community group to Managua to do the construction of the soil-testing laboratory. Experienced electricians, carpenters, plumbers, and masons will be needed for the brigade, as well as skilied and unskilled construction workers. The brigade will go to Nicaragua in mid-October, 1986 for 6 to8 weeks. Community Services and Coming Events At present, the A2MISTAD Construction Brigade is busy raising the funds it will take to construct the Nicaraguan soil laboratory. Fundraising activities range from selling T-shirts and buttons to contacting foundations for grants. This is hard work, but in light of the overall committment the Brigade has made to construct this facility it seems enjoyable. About one hundred people discovered this at the Brigade's last fundraising event, as of this writing, at East Quad's Halfway Inn. Hugh McGuiness and Jim Kirk, both local musicians, each sang and played a set of folk tunes, and then combined their talents in a third set for the world premier of this duet. Thanks to everyone who carne and supported A2MISTAD that evening. The Brigade raised enough money to raise at least one wall of the laboratory in Managua, next October. Many other interesting and entertaining events are planned for the near future to make supporting A2MISTAD easy and enjoyable. Watch for these announcements. One such event will be the big bash the Brigade is planning for Saturday, July 19 to celébrate the anniversary of the I979 Nicaraguan Revolution which, among other things, enabled the agrarian reforms that A2MISTAD now seeks to complement by building this soil testing laboratory. Save your fireworks for this one! Besides fundraising, the Brigade has myriad othar projects started to prepare for the construction of this building. Several new committees were formed within AMISTAD including one dealing with tools and materials, another will be documenting the Brigade's work, and still another will be designing the building. The latter was made possible by acquiring the skills of some local designers with architectural experience. They are Will Glover, Sabu Mahmood, Rich Ahem and Mark Schuier. The Design Commtttee invites input from any interested persons in the building trades and sciences. Recruitment is another area the Brigade is focusing on now. There is an active search for people with building skills, Spanish fluency, and health care experience. Even if people from the community cannot travel to Nicaragua with the Brigade, members are still needed for organizational and support work here. The Brigade has a slidedocumentary on agriculture in revolutionary Nicaragua with a speaker available for presentation to community groups. Cali, write, or visit one of A2MISTAD's 7:30 pm Sunday meetings at the Michigan Union. Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) co Margaret Reeves 2142 Stone Dr Ann Arbor, Ml 48105 769-0027 or 764-1446 Statement of Purpose The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) is devoted to securing collective bargaining agreements between the Campbell Soup Company, the migrant farmworkers ot the Midwest, and the growers. FLOC has just recently (February 21, 1986) suspended a seven year oíd boycott of Campbell's products on the condition that Campbell's continúes improving the deplorable working conditions of the Midwest's migrant farmworkers and facilitating unionization efforts. Meetings and Membershlp The Ann Arbor chapter of FLOC meets every Wednesday at 5:45 pm in Room 4318 of the Michigan Union. Meetings usually last about one hour. There are currently seven active members of FLOC in Ann Arbor. Most are affiliated with other progressive political organizat bns on campus. Communlty Services FLOC holds numerous benefits and bake sales, donating all proceeds to FLOC's headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. In addition, the organization seeks to inform citizens about the plight of the migrant farmworkers. Current News The big news from FLOC is the recently-announced suspension of the Campbell's boycott, following the signing of unprecedented collective bargaining agreements giving farmworkers a voice over their own affairs. Yes, all you ardent supporters of the boycott can now indulge in Campbell's soup, V-8 juice, Prego spagetti sauce, ad infinitum. However, FLOC remains concerned with the future of collective bargaining agreements. The fight has just begun; the recently signed agreements cover only 600 workers in Ohio and Michigan. FLOC shall continue to press for unionization and a recognition of all workers1 basic rights, and , if for any reason Campbell's reneges on ts pledge, the boycott wil be reinstated. FLOC's next goal is to sign up more of the nearly 1 million agricultural workers in the U.S. FLOC is currently pressuring other large companies, such as Heinz, to secure collective bargaining agreements with growers, f armworkers, and the companies. In addition, FLOC needs people to work in the food booth during the Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 2326. For information, cali Margaret Reeves at 769-0027 or 764-1 446, or cali Fran DuRivage at 763-1 675 or 76301 30. The food booth has traditionally been both a successful fund-raiser and agreattime. Humanitarian Assistance Project for Independent Agricultura! Development in Nicaragua HAP-NICA 802 Monroe Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 761-7960 Statement of Purpose HAP-NICA is a non-profit organizatton conducting a national campaign of aid for Nicaraguan agriculture. We are affiitated with the Guild House Campus Ministry of Ann Arbor, an ecumenical ministry devoted to principies of human justice. HAPNICA's aid to Nicaraguan agriculture takesthreeforms: Material aid: This includes raising money for spare parts for farm - - - - - __ _ machinery, supplies such as seeds and fertilizer, and educatbnal materials. Technical assistance: We send professors to teach courses and consuttants to offer advice and help design projects. Research and Development: We cooperate with Nicaraguan scientists in developing sound agricutlural practices. Organizational Structure The various chapters across North America of HAP-NICA are currently relatively autonomous. As the founding chapter, Ann Arbor HAP-NICA continúes to act as a clearinghouse, both for information on projects from Nicaragua and for contributions (taxdeductible) from across North America. Ann Arbor HAP-NICA has a threemember steering committee which monitors the progress of various projects and prepares meeting agendas. Ongoing tasks are carried out by individuals or committees of individuáis. The A2MISTAD Construction Brigade (see above) is an autonomous project of H AP-N IC A with its own organizational structure and meeting schedule. Membership Profile Ann Arbor membership now consists of about 10-20 people (not including the affiliated A2 Ml STAD Construction Brigade) who are both students and permanent Ann Arbor reskJents. Five members of Ann Arbor HAP-NICA are now in Nicaragua for an extended period giving technical and research assistance. Meeting Times and Places General meetings are scheduled to coordínate these ongoing activities such as fundraising, bookkeeping, newsletter production, procurement and shipment of materials and money, mail-order sales of our slide show and Tshirts, educational outreach, and speaking engagements. Meetings are held on altérnate Thursdays at 5:30 pm at the Michigan Union. Committee meetings are scheduled informally between the general meetings. General meetings in May will be held on May 1, May15 and May 29. Those interested in becoming involved are welcome to attend or to contact our office by phone at 761 -7960. Current News HAP-NICA has an excellent, professionally designed sound-andslide show called "Seeds of Hope," produced by Joseph Pelava, which provides an introduction to the Nicaraguan revolution and the effects of the U.S.-sponsored war there, with particular reference to agricultura. It is available for showing atong with speakers from HAP-NICA. There are also copies for rent or for sale. Latín American Solidarity Committee (LASC) 4120 Michigan Union Ann Arbor Ml 48109 665-8438 Statement of Puipose LASC s a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the legitímate aspirations of Latín American peoples to self-determination. Our goals are to increase awareness here about contemporary realities in Latín America and the U.S. role in perpetuating these, and to pressure our government to change its military, political, and economie policies toward Latin America. Meeting and Membership We meet every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Michigan Union. Stop at the information desk for the room location. Occasionally we will meet nearby when rooms in the Union are unavailable; in this case the information desk at the Union will teil you the building and room number. The latest information on meetings and events can also be obtained by calling the LASC office at 665-8438. The office is normally staffed from 12-2 pm on weekdays, and messages can be left on the answering machine at all other times. Our members are students, faculty, staff, and members of the Ann Arbor community. Weekly meetings attract about 60-100 members. Sometimes we break up into discussion groups, since these are large meetings. It's a friendly group and a good number of members often go out for beer after the meetings. Organizational Structure LASC has four main committees: Fund-raising, publicity, newsletter, and outreach. Most of the work gets done in these committees or in temporary groups that form around particular events. So it's easy to get involved even if you can't make the Wednesday night meetings. (continued on next page) Latín American Solidarity Committee There is also a steering committee of five members, elected for staggered four month terms. They are responsible for making sure that things get done and making decisions that must be made between meetings. LASC is a very democratie organization, and since the steering committee has very little power, there are no power struggles or factions. Differences of opinon arise but most decisions end up being made by a consensus or something very close toit. Community Services LASC sponsors educalional events such as films and speakers. Our outreach committee also sends people to University or high school classes or any place else we're invited to talk about the issues. Our newsletter, La Palabra, is sent to about 800 subscribers and contains a summary of local activity, upcoming events, and some national and international news. We also organize public demonstrations, such as the recent protest at our U.S. Representatie Cari Purcell's office, in which 118 people were arrested for acts of non-vtolent civil disobedience (see anide in this issue of Agenda). Recent LASC Events In response to the United States' bombing of Libya, LASC helped organize a protest on the Diag at noon on April 16. Speakers included representatives from the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, the November 29th Committee for Palestine, and LASC. About 100 pretesters gathered in the cold rain as the speakers denounced the attack as well as the hypocrisy of the Reagan administration's supposed "fight against terrorism." Our government is currently supporting what is perhaps the largest terrorist force in the world--the Nicaraguan contrasas well as supplying the planes and bombs that are used to terrorize the civilian population of El Salvador. LASC members feit that it was particularly important to protest the attack on Libya, since it presents a very menacing example of our government's brutality towards the people of Third World nations in general. The complete spinelessness of almost all of Congress, as well as the media, in going along with this senseless violence made it even more important that our voices be heard. U.S. Senators Don Riegle and Cari Levin from Michigan were among those who appeared on the TV news the night of the bombing, praising the attack. The Reagan administration has previously threatened to carry out "surgical air strikes" against Nicaragua if the Salvadoran guerillas were seen to be using anti-aircraft missiles against the U.S.-supplied air force. We can only speculate as to whether the attack on Libya was a trial run for such an action, or whether anyone would want to see Reagan's "irrefutable evidence" that Nicaragua has anything to do with what goes on in El Salvador. LASC also organized a march of about 100 people on April 10 to protest U.S. aid to the Contras. The march proceeded from the Diag to the Federal Building. In keeping with their tradition, The Ann Arbor News did not report either of these two events. NBC News from Detroit (Channel 4) covered the April 16th protest, although it was eliminated from the 11 pm news and was so badly misrepresented (as a demonstration of "support for Khadafy") on the 6 pm news, that we are demanding a correction. Current Happenings LASC will hold a demonstration as planned, along with other local peace groups, at the Federal Building (Fifth and Liberty), the day after any form of aid to the contras - is passed by the House. The demonstratbn will begin at 5:00 pm. However, it is not clear at this point when this might happen (we hope never!). The vote on contra aid was postponed indefinitely after it was first tied to a 1.7 billion dollar spending bilí which Reagan opposed. The House Republicans then decided to scuttle the contra aid package when it looked like all they could get was a "compromise" which would have required Reagan to negotiate with Nicaragua before all of the money was released. They hope to re-introduce the administration's proposal as a separate bill by May 12, but it is not clear that they will be able to do so. Even if they succeed, the bill would probably then have to go to the Senate, since it will most likely differ from the version that the Senate has already passed. This temporary defeat of aid to the contras is a significant achievement and must be attributed to the organized efforts of solidarity groups across the country. LASC is currently conskjering the various options we can pursue to help defeat contra aid again. Stop by a meeting if you want to help or cali us at 6658438. Nicaragua Medical Aid Project (NMAP) 2007 Washtenaw AnnArbor, MI 48104 764-7442 or 769-1442 Statement of Purpose In January, 1984 a group of Ann Arbor people formed the Nicaragua Medical Aid Project to support the Nicaraguan government's efforts to improve the health of its people. Since the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship in 1979, health care has been a fundamental commitment in Nicaragua. Dramatic changes occurred, especially for the 90% of the population which under Somoza received only 10% of health services. Nicaragua's efforts have been commended by the World Health Organization and UNICEF as a "model for primary health care in otherThird World countries." These advances are increasingly threatened by a combination of military aggression and economie pressure. U.S.-sponsored contras have specifically targeted medical supplies, buildings, and personnel. The murders of a West Germán and a French physician forced the withdrawal of all foreign health workers from the border. Contras destroyed 41 newly built rural house centers and a warehouse containing over a million dollars worth of medicine. U.S. economie sanctions, which imposed a trade embargo and cut off credit from international agencies, greatly increased Nicaragua's difficulty in obtaining medical supplies. NMAP collects medical supplies and money to meet specific requests by health care facilities in Nicaragua. We believe that mobilizing public opinión against further funding of the contras, whether governmental or private, is as important as providing material aid. U.S. citizens who truly desire to benefit the Nicaraguan people must not only provide material support, but also work to reverse our govemment's policies which undermine the health and viólate the human rights of Nicaragua's people. Meeting and Membership Our meetings are informal. Meetings are small, held in homes. Work focuses on activities outside meetings. We get help from other organizations on specific projects. Cali NMAP for times and places. NMAP's membership is made up of public health and health care professionals, students, and concerned community people. Membership in NMAP ($20year regular, $10 low income) includes subscription to LINKS, a natbnal journal on Central American health rights. Community Services In Nicaragua: Delivering requested medical supplies to the Hospital Infantil in Managua and to rural health centers. ..repairing microscopes throughout Nicaragua and providing spare parts...buying pharmaceuticals at 3% of cost through the Medicines for Central America Fund...sending emergency medical kits for use in war zones and rural health posts...contributing to the purchase of generators for health care facilities needing electric power... supplying repair paris for U.S. made medical equipment. In the United States: Speaking and showing slides about health care in Nicaragua.. .working with the National Central America Health Rights Network (NCAHRN) to coordínate our efforts with those of more than 50 local medical aid groups across the United States... participating in attempts to stop U.S. aggression against Nicaragua such as Ann Arbor's ballot Proposal A for Peace in Central America. To host a speakerslide presentation in your home, classroom, place of worship, club, etc., cali Rev. Robert Hauert at 764-7442. Current News Groups and individuals across the state have been busy this past month in final efforts to box up and label medical supplies and equipment for transport to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 25. They have all participated in CARAVAN, a medical aid project initiated by Midwest groups affiliated with the National Central America Health Rights Network (NCAHRN). CARAVAN is being coordinated in Southeastern Michigan by NMAP. A 24foot truck left Ann Arbor for Milwaukee on April 25. There it joined other vehicles with materials collected from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. This material aid was then loaded into a 20ton shipping container which should arrive in Nicaragua in June. The following list catalogues items collected in Michigan for the CARAVAN project: NMAP members collected about 1200 cubic feet of medical supplies and equipment valued at an estin5ted $55,000. Close to $3,000 was donated to fund transport and shipping costs. A local truck-packing unión has donated labor. Equipment and money have come from Detroit-area Central America solidarity groups, as well as groups and individuals in East Lansing, Adrián, Hillsdale, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. In the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area donations have come from local hospitals, medical centers, private medical equipment supply houses and local clinics as well as private individuals. Specific items donated include: - 200 boxes of miscellaneous medical supplies and equipment including children's vitamins, sutures, syringes, IV tubing, gauze, petri dishes, bandage material, walkers and crutches. -2 kidney dialysis machines. - EKG machines. - 40 intensive care unit heart monitor devices. - an incubator. - 50 blood pressure measuring devices. - stethoscopes from students at the U of M, WSU, and MSU to address a special request from the University of Nicaragua School of Medicine in León. Ann Arbor War Tax DissidentsU.S. Peace Tax Fund co Mary Lou Kerwin 1427 Broadway Ann Arbor, Ml 48105 662-2838 Statement of Purpose Ann Arbor War Tax Dissidents (AAWTD) works for passage of the U.S. Peace Tax Fund bill (a law permitting people moraliy opposed to war to have the military portion of their taxes allocated to peace making), and provides counseling and information resources for persons conscientiously opposed to payment of war taxes. Meeting Time and Place AAWTD generally meets the third Saturday of each month in the Pine Room of the Wesley Foundation, 602 East Huron, Ann Arbor. AAWTD s affiliated with the Natioanl War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and with the National Campaign For a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF). AAWTD is of an informal nature with a diverse membership and a volunteer coördinator. Community Services AAWTD provides the community with a Speakers Bureau, workshops, forums, informatbn hotlines (contact appropriate number listed below), and Taxes for Peace (a slide show). For nformation, contact: Mary Lou Kerwin at 662-2838 for general nformation about AAWTD. David Bassett at 662-1373 about the U.S. Peace Tax Fund bill. Fran Elliot at 663-2655 about war tax resistance. Current News and Events The regular May meeting of Ann Arbor War Tax Dissidents will be in the Pine Room of the Wesley Foundation, 602 East Huron, Ann Arbor, f rom 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 17, 1986. Agenda: (1) Report from David Bassett on the annual National Campakjn for a Peace Tax Fund Membership Meeting, Seminar, and Lobbying Day in Washington, D.C., status of BiH H.R. 3032, S.1468, and local lobbying strategies. (2) Planning and arrangements for our booth at the Engineering Aren córner of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (July 23-26). (3) War-tax resistance nformation, manuals and counseling available. Brown bag lunch; beverages provided; all welcome. For information: 663-2655. campuses Against Weapons in Space (CAWS) 4101 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 763-3241 Meeting Times and Places We are trying to set up a new schedule for the spring and summer. Anyone staying over this period, please contact Robyn at 662-8607 or 996-5973. Statement of Purpose In April of 1985, the División of Research and Development Administratior, (DROA) advertised in the University Record for professors to submit Strategie Defense Initiative (S.D.I.) proposals to the government. Some students responded with a sit-in at the DRDA. They demanded that the University research the implications of the controversial "Star Wars" defense shield before making any official endorsement. Since these demands were left unmet, the students formed Campuses Against Weapons in Space in June of 1985. If the administration was unwilling to investígate S.D.I. , we would! Thus, CAWS organized the successful "S.D.I. and Universities Conference" in early October of 1985. Almost 1500 students, faculty, and concerned citizens came to hear such renowned speakers as James lonson, a Director of the S.D.I. Organization, and Edith Ballantyne, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace, debate the pros and cons of "Star Wars." Since then, CAWS has been involved in many activities, including guerilla theater on the Diag, vigils, marches, and protests. Overall, our purpose is to edúcate the University and Ann Arbor community about the dangers of "Star Wars" and the general increasing militarization of our university and our nation. Moreover, our goal is to effect legislative change to decrease the possibility of nuclear war. Membershlp Prof ile CAWS has a core membership of approximately fifteen people, which -includes students, faculty, and staff from the University, as well as concerned Ann Arbor residents. Our meetings are informal, with decisions arrived at by consensus of the members. We have no executive offices. Instead, all members share equally in the work, responsibilities, and benefits. However, for our planned activities we are able to mobilize large numbers of supporters because of our affiliations with groups from the Freedom Charter (Latin American Solidarity Committee, Free South África Coordinating Committee), Campus Ministries, and other peace groups (Michigan Alliance for Disarmament and BeyondWar). Community Services Speakers trom CAWS are available for any group upon request. We also have a hotline (763-3241) to answer questions during office hours (9 AM to 5 PM). Current News Our main concern at present is the review of the guidelines on classified research at the University of Michigan. The current guidelines were enacted in 1972 in response to the Vietnam War. They are as folio ws: 1) "The University will not enter into or renew any agreement or contract, or accept any grant, the clearly foreseeable and probable result of which, or any specific purpose of which is to destroy human life or to incapacítate human beings ." 2) The University will not enter into or renew any agreement or contract, or accept any grant, that limits open publicatbn of the results of research beyondoneyear." However, in August of 1985, the University Regents passed a resolution calling for an executive committee to review the guidelines. In an Ann Aibor News article on July 8, 1985, Regent Roach stated: "Maybe we will discover that the guidelines are a product of their time and that they have outllived their usefulness." In response to this threat to the guidelines, CAWS has continually pressed the ad-hoc review committee to keep the present guidelines, as weli as abolish all classified research, and all research, classified and unclassified, that is destructive to human lif e. We will continue to work towards these ends up to the time that the Regents make their decisión, due either in late April or earlynextfall. Included with our concern over the guidelines is the overall increasing militarization of our University. This is evident in Vice-President for Research Linda Wilson's pledge to doublé Department of Defense research at the University by 1990. Steps have already been taken in this direction. Currently, five S.D.I. projects are being performed at U of M, worth $577 million. Still pending acceptance are proposals totaling another $5 million. It is the opinión of CAWS that the University ceases to be a free functioning, independent institution for an unbiased education when it persists in allying itself to the government by becoming an appendage to its Defense Department. CAWS is working for a free University and a free society, free trom government manipulation and militarization, and free from fear of nuclear war. Coming Events CAWS is planning a demonstraron against Star Wars research at the graduation ceremony on May 3. You do not need a ticket to join in the fun at the front of Michigan Stadium at 1 pm. SANE National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy 1416 Hill Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 663-3913 Statement of Goals and Policies SAN E's goals are the reversal of the nuclear arms race and conversión trom a military to a civilian economy. We condemn the nuclear arms race as a threat to the survival of humanity and urge sharp cutbacks and reductions of nuclear armaments. Our ultímate objective is the complete elimination of all nuclear war threats. To this end we support a bilateral United States-Soviet Union nuclear weapons freeze as the first step toward strategie arms reduction agreements. We also urge the consideration of independent national initiatives to reduce tenstons and lower nuclear arms stockpiles. While SANE supports the need for a legitímate national defense, we oppose policies of increased military spending and overseas interventionism as a threat to world peace and a detriment to American security. We urge a new, more peacefully oriented U.S. foreign policy and cali for the elimination of support for corrupt foreign dictatorships. America should advance economie and political progress in the world, not militarism and repression. We believe that national security rests as much on a strong economy and just society as on military preparedness. Excessive arms spending actually weakens civilian industry and SANE National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy (cont. from prevlous page) undermines our economie competitiveness in the world. We believe that conversión from military to civilian industry is essential for the economie well-being of America and its citizens. The millions of workers who now depend on the arms race for their livelihood should be entitled to job security through planned economie conversión. To this end SANE works with the International Association of Machinists and other unions to urge alternatives to the military budget and prepare plans for converting military facilities and workers to civilian purposes. As a citizen's lobby, SANE promotes real democracy in U.S. foreign and military policy decisión making. This country's state, defense and intelligence bureaucracies are rife with corruption and incompetence. They opérate within a shroud of secrecy, removed from the concerns and needs of the country's citizens. If this is to change, the public must have accurate, unbiased information about foreign policy and legitímate defense needs. SANE is committed to providing such information to as many people as possible through a year-round national community outreach program. Since 1982 the organization's field representatives have contacted millions of average citizens n towns and cities coast-to-coast. It s a top priority for SANE to expand this program. Meeting Time and Places The Ann Arbor SANE office s in the Friends Center at 1416 Hill Street. Our group is somewhat distinct in that our operations are conducted primarily by paid staff rather than membervolunteers. The staff size varíes from a low of about 15 to as many as 30, depending on the time of year, political need, and the availability of Ann Arbor's student community for full-time employment. We meet daily to review our work and plan for the future. SANE members and interested individuals are always welcome in the office to discuss the issues, and particípate in organizing projects. We can set up regular meeting times for volunteer corps at the convenience of those who wish to particípate. Membership Profile From its founding in the late fifties until the late seventies, SANE was known as a small organization of prominent statespeople and philanthropists with reliable backing by liberal citizens. Today, SANE is the largest peace organization n the United States with a grassroots membership of about 150,000 and doubling every year. Most of the membership has been recruited recently through an ambitious community outreach program. They are representative of the great diversity of American society-rich and poor, people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, politically conservative and radical, from high school students to great-greatgrandmothers, from navy admiráis and congressional leaders to pacifists and homemakers. That's the key to SANE's effectiveness as a congressional lobby; we cannot be labelled except as "American." Organizational Structure and Community Services SANE is organized as a citizen's lobby. The members are represented by an expert lobbying staff that has direct access to Congress. The field offices are headed by a state director who coordinates the activities of a program and canvass staff. The Ann Arbor office has four committees or task forces devoted to membership development, politica) or electoral action, fundraising and field operations. Through the work of these committees, we keep our members nformed of congressional action on foreign and military policy, build our volunteer corps, train potential activists, particípate in electoral campaigns by petitioning and running public ad campaigns and phone banks before votes, raise funds for SANE activities for local movement work and to increase the peace community's resource base, and conduct a door-to-door canvass throughout the state. The Ann Arbor Office can provide speakers for community groups, and when time and energy permit, trained activists for local campaigns. Current News At the moment we are savoring the success of Proposal A. The benefit for the Coalition for Peace in Central America, which SANE hosted at the Nectarine Ballroom, was the place to be on March 27. Over 500 people turned out, and we were able to turn over $1,100 to the Proposal A campaign. Thanks to all for helping us make t a great time and a great fund raiser. A special thanks to Mike Bender, coowner of the Nectarine, for all his cooperation, help, and donation of $250. Our expert training staff is gearing up for the summer explosión of students and teachers who want to work for peace. We can accommodate an almost unlimited number of committed people. Please contact us! (See the employment ad in Agenda or The Ann Arbor News.) Coming Events and Activities Locally and nationally, SANE will be working on legislation to effect the following goals: elimination of military assistance to the contras in and out of Nicaragua, a drastic reduction in military funding for the government of El Salvador, the promotion of U.S. participation in the Contadora Peace Process, a congressionally mandated moratorium on funding for nuclear warhead testing, pursuant to an international Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the elimination of funds for the Star Wars program that would viólate existing arms control agreements. Washtenaw County Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Inc. (WAND) P. O. Box 1815 AnnArbor, Ml 48106-1815 761-1718 Statement of Purpose Washtenaw County WAND was formed in December of 1984 by a core group of 12 individuáis, and became an aff líate of the national WAND organization, which was formed in 1980 by Dr. Helen Caldicott. The primary purpose of our local organization is to empower women personally and politically, and to broaden the constituency of individuals who are working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. We subscribe to the national WAND organization's objectives of educating ourselves and the public about the dangers of continued weapons production and influencing our congressional representaties by informed lobbying. To this end, during 1985, a fully functional organization which does lobbying, coalition-building, fundraising, public speaking, publicity, and monthly educational presentations was established. Meeting Times and Places Meetings are open to the general public on the second Sunday of the month at St. Aidan's EpiscopalNorthside Presbyterian Churches, 1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor. Doors open at 7:00 pm for coffee, conversation and material displays. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm with the program or speaker at 8:30 pm and audience reaction at 9:00 pm. The meeting concludes at 9:30 pm. Babysitting is available in the church nursery during the meeting. Membership Profile Membership is open to all. Current membership is approximately 175, most of these being women ranging in age from 17 to 70 with the majority in the age range of 25 to 45. Men are welcome and encouraged to join. Membership fees are $25 per year with scholarships available for low income persons. Membership benefits include a subscription to our local monthly newsletter, copies of the national WAND bulletin, and discounts on books and other materials. Organizational Structure The organization s formally ncorporated as a 501 (c) (4) not-forprofit Corporation. Designation as a charitable 501 (c) (3) organization has been applied for. The structure is that of a paid general membership w'rth a Coordinating Committee consisting of the Chairs of all of the Committees plus the Officers. The Officers are President, Vice President and two Members-at-Large. The Officers constitute the Executive Committee which is responsible for translating policy and making more specific day-to-day decisions. The Executive Committee is also legally and financially responsible for the organization. The Coordinating Committee makes the broad policy decisions and guidelines. Elections of the Executive Committee are held once a year at the annual meeting. The active work of the organization takes place through the committee structure. Committees include Education, Lobbying, Speakers Bureau, Political Strategies, MembershipWelcoming, Publicity, Fundraising, Publications, Sales and Newsletter. Community Services Information Hotüne: 761-1718. The hotline delivers a 3 minute taped message which announces important lobbying nformation, WAND meetings scheduled for the month plus the times of other community events. Speakers Bureau: Speakers are available to speak on a wide range of topics for small informal groups, classes, public forums, rallies, etc. Contact Nancy Hanke at 973-6925. Current Events Sunday, May 11: In lieu of the general meeting a Mother's Day Festival of Peace will be held at West Park from 1 :00 pm to 4:00 pm. Even though the credit for founding Mother's Day is usually given to Anna Jarvis, history shows that Julia Ward Howe of Boston was an early originator of the idea of celebrating a day focused on mothers and peace. Acutely aware of the losses women and the nation suffered during the Civil War and distressed by the carnage of the Franco-Prussian War, she conceived of the day as a time when everyone should dedícate themselves anew to the task of bringing about world peace. (See article elsewhere in this issue.) World Hunger Education-Action Committee (WHE-AC) 4202 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, MI 48109 663-4301 WHE-AC's work focuses on the causes of, and solutions to, world hunger. Our objectives include educating ourselves and the campus community through reading groups, films, speakers, presentations, research, and group actions. We are dedicated to understanding the complex social, political, economie, and environmental torces that both créate and promote world hunger. We advocate self-determinism and longterm development as viable solutions. Thus we support and work closely with Oxfam America and the Institute for Food and Development Policy. Meetings and Membership We are a small group of ten to twenty U of M students, staff, and Ann Arbor community members. Our structure s non-hierarchical. We organize ourselves to meet the needs of each specific project. We meet every Monday at 7 pm in 4202 Michigan Union. We have various resources including newsletters from Food First and Oxfam America available in our office. Coming Events The major project WHE-AC is currently working on is Oxfam America's "Tools for Peace and Justice in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean Campaign." Oxfam America is a development agency funding self-help projects throughout Central America, Asia, and África. This will be Oxfam's third "Tools" campaign. Last year we raised over $800 which we used to purchase tools that were sent to Nicaragua. There are two goals of this campaign: first, to raise funds to support and expand the development work on Oxfam in these areas; second, to raise awareness of the situations in these countries and how U.S. policy affectsthem. WHE-AC will hold our organizational meeting for the "Tools for Peace and Justice Campaign" at 7 pm on Monday, May 12 in the Michigan Union. Please join us and bring your thoughts and ideas. We are hoping that this year's campaign will be a broad based community effort. For those of you leaving for the summer, we hope you have an enjoyable one. Look for WHE-AC n September at Festifall. Guild House 802 Monroe Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 662-5189 The Guild House is a United Campus Ministry Guild House s dedicated to engaging n the struggles for justice and liberation at the University of Michigan and in ourworld. It is a campus ministry deeply rooted in the life and work of the Christian faith and of othertraditions and groups that share a ministry of concern for human fulfillment and a just and humane society. Exodus and resurrection, liberation and transformation, empowerment and change are important paradigms that inform our several religious and spiritual perspectives and serve to guide our common ministry. We share with sisters and brothers everywhere a commitment to non-violent action for the rights to a more meaningful and spiritual existence for the oppressed. Like all people and institutions we are not neutral, we stand with those who struggle for human justice and decency. Guild house staff meets with students, faculty and staff on personal issues as well as systemic concerns like racism, sexism and homophobia. We work n coalition with other groups and individuals, among them LASC (Latin American Solidarity Committee) and CAWS (Campuses Against Weapons in Space). Guild house also supports groups and individuals by providing space for meetings and staff time for projects and groups. May Events Beans and Rice Dinner: Dinners are held every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. A $2 donation is requested ( $1 for children from 6-12 years). Proceeds from the dinner go to direct akJ projects n Central America. RICE AND BEAN DINNERS May 7: Spicy Chicano Pintos (FLOC Beans) May 14: Split Pea and Cabbage-lndia Style May 21: Tofu and Veggies with Peanut Sauce May 28: FLOC Beans Interfaith Council for Peace 604 E. Huron Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 663-1870 Office Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday Statement of Purpose Interfaith Council for Peace, a nonprofit educational organization, believes in the possibility of a world where every woman, man and child has the opportunity to live in freedom, peace and without fear. Begun in 1965 by a small group of area clergy and lay persons, Interfaith Council for Peace focused on protesting U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Over the past twenty years, Interfaith's work has expanded to address justice concerns related to hunger and agriculture in addition to the on-going work for peace. Since 1965, the Interfaith Council for Peace, a local chapter of the national Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC), has worked to edúcate and promote action on these issues. We act as a clearinghouse for peace and justice activities in local religious congregations and in the community at large. Interfaith raises moral questions about disarmament, hunger, the U.S. food system, economie justice, and Central America. Donations are gratefully accepted and can be sent to the above address. Meetings and Membership Hunger Task Force: Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 pm in the Pine Room of First United Methodist Church (corner of State and Huron). Disarmament Working Group: Friday, May 16, noon to 1 pm at the Interfaith Office. Agenda for this meeting includes discussion of Testing Moratorium and local response to the bombing of Libya. Land, Food, and Justice Committee: Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 pm in the Pine Room of First United Methodist Church. This meeting will be devoted to plans for the third annual Farm Tour in August. ICP's membership includes 60 area congregations and approximately 3,100 individuáis. Organizational Structure The work of Interfaith Council for Peace s accomplished by three task forces: The Land, Food, and Justice Committee, the Hunger Task Force, and the Disarmament Working Group. In addition there is a Steering Committee which oversees the work of the staff and task forces. Officers are: the Rev. Peter Boeve (President), Barbara S. Hall (Secretary), and Robert Heald (Treasurer) . The work of the Disarmament Working Group includes: educational presentations to interested groups, sponsorship of speakers and public events, suggestions for lifestyle changes which will help to make our society a less violent one (e.g. , boycotting war toys and examining issues related to parenting), discussion with the University community on the impacts of defense-related research on campus, and support for arms control legislation. The work of the Hunger Task Force includes: the annual CROPHunger Walk, educational presentations to schools and other groups on domestic and international hunger, support of local free meal programs, and exploration of related economie justice issues and legislation. Programs and projects of the Land, Food, and Justice Committee include: presentations to concerned groups, public tours of local farms, support of direct-marketing projects (e.g. , farmers' markets and pick-your-own operations), and production of a seasonalregional cookbook. The committee also works with groups involved in preserving agricultural land near urban areas, encourages support of local farmers through more seasonal eating, and supports legislation favoring small and moderate size farms and sustainable agricuttural practices. Community Services ICP publishes a monthly newsletter which contains suggestions on how individuáis can help on the various issues, maintains a lending library of - both written and audio-visual materials on peace and justice concerns, and has a speakers bureau which includes both staff and task force members. Current News Covenant for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons kits are available f rom the ICP office for $5. The kit lists nuclear weapons contractors, the consumer producís they manufacture and nonnuclear altematives. There is a Season , a 117 page seasonal cookbook is available f rom the ICP office for $6. Drop in and visit us soon. The ICP office is located in the basement of the First United Methodist Church (corner of State and Huron). Coming Events May 4, Sunday: Children's Concert at The Ark featuring Trees, a local Interfaith Councilfor Peace (cont. from previous page) musical duo. The concert s appropriate for children ages 3-1 1 and is a benefit for ICP. Tickets are $2child and $4adult and are available at the door or in advance from the ICP office. There will be two performances, at 1 :30 and 3:30 pm. May 14, Wednesday, 7:30 pm: Fr. José Alas, a Salvadoran Catholic priest in exile, will speak about his work in El Salvador with the base Christian communities and Archbishop Oscar Romero (who was assassinated in 1980) as well as what people of faith here in the U.S. can do in response to U.S. policy. A quesadilla and coffee reception will follow with both Fr. Alas and the Celaya f amily (the family living in Sanctuary at the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting) available for discussion and questions about conditions in El Salvador (and whatever else you'd like to talk about!). Free; all welcome. Cali the ICP office, 663-1870, for location of the event. Central America EducationAction Committee (Informal committee of Interfaith Council for Peace) Community Services Phone tree to lobby Congressman Cari Pursell and others against the continued militarization of Central America. (Leave name, address and phone number at the CP office: 6631870.) Speakeres Bureau and slide shows re lat ing to Central America. (Cali Barbara Francisco at 668-0249 to schedule.) Beans and Rice Dinners every Wednesday, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at Guild House, 802 Monroe. A donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children 6-12 suggested. (See the Beans and Rice Dinners listing below.) We are still collecting materials for Betania Refugee Camp in El Salvador, the mission of Fr. Jim Feltz in Paiwas, Nicaragua, and the Border Witness: blue jeans, T-shirts, cotton clothing, and shoes for children, tennis balls, frisbees, garden trowels, sewing scissors, sewing machines, hammers and drills, all in good condition and not in need of mending, can be dropped off at the ICP office ( labeled "MADRE"). The Border Witness program offers volunteers a 10 day-2 week experience along the Texas-Mexico border learning about the conditions that refugees fleeing oppression in El Salvador and Guatemala face upon entering the U.S. If you would be nterested in participating in the Border Witness program and would be willing to speak to groups about your experience when you return, contact Kim Groóme at the ICP office (663-1870) or Shirley McRae at Friends Meeting (761-7435) for more information. The organizers of the Beans and Rice Dinners are offering a partial "scholarship" to help with the expenses involved in volunteering for the Border Witness program. Beans and Rice Dinner Guild House 802 Monroe Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 668-0249 The dinners were started to raise funds for Central American aid projects, to be a place for similarly-minded activists to break bread together, to share information, and to raise consckxisness about supporting local farmers and in-season eating. The sponsors, the Central American Education Action Committee (an Interfaith ad hoc taskforce), L.A.S.C., and Guild House served their first dinner on 12385. Al most every Wednesday since, coördinators and cooks, Barb Francisco and Thea Lee, with occasional guest cooks, have served up delicious meáis for local activists. As of 32686, the Rice and Beans dinners have donated $3,750 to a wide variety of projects. Of the $1 ,765 which was sent to Nicaragua, $1,000 went toward a nature center for children who have been psychologically damaged by the contra war. Another $100 went toward developing rural fish farms. Camp Betania, a camp for refugees from the air war, which is located south of San Salvador, El Salvador, received $200 in aid. Human rights groups called Mothers of the Disappeared in El Salvador and Guatemala, received $350. The San José, Costa Rica, Quaker Peace Center received $250 to help with its Peace education work. The above partial list of donations shows that the money collected at the dinners has gone to worthwhile causes. However, in order to be able to help more aid projects, the Beans and Rice dinners needs your help. We need more activists and caring people to partake of the food, information sharing, and communal atmosphere. More plates, glasses, and cloth napkins are also needed. We also need donations for rice, beans, spices, apple eider, and Nicaraguan coffee. For information, cali Barb Francisco at 668-0249 or show up at Guild House for the Wednesday dinner. Coalition for Arms Control - 2nd District 1015 Church Street #5 Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 663-4897 Statement of Purpose After working together on an informal basis on arms control lobbying (the MX, Star Wars, chemical weapons) for the past 3 years, a number of groups have formally coalesced. It is hoped that the coalition effort will make weapons issues more visible in the media locally and will increase our ability to edúcate the public on these issues. The current focus of the Coalition for Arms Control is on the need for a nuclear warhead testing moratorium and a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. There are bilis in both the House of Representatives and the Senate which would cut off funds for testing of nuclear warheads for 6 months as long as the USSR does not test. We urge you to contact your Representative and Senators to encourage them to cosponsor this legislation for a 6 month or longer testing moratorium (in the House it is called the Schroeder bilí, HR 3442, and in the Senate it is called SR 2220. Addresses are: Rep. , House Office Building, Washinton, D.C. 20515 and Sen. , Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. Meeting Times and Places The Coalition for Arms Control meets once every 3-4 weeks on Saturdays at 9:30 am at 310 S. Ashley. If your organization is interested in joining the Coalition, please cali 6634897 or come to the next Coalition meeting on Saturday, May 3, 9:30 am, at 31 0 S. Ahley. If you are an individual interested in working on arms control lobbying efforts, please join one or more of the organizations involved in the Coalition (see below) or join one of the working committees of the Coalition: Events Committee, Publicity Committee, Computerization Committee (you will be greatly appreciated!). Membership Prof ile The Coalition for Arms Control includes the following organizations: Hillsdale Center for Peace Awareness, Common Cause, Gray Panthers, Guild House, Interfaith Council for Peace, Lawyers' Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control, Michigan Alliance for Disarmament, 1000 Cranes, Physicians for Social Responsibility, SANE, Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Western Wayne Peace Resource Center. New Jewish Agenda (NJA) 2208 Packard Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 Statement of Purpose We are Jews from a variety of backgrounds and affitiations committed to progressive human values and the building of a shared visión of Jewish lif e. Our history and tradition inspire us. Jewish experience and reachings can address the social, economie, and politica! issues of our time. Many of us find our inspiration in our people's historical resistance to oppression and from the Jewish presence at the forefront of movements for social change. Many of us base our convictions on thé Jewish religious concept of Ukun olam (the just ordering of human society and the world), and the prophetic tradition of social just ice. We are dedicated to ensuring the survival and flourishing of the Jewish people. Jews must have the rights to which all people are entitled. But survival is only a precondition of Jewish life, not its purpose. Our agenda must be determined by our ethics, not our enemies. We need creative and vital Jewish institutions and prácticos that affirm the best of our traditions and involve members of our community who historically have been excluded. We cali on all Jews who share our visión to join us in working to achieve our goals in the Jewish and wider communities. To those whose visions differ from ours-let us discuss those differences. Authentic Jewish unity grows trom respect for and understanding of diversity. Society can be changed, and human cooperation can be achieved. Working for social progress not only reflects Jewish ideáis, but enhances Jewish security. New Jewish Agenda upholds progressive Jewish values and affirms that the goals of peace and justice are attainable. Tikun Olam (Talmud, Mishnah Gittin 4:3 , also appears in the Aleynu prayer). General Information The Ann Arbor New Jewish Agenda chapter, active si nee 1979, welcomes you to join with us. Some of you may have participated in our national NJA convention that was held in Ann Arbor last summer. At the local leve!, we are quite active with monthly membership meetings, Shabbat potlucks, and interest-group meetings. This year we've sponsored speakers addressing the issues of the sanctuary move ment, the feminist movement, and the threat of Kahane to Israeli democracy. If you would like to receive our newsietter, become a member, or attend one of our eventsor if you simply want more informatkn--please cali one of the following members: Steering Committee - Rebecca Kanner 994-571 7 Membership Committee - Eveiyn Neuhaus 994-51 71 Central America Interest GroupJudyüpshitz 5210 Middle East Interest Group-Benjy Ben-Baruch 662-921 7 Feminism Interest Group -- Laurie White 665-7371 New World Agriculture Group (NWAG) 4096 Natural Science Bldg. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 764-1446 Arising n the late seventies from a local group of socially-concerned scientists, the New World Agriculture Group has developed into an international organization of about 100 ecologists, social scientists, and people interested in agriculture who seek alternatives to socially and ecologically destructive methods of contemporary agricultural production. Recognizing the interrelatedness of technical, social, and political concerns underlying larger problems in modern agricultura, NWAG members attempt to approach their study of agricultural problems and possible solutions in an interdisciplinary manner. Exemplifying past research programs conducted by NWAG is its study of the potential use of intercropping techniques on midwestern tomato farms that would enable farmers to increase production without resorting to mechanization, which has the effect of displacing farmworkers f rom their jobs. Presently, NWAG is working with the National University (UNAN) and the Union of Small and Medium-sized Farmers (UNAG) in Nicaragua. Nicaraguan agriculturalists hope to devetop ways of reducing the use of Chemical fertilizers and pesticides which are expensive and bad for the environment, and so increase food production and become less dependent upon foreign inputs. There are several projects, for example, that are focused on the biological control of insect pests through the use of natural predators and parasites of the pests. NWAG scientists are dispersed throughout the United States. The largest chapters exist on the Cornell, University of Michigan and University of Illinois campuses, although there are many active members located in Vermont, North Carolina, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, throughout Canada, and in Nicaragua. NWAG has a steering committee consisting of a member from eaclj of three regions: East, Midwest and West. There is also a Nicaragua Coordinating Committee. Beyond this there is relatively little structure, although regional and international meetings are conducted in a formal manner. Here in Ann Arbor, NWAG members are presently researching the U.S. farm crisis, in an attempt to define it, discover its root causes, and understand approaches necessary for its resolution. Interested persons are welcome to attend our meetings and shoukj cali the NWAG-Ann Arbor office (764-1446) to express their interest and find out the place and time meetings occur. Housing Bureau for Seniors, Inc. 1010 Wall Street Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 763-0970 Community Services The Housing Bureau for Seniors provides peer counseling to senior citizens and their families about housing choices in Washtenaw County. Volunteers are recruited f rom across the county to work as housing counselors at the Bureau, or in one of the Bureau's Outreach sites in Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, Saline, Chelsea or Whttmore Lake. The Bureau's services are free, though donations are always happily accepted. All of the activities of the Bureau are funded through community contrtoutions. Coming Events Training for new volunteer housing counselors begins in May. Because so much of the work at the Bureau requires detailed information about a wide variety of housing choices, as well as skillful counseling, the Bureau provides regular training for new as well as continuing counselors. Listening skills, needs assessments and effective interviewing techniques are all important to Bureau counselors. Often it is difficult when counseling seniors and their adult families to know who is the real cliënt- the senior or the adult child involved. Housing Bureau counselors learn to find ways to resolve these and other potential conflicts. Helping an individual senior to find suitable housing can be a challenging task. Not all seniors need to go directly from the family home into a nursing home. There may be a variety of alternatives of which seniors and their families are not aware. Retirement homes may be suitable for some. They tend to be costly, though they offer services which may not be found elsewhere: meals, housekeeping, laundry services, medical supervisión, transportaron, and special recreation or activity for seniors. Financial considerations may mean that seniors wish to look into low cost housing. With an increasing senior population and decreasing housing resources available, finding subsidized housing is more and more difficult. There are often long waiting lists and complicated income parameters to consider. Housing counselors learn to assist Bureau clients with these difficulties. Housing counselors at the Bureau volunteer to work two half-days each week. If you would like to learn more about becoming affiliated with the Housing Bureau for Seniors, contact Carole Lapidos, Volunteer Coördinator, 763-6642, or Carolyn Hastings, Executive Director of the Bureau, at 763-0970. The offices of the Housing Bureau are located in the Turner Clinic; volunteers with the Bureau are affiliated with the volunteer programs with the University of Michigan hospitals. May is Older Americans Month. Celébrate it by becoming involved with a program designed for and by our area's Older Americans! Current Events May is Older Americans Month. In celebration, The Housing Bureau for Seniors will present a slide show and housing workshop for senior citizens and their adult children Tuesday, May 27, from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Road. A potluck luncheon beginning at noon will precede the workshop; bring a dish to pass. The workshop is freé. To register, cali 763-0970. Free South África Coordinating Commlttee (FSACC) co M.S.A. 3909 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 Information: Héctor Delgado 971-7994 Barbara Ransby 769-8549 Statement of Purpose Free South África Coordinating Committee (FSACC), formed in the spring of 1985, is committed to opposing the brutal system of apartheid in South África and to contributing in every way possible to the liberation movement there. FSACC produces literature and sponsors events to edúcate people about the crimes of apartheid and the ways in which the U.S. Government, U.S. corporations, and the University of Michigan help to underwrite that system. FSACC also pressures the University of Michigan to sever all economie ties with corporations doing business in South África, as part of a worldwide movement to isolate the South African government; and seeks to provide material aid to those engaged in the resistance movement and their families. FSACC believes that in order to build an effective anti-apartheid movement in the United States, the link must be made between racism here and apartheid in South África. Finally, we condemn a foreign policy which fails to reflect a genuine concern for human rights and true democracy, clearly evidenced in the Reagan administratbn's terrorist attacks against the people of Nicaragua contrasted with his support of the white supremacist minority govemment in South África. Meetings and Membershlp Membership meetings are held every other Monday at 7 pm in the Center for Afro-American and African Studies Lounge, on the first floor of the West Engineering building. The steering committee meets every week at 6 pm in the same location. FSACC membership is mainly undergraduate and gradúate students at the University of Michigan. Meetings have been attended by as many as 200, but the average attendance at meetings and the number of people forming the core of the membership is 35 to 45. Community Services FSACC distributes literatura and provides speakers on South África and apartheid. It also sponsors films, protests, and various outreach activities like the 3-Day Teach-ln in the fall of 1985. Organlzational Structure There is a Steering Committee of 8 to 10 individuals, elected each year at a full membership meeting. This body coordinates the work of the organization and proposes policies for consideration by the membership. There are four Project Committees responsible for specific activities. The RegentsMandela Committee is responsible for finding ways to persuade the University to give Nelson (cont. on next page) Free South África Coordinating Committee (FSACC) (continued from previous page) Mándela an honorary degree, to sell the rest of the stock that it owns in companies doing business in South África, and to take a stronger public stand against apartheid. The April 4th Committee is coordinating two weeks of anti-apartheid action starting March 20. The Liaison Committee is responsible for making and maintaining links with other groups whose activities are compatible with FSACC's and publishing a newsletter to inform the Ann Arbor community of FSACC and related activities. And finally, the Material AidFundraising Committee is working on ways to provide direct material aid to groups and people in South África trying to dismantle apartheid and is also responsible for general fundraising for FSACC. At least one member from each committee is a member of the Steering Committee. Current News 1. On March 20th FSACC built a shanty on the Diag to cali attention to the situation in South África. It also kicked off a national two weeks of action against apartheid. The shanty was staffed 24 hours a day for the next two weeks. Many people asked questions and received literatura on South África. We decided not to staff it after April 4th, and since then it has been destroyed three times by vandals, but each time we rebuilt it. On at least three different occasions people have tried to burn it down. 2. On March 24th over 300 people participated in a candlelight vigil for the victims of political violence n Central America and South África. March 24th is the day Archbishop Romero was murdered in El Salvador. 3. On April 3rd representaties from the ANC and SWAPO addressed a large group of students in the Michigan Union. 4. On April 4th there was a Freedom March against racism and apartheid through Ann Arbor. Over 500 people marched and participated in a rally. The ANC and SWAPO representaties spoke, as did several student organization leaders. April 4th was the day the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 18 years ago. A plaque was placed on the shanty that day in memory of his assassination and to express hope that our brothers and sisters in South África will befreesoon. 5. During the two weeks of action there were also films shown. FSACC was joined by several other organizations in planning and coordinating the two weeks of action. 6. FSACC also organized a call-in to President Shapiro's and Vice-President Kennedy's offices to nquire about the progress of the nomination of Nelson Mándela, by Professor Thomas Holt, for an honorary degree. Beginning April 4th we began to make daily visits to President Shapiro's office to discuss the nomination. He did not meet with us until April 16th. Meanwhile, we met with Vice-President Kennedy several times, and it was he who nformed us for the first time that the University did not award honorary degrees in absentia. The policy statement on honorary degrees we had received from the University in November of 1985 did not nclude any reference to this. It was obvious that the University had been dealing with us in bad faith, especially because at every Regents' meeting we had addressed them on the nomination and not once did they inform us of this provisión in the Regents' by-laws. 7. On April 17th five indivic'jals spoke before the Regents on the Nelson Mándela nomination and at the end of the public comments section of their meeting, we nformed them that we were occupying the Regents' conference room to protest their refusal to grant Nelson Mándela an honorary degree and to hold a vigil to express concern for the life of Mr. Mándela, who is n ill health after serving his 24th year in prison. We asked the Regents to have a dialogue with us, but they instead chose to walk out of the room. That evening two Regents spoke with represe ntatives of the group, but while they were sympathetic in some respects, they were not prepared to move to give Mr. Mándela an honorary degree the next day. They did agree that the by-laws needed to be reviewed. 8. Over 50 students spent the night n the building, though there were as many as 150 students in the building on several occasions. They next day, Friday, April 18, we allowed the Regents to meet in the room, but had to interrupt them when it became obvious that they were not going to award Mr. Mándela an honorary degree. They were forced to adjourn and leave the room. We then moved to the table and someone moved to give Nelson Mándela an honorary degree. The motion was approved unanimously. Coming Events FSACC meetings are held Monday nights at 7:00 pm in the Center for AfroAmerican and African Studies lounge on the 1st floor of the West Engineering Building. On May 3rd there will be an alternative commencement at 10:00 am in the Rackham Amphitheatre to honor Mr. Mándela. We hope to have a wellknown keynote speaker and a representative from the ANC to accept the honorary degree for Mr. Mándela. The event will not conflict with the regular 1 :00 pm commencement, out of respect to families of this year's graduates. South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program P. O. Box 2542 AnnArbor, Ml 48106 973-2016 Statement of Purpose International Possibilities Unlimited (IPU) seeks to find creative and innovative approaches to address problems faced by people of color in the African diaspora. IPU is a multi-racial group which consists mostly of students at the University of Michigan. The purpose of our first project, the South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program, is to edúcate the public about the plight of political prisoners in South África, and in particular to increase the public's awareness of the continued racial and socio-economic oppression of the people of Southern África. Each of the bracelets bears the name of a South African political prisoner serving a life sentence. The bracelet should facilítate the devetopment of a personal bond between the wearer and the prisoner named thereon and his family. In that vein, we provide addresses where participants can write a particular prisoner. In addition, a portion of the funds generated through the sale of the bracelets is contributed to other organizations whose central goals are consistent with IPU's. The organizations that we have consequently identified to receive IPU contributions include International Defense and Aid Fund for its international efforts over the past thirty years to free political prisoners, the National Free South África Movement, and Washington Office on África, for its work in raising people's consciousness and pressuring the United States government to place sanctions on the South African government. Meetings and Membership Meetings are hekJ every Monday at 5:00 pm at 2501 Braeburn Circle. Please cali 973-2016 to confirm the tocation. IPU presently has seven working members. We carry out all aspects of the bracelet program and therefore we are a task-oriented organization. We invite all people who are interested in our program to attend the meetings, especially those with personal contacts or experience in marketing, accounting, computers, or graphic arts. Organizational Structure IPU is a non-profit Corporation with staff workers and a board of directors. The South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program staff operates in four committees: The Orders Committee processes mail orders, records sales, oversees stock of bracelets and brochures, and computerizes bookkeeping. The Network Committee is responsible for contacting other student organizations, churches, and coordinating regional IPU representaties. The Publicity Committee keeps track of and sends material to upcoming conferences, and is in charge of advertising. The Education Committee is responsible for updating the nformational brochure and newsletters sent to participants. In addition, it maintains current information on South África and political prisoners, and writes proposals for money to support these efforts. Community Services IPU has a speakers bureau. We are available to speak on South África, Namibia, and political prisoners, and to network or assist other organizations to devetop anti-apartheid activities. IPU is promoting the participation of churches in the Political Prisoner Bracelet Program in order to provide an opportunity for the people to contribute en masse to the liberation of South Africans. Churches are asked to adopt a political prisoner, buy bracelets, and genérate funds to assist the political prisoners1 families. Churches are also asked to identiiy a liaison person who is provided training on Southern África socio-political issues. The bracelets cost $6.50 each plus tax for Michigan residents. To order, please send a check to: IPU P.O. Box 2542 AnnArbor, Ml 48106 Current News To date, IPU has sold over 1300 bracelets. Among the people who have been presented bracelets are Mayors Coleman Young of Detroit, Torn Bradley of Los Angeles, and Edward Pierce of Ann Arbor; also Ann Arbor City Councilman Larry Hunter, State Representaties Virgil Smith and Perry Bullard, and Michigan State Senator Lana Pollack, who have all sponsored divestiture legislation. On the national level, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Congressmen Howard Wolpe, John Conyers, Ronald Dellums, Steven Solarz, and William Gray, who cosponsored the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1985, were given complimentary bracelets. Former U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Dr. Mary Francis Berry, and many entertainers including Gil Scott-Heron, Harry Belafonte, Lou Rawls, Clifton Davis, and Steve Van Zandt, who produced and recorded the South African Political Prisoners Bracelet Program Sun City record project, are other recipients of the bracelets. Political prisoners ncluded in the South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program are only those serving life sentences, and are used as symbols of all political prisoners in South África. To date, all politica! prisoners who have been given life sentences are males; consequently our bracelets only bear the names of men. Due to many requests for female prisoner bracelets and given the integral role women have played in the liberation of South África, we now include Thandi Modise, who is a woman currently serving a 16 year sentence in South África. She is serving the longest sentence for a woman. Michigan Student Assembly University of Michigan 3909 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, MI 48109 763-3241 The Michigan Student Assembly is the campus-wide student government at the University of Michigan. "Campuswide" means that MSA represents students in every U of M college and school. Since students in each college are represented by their own specific student governments, MSA focuses almost exclusively on matters of concern to all students such as the proposed Code of Non-Academic Conduct. MSA is funded through a mandato ry student fee of $5.07 per term, giving it total revenues of about $375,500. This money, however, is well accounted for and used primarily to fund Student Legal Services, the Ann Arbor Tenant' Union, Advice magazine (which lists student course evaluatbns) and allocations to student organizations for campus events or projects that are deemed to have educational, cultural, or social significance. Some of the events that MSA has sponsored recently include forums concerning racism, sexism, and women's safety, and weapons research (such as "Star Wars and Universities"). MSA also staged a "summit meeting" between former MSA President Paul Josephson and U of M President Harold Shapiro and provided services such as free income-tax assistance and a "76-GRIPE" evening telephone line for students to voice their University-related concerns to MSA representaties. The composition of MSA can be broken into two parts. First, the elected or appointed body, which consists of a president, vice-president, treasurer and 50 representatives from the various schools and colleges. (Incidentally, the current number of representatives was just raised to 50 from 32 with the completion of elections in March, giving significantly more representation to each school.) The other part of MSA is an administrative body, which is hired by the assembly at large. This administrative body usually consists of an administrative coördinator, numerous work-study assistants, a military research advisor, and a minorityaffairs researcher. Others are hired as needed. The elected assembly itself is broken into ten committees. Those committees are chaired by a member of the assembly and filled by both members of the assembly and, in most cases, by interested parties outside MSA. The standing committees are: Rules and Elections which coordinates the MSA elections in March and November and is responsible for the authorship and interpretation of MSA Constitution and Compiled Code; Legislative Relations, which monitors all federal, state, local, and University legislation and reports its findings to the Assembly; Women's Issues, which lobbies in support of women's concerns and campus safety; Students' Rights, which ensures that students are treated fairly and leads the battle against the Code of Non-Academie Conduct; Student Organizations, which administrates the student groups that are MSA recognized; Budget Prbrities, which allocates "free money" to MSA groups; Minority Affairs, which lobbies on behalf of all minorities and concentrates on increasing R, R, & G (Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation) on campus; Personnel, which hires and fires all Assembly employees, Communications, which oversees all MSA publications and publicity; and Academie Affairs, which monitors academie events or problems as they arise. E ach of these committees, whether they address problems, projects, or new ideas, report at each Tuesday night General Assembly meeting. What MSA ultimately boils down to is a lobbying group because it has little legislative power. It represents the voice of the majority of Michigan students and, with its financial and human resources, successfully lobbies the University administration, regents, faculty, city, state, and federal govemments in the interests of students. It has been very succesful in preventing the passage of the Code, getting a student seat on the all-new Computer Policy Committee, increasing the awareness of the administration towards students' needs and complaints, and t is constantly applying pressure for the establishment of a Student Regent. MSA is also a service organization. It provides office space and equipment such as copiers, typewriters, a computer, an art studio, and conference rooms for over 400 student organizations for free or at very nominal costs. Also, it is constantly working on behalf of these student groups in their efforts to promote their projects or events. In summary, MSA is a group of students with resources , a core of common interests, and nstitutional legitimacy that lobbies various other representative groups to improve the quality of student life on campus. MSA is also a student organization that provides services to other students and student organizations and a place where students can learn organizational skills and pursue their issue interests. MSA has open assembly meetings every Tuesday night during the regular school year at 7:30 pm. MSA is glad to accept volunteers to work with any of the committees, or it can provide informatton on any of the over 400 student groups it represents. Also, this is a very good time to get involved because the summer months tend to leave MSA somewhat shorthanded, making a lot of room for enthusiatic and motivated people to become involved in any number of the things mentioned above. For further information, contact David Lovinger at 763-3241 . The Women's Crisis Center P. O. Box 7413 Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 Office: 306 N. División Business: 761-9475 Crisis Une: 994-9100 Community Services The Women's Crisis Center offers peer counseling and crisis intervention for all women in Washtenaw and surrounding counties. The Crisis Une, 994-9100, operates Monday through Friday, 10 am to 10 pm. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and can talk to a peer counsellor who s there to provide nonjudgemental support. We sell low-cost, do-it-yourself divorce kits. Cali 761-9475 for more information. The Women's Crisis Center also offers referrals to hundreds of agencies and individuals in and around Washtenaw County. Substance Abuse Support Group: For women in a substance abuse situation involving themselves or family and friends. The program is for 8 weeks, with a $25 donation to WCCsliding scale. Cali for more information. Compulsive Eating Support Group: Evenings; donation; cali WCC for more information. Meetings and Membership We hokJ meetings on the last Sunday of every month, from noon to 2 pm at St. Andrew's Church, 306 N. División at Lawrence. Our next scheduled meeting is May 25. The Women's Crisis Center is a nonprofit, grassroots, collectively-run organization made up of community women concerned with the needs of other women. There are currently 40 volunteers, all women, who are members of the Ann Arbor community and students. We have one full-time Coördinator, a Board of Directora, volunteer peer phone counselors, and adminstrative volunteers. Coming Events Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 11: WCC Peer Counselor Training. The training involves 30 hours over two weekends, a 6 month committment, and 4 hours per week after training. The fee is $20. Cali 761-9475 for a screening interview. Don't forget! The deadline for inclusión in the CRD is the 19th.