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. Note to readers: You may recognize some familiar information in listings that have appeared in Agenda in previous months. Statement of Purpose, for instance may have remained the same for a particular group. This is pertinent information to new readers. Be careful not to dismiss the rest of the text out of hand. Each group updates and re-works its listing each month. Some groups, such as the Housing Bureau for Seniors, have completely rewritten their listing. If you know all the background information on a group, skip to the Current News and June Events sections, not to roention, sections with new headings, such as the Action for the Month section created by the South African Political Prisoner Bracelets Program. Note to participants: In order to keep the CRD fresh and interesting, we ask all groups who repeat listings to tighten up their introductory sections. We encourage a strong emphasis on current news and events. We will not repeat a listing that has not been updated. Even if your group has no current event in the works you can use your space to go into greater detail on a service you provide, an issue you feel strongly about, or an action you want your readers to take. 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 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 for rapid development of complex technologies. These issues range ip scope from local to aiobal, 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 nvolvement at the local level and involvement on a broader scale, where these are clearly relevant to the interests of the Center's membership and the surrounding community. -Meeting Times and Places Meetings of Ecology Center committes and task torces, including an issues steering committee, pesticides task force, environmental education committee and others, take place at 3 to 5 week intervals. New volunteers are invited. Informal orientation meetings with a staff person prior to involvement are usually scheduled. Membership Profile The Ecology Center has over 2000 member households, mostly in the Ann Arbor area. Members include over 150 businesses and approximately 200 volunteers. Membership rates are $15 per household, $5 for seniors. Regular volunteers 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 adivrties. Sponsorships, bequests, and special contributions are welcomed. Organizatlonal Structure The Ecology Center is organized as a non-profit corporation with a board of d rectors to oversee the operations of the organization. Committees of the board (made up of community members, volunteers, and board members), citizen task forces, 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, rather than hierarchically, with major decisions of the staff being made by the consensus of the staff. AU staff receive the same rate of payfortheirwork. Committees of the Board include: a recyclingincentives 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, Francés Bunch, Leroy Cappaert, Joyce Chesbrough, and John Edgren, Board Members; and Nancy Stone, staff representativo. The Ecology Center pradices 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 2000 books, hundreds of topical files, journals 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 recycleables on every city street. Trucks piek up newspapers, glass, tin cans, aluminum, used motor oil and batteries. Cali the Ecology Center to determine your pickupday. Commercial Recycling Pickups: Special pickups may be arranged for local businesses and institutions wishing to recycle. Cali the Ecology Center for f urther nformation. Recycling Drop-Off Station: The Center also operates a drop-off station for nonresidents and those who just cani 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 comprehensivo audits to renters, homeowners, and property managers, and is available for community development contracts. Services are often free to lowncome households. Cali the Ecology Center to see if you qualify for a free home visrt. Environmental Educational Activities and Events: Presentations and slide shows are available. Annual events include: Recycle Week, Ecology Week, the Bike-AThon, and the Center's annual meeting. All of these events are open to the public. Issues Programs: Issues programs involve research, policy analysis, and lobbying. These programs are primarily carried out by volunteer members. Current project areas include: Household Toxics, Pesticides and Herbicides, Community "Right to Know" About Toxics, and the Environmental Education Outreach Program. Volunteer Opportunities: All program areas at the Ecology Center utiliza the involvement of members and the local community. Individuals interested in any aspect of the Ecology Center's work, or just simply with some extra time to lend a hand, should contact the Ecology Center. Current News The Ecology Center just completed Recycle Week, May 4-10. Several activities n that week served to promote awareness and action on recycling and other local environmental concerns. On Sunday May 4, 730 area bicyclists rode in the annual Bike-A-Thon, raising $30,000 for the non-profit Ecology Center. Prizes will be awarded on June 10 to riders turning in the highest amounts of pledges. Individuals can continue to pledge support to riders through that date, to help support the Center's environmental advocacy and education programs. Recyclers were lauded when the Commercial Recycler of the Year Award was given to University Microfilms at Eisenhower Plaza. University Microfilms was the private firm exhibiting the greatest committment to recycling. To find out how your place of work can recycle office and computer paper and other materials, cali the Ecology Center. Waste Awareness Awards were announced May 12, the disposable diaper was named the Most Wasteful Consumer Product, white the cloth diaper industry was awarded the Most Waste-Conscious Business Award. Cloth diapers can be cleaned and reused an indefinite number of times at about half the cost of disposable diapers, and they do not contribute to the solid waste burden, and the human waste is disposed of through proper sewage treatment facilities. The Most Wasteful Business Award was given to fast food chains in general, and the McDonalds "McDLT" in particular for their excessive use of packaging. Bryan Weinart, spokesperson for the Ecology Center said, "packaging overkill may sell hamburgers, but it sells out the environment." Also during Recycle Week was the 3rd Annual Tree Seedling Giveaway at the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-off Station, a Block Coördinator Get-Together for recyclers who remind their neighbors of Recycle Ann Arbor's monthly curbside pick-up service, and an open house at theScrap Box. The Scrap Box gives the community a chance to utilizo once-used materials for education and creation. Cali 994-4420 for information on the Scrap Box. To become an ongoing part of recycling and other activities at the Ecology Center, cali 761 -31 86. Coming Events On June 1, the Ecology Center will take part in the grand opening of the new Leslie Science Center.a public "educational conservation laboratory" and beautiful new park where the Ecology Center will house its education program and classrooms. The park is located at 1831 Traver Road and the opening will be held f rom 1-4 pm. Under the guidance of the Ann Arbor Department of Parks and Recreation, resident organizations at the Leslie Science Center such as the Ecology Center will join with other organizations and businesses to offer activities and displays. Musical entertainment .hourly showings of the film, "Power to Change," on the latest energy technology, inventions and displays including: the Domino's windpowered car, the Pegasus aerodynamic bicycle, and 1986 Science Fair projects. At 6:30 am, there will be a birdwalk and breakfast, and from 2-3 pm will be a workshop for all ages on "Bugs, Grubs and Larvae." Activities prepared by the Ecology Center include energy games, an acid rain education station, an erosión demonstration, and recycling activities. The public is invited to join in this Grand Opening celebrating Dr. and Mrs. Leslie's gift of land and buildings "to the children of Ann Arbor." h BPBB AIDS Action Alliance (A5) co Human Sexuality Advocates Office 3118 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 763-4186 Statement of Purpose AIDS Action Alliance (A5) is a non-profit, 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 two-fold. 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 rkjhts of people with AIDS (PWAs), ARC (AIDS-related 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 AIDS Action Alliance (A5) also hope to network with other politica! 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. Coming Events We will meet Tuesday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 17 in the Michigan Union at 7 pm. The room number will be available on a list at the main floor desk. [GAY PRIDE WEEK ■ June 21 -27 Gay Liberation co 4117 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 INFO: 763-4186 HOTLINE: 662-1977 Statement of Purpose To provide information, counseling, and related social services for 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, civil rights, etc.). Cali for information. Our organization includes U-M students, staff, 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, and Treasurer. We also do a lot of work in sub-committees: Counseling, Group Workers, Education Workers, and Civil Rights Workers. Community Services Hotline: Crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral. Education: Workshops on lesbian and gay male concerns, wilh an emphasis on how people in the helping professions and teaching professions can work positively with lesbian and gay male clients.parents and students. Speakers Bureau: Cali for information. Civil Rights: Information and referral to help people who are being discriminated against because of their actual or presumed sexual orientation or gender characteristics, lobbying for human and civil rights. Community Organization: Information and help on organizing groups, sertting goals and objectives, resolving interpersonal and group conflict. Curre nt News In June 1969patronsof the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City, fought back against members of the New York City pólice forcé who were raiding the bar. This was perhaps the f irst time in recent U.S. history that a group of gay people openly fought back against oppression. In 1970, the "Stonewall Riots" were commemorated by a Gay Pride March in 1971. In 1972, the Ann Arbor Mayor and City Council proclaimed an official "Gay Pride Week", the first such proclamation by a local, state or federal governing body in the U.S., so far as is known. Jerry DeGriek and Jim Toy wrote the 1972 Ann Arbor Pride Week Proctamation. Jerry DeGriek, together with Nancy Weenster was subsequently elected to the Ann Arbor City Council as a representative of the Human Rights Party. Jerry and Nancy officially "carne out of the closet" during their Council term. Cathy Kozachenko was later elected to Council - the first "open" homosexual person in the U.S. to be elected to public office. Since the eariy 1970s, Lesbian-Gay PrkJe Week celebrations have spread across the U.S., affording lesbians and gay men the opportunity to publicly witness to their dentity and their pride in that identity. The past year has, unfortunately, seen an increase in homophobia and discrimination, due in part to public concern and misinformation about AIDS. A recent USA Today College Poll revealed that 41% of the respondents agreed that homosexuality is immoral. A student at San Diego State University is quoted as saying, "I would guess that gays definitely feel the pressure on campus.. .being anti-gay is still alright in a way that being racist isn't." (USA Today 5158R) In the face of such intolerance, lesbians and gay men are attempting to unify their forces, under the slogan "Forward Together", chosen by the International Pride Coördinators Conference held n 1985 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Many Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti-area lesbians and gay men are planning to take part in the Michigan Lesbian-Gay Pride Parade in Detroit on Sunday June 15. June Events Local events will include a rally, parade, and celebration at Federal Plaza on Saturday June 21 , followed by a free dance at the Nectarine Ballroom; an ecumenical religious service and community picnic on Sunday, June 22; workshops Monday-Thursday evenings June 23-26; a Candlelight Walk for AIDS Thursday June 26 and an Awards Banquet Friday June 27. For detailed information, cali 763-4186. Everyone is invited to come out and share in our pride and celebratory events. GLOHRYA2 GayLesbian Organization for Human Rights YpsilantiAnn Arbor P.O. Box 7407, Liberty Station Ann Arbor, Ml 48107-7407 662-4375 GLOHRYA2S Goals 1 . Organize a commemoration of LesbianGay Pride Week each year for the YpsilantiAnn Arbor community. This commemoration will include, but not be limited to, a ParadeMarch, RallyGathering and otherfestivities. 2. Promote and encourage LesbianGay leadership in this and other organizations. 3. Attain gender, racial and economie parity in GLOHRYA's membership and activities. 4. Focus all of its energy on GayLesbian issues. 5. Coordínate its security efforts with the civil authorities. 6. Work for LesbianGay liberation through nonviolent means. 7. Be open to participation by persons of all sexual oriënt ations. GLOHRYA2's Policies This organization does not practice, promote, support, encourage or suggest verbal or physical violence, or the threat of violence; nor will this organization provide any opportunity to any individual or group to practice, promote, encourage or suggest the same, e.g. at public meetings, forums, rallies ordemonstrations. GLOHRYA2 is run by a Board of Directors in part selected by various organizations in the gay community. Membership lists, member's sexual orientation and other matters designated by the Board will be kept conf idential. June Events Thursday 19, Film, The Boys in the Band. MLB, room 4, 7:30 pm. Thursday 19, Film, Querelle. Based on a novel by Jean Genet. MLB, room 4, 9:40 pm. Saturday 21 , RallyParadeCelebration. Meet at the Federal Building, 1 pm. (see Calendar). Altemative Rally, 12-1 pm, Celebration, 1-2 pm, Detroit Together Gay Men's Chorus, 1 pm, Gentle Persuasión, 1:30 pm. GLOHRYA2 Rally, 2-3 pm: Helen Gallagher (MOHR), Perry Bullard (State Representative, District 53), Wellness Network, Inc., Jeff Epton (City Councilman, Ann Arbor), Tefl Richmond (Metropolitan Christian Church). MarchParade, 3-4 pm. The rally and maren will be broadcast by WCBN, 88.3 FM. Please bring a portable radio. Celebration, 4-5 pm. Saturday 21, Happy Hour, Nectarine Ballroom, 510 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 5 pm. Saturday 21, LesbianGay Pride Dance, Sponsored by Michigan Gay Union, 9 pm. Sunday 22, Ecumenical Service for LesbianGay Pride Week, West Park, Ann Arbor, 12:30pm. Sunday 22, LesbianGay Pride Picnic, West Park, Ann Arbor. Bring food, beer and wine. No hard alcohol. Sunday 22, Dignity Meetings at St. Mary's Chapel, 331 E. Thompson, Ann Arbor. Mass, 7 pm, Social, 8 pm. Monday 23, Workshops, Counselling Services, rooms 3116-3118, Michigan Union, Ann Arbor. Session I, 7-8:30 pm, Session II, 8:30-10 pm. Workshop topics will include: The Problem of Psychological Intimacy, The History of Homosexuality, Bisexuality from a Gay point of View, Safe Sex, Update on A.I.D.S.,How You Can Get GLOHRYA2 GayLesbian Organization for Human Rights YpsilantiAnn Arbor Involved to Help Battle A.I.D.S., Masculinity, Spirituality and Alcoholism in the Gay Community, Coming Out to Family Members, Homosexuality and the Bible, GaysLesbians Working Within the Traditional Churches, Raising LesbianGay Awareness in Our Community, Working for GayLesbian Rkjhts through the Democratie Process, LesbiansGays in Nazi Germany: What Happened?, and Our Language. For information: John Syler 572-1779 or Michaelangelo Salcedo 9951798. Tuesday 24, Workshops, 7 pm, see Monday, 23. Wednesday 25, Workshops,7 pm, see Monday, 23. Wednesday 25, Michigan Gay Union Meeting, Guild House, 802 Monroe, Ann Arbor, 9 pm. Thursday 26, Candlelight Vkjil, In MemoriamProfessor James Martin, J.D., Regents Plaza, U-M, Ann Arbor. Friday 27, First Annual LesbianGay Pride Banquet, Mr. Steak Restaurant. Featuring Mayor Ed Pierce, Craig Covey (MOHR), Awards. Cash bar, 7 pm, Dinner, 7:30 pm. Friday 27, Film, Olivia. MLB, room 4, U-M, Ann Arbor, 7:30 pm. Friday 27, Film, Word is out. MLB, room 4, U-M, Ann Arbor, 9:1 Opm. Saturday 28, Film, Kiss of the Spider Woman. MLB, room 3, U-M, Ann Arbor. Lesbian and Gay Youth Support Group Ozone House 608 North Main Street AnnArbor, Ml 48104 662-2222 Statement of Purpose The Lesbian and Gay Youth Support Group is a small group of young men and women who meet in Ozone House's General meeting Room to share with each other their experiences of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or simply unsure about their sexual dentities. Meetings include discussions of relevant topics and recreational events such as canoeing, guest speakers, a walk, or whatever else can be arranged. This group, the only one in southeast Michigan devoted to teenage gays, offers young people a supportive and confidential environment which schools and adult gay organizations have a difficult time providing. Trained Ozone House counselors facilítate the group. Meetings and Membership The Lesbian and Gay Youth Support Group is open to youth through age 20. Meetings occur once per week and generally last for two hours. For further information andor to arrange an interview, cali 662-2222 and ask forJeff orKim. Gray Panthers of Hurón Valley 1209 Island Drive #103 Ann Arbor, Ml 48I05 663-0786 Statement of Purpose To make the world a place in which the young can look forward to growing old in peace and security.To bring together all ages in working for a better lile for everyone, that should include a national health service, jobs for all who can and want to work, justice, freedom and dignity for the powerless and the oppressed. These are some among many other goals. Meeting Times and PlacesThe second Saturday of each month, September through June (no July or August meetings). Second f loor conference room, Ann Arbor Fire Station, 107 North Fifth Avenue, from 2-4pm. The public is invited to all these meetings. Membership Profile Individuals of different ages, interests, and skills, whose active social consciences impel them to work for the elimination of widespread social ills still afflicting our country and the world. Organizational Structure Planning and implementation of action and projects is the responsibility of a Steering Committee which meets twice monthly. Any member is welcome to particípate at any meeting. Two elected officers, a secretary and a treasurer, assume the tasks appropriate to those positions. The operating mode is that of the consensus process. Community Services In coalition with other community groups, we pursue actions for peace, nuclear weapons elimination, decent housing, etc, as well as support petition drives for legislative change. We also work as individuals serving through other organizations offering social services to the general public. Current News Media publicity has addressed the need for support of the Social Security program, for nursing home monitoring, for establishing a National Health Service, and for boycotting consumer goods manuf actured by nuclear weapons producing f irms. 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 manufacturers, along with divestiture of stock holdings in those firms. Which manufacturers and which products one wishes to boycott are individual decisions, but all cases also cali for 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 information, a Buyer"s Guide listing of the 30 major nuclear firms, the consumer products they turn out, and alternative sources for those products. June Events Saturday.June 14, General Meeting. Nancy Stone, staff member of the Ecology Center will speak on the Ecology Center and Community Action, a topic which should be of considerable interest to the general public, which is cordially invited. Second floor conference room, Ann Arbor Fire Station, 1 07 North Fifth Avenue, f rom 2-4pm. Meetings are suspended during July and August and will resume in August. Ozone House 608 North Main Street AnnArbor, Ml 48104 662-2222 Ozone House's primary charter is to advocate for youth. Ozone House believes n a young person's right to self-determination and therefore offers support, counseling, and information to help young people help themselves. In its commitment to youth advocacy, Ozone House recognizes the need to support families, parents and larger systems. Ozone House believes that the family has the capacity to be the best and most natural system for youth to resolve problems. It also recognizes the mportance and difficulty of parenting or of having a troubled brother or sister. Because of this, our goal is to support and advocate for all family members. Ozone House offers help to families by facilitating communication between family members as they worktoward the resolution of conflicts. We take a position with schools, local agencies, pólice, social service systems, and state and federal welfare decision-making bodies which is consistent with our advocacy philosophy. We recognize that these larger systems can have a vital impact on youth, parents and families. Ozone House's confidentiality policy creates an environment in which clients can be confortable seeking help and the support they need to help themselves. Community Services Ozone House offers the following services free of charge: 1. Crisis Counseling: 24 hour counseling by telephone forthe community at large. 2. Walk-ln and Ongoing Counseling: For runaways, youth, families, and adults with family issues. Available 1 1 am to 1 1 pm. 3. Foster Care: Short-term emergency placements. 4. Independent Living Program: Helps homeless youth find jobs, housing and acquire skills for independent living. 5. Community Education: Offers presentations to schools and community at large about isssues related to adolescence and families. 6. Support Groups: Currently offers a gaylesbian youth support group and is planning a group for teens of divorcedseparated parents. 7. Food: Emergency kitchenforyouth. 8. Referrals: Information aboutother resources. Organizational StructureMembership Ozone House is a nonprofit, collectively run organizaron. It is composed of approximately 80 members who have all completed 60 hours of training and made a six-month committment to the collective. Nine paid staff people coordínate the agency, including at least one person licensed with a Masters of Social Work who serves as a counseling consultant. Ozone House has an advisory Board of Directors. Consensus decision-making is used within the agency and all members have equal voting power. Announcements Ozone House trains new workers three times annually. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to cali for more information. Ozone House seeks temporary foster parents willing to offer emergency shelter to young people for 3-4 nights per month. Cali for details. Look for the Ozone House Facepainters at the Art Fair! Visit our booth for brochures, balloons and information. Industrial Workers of the World Southeastern Michigan General Membership Branch 42 S. Summit Ypsilanti,MI 48197 483-3478 Statement of Purpose The I.W.W. Union advocates the ownership and control of all means of production and distribution by the working class. It promotes this purpose through workplace organizing and education. Tactically it differentiates rtself from conventional unions through emphasis on direct action rather than reliance on the courts and govemment to achieve the ends of the working class. In the short run, the I.W.W. helps workers organize for increased decision-making 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. Meetings are open to observers. Membership Profile Area 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 AU 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 SecretaryTreasurer. 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-treasurer, 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 adv is e and assist anyone engaged in organizing which will promote worker control, regardless of whether the organizers ultimately desire aff iliation with the I.W.W. Current News Following a successful Mayday international conference in which progressive Unionists from around the world participated, and following local speaking engagements by representaties of the South African Allied Workers Unüon and Polish Soiidarity, we are beginning preparations for a labor history series of 6 to 10 events to begin in the Fait. The series will focus on the last 100 years of labor, primarily in the U.S. We hope to have films and speakers, including some participants in significant events which have occurred over the last 50 years. Promotion of the following boycotts continúes: Coors beer-for the racist, sexist, homophobic, anticivü liberties, and anti-unbn 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. June Events Monday 2, Informal working meeting, 4301 Michigan Union, U-M, Ann Arbor. Monday 9, Monthly general membership meeting, 4301 Michigan Union, U-M, Ann Arbor. Monday 16, 23, and 30:lnformal working meetings, 4301 Michigan Union, U-M, Ann Arbor. IMMMfflllllMM -I ■"! ■■■ A2MISTAD Construction Brigade 802 Monroe AnnArbor, MI 48104 761-7960 In April a majority of Ann Arbor voters voted for the Peace with Central America Initiative. The objective of this proposal is to créate links between the people of Ann Arbor and the people of Central America by establishing cultural exchanges and sister city relationships between Ann Arbor and Central American cities. A2MISTAD, the Ann Arbor-Managua Initiative for Soil Testing and Development, is in the process of creating just such links with Nicaragua. A2MISTAD, which is the Spanish word for friendship, is a construction brigade which will build a soil tesing laboratory on the campus of the Autonomous University of Nicaragua in the fall of 1986. By working with Nicaraguans to help build a more independent economy and a stronger agriculture, A2MISTAD hopes to créate strong and lasting ties between the people of Nicaragua and Ann Arbor. A2MISTAD is a project of the HAP-NICA (Humanitarian Akje Project for the Independent Agricultural Development of Nicaragua) organization. HAP-NICA undertakes various projects based on requests from the Autonomous University of Nicaragua and the agricultural workers' union. For example, HAP-NICA has provided funds for material aid projects, donated technical assistance, and done research and development for Nicaraguan agriculture. The latest request for a soil testing laboratory led to the creation of A2MISTAD. Many construction brigades from North America have gone to Nicaragua. However, A2MISTAD is unique in that it is part of an international effort. The Italian govemment has provided the laboratory equipment, Canadian techhnicians will train Nicaraguans in the use of the equipment, and A2MISTAD will supply the materials and labor to build the laboratory itself . The soil testing laboratory is an integral part of the move to créate a more sound agricultural base in Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan economy is agriculturally based and the land has a history of abuse through the over-use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. For this reason, soil testing is extremely important in terms of accurately gauging the amount of fertilizer a given piece of land might need, and in determining which crops can be grown most efficiently on particular plots of land. The construction of a soil testing laboratory is a move forward in the effort to develop a strong Nicaraguan agricultura. Equally important to the material contribution is A2MISTAD's desire to show solidarity with the Nicaraguan people as they attempt to implement the goals of their revolution. We expect that the planning and execution of the construction project will provide a great deal of education which we want to extend throughout the Ann Arbor community by involving as many people as possible in the undertaking. We hope that the brigade will become an action that will heighten public awareness of the nature of the Nicaraguan revolution and of current U.S. policy, which is a formidable obstacle to the achievement of Nicaragua's goals. With this brigade we propose a constructive contribution to the Nicaraguan people, to build rather than bomb, to befriend rather than subvert. Membership The A2MISTAD project requires a great deal of money and labor. Since our inceptbn in September 1985, A2MISTAD has grown from a NICA committee of three (who first met to discuss A2MISTAD at the September sit-in at Rep. Cari Pursell's office) to a separate organization of over 25 members which remains affiliated to HAP-NICA. Since our formation we have been engaged in grassroots fund-raising and outreach, as well as planning the details of the construction itself . We are still recruiting for the construction brigade. Skilled workers in carpentry, construction, plumbing and electronics are urgently needed as are health workers. The A2MISTAD recruitment committee is beginning to get in touch with union locáis in its effort to bring more skilled workers into the group. All are welcome at our Sunday night meetings in the Union at 7:30 p.m. Current News A2MISTAD's most recent focuses include fund-raising, recruitment, architectural design, and tools and materials. We are asking individuals and businesses to dónate tools and building supplies such as concrete blocks. The architectural design committee is working on the design of the laboratory. A2MISTAD members have written a grant proposal which is being sent to various foundations. We also recently collected bottles, cans and textbooks from the University of Michigan dormitories, thereby raising $1,000. Other fund-raising efforts include the showing of films and . the performance of benefit concerts. Two such concerts to look forward to this month are Mingao on June 6, and Charlie King on June 19. Mingao will be performing Latín American folk music in their last concert together as several members soon return to Argentina. Mingao's music includes both traditional and contemporary forms, and instruments, but focuses on the "new song". This movement, Nueva Canción, was bom in the 50's and 60's, and rescues the indigneous and mestizo musical styles adding issues of social A2MISTAD Construction concern to the lyrics. Music by Milton Nascimento, Rubén Blades, Silvio Rodríguez, Luis Meija-Godoy, and Atahualpa Yupanqui will be featured in the program. Proceeds from this concert will be divided between A2MISTAD and SERPAJ (Service for Peace and Justice), an organization directed by Adolfo Peres Esquivel, the 1980 Nobel Peace Lauréate. Then on June 19o1, Charlie King returns to Ann Arbor to benefit A2MISTAD. Audiences here remember him as one of the finest "topicar singers of the day in the tradition of Melvina Reynolds and Woody Guthrie. Be sure to come and support A2MISTAD in these and other upcoming fundraising everrts. Music at Dominick's, the July 19" Revolutionary Bash, Art Fair music and more are planned for July. Build friendships not warships! June Events Friday, 6, Mingao 8 p.m., The Ark, admission is $5. Some arrangements will be attempted in order to get people from the town meeting over to The Ark in time to hear Mingao. Thursday, 19, Charlie King, 8 p.m. The Ark, tickets at Schoolkids & Herb David Guitars, $5 ($6 at the door). Latin American Solidarity Committee (LASC) 4120 Michigan Union Ann Arbor Ml 48109 665-8438 Statement of Puipose LASC is a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the legitímate aspirations of Latin American peoples to selfdetermination. Our goals are to increase awareness here about contemporary realities in Latin America and the U.S. role in perpetuating these, and to pressure our government to change ts military, political, and economie poKcies toward Latin America. Meetings and Membershlp We meet every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Michigan Union. Stop at the information desk for the room tocation. Occasionaily 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 stafled - f rom 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. Organlzatlonal Structure LASC has tour main committees: Fund-raising, pubfcity, newsletter, and outreach. Most of the work gets done in these so you can get involved even f you cani make the Wednesday night meetings. There is also a steering committee of five members, eleded 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. Oifferences of opinión arise but most decisions end up being made by a consensus or something very close to it. Communlty Services LASC sponsors educational 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 subscribe rs and contains a summary of local activity, upcoming events, and some national and international news. Update on Contra Aid The Reagan Administration has once again failed in its effort to get the House of Representatives to approve funding for the contras. The Republicans attempted, unsuccessfully, to bring the issue to a vote on May 12. This is a significant victory for the movement against U.S. intervention and follows the successes of the March and April House votes in preventing Congressional approval of akj to the contras. Intense lobbying on the part of the solidarity movement, including large-scale protests and civil disobedience across the U.S., was crucial to the defeat of Reagan's funding request. Although the CIA will undoubtedly continue to provide aid for its proxy army, the cutoff of official funds from the U.S. government tends to damage the contras' morale and ability to continue the war. However, the battle against contra aid is not over. it is now scheduled for a House vote the week of June 9th. The national Pledge of Resistance has called for mass protest, including civil disobedience, the day after the House approves any aid. To keep nformed about local actions as the vote draws near, cali the LASC office at 665-8438. Our protests can help save lives in Central America. June Events Friday, June 6: There will be a town meeting on U.S. policy in Central America, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from this area of Michigan have been invited. As this issue of Agenda goes to press, Rep. John Conyers has agreed to attend. Cari Pursell has been invited but we are still waiting to hear from him. Will he show up? Pursell has promised to hold a public forum on this issue, but so far he seems unwilling to publicly defend his record of voting to fund terrorism in Central America. Monday, June 23: The Ann Arbor Sister City Task Forcé will hold a public hearing on El Salvador at 8 p.m., in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The keynote speaker will be Christina Courtright, director of Medical Aid for El Salvador. She has recently retumed from a visit to the liberated zones in El Salvador and will speak on medical care in that country. This is the first in a series of educational forums that will be held this summer on each of the five countries of Central America. Nicaragua Medical Aid Project (NMAP) 2007 Washtenaw . Ann Arbor, MI 48104 764-7442 or 769-1442 Statement of Puipose In January, 1984 a group of Ann Arbor people formed the Nicaragua Medical Aid Project to support the Nicaraguan governmenf 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 have occurred, especiaily for the 90% of the population which, under Somoza, received oniy 10% of the health services. Nicaragua's efforts have been commended by the World Health Organizaron and UNICEF as a "model for primary health care in other Third 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 torced the withdrawal of all foreign health workers from the border. Contras destroyed 41 ■ newly built rural house centers and a warehouse containing over a müBon 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 akJ. U.S. citizens who truly desire to benefit the Nicaraguan people must not only provide material support, but ateo work to reverse our govemment's policies which undermine the health and viólate the human rights of Nicaragua's people. Meetings and Membershlp Our meetings are infoanal. Meetings are smalt, hek) in homes. Work focuses on activities outside meetings. We get help from other organizations on specific projects. Cali NMAP tor times and places. NMAPs membership te made up of public health and health care professionals, students, and concerned community people. Membership in NMAP ($20year regular, $10 kw income) includes subscription to LINKS, a national 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 oost 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, and supplying repair parts 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 akJ groups across the United States, participating in attempts to stop U.S. aggression against Nicaragua such as Ann Arbofs ballot Proposal A for Peace in Central America. To host a speakerslkJe presentation in your home, classroom, place of worship, club, etc., cali Rev. Roben Hauert at 764-7442. Recent Actlvtty A large truck jammed with valuable medical equipment and supplies from Michigan left Ann Arbor on April 26th. The next day in Milwaukee it was joined by similariy laden trucks from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The Midwestern Medical Aid Caravan to Nicaragua had aimed to fill a 20-ton land-sea shipping container, but Nicaragua Medical Aid Project (NMAP) when everything from the converging trucks was unloaded and the container filled, there was suff icient material to f II a second container. A wide range of medical and surgical supplies was included - everything from pharmaceuticals and laboratory glassware to kidney dialysis machines, bedside emergency monitoring units, wheelchairs, and examining tables. More than $11,000 was collected to pay for the expensive transport. Current News and Plans Until the Caravan, Ann Arbor had the only organized medical aid effort for Nicaragua n Michigan. The Caravan, though, received money andor material aid from eight other Michigan communities - Detroit, Flint, Adrián, Hillsdale, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Brighton, and Grand Rapids. Ann Arbor NMAP is now organizing a follow-up meeting of representatives from participating groups. The level of interest and activity generated by the Caravan was such that it is likely that a statewide effort to continue to supply medical aid to Nicaragua (and perhaps El Salvador) can be sustained. At the same time, the gathering of material aid will broaden the base of Central American support in Michigan. It is well known that, in poll after poll, American public opinión has been strongly opposed to Reagan policy in Central America. However, that opposition s largely not organized and activist. A strongly organized community like ours can link up with people throughout Michigan who are beginning to take action on their opposition to Reagan's policies. Our experience with the Caravan indicates that material aid campaigns are effective in helping such people to make a first step toward greater involvement. Agenda readers can put their friends in other communities in touch with NMAP. Ann Arbor NMAP plans to work with the new Central America Sister City Task Forcé. Health workers and people interested in health issues shoukJ contad the Task Forcé or NMAP. Ann Arbor Central America Sister City Task Force co Citv Clerk, Citv Hall 100NorthFifthAve. Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 Purpose Ann Arbor's Central America Sister City Task Force came into being through the passage of Proposal A, an ordinance establishing local initiatives for peace n Central America. By a vote of 61 .5% to 38.5%, Ann Arbor voters expressed overwhelming support for peaceful initiatives in Central America, opposing U.S. military policies in the región. The proposal created the Sister City Task Force to establish sister city relationships with cites in Central America, to continue the community education effort begun by the campaign to pass Proposal A in an effort to increase public understanding of conditions in the región and of the U.S. role there, and to work with community groups to facilítate educational and cultural exchanges, as well as encourage material aid assistance to the war torn communities of Central America. Meetings and Membership The Task Force has seven official and four ex-officio members, appointed by City Council. But participation doesn't stop there. All nterested persons are encouraged to join the work of the Task Force and to fully particípate in its meetings and deliberations. The members appointed by Council are: Jane Pogson, a Spanish teacher in the Ann Arbor Public Schools; Gregory Fox, a free lance photographer; Jim Burchell, an aide to State Representative Perry Bullard; Thea Lee, a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Michigan and LASC activist; Robert Wallace, senior minister of the First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, which has recently established a sister church relationship with a Nicaraguan congregation; Kim Kratz, the canvass director for SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Future; and Isaac JacobinCampbell, the chair of Ann Arbor's Hospitality Committee. Ex-officio members of the Task Force are: LeRoy Cappaert and Benita Kaimowitz, cochairs of the Coalition for Peace in Central America which organized the campaign for Proposal A; Jeff Epton, Third Ward Council member; and Winifred Northcross, Ann Arbor's City Clerk. If you would like to work with the Task Force or be kept informed about its work, please write to the above address. When writing please provide the following information: name, address, phones (home andor work), occupation, skills (language, organizing, writing, graphics, etc). Also please indícate whether you want to be kept informed about the Task Force's work, whether you want to work with the Task Force, what types of work or projects you would like to undertake, what you would like the Task Force to work on, and any comments you would like to share. We ask for this nformation so we can better involve you in specific projects or cali upon you when a specific need arises, such as the need for a translatororwriter. The Task Force will initially meet every Thursday at 7:30 pm. Every effort will be made to meet in the second floor conference room in the Fire Station, across from City Hall, 111 North Main. Sometimes, however, we are unable to secure the conference room. Look in the calendar section of Agenda or the community calendar of the Ann Arbor News, or listen to WUOM for the exact time and place for our weekly meetings. Cali Jim Burchell at 7695051 as a last resort. Organizational Structured As mention-ed above, all interested persons are invited to work with the Task Force. At press time we have not arrived at a formal structure, but we anticípate that we will try to organize around interest areas such as education, health, labor, women, arts and culture, and religión by establishing project areas or committees to focus on such topics. We have a great deal of work ahead of us. We will need the help of many people to achieve our goals. Current News As of press time the Task Force has only met once formally, so we are just getting organized. To begin the process of selecting sister cities, we plan to hold a series of public forums centered on particular countries in the región and issues associated with those countries. At the forums, the Task Force will hear from invited speakers knowledgeable about the country and issue, as well as from the general public who may have ideas about how we should approach selecting a sister city in a particular country. We have set a tentative timetable for the first of those forums on Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala in June and July. Forums on Costa Rica and Honduras will take place later in the summer. Several members of the Task Force were fortúnate to receive a briefing on May 15 from Father José Alas, a Salvadoran priest who has worked extensively with Christian communities throughout Central America. He suggested a few communities " as possible sister cities, and offered to help estabish contacts with people within those communities. We will have lots to report in the next issue of Agenda. Coming Events May 29, 7:30 PM -- Task Force meeting, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Fire Station, 1 1 1 North 5th Ave. June 5, 7:30 PM -- Task Force meeting, place to be determined. Week of June 9 -- 15, Task Force forum on Nicaragua. Exact date, time, and place to be announced. June 12, 7:30 PM -- Task Force meeting, place to be announced. June 19, 7:30 PM -- Task Force meeting, 2nd Floor ► Conference Room, Fire Station, 1 1 1 N. 5th Ave. June 23, 7:30 PM -- Task Force forum on El Salvador, Michigan Union Ballroom. Speakers to be announced June 26, 7:30 PM -- Task Force meeting, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Fire Station, 111 N. 5th Ave. Don't forget! The deadline for inclusión in the CRD is the 19th. New Dimensions Study Group P.O. Box 2664 AnnArbor, Ml 48106 971-0881 The New Dimensions Study Group is an informal body whose aim is to disseminate information to people seeking deeper meaning in their lives. Towards that end, it sponsors bi-weekly lectures, discussions, and mini-workshops on subjects as diverse as Vipassana meditation on the one hand and the relationship between quantum physics and consciousness on the other. The group organized in June of 1983 around a group of regular listeners to a San Francisco-based public radio program called New Dimensions that covers the same broad range of growth-oriented subjects. Today the group relies heavily for rts program material on the wealth of local people active in these subject áreas, and has even given rise to more tightly focused groups for people whose interests have become clearer to them. The group now meets at the Yoga Center of Ann Arbor on altérnate Wednesdays at 8:00 pm. lts meetings are open to all interested parlies and are free, although small donations are welcome to help defray the nominal cost of the meeting space. June Events Wednesday, June 1 1 : "Experiencing the Holographic Paradigm." Trained both as a physician and a philosopher, Dr. Stephen Modell will speak on the most recent scientific thinking, which suggests that the universe has the properties of a hologram rather than a machine and the insights of such great mystical philosophers as Emanuel Swedenborg. Wednesday, June 25 : "Yoga Masters and Yoga Paths." Longtime yoga student and New Dimensions coördinator Gary Logan introduces and moderates a discussion aimed at revealing the unity that underlies the multiplicity ofYogic traditions and nractices. Greenpeace 400 W. Washington AnnArbor, MI 48103 761-1996 Statement of Philosophy, Policies and Goals Originally founded in Canada in 1971 to oppose U.S. nuclear testing at Amchitka Island in Alaska, Greenpeace is now a global network extending across 15 nations. We are ecologists actively working to protect a fragüe world. Ecology teaches us that all forms of lite are interconnected and interdependent and that we need to respect the -diversity of life as we respect ourselves. For that reason we are involved in a variety of environmental campaigns: curbing the use of toxic Chemicals, halting the dumping of nuclear and other toxic substances, stopping the whale and seal slaughters, challenging the nuclear powers to stop testing as a step to ending the arms race, supporting the people of the Pacific in their efforts to keep their islands nuclear free, seeding to make Antartica a world preserve. We have seen that life can be preserved by nonviolent confrontations-what the Quakers cali "Bearing Witness." A person who "bears witness" accepts responsibility for being aware of an injustice. The Greenpeace ethic is not only to bear witness, but also to take action to stop atrocities against life - direct nonviolent action. We commit our ships, our creativity, our voices, our act ons and uit mate ly our lives for the protection of all species of the earth. The main purpose of such tactics is to draw the attention of the world to the source of critical environmental threats. This has shown to be an effective way to edúcate and motívate, as is illustrated in our campaigns to save the whales and seals, which have resulted in dramatic declines in annual kills. We hope that our growing efforts to focus on the production and use of deadly toxic Chemicals and on the manufacture of nuclear weapons will bring similar positive results. While direct action is Greenpeace's best known tactic, it is but one approach we have. Greenpeace investigators also document scientific, financial and political roots of environmental problems. We prepare carefully researched briefs, which we present to the courts, the press, governments and the world, to support our cases for major changes in public and private policy. We see ourselves as educators whether the forum is a United Nations conference, townhall meeting or a schoolroom. We publish papers and articles, produce films, videotapes and slideshows in an effort to disseminate critical information to the public. Greenpeace also operates a citizen outreach program to edúcate and bring awareness to individuals in a more personal nature. Greenpeace is expanding this program nationwide which has led to the opening of a Greenpeace office here in Ann Arbor. Membership Profile Greenpeace has grown from a group of eight people in Vancouver, Canada in 1970, to one of the largest and best known environmental organizations in the world. Currently it consists of almost a half million members internationally. Today Greenpeace is almost synonymous with environmental action. Greenpeace s a grass roots organization whose members come from all walks of lite, but who share one which is a deep concern for our environment and the future of our planet. Organizational Structure Greenpeace is incorporated as a nonprofit charitable organization. The Ann Arbor Greenpeace office is a satellite office of Greenpeace Great lakes with headquarters in Chicago. Ann Arbor is primarily a citizen outreachfundraising office to créate community support for future campaign work here in the Great Lakes área. The office is headed by a Director and Assistant Director who coordínate the activites of the canvass staff . Current Events We are looking forward to a successful summer Great Lakes Campaign working to stop the direct discharge of toxic waste and preserve the Great Lakes, which is the largest fresh water system in the world, as the great and beautiful natural resource that it has been for thousands of years. This área has become a high priority of Greenpeace and we are becoming more involved in the preservation of these Great Lakes and will continue to be until we elimínate the toxic dumping that is threatening the life of all species which inhabit the Great Lakes area. We are also very proud of our recent nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize--the first organization to receive that honor, all others have been individuals. We have just arrived in Ann Arbor and are in the process of hiring and training new staff members. Please give us a cali. We can always use more committed people. New Democratie Movement, Ann Arbor Chapter P.O. Box 3527 Ann Arbor, Ml 48106 996-8408 ' There is hope. From racial and sexual njustice in Ann Arbor and Detroit, the decay of America's industry, the militarization of our universities and of outer space, to rampant interventionism and a suicidal arms race, everything seems overwhelming. Single issue movements, coalition politics, electoral politics as usual, and purely oppositional third parties have proven bankrupt. We need to forge a new kind of organization which can forge a comprehensive alternative to the quagmire we are in, and which can deliver on its promises. We need a new democratie movement. The New Democratie Movement is a nationwide alliance of committed women and men of many races and nationalities. We are native and foreign-bom, old and young, gay and straight, from a variety of economie backgrounds. Throughout the country we are uniting owners, managers, and professionals with workers, students, and the unemployed, and forging cooperation among people from large cities, small towns, and the farming heartlands of America. We have come together after years of activism in many movements and many organizations. We have diverse backgrounds and ideologies, but we share a common visión of a renewed America and a just and peaceable world. We are committed to a visión of a new society, post-industrial in its technology and management, respectful of human life and the earth, empowering in its social and political life. Our view of this revolution is comprehensive and broad in scope. No one staiggle or tactic alone can achieve the large-scale transformation of society that we seek. What makes NDM different is our unity on program and strong commitment to planning. We do not advocate abstract ideological goals which cut us off from acting effectively, nor are we united only by a set of vague deals and hopes. We are developing a coherent, concrete program to transform American society from the ground up in a democratie and humane manner, built on a strong, sensible, and achievable economie basis. While our members work in many areas and careers, we work with each other to coordínate these into serious plans for making the changeswe need. Our unity is practical. Stagnation or Liberation? America today is caught between the breathtaking potential of an advanced post-industrial economy and the sad reality of a declining industrial economy. We are at the threshold of a post-industrial society in which revolutionary changes in productivity and information New Democratie Movement, Ann Arbor Chapter technology coukJ free human energies from stupefying boredom and back-breaking drudgery. Despite this, we are saddled with an economie structure which is locked into an endless cycle of crisis. Downward mobility is the rule with blacks, Hispanic-Americans, women, children, and the aged hit hardest. Ninety percent of so-called yuppies, in fact, have a lower standard of living than their parents. Structural unemployment has laid waste a generation of young people and subverted the hope of the American family for a secure, rewarding job and a home. The land, air, and water are slowly being poisoned. The threat of foreign intervention and nuclearwar is constantly with us. Meanwhile a handful of giant firms reap record profits on mergers and military boondoggles while providing few useful products or services. The enormous amounts of capital needed to build a humane post-industrial economy are misused by a few powerful financial institutions that manipúlate our country's wealth to enrich themselves at the expense of the majority. The economie transformation is further crippled by the huge debt structure built up by rresponsible leaders. The NDM is committed to overcoming these obstacles to human progress. We are building the political and economie muscle to transform American society by constructive public-private cooperation, and building a more generous and fully democratie post-industrial America at peace with the world. Building local power. We believe that the best way to show that can be accomplished now is to organize people to take control of their own communities, building working alternative models at the local level. These can then become a base for democratizing America at the state and national levéis. We share our visión through local example and national coordination to transform our country. In Ann Arbor our plan for coordinated work in the city and at the University of Michigan is just taking shape. Working out a plan and implementing it requires your help. We are involved in: 1 . Local electoral campaigns that a year ago succeeded in electing a progressive Democratie majority. 2. Building a coalition around a rational economie development plan which will chart out longterm, comprehensive, human-scale, and ecologically sound alternatives for public and private development. NDM members helped to lead a successful struggle against the destructive Huron Plaza convention center and put planning back on the city council's agenda. Other NDM members serve on the Community Development Corporation (CDC) promoting minority and woman-owned businesses. 3. Promoting decent affordable housing. NDM members are organizing a large rent strike at a big, IImaintained development and are working with the Tenants Union and on city commissions to make lowcost housing available. We are also helping to organize a single-room occupancy residence for lowincome people on the west side. 4. Working for nuclear disarmament and nonintervention through churches, peace groups, and solidarity organizations. Our members have been instrumental in the campaign to make Ann Arbor a Nuclear Free Zone, in the non-violent resistance to cruise missile production at the nearby Williams plant, in school board elections that challenged the tax breaks given to a local military contractor and resulted in the transfer of $125,000 to the public school system. 5. On campus NDM members helped to organize the Green Bike Project, the Freedom Charter, and have fought against the proposed Student Code of Academie Conduct. With your help these activities can be expanded and integrated into an overall plan to return Ann Arbor to the control of the community in which locally owned businesses, workers, and university members can shape affairs to our own human needs. Expanding inwards and outwards. The rule of "profit before people" deforms American culture as well. We must move beyond an elitist conception of artists which restricts those who can créate and particípate in making culture and which prevents fair access to the systems which disseminate culture. The NDM struggles for cultural democracy and freedom of expression for all people. To change America we must also change ourselves. The spiritual, cultural, and artistic dimensions of our lives are normally considered beyond politics, but these are a means of change as well as an end in themselves. To be practical, politics must be spiritual. We need to expand outwards to develop new skills and techniques, new forms of expression, new approaches to problems, and new ways of relating to others. We also need to expand inwards to a deeper self-knowledge, to inner sources of strength and creative energy, to a communion with nature, to greater capacities for perseverance, self-discipline, humility, and love. Finally, we need to fuse the inward and the outward to build peace; to be at peace with ourselves we must build peace on earth. To combine personal growth with the larger direction of national movements, NDM has a flexible policy which combines national networking with individual plans and needs. We are involved in a wide range of work in Ann Arbor and 60 cities nationwide, so that members can pursue personal careers without losing the continuity with the national movement and the values it embodies. To join NDM or find out more, contact us at our P. O. Box or at the phone number given above. NDM's national monthly magazine The New Democrat brings you forward-looking, insightful political analysis and perspectives on people's movements f rom around the country. Subscriptions are $18 a year or f ree with membership in NDM. Write:Subscriptions, The New Democrat, P. O. Box 400240, Brooklyn, NY 11240. The Ann Arbor Chapters bimonthly newsletter Work in Progress is available f ree from our local address. 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 morally opposed to war to have the military portion of their taxes allocated to peacemaking), 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, Wesley Foundation, 602 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. AAWTD is affiliated with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and with the National Campakjn 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, information hotlines (contact appropriate number listed below), and Taxes for Peace (a slide show). For information, contact: Mary Lou Kerwin at 662-2838 for general information about AAWTD. David Bassett at 662-1373 about the U.S. ' Peace TaxFundbill. Fran Elliot at 663-2655 about wartax resistance. Current News and Events No regular meeting of the Ann Arbor War Tax DisskJents for June. Preparatory activities for information booth at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair July 23-26. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booth. Coalition for Arms Control - 2nd District 1015 Church Street #5 Arm 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 Representaties 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 co-sponsor 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, Washington, 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 310 S. Ashley. If your organization is interest ed in joining the Coalition, please cali 6634897 or send a representative to the next Coalition meeting on Saturday, June 28, 9:30 am, at 310 S. Ashley. 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: EventsPublicity and Computerization . Coalition for Arms Control - 2nd District Membershlp Prof Ie 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. Coming Events On Saturday, June 14 Dr. Benjamin Spock, pediatrician and author of many child-rearing books, will speak on "A Parent's Responsibility in the Nuclear Age" at 8 pm at the Power Center, U-M, Ann Arbor. Dr. Spock will be introduced by David Courtright, Executive Director of SANE, a national arms-control lobbying group. Dr. Spock's presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation is sponsored by the Coalition and the U-M Human Genetics Department. The presentation will be followed by a reception which will be a fundraiser for the Coalition for Arms Control. Tickets for the reception are $25 and $10 (for Seniors, students and low-income folks.) To purchase tickets in advance or to sell some tickets to friends, cali 663-3913. Michigan Alliance for Disarmament 410 West Washington AnnArbor, Ml 48103 995-9871 Peace begins at home. How can we make a brighter future, free from the shadow of nuclear war? Our govemment, in forty years, has shown no interest in anything but escalation to ever-higher levéis. It is we who must make peace and force our government to end the arms race. The responsibility is not in Washington. We must come together and organize here in our own communities. Peace begins at home. The arms race is not an isolated problem, independent of politics. It is linked at every level to systematic militarism and social oppression. Like foreign intervention, nuclear weapons maintain the power of a handful of vested interests at the expense of the rest of us. The arms race cannot be reversed, nor interventionism ended, without addressing the basic issues of exploitation of women, minorities, working people, and other countries. These are what drive the arms race forward. There can be no peace without justice. Who we are. MAD is a membership organization based in Ann Arbor that promotes community education and organizes action for peace and social justice by making the connections between nuclear war, militarism, and social oppression. Our membership of 350 plus includes people of all points of view who agree that peace begins at home: community residents as well as university students, staff, and faculty; scientists, engineers, and artists; working and unemployed people; women and men; blacks and whites. We are a membership organization from a deep conviction that popular organization is necessary to build a more just and peaceful world. Membership is $10 a year, $5 for low-income, and waKable on explicit request. Rather than being exclusively concemed with community or university issues, we try to bridge the town-gown gap. The militarism in our community, as in our nation, neither stops nor starts at State Street. Just so, the struggle for peace and justice must cross all lines and link together the university and the community. There is no one road to achieve our goals. We use all available means to build peace and créate justice, from electoral politics to nonviolent civil disobedience. Some MAD members run for office or work on campaigns, others sit-in at war contractors or congressional offices. Our members organize concerts and ballot initiatives, give speeches and money, network on computers and among their neighbors and co-workers. Whatever you do for peace and justice, there is a place for it in MAD. MAD is the Ann Arbor Chapter of the national group, Mobilization for Survival, based in New York, that has hundreds of chapters around the country. What we do. MAD is an action-oriented group committed to more than talking among ourselves. But action takes many forms. Ours includes: 1. Ballot initiatives such as the Nuclear Free Zone Campaign, a 1984 effort to ban nuclear weapons research in the city of Ann Arbor. This initiative was defeated at the polls but won over 16,000 votes, frightened away several war contractors from tocating in Ann Arbor, and raised debate on nuclear policy throughout the city. 2. The Connection. a monthly journal of debate and analysis which reaches thousands of people in Ann Arbor. Each 20-page issue addresses one of the many deadly connections that link militarism and exploitation, or one of the human connections that bind us together, in work for a better world. Recent issues have discussed Nuclear Colonialism, Science and the Arms Race, the Phillipines Crisis, and Human Rights and Peace. Subscriptions are $5 or free with MAD membership. 3. The Covenant for a Nuclear Free World, an ongoing campaign to boycott the consumer products of the top thirty nuclear weapons manufacturers, exposing the depth of penetration of the militaryindustrial complex in our economy. Together with the national group, Nuclear Free America, we are working to make this a national campaign. 4. An educational Star Wars campaign to train speakers in the basic issues around Reagan's lethal Strategie Defense Initiative and arrange talks on this at schools, churches, clubs, dormitories, and other places to which the debate must be extended. 5. A computer networking campaign to promote debate around the arms race, intervention, and social oppression through the use of new technotogies. 6. Organizing demonstratiohs at Williams International, the cruise missile engine manufacturer in Walled Lake (40 minutes north of Ann Arbor), and supporting legal defense of our right to demónstrate. Civil disobedence at Williams has attracted national media attention. 7. Concerts by peace-ohented musicians such as the Maryland group, Lifeline. Meetings. Most of our work is done through committees which meet weekly or biweekly. All committees need volunteers. 1. The Steering Committee meets every other Monday at the MAD office: In June on the 2nd, 16th, and 30th. This is a good place to come to get an overview of MAD's activities. 2. The Connection committee meets every Wednesday at the MAD office to plan, edit, and produce the journal. 3. For the meeting dates and times of the Membership, Invest in Peace, and Star Wars Campaign Committees, cali 995-5871 and leave a message. We will get back to you. Through the school year (fall, winter, and spring) MAD holds monthly educational meetings in the Michigan Union that are announced here in Agenda, in The Connection. and in the local media. SANE National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy 1416 Hill Street AnnArbor, MI 48104 663-3913 Statement of Goals and Policies SAN E's goals are the reversal of the nuclear arms race and conversión f rom 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 consideraron of independent national initiatiyes to reduce tensions and lower nuclear arms stockpiles. Meeting Time and Places The Ann Arbor SANE office is 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 membervoiunteers. The staff size varíes from a low of about 15 to as many as 30, depending on the time of year, politica) 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 ahvays 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 Proflle 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 in 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. T.hey are representative of the great diversity of American society-rich and poor, people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, politically conservative and radical, f rom high school students to great-great-grandmothers, from navy admiráis and congressional leaders to pacifists and homemakers. That's the key to SAN E'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 SANE National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy staff. The Ann Arbor office has four committees or task forces devoted to membership development, polítical or electoral action, fundraising and field operations. Through the work of these committees, we keep our members informed 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 SANE is continuing to work with the Coalition for Peace in Central America. Kim Kratz, the Canvass Director, is a member of the Sister City Task Force. The Plymouth Rapid Response Network is being expanded and geared up for future grassroots lobbying of Cari Pursell. The Canvass has started to work in Toledo, Ohio for the ftrst time in order to firm up support for incumbent Representative Marcy Kaptur, who has been endorsed by the SANE Political Action Committee. We are also working in conjunction with Northwest Ohio Freeze to gather signatures in favor of an end to nuclear warhead testing. The petitions will be presented to the Toledo City Council before they vote on a resolution encouraging the Federal Government to resume negotiations on the Bilateral Comprehensive Test BanTreaty. Coming Events and Activities The big eventin June is Benjamin Spock speaking at the Power Center on the 14th at 8 pm (see article elsewhere in this issue). There will be a dinner with Dr. Spock and National SANE Executive Director, David Cortright, before the talk and a reception afterwards to raise funds. Don't forget to mark your calendars! We also need volunteers for phonebanking before upcoming votes on Star Wars, Contra Aid, and legislation that would cut all funding for nuclear warhead testing. Please contact the office if you can help. The Canvass will be making trips to Alpina and Traverse City in June to organize SANE chapters in Northern Michigan. World Hunger EducationAction Committee (WHE-AC) 4202 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 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, politica!, economie, and environmental forces that both créate and promote world hunger. We advocate self-determination and long-term 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 is nonhierarchical. 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. Current News WHEAC member Sandra Steingraber has recently returned from a ten week tour of Sudan where she recorded oral histories of Oromo refugees who have fled Ethiopia. She went at the request of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA), a grassroots humanitarian organization established to assist Oromos displaced inside their own country and those who seek refuge in other countries. The Oromo people are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, estimated at 20 million. The Oromos face severe government oppression - their language has been banned, their churches closed down, and their land expropriated. This oppression has produced several million refugees in bordering countries. Ms. Steingraber is currently writing articles for publication and preparing presentations on her observations. She will be WHEAC's liason to ORA. For information on upcoming presentations contact WHEAC. Upcoming Events WHE-AC is currently working on Oxfam America's Tools for Peace and Justice in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean Campaign. Oxfam America is an international agency that funds self-help development projects in poor countries in África, Asia and Latin America and also distributes educational materials for Americans on the issues of development and hunger. Oxfam America is a nonsectarian, nonprofit agency, which neither seeks nor accepts U.S. government assistance. Through the Tools for Peace and Justice campaign, Oxfam America sponsors dozens of rural projects that renew and support food production and meet essential health survival needs. As in all Oxfam projects around the globe, the emphasis is on selfreliance: empowering local people to stand on their own. Cash crops like coffee, cotton and tobáceo have crowded out basic foods. In recent years, however, food problems have been magnified to crisis proportions by the unrelenting militarization of the región. The wars and violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua have forced huge numbers of rural families to flee their lands; those who stay behind endure the constant threat of attack. Tools for Peace and Justice reaches the people with the greatest needs: women farm workers in Nicaragua, Guatemalan weavers in a highlands cooperativo, and heatth care volunteers in El Salvador. All receive tools, seeds, resources, and training.Tools for Peace and Justice enlists the aid of U.S . individuals in the most important struggle of Central America: the fight forfood security. Once again WHEAC, along with other community members, is organizing the campaign in the Ann Arbor area. Our Monday meetings will be followed by informal discussions on development issues in Central America and the Eastem Caribbean. Saturday mornings we will have a literature table at the Farmer's Market. We are currently planning several events for June. We will conclude the campaign with a benefit dance party at the end of June. Watch for more details. Please contact WHEAC f you would like to be involved. June Events Monday 2, Oxfam America's Tools for Peace and Justice Campaign Meeting: WHEAC.7 pm, room 4202 Michigan Union, U-M, Ann Arbor. Monday 9, Oxfam America's Tools for Peace and Justice Campaign Meeting: WHEAC, (see June 2.) Monday16, Oxfam America's Tools for Peace and Justice Campaign Meeting: WHEAC (see June 2.) Wednesday 18, Bucket Drive: WHEAC, Citywide bucket drive for Oxfam America's Tools for ' Peace and Justice in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean Campaign. Thursday 19, Bucket Drive: WHEAC, (see June 18.) Interfaith Council for Peace 604 E. Huron Arm 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 non-profit 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 n 1965 by a small group of area clergy and lay persons, Interfaith Council for Peace focused on protesting U.S. nvolvement in the Vietnam War. Over the past twenty years, Interfaith's work has expanded to address justice concerns related to hunger and agricultura 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 Forcé: Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 pm in the Pine Room of First United Methodist Church (corner of State and Huron). Agenda for this meeting includes discussion of hunger awareness in the public schools and planning for the 12th Annual Hunger Walk. Land, Food, and Justice Committee: Wednesday, June 1 1 , 7:30 pm in the Pine Room of First United Methodist Church. Meeting will focus on planning the Third Annual Farm Tour. The Zen Lotus Society Zen Buddhist Temple Ann Arbor 1214 Packard Road Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 761-6520 Planners make canals, archers snoot arrows, craftsmen fashfon woodwork, the wise man molds himself . -The Dhammapada More than 2,500 years ago the Buddha attempted to turn human beings toward a clearer R knowledge of their own constitution and psychological capacities. In the Buddha's view, human destiny was not determined by some omniscient Divinity existing well outside the confines of an "evil" world. Instead it lay within each individual's power to affect; a power achieved by understanding and, above all, by practice translated in terms of personal willingness, will and effort. Ri irtrihism. A Wav nf I if b and Thouaht by N.W. Ross The Zen Lotus Society is comprised of Zen Buddhist Temples in Ann Arbor and in Toronto with affiliate groups in London, Ontario and Mexico. To make the Buddha's teachings of compassion and wisdom available, to encourage a spiritual culture, and to provide service, the Society offers instruction in Zen practice, meditation retreats, training for priests, Dharma teachers, lay Buddhists and Zen artists, and Zen community living. i. The Society is under the guidance of Venerable Samu Sunim, a Zen Master from Korea who has been teaching in the United States and Canada for almost twenty years. Sunim is assisted at each temple by priests, Dharma teachers and senior students. At present there are three full-time adult residents and two children who live at Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor. The residents, with assistance from lay members, keep up a regular schedule of meditation practice and do temple renovation, upkeep, and gardening. Peoples Gardening is aff iliated with the temple. Through the regular spiritual practices of meditation, chanting, prostrations, manual work, and mindfulness at the temple and at home, we learn to lead simple, gentle and ordinary everyday lives. Practicing mindfulness we become peaceful and can help. Members and their families and friends of the temple come together at the turn of each season for a Sangha meeting. The Board of Directors meet, a service is held, a talk is given, and then follows an eveningget together. Wedding ceremonies and funeral services are performed at the temple and a Liberation of Life Ceremony, n keeping with the first Buddhist Precept "Not to harm, but cherish all life," takes place annually. Groups from religión classes in the area and from other spiritual groups often visit the temple for first-hand experience with Zen Buddhist practice. Temple members are available to give talks. Visitors and practitioners from other Buddhist groups are welcome. Programs A Buddhist Service from 4:45 - 7 pm on Sundays is open to the public. Guidance is provided for newcomers. On Sunday morning there is a service for Korean members. The temple schedules regular introductory talks on Zen Buddhist, usually at 7 pm on the first Saturday of each month. Beginners Weekends and a weekly beginner's course (six Thursdays) is offered to provide nstruction in the basics of Zen Meditation and practice. Regular Meditation for members s conducted during the week and several times a year weekend retreats are held. Five day special intensive retreats called Yongmaeng Chongjins (sesshins) are conducted by Samu Sunim tor experienced students twice a year. Each year f rom June 1 5th to August 15th he provides a special summer training program where participants gather from across the country for spiritual practice and guidance. The temple provides visitóos retreats lasting up to three months for those who wish to experience spiritual lif e fully. The programs of the Buddhist Institute of Canada in Toronto which is part of the Zen Lotus Society , are open to all interested. Spring Wind. Buddhist Cultural Forum, a nonsectarian quarterly journal is published by the Society and is available at the temple, Shaman Drum Bookstore, Crazy Wisdom Books, Borders and the Packard Co-op. The upcoming issue is Women and Buddhism. June Events June 7, Introductory talk on North American Zen Buddhism, 7 pm. June 15, Liberation of Life Ceremony, Formal Opening of Summer Training program. June 27-29, Beginners Weekend Workshop on Zen Meditation and Practice. June 28, Evening of Chanting and Dharma Talk by Ven. Samu Sunim, 7 pm. July, Conference on Zen Buddhism in North America. Evening lectures on Buddhism, Zen Calligraphy Exhibition. The temple is a nonprofit religious organization which is supported by the earnings of residents, donations from members and supporters, and earnings from classes, retreats and special events and projects. Inquines are welcome. New World Agriculture Group (NWAG) 4096 Natural Science Building University of Michigan AnnArbor, Ml 48109 764-1446 The New World Agriculture Group (NWAG, pronounced New Ag ) consists of ecologists, entomologists, soil scientists, rural sociologists, agricultural economists, and others with nterests in agriculture, who are dedicated to assist in finding alternatives to contemporary agricultural production that are neither socially nor ecologically destructive. For example, NWAG scientists have been attracted to the age oíd practice of intercropping, planting two or more crops in the same field, because it offers environmental, economie, and social advantages. NWAG researchere have identified several ways in which intercropping might reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, thereby minimizing the negative effects agriculture has on the environment: 1) Introducing a second erop in the place of half the original erop may increase the availability of soil nutrients and sunlight for both crops, provided the two plant types use these resources at different times n the season or n different amounts. 2) Legumes such as beans, which can extract nitrogen from the atmosphere, may be able to provide nonlegumes such as com with additional nitrogen. 3) Growing more than one erop in a field may make 'rt more difficult for insect pests which are attracted to only one of the crops to lócate and lay eggs on the appropriate plant type. 4) Growing more than one erop in the same field may slow the spread of plant diseases. 5) Intercropping with certain plants may help to attract beneficial insects which feed on harmful insects. Working at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, NWAG researchers found that planting tomatoes and cucumbers together increased the overall yield by 14 percent. One NWAG ecologist working in Nicaragua further demonstrated that tomato yields can be ncreased by planting tomatoes between two rows of beans, a technique which reduces the number of pests reaching the tomatoes. These results indícate that intercropping has economie advantages in addition to trióse brought about by the reduced need for fertilizer and pesticide. While the application of fewer Chemicals to the fields has obvious environmental and economie advantages, the social implications of intercropping suffer fewer chemically-induced llnesses, and certain intercropping sys-tems offer some constancy to the family income. These advantages are of particular significance to migrant farmworkers working in Michigan, Ohio, and throughout the country. Membership There are approximately 100 NWAG members dispersed across the continent. The largest chapters exist on the Cornell, University of Illinois, and University of Michigan campuses, although there are many active members located in Vermont, North Carolina, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Canada, and Nicaragua. Organizational Structure NWAG has a steering committee consisting of a member from each 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. Current News 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 should cali the NWAG-Ann Arbor office (764-1446) to express their interest and to find out the place and time meetings occur. Don't forget! The Deadline for inclusión in the CRD is the 19th. Housing Bureau for Seniors, Inc. 1010 Wall Street AnnArbor, Ml 48109 763-0970 The Housing Bureau for Seniors, located in the Turner Services clinic building of the University of Michigan, provides a variety of community outreach services. To assist local seniors and their families who are looking for housing, the Bureau has compiled and expanded a housing guide that lists available alternatives for seniors in this county. Home is Where: A Guide to Housinq for Senior Citizens in Washtenaw Countv. is scheduled for publication in June. The guide includes a listing for nearly 100 housing facilities in Washtenaw County who responded to a detailed and comprehensive questionnaire mailed to all housing facilities in the county. It lists name, address, telephone numbers and contact person for apartments, cooperatives, mobile homes, retirement centers and low income or subsidized housing in this area. It also gives information about adult foster care, condominiums, homesharing and other possible senior housing choices such as home equity conversions, ECHO housing, and accessory apartments. For every facility listed, the Housing Bureau has developed a detailed file of answers to questions seniors most often ask about thier housing: How much does it cost? How large is it? How many units are there? Is it convenient to services: bank, grocery store, drug store, doctor's office, laundromat, and so on? Is it on or near a busline? What kind of parking is available? Is t handicapped acccessible? Does this housing provide mealsor other services? The housing guide is designed to be used either with or without the assistance of a housing counselor. It has been carefully edited and researched by senior advisors. It is phnted in an easyto-read typeface, and is intended to provide a comprehensive starting place for senior homeseekers. Produced with funding received from a grant provided by the Federal Administration on Aging, Home is Where is available free to interested seniors or their families for as long as our current supply lasts. After that time, a minimum charge will be requested. To ask for your copy of Home is Where. contact the Housing Bureau for Seniors at 763-0970. Another project provided by the grant is a slide show of senior housing choices n this area. Currently, the Housing Bureau staff is working with senior counselors to design a 10 to 15 minute slide show to be used in workshops, or by area church groups, senior citizens groups, civic clubs or Housing Bureau clients. The emphasis of the slide show is to portray the great vahety of local housing that is suitable for senior living as well as to show ways to make our housing stock more suitable for seniors. The Housing Bureau would welcome volunteers to assist with this project. If you would like to become involved with the slide show, please contact tho Housing Options Project, 763-6642. The Housing Bureau works closely with other housing referral agencies in Washtenaw County. Recently the Housing Bureau joined forces with the Housing Project at SOS Community Crisis Center in Ypsilanti to help put together a county-wide network of housing information for their clients. By close coordination and community networking, the Housing Bureau believes it can help extend the benefits of various local housing agencies to its target clientèle. In a world where resources for human services are becoming increasingly scare, it makes good sense for the agency as well as its clients. Free South África Coordinating Committee (FSACC) co Michigan Student Assembly 3909 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 Héctor Delgado 971-7994 Barbara Ransby 769-8549 Statement of Purpose Free South África Coordinating Committee (FSACC), formeel 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 n 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 Administration's terrorist attacks against the people of Nicaragua contrasted with his support of the white supremacist minority government in South África. Meetings and Membership 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 literature and provides speakers on South África and apartheid. It also sponsors films, protests, and various outreach activities like the 3-Day Teach-ln in thefallof 1985. June Events Monday 2, General Meeting: Free South África Coordinating Committee, Center for Afro-American and African Studies lounge, 1st f loor of the West Engineering Building.U-M, Ann Arbor, 7 pm. For information: 769-8549. Saturday 14, National demonstraron in commemoration of the Soweto uprising: New York City coalition, Sponsored by a broad-based coalition of student, labor, community, and religious groups, a demonstration will be held in New York City. Rides from Ann Arbor are being coordinated by Emily at 995-0084. Monday 16, General Meeting: Free South África Coordinating Committee, (see June 2). Monday 16, Candlelight Vigil: Free South África Coordinating Committee, a vigil honoring victims on theiOth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, U-M Diag, Ann Arbor, 9 pm. Monday 30, General Meeting: Free South África Coordinating Committee, (see June 2). South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program P. O. Box 2542 AnnArbor, Ml 48106 973-2016 Statement of Purpose The purpose of the Political Prisoners of South África Bracelet Program is to edúcate the public about the plight of political prisoners in South África, and more generally, to ncrease the public's awareness of the continued racial and social-economic oppression of the people of Southern África. Each bracelet bears the name of a South African political prisoner serving a Nfe sentence. The bracelet should facilítate the development of a personal bond between the wearer and the prisoner named theron and his or her 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. Meetings and Membership Meetings are held every Monday at 5:00 p.m. at 2501 Braeburn Circle. Please cali 973-201 6 to confirm the location. IPU presently has seven working members. We carry out all aspects of the bracelet program and therefore we are a task-oriented organization. This program offers numerous rewards to anyone who has the courage and commitlment to take the challenge of creating a viable international program "against all odds." We need people who are excited by that type of challenge. Organizational Structure International Possibilities Unlimited (IPU), the organization conducting the bracelet program, is a nonprof it Corporation with staff workers and a board of directors. The South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program staff operates in four committees; the Order, Network, Publicity, and Education Committees. Action Alert Every month in this section we will give you information about anti-apartheid campaigns South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program or efforts that need your mmediate attention and support. This month we will highlight House Bill HR 997. The House of Representatives will soon be considering legislation which would impose new sanctions on the South African government for its continued refusal to abandon apartheid and negotiate with authentic black leaders. Any legislation approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and sent to the House floor will undoubtedly come under attack from Pretoria's allies in the House, so it is imperative that the Committee recommend a strong and uncompromising sanctions bill. Congressman Ronald Dellums (D-CA) has introduced HR 997, legislation which would mandate the complete disinvestment of U.S. based corporations from South África, impose a total trade embargo against, and prohibit all loans to South África. This legislation would also severely restrict U.S. landing rights for South African aircraft. This is the only viable altemative to the weak and totally unacceptable "sanctions" contained in the Executive Order signed by President Reagan September 9, 1985. Since the signing of the Executive Order, the situation in South África has worsened considerably, and the time has come for the U.S. to take strong steps to help bring about the dismantling, not reforming, of apartheid. The announcement of HR 997 was expected in late May. Committee action could come as eariy as the first week of June, with final floor action by midJune. Therefore it is imperative for you to act quickly to build strong support for the comprehensive sanctions contained in HR 997. You can: 1 . Contact the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (see below). Urge them to cosponsor HR 997 and to press their colleagues to reject at this time any proposal which falls short of comprehensive sanctions. 2. Let our representative Cari Pursell, know that you favor comprehensive sanctions against South AFrica. 3. Ask Rep. William Gray (D-PA) to support HR 997. As the author of HR 1460, Rep. Gray was a key leader of last year's campaign for sanctions. He will again play a vital leadership role this year, so his support will be essential. 4. Urge our Senators, Cari Levin and Donald Reigle to introduce companion legislation similar to "HR997intheSenate. 5. Sponsor demonstrations, protests and rallies to focus attention in the community on the need for mmediate comprehenslve sanctions against South África, and passage of local divestment legislation. Community Service The informational Brochure that is sent with the political prisoner bracelet is now available for sale by itself. The revised, 24 page brochure provides an excellent intorduction to the crisis in South África. It can be used by organizations alone, or as part of a program (in conjunction with a film, speaker, display, etc.) on South África. The Brochure includes sections which discuss the current unrest, detail the main secrurity laws in South África, describe the role and plight of political prisoners, and two sections, reflecting a regional focus, discuss Namibia and South Africa's destabilization of Southern África. Finally, the brochure includes an extensive list of anit-apartheid organizations, suggests ways to become involved in the anti-apartheid movement, and ends with a selected bibliography. The Informational Brochure is available f rom IPU for $1.50 for orders of 1-30, and $1 .00 for orders over 30. Please add 4% state sales tax. The Political Prisioner bracelets are $6.50 each, plus 26 cents state tax. With each bracelet you receive a biographical description of your particular prisoner, and the informational brochure described above. The Bracelet Program has focused on political prisoners serving life sentences. These people were used as symbols for all_ political prisoners in South África. To date, only men have been given life sentences. Due to the many requests for female prisoner bracelets, and most importantly, given the integral role women have played in the liberation of South África, we now include Thandi Modise, currently service the longest sentence for a woman in South África. To order either the prisoner bracelet, or the informational brochure alone, please send a check to:IPU, P.O.Box2542,AnnArbor,MI 48106 Current News As mentioned before, IPU donates one dollar from each bracelet sold to other orgbanizations doing important anti-apartheid work. Our most recent donation of $150.00 was to the Washington Office on África. The Washington Office on África is a 14 year old trade union and church sponsored lobbying and research organization. It seeks to change U.S. policies toward Southern África and U.S. support of apartheid in South África. Towards that end, the Washington Office on África is not only involved in direct lobbying activities, but also mobilizes the public to lobby their own elected officials. The AntiApartheid Legislative Hotline, which provides information on pending legislation, has greatly increased the effectiveness of this public lobby network. The Washington Office on África Education Fund, a separate but companion nonprofit organization, produces materials which provide background information concerning specific issues in the Southern África región. Most notably, they have developed three comprehensive information packets: The South África Information Packet, The Divestment Packet, and the Free Namibia Packet. The materials from the Education Fund have helped develop a public knowledge base concerning southern África, which is important in its own right, but essential to the success of their lobbying act vit es. Coming Events June 16th is the Tenth Anniversary of the Soweto Rebellion. On June 16, 1976, twenty thousand students in Soweto started a peaceful march toward a protest meeting to be held in a stadium. It is unclear whether the students threw stones first, or the pólice fired first, but the pólice fired into the unarmed crowd of youths. The first to be killed was a thirteen-year-old boy. The picture of him being carried out of action has become a powerful symbol for the Soweto uprising. Before the protests were over, between 700 and 1,000 were killed, and more than 5,000 injured. The protests were sparked by the enforced use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in African schools, but they were shaped by the rejection of the Bantu Education system as a whole. They quickly developed into a protest against the apartheid system in general, and took on the character of an uprising. The whole country was affected, both urban and rural. In spite of brutal pólice action, the protests were sustained for over a year. There will be activities throughout the country from June 13 to June 18 in order to commemorate the Soweto Rebellion. It is important to remember and acknowledge the sacrif ce these students made ten years ago, and the sacrif ces they are still making today for the liberation of South África. The Churches' Emergency Committee on Southern África is coordinating national activities for this anniversary. They can be contacted at (212) 6780969 for more information. House Committee on Foreign Affaire These Committee Members need particular attention: Barnes (D-MD8), Bonkers (D-WA3), Fascell (DFL19), Feighan (D-OH19), Gilman (R-NY22), J. Leach (R-IA1), MacKay (D-FL6), Reid (D-NV1), C. Smith (R-NJ4), Snowe (R-ME2), Torricelli (D-NJ9), Udall (D-AZ2), Wolpe (D-MI3). The Women's Crisis Center P.O. Box 7413 AnnArbor, Ml 48107 Office: 306 N. División Business: 761-9475 Crisis Line : 994-9100 Community Services The Women's Crisis Center offers peer counseling and crisis ntervention for all women in Washtenaw and surrounding counties. The Crisis Line, 994-9100, operates every day, 10 am to 10 pm. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and can talk to a peer counsellor who is there to provide non-judgemental 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 individuáis in and around Washtenaw County. The Women's Crisis Center is not just for crisis. Counselors at the Women's Crisis Center are glad to talk with women about non-crisis problems. We are here to listen when women feel the need to vent feelings like anger, sadness, or strength, or to explore options, or even to talk about the kind of day they are having.We invite women to cali for a supportive boost even when their life is not in crisis. We are here to talk with all women, regardless of their life situation, whenever and for whatever reason they want. Meetings and Membership We hold 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 June 29.The Women's Crisis Center is a non-profit, 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 f uil-time Coördinator', a Board of Directors, volunteer peer phone counselors, and adminstrative volunteers. Coming Events Sunday, June 1, Women's Crisis Center potluck. New volunteers will be welcomed and Board of Director elections will be held. Bring a veggie dish to pass.12-2 pm,306N. División in St. Andrews Church. Wednesday, June 4, Lifeline benefit concert for the Women's Crisis Center and the New Democratie Movement. 8 pm, location to be announced. Cali the Women's Crisis Center at 994-9100 for further nformation. Sunday, June 29, Women's Crisis Center potluck and In-Service. A representive from S.O.S. Crisis Center will speak at the In-Service. Bring a veggie dish to pass, tea provided. 12-2 pm, 306 N. División in St. Andrew's Church. The Women's Studies Program of the University of Michigan 243 West Engineering University of Michigan AnnArbor, Mi 48109-1259 763-2047 Statement of Purpose Some of the goals of the Program nclude: Balancing the male-oriented curricula by offering courses documenting women's roles and critically examining gender ideologies; encouraging other academie units in the University to incorpórate content on women in their courses; maintaining a supportive, non-hierarchical structure; generating and disseminating new research on women; linking with other University and community organizations to promote social and political change. Meetings and Membership No regular meeting times during the summer. Will resume in September. Membership Profile The membership is open to everyone. Currently, it ncludes gradúate and undergraduate students taking Women's Studies courses, teaching assistants, faculty, staff, and others interested in the Program. This ncludes members of community organizations such as the Domestic Violence Project, Take Back the Night, CACORP, and Action Against AIDS. It is not necessary to be enrolled in the University to attend. Organizational Structure We opérate as a collective. The Program Committee (meaning anyone who attends Program meetings) makes most business decisions. The Executive Committee, a group of faculty and gradúate students, discusses some matters pertaining to the program. Other committees include Undergraduate Curriculum, Gradúate Curriculum, Collectivity, and Teaching Assistant Hiring. Community Services The Women's Studies Program offers academie information and referrals, library resources, (books, pamphlets, articles, coursepacks), which are open to the public, and bimonthly informal seminars on academie and political topics which are also open to the public. Current News Women's Studies will offer a summer course, "Introduction to Women's Studies" (WS240) for 3 credits. Designed as an introduction to the new feminist scholarship on women, the course acquaints students with key concepts and theoretical frameworks to analyze women's condition. Topics include violence against women, discrimination in the workplace, the feminization of poverty, and sexuality. The course involves weekly lectures, readings and discussion sectbns. June Events The National Women's Studies " Association's annual conference will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on June 11-15, 1986. The conference is entitled, "Women Working for Change: Health, Cultures and Societies." More information is available through the Women's Studies office.
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