Agenda Publications P. O. Box 3624 AnnArbor, MI 48106 (313)996-8018 Statement of Pupose Agenda is a monthly newspaper that focuses on the concerns and activities of grassroots organizations n the Ann ArborYpsilanti area. The largest section of the paper, the "Community Resource Directory" (CRD), provides groups the opportunity to give basic nformation on their background and current work. The "Calendar" emphasizes meetings and community events and the "Readers Write" section is a forum in which individuals or groups can write in-depth about a concern or topic. Agenda's news and feature articles provide coverage of events that do not find their way into the local media on a regular basis. One of the main goals of the publication is to increase participation in the available political processes. Voting is important but a lot of equally important work, which deserves more public attention and support, takes place outside of the voting booth. The Community Resource Directory (CRD) helps readers select where to get involved by providing details on each group's views, strategies, and focus. Groups are encouraged to consider their listing an ongoing conversation with the public and with their own members. Listings in the CRD are written by members of the organizations because Agenda aims to give the reader a view of current events right from the source. By listing a wide range of organizations, Agenda provides readers with many ways to become involved and make a diff erence in their community. Another purpose of the publication is to increase public participation in the media. We do this by providing a credible forum in which nonprofessional writers can devebp ideas, interests, or convictions into published articles. In general, the public at large is nvited to write for Agenda, and many of our sections are designed to facilítate this participation: the "CRD," "Readers Write," "Letters," and "Graffiti" (new this month). When the event calis for it, Agenda practices and experiments with our own journalism style, which we cali "verbatim journalism." In some stories (such as the "Why are you here?" series), we present a variety of opinions by printing what a reporter tape-records in its entirety, believing that the reader can best draw his or her own conclusions. "Verbatim journalism" is an attempt at removing the reporter from the story and giving more weight to eyewitness accounts, participant motives, and in many cases, a speaker's style. In this same vein, we record and print speeches in their entirety. Agenda prints articles that provide the informatbn readers need to question, better understand what they read elsewhere, and spark action. We also publish government and media address directorios, interviews with candidatos, event chronologies, and articles written by the activist community. Membership Agenda has two full-time PublisherEditors (paid staff), Laurie Wechter and Ted Sylvester; a part-time Advertising Representativo, Glenn Bering; and as of September, a Student Intern from the School of Natural Resources, Bonnie Nevel. Denis McBee is in charge of paste-up and art production, Jim Kirk is in charge of circulation and technical support, and Al Lozano is in charge of distribution and is our business consultant. Judy Brown, Andrew Boyd, Cinder Hypki, and Ellen Rusten write for Agenda. Gregory Fox and Peter Odom are Agenda's resident photographers. In addition to these volunteers, Agenda relies on many others for the day to day tasks of publishing, from transcribing to putting the paper in the mail and on the streets. We welcome students, activists and community residents to help us with this enormous effort and are especially in need of: (a) advertising representativas (commission paid), (b) distributora to take half-hour to one hour routes every month, (c) writers, (d) proofreaders, (e) business experts, (f) computer experts, (g) outreach workers, (h) researchers, (i) law experts and (j) fundraisers. If you are a student, you can receive credit through an independent study or a field work assignment. Volunteers do not have to come to Agenda skilled. They just need to come with a desire to learn and we will train. Current News The September editbn of Agenda is our sixth issue. We print and distribute 10,000 copies every month. Approximately 9,000 copies are distributed for free from over 120 locations in the Ann ArborYpsilanti area. The other 1,000 copies are mailed to subscribers, advertisers, and targeted readers. Financially, Agenda is supported through advertising revenues, paid subscriptions, donations, and loans. Publishing a newsmonthly involves considerable capital and resources. We have made great progress at making Agenda a financially self-sufficient non-aligned publication, but are constantty in need of subscribers, advertisers, donations and loans to keep it up. Your help is greatly appreciated and helps sustain this important community resource. If you like us, please subscribe or volunteer. We are always looking for news and feature articles, letters to the editor and more listings for the CRD. Dont forget to contact us about events or meetings that we should be covering. We depend on you for information as much as your readers do. Please do not hesitate to contact us and get your views into the news. We welcome all opinions. September Schedule Sat. 13: Deadline for FeatureNews drafts. Mon. 15: Deadline for ad space reservations. Fri. 19: Deadline for CRD. If hand delivered, please cali 996-8018 for our new address. Deadline for photos and graphics. Deadline for Calendar listings. Sun. 21 : Camera-ready ads due. Fall in general: We're considering throwing a rally on the Diag to introduce students and the public to the organizations listed in our publication. FSACC carne up with the same idea. If you want to help organizo such a rally, cali us at 996-8018 or Barbara Ransby at 769-8549. We are also trying to organizo a dinner-benefit which would feature El Salvadoran food and Latin culture. If you are interested in working on that, please cali us at 996-8018 immediately. Al Lozano will be coordinating the benefit. BHESSBíShhI The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor 417 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 761-3186 Statement of Purpose The mission of the Ecology Center is to channel community resources nto meaningful action on environmental issues. The Center pursues 'rts broad aims through education, advocacy, demonstration, and service, all the while maintaining a balance between nvolvement at the local level and involvement on a broader scale. Meetings Meetings of Ecology Center groups, the Issues Steering Committee, Pesticides Task Force, Environmental Education Committee and others, take place at 3 to 5 week intervals. New volunteers are invited. The Ecology Center has over 2,200 member households and businesses, mostly in the Ann Arbor area. Membership rates are $15 per household. Member benefits include a year's subscription to the Center's monthly newsletter; environmental alerts on critical local issues, discounts on Center publications, merchandise, energy visits, voting rights to elect board members, and invitations to member activities. Sponsorships, bequests, and special contributions are welcomed. Community Services Environmental Information and Referrals: By phone, Mon.-Fri., 9:30 am to 5 pm, and Sat., 9:30 am to 1 pm. The Environmental Library and Resource Center is open Mon.-Fri., 1 pm to 5 pm and Sat., 9:30 am to 1 pm. Presentations and slide shows are also available upon request. The "Michigan Household Hazardous Substance Handbook," is available for $15 at the Ecology Center. It is a new guide to precautions, alternatives, and safe practices n the home. Recycle Ann Arbor: 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. Special pickups may be arranged for local businesses and institutions wishing to recycle. Cali the Center for further information. The Center also operates a dropoff station at 2050 S. Industrial for nonresidents and those who just cant wait for their pick-up day (or missed it). The station is open Fri. and Sat., 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Home Energy Works: Starting up again in the first week of September, the Center's Energy Team offers free home visits to income-qualifiying renters and homeowners. A home visit is a two to three hour weatherization and energy education session in a resident's home. These services are also offered on a for-fee basis for renters, homeowners, and property managers. Environmental Policy Programs: Involve research, policy analysis, and lobbying. Programs are primarily carried out by volunteers. Current project areas nclude: 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 utilize the involvement of the local community. Individuals who would like to lend a hand, should contact the Ecology Center. Current Events Ecology Month (October) is just around the corner and the Ecology Center and cpoperating organizations have a host of fun and fact-filled environmental activities in store. Sept. 28: Indoor Composting Workshop from 1 1 am to 1 pm and Harvest Feast Open House from 1 pm to 4 pm, both at Leslie Science Center. At the Composting Workshop, a demonstration vermicomposting (indoor composting with the aid of worms) box will be set up.'The Harvest Feast, sponsored by Project Grow, will feature a workshop on root cellaring, displays of organic produce, a garden blueprinting activity and more. Both events are f ree. For nformation: 662-7802. Also, "The China Syndrome" will be shown as part of the Perry Bullard film series, $2.50, 7:30 and 9:30 pm, Aud. A, Angelí Hall, U-M, Ann Arbor. Oct. 2: Groundwater Demonstration Display Construction Workshop, Leslie Science Center, 7 pm. For nformation: 6627802. Oct. 3 and 4: Tag Days. Help out by contributing to the Ecology Center. Volunteers will be at all major downtown Ann Arbor corners. Oct. 4: The annual Household Hazardous Substances Drop Off Day is back! All residents are encouraged to bring unwanted household chemicals to Shadford Field, just east of Ypsilanti High School, 1779 Packard, Ypsilanti, 1 0 am to 4 pm. Meeman Archive 1535 Dana Building School of Natural Resources University of Michigan AnnArbor, Ml 48109 763-5327 Statement of Purpose Established by the School of Natural Resources and the Scripps-Howard Foundation in 1982, the Meeman Archive preserves and makes available to the public outstanding newspaper journalism concerning conservation, natural resources, and the environment, lts computerized data base, using over a hundred subject and geographical keywords covering a wide variety of topics and articles from many different newspapers, is available to anyone. It is of particular valué to natural resource professionals, environmental groups, teachers, students, joumalists, and the public at large. The Archive receives articles from a variety of sources. The principal source is the national Meeman Awards sponsored by the Scripps-Howard Foundation, which honors outstanding coverage of environmental topics. Articles are selected from other sources as well. New articles on subjects such as hazardous waste, endangered species, energy conservation, water policy, soil erosión, Native Americans, occupational health, transportation, among others, are constantly being added to the Archive, thus expanding the available collection of environmental nformation. Community Services As a nonprofit nformation service, the Archive responds to information inquines from all across the country. To find out if the information you need may be found within the Archive, phone, write, or visit. The data base allows us to search for articles, abstracts, or copies of the articles in our files. The only charge for the service is for postage and reproductbn costs. Gay Liberation co 4117 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 INFO: 763-4816 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 ntervention, 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 iesbian and gay male groups organize. Meetings and Membership Our meetings vary according to purpose (counseling, education, civil rights, etc.). Cali for information. Our organization ncludes U-M students, staff, and 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 bt of work in subcommittees: Counseling, Group Workers, Education Workers, and Civil Rights Workers. Community Services Hotline: Crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral. Education: Workshops and conferences on lesbian and gay male concerns, with an emphasis on how people in the helping professions and teaching professions can work positively with lesbian and gay male clients, patients, 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. (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) Community Organization: Information and help on organizing groups, setting goals and objectives, resolving interpersonal and group conflict. Current News Apotagies are not enough! The U.S. Justice Department has apologized to Dr. William Haseltine, a researcher at Harvard University who has devoted much of his recent work to AIDS. The Department had eVroneously quoted Dr. Haseltine as stating that the HTLV-III virus can be transmitted through casual contact or proximity to a person with AIDS. Apologies are not enough because the Justice Department has ruled that employers can fire or refuse to hire people with AIDS merely because the employer fears spread of the disease in the workplace, although research has shown that AIDS is not transmitted through casual day-to-day contact. The American Medical Association itself has filed a brief with the U. S. Supreme Court, arguing that a federal law on the rights of handicapped persons protects people with AIDS and people with other nfectious diseases from discrimination based on rratbnal fear that co-workers might contract the llness. The brief argües that employment decisions should be based on "reasonable, ndividualized medical judgements" about whether the handicap allows a person to perform a job and about the "nature, degree, and duration of risk" to co-workers. The Justice Department ruling states that ability to transmit the AIDS virus does not constitute a handicap and therefore that the law does not protect people with AIDS f rom being fired because the employer fears contagión. The ruling is likely to reinforce discrimination not only against people with AIDS but also against people known or believed "to be gay." In Michigan, the State House of Representatives is preparing for an early September vote on two discriminatory AIDS bilis. Anyone arrested for gay sex, prostitution, or I. V. drug abuse would be required to take the AIDS antibody test and could be denied bail and jailed if the results are posrtive. Hemophiliacs, bisexual men, and I. V. drug abusers would be denied marriage licenses if they refused to take the test. Pólice would be encouraged to step up the enforcement of Michigan's laws forbidding gay sex. Employers would be encouraged to require the antibody test and to fire or refuse to hire people with positivo test resuits and people believed to be gay. The way would be paved for other discriminatory bilis allowing insurance companies to refuse policies to people suspected of being gay and people testing positive. The State would be required to compile lists of all people testing positive and to investígate their sexual contacts. To fight this proposed legislation we need to make our voices heard in Lansing. Please authorize MOHR (Michigan Organization for Human Rights) to send your legislators up to three telegrams in your name in opposition to these discriminatory bilis. The telegrams will be sent just before key votes and will be charged to your home telephone at a charge of $4.25 each. Nothing in the telegram will imply sexual orientation. Write to MOHR, 17520 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48203 authorizing telegrams in your name. Include your name, address, the telephone number to be charged and the name appearing on the telephone bill. For more information: 763-4186 (message tape if no answer) or 869-MOHR. Wellness Networks, Inc. - Huron Valley (WNI-HV) P. O. Box 3242 Ann Arbor, MI48106 662-6134 Statement of Purpose WNI-HV aims to edúcate the general public about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as as to provide support and direct care to people with AIDS (PWA's), people with AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), and individuals concerned about AIDS. Our service area encompasses the greater Huron Valley area. Membership and Meetings Any individual is welcome to work with the organization as a volunteer andor board member. Current membership includes men and women from all walks of life: health care professionals, educators, therapists, membersrepresentatives of high risk groups, and individuals from the general public. General meetings are held the second Sunday of every month and are open to all. The next meeting is September 14, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ann Arbor. (Enter through out-patient entrance.) Community Services Education: Speakers available to address any group on all aspects of HTLV-III nfection: transmission, testing, psychosocial issues, safe sex, etc. Written materials available. Support Groups: Currently available for: those who have AIDS, ARC, or a positive antibody status; friends, family, partners of the above; high risk individuals concerned about HTLV-III nfection. Others will be formed as needed. Direct Services: Transportation, assistance with errands, home or hospital visitation, coordination of health caresocial service benefits, whatever else is necessary for the person with AIDS. Referral: To other health care, educational, or social service agencies. Arm Arbor Tenants Union 4001 Michigan Union Ann Arbor 48109 763-6876 Community Services The Ann Arbor Tenants Union educational and counseling services are available to individuals and groups in the Ann ArborYpsilanti area. AATU's central service office is located in the Michigan Union. Tenants who work with neighbors towards a collective solution to shared problems have more strength than individuals. These tenants form Tenants Union locáis where they live in order to bargain collectively with the landlord. AATU provides back up services for iocals including research, graphics production, organizational and negotiating assistance and networking with other tenants. Counseling services: Phone counseling is available Monday and Thursday afternoons. In-person counseling is available Wednesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm at the office in the Michigan Union (other times by appointment please). Please bring photocopies of leases, letters, anything on paper. Published materials: "How to Evict Your Landlord" a manual of basic tenants rights s available for $3. "Fight Back! How to deferid yourself in court when you're being evicted" helps you through the courtroom without an attomey. This book costs $4. Add $1 per booklet for mail order. Membership AATU memberships are available on a sliding scale to any tenant in the area. Membership is not mandatory to receive counseling but all contributions are needed and welcome. AATU is a member organization of the National Tenants Union, the Community Housing Coalition (Ann Arbor), and the Michigan Ad-Hoe Committee on Housing. Current News Appleridge Tenants Union: The seven-month rent strike at Appleridge apartments on Ann Arbor's west side has forced the landlords there to make numerous improvements. Rotten bathroom floors, leaky windows, kitchen sinks and other neglected items have been repaired. Tenants are pleased that a swimming pool that sat unusable and unsafe for six years has been filled n. The Appleridge Tenants Union has filed an appeal of Housing Inspection Bureau errors alleging violations of the law by city bureaucrats. The bureaucrats improperiy granted a certifícate of occupancy (the landlords license to collect rents) when numerous violations were known to still exist. The average time for release of inspection reports is about two weeks. Some reports take as long as four months to release. After intense landlord pressure (as t has been repeatedly described by bureaucrats the Bureau mailed letters to tenants one day after an nspection. Bureaucrats have admitted that language in the letter telling tenants to end the rent strike was improper. A public hearing on these matters will be held on September 4 at the fire station. Interested tenants are encouraged to attend. Inspection fees changed: Ann Arbor housing bureaucrats recentty proposed housing inspection fees which would have passed the financial savings of efficiënt city work on to the city's largest (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) (CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE) landlords. Owners of the largest buildings would have paid as little as 5% of the per unit cost to the city of the inspection operation. The fee for a building with only one unit in it would have been 200% of the cost to the city. The real cost to the city per month per unit is about $1 .95. AATU members and staff and other tenant advocates worked with Council members to redefine the fee structure. The fee structure which passed council accurately reflects the city's real costs and costs less than one half of one percent of a tenants rent. The per unit cost is based on units inspected rather than the political pull of the largest landlords. In addition the fee for rooming houses was reduced relativo to other rents. University Terrace: Contradictions abound in the continuing story of University Terraces. While the University is planning to tear down 193 units of worthwhile student housing, Regent Deane Baker has told the Michigan Daily that theUniversity won't build any new housing unless there is a crisis shortage n current housing. The fact is, there s a housing crisis in Ann Arbor and the nonspeculative construction of decent housing by the University would help reduce the problem. University destruction of decent housing will only aggravate the problem. Inspection delayed by non-existant law suit: In May, the Housing Inspection Bureau issued a report on the notorious rooming house at 708 E. Kingsley. That report noted a reinspection would be needed after July 22. The bureau supervisor told the Tenants Union in early August that the city could not inspect because of a federal law suit which had been filed against the city, the AATU and various individuals. The AATU had never been served and checked with the city attorneys office. There was no record of such a suit there either. The HIB supervisor claimed the AATU had talked to the wrong city attomey and that a different city attorney knew about the suit. Not true. More phone calis from the AATU to the city finally prompted the scheduling of an inspection. Results n the October CRD. Meanwhile tenants should be aware that when city housing officials claims sound fictional they may indeed be fictional. Do not take your public servants at their word if it seems questionable. Midwest housing conference in Ann Arbor: Rent control, how to pass it and why, will be one of the featured topics at the National Tenants Union Midwest regional housing conference in Ann Arbor on October 25. Basic training sessions in Michigan tenants rights and tenants organizing will be offered for local tenants. Tenant experts and rank and file tenants from throughout the Midwest will be sharing experiences and expertise. The Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC) 4002 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 662-4414 Statement of Purpose The ICC s a student owned and operated housing corporation that offers quality housing below market rates. The ICC owns 1 7 co-op houses near the U-M campus which house over 500 students. Unlike dorms and apartments which are controlled by landlords or the University, cooperativo houses are owned and controlled by the students who live in them. Students decide everything from what color the house will be painted to what type of meals will be served.. Because each house member must do 4 to 5 hours of work per week around the house (cooking, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) and because no profiteering landbrds are nvolved, co-ops are considerably less expensive and more f un than other housing options. The economie atternative offered by ICC co-ops s only part of their attraction. A strong sense of community exists in co-ops; each house has hs own personality and members get to know each other very well by sharing work, meals, and fun. Almost each house hosts an ICC-wide party some time during the semester. Houses also host special events such as poetry readings, meet the candidates night, coffee houses, etc. The ICC is opening an education center this fall that will be a focal point for many of these activities and other events such as movie nights and classes about cooperatives. The ICC promotes a system of housing that is based upon human worth as opposed to other housing systems that are based upon monetary worth, social standing, or how many goldfish you can swallow. We emphasize cooperation not only as a means to low cost quality housing but also as a way to self empowerment, economie democracy, and as a way of life! History of Ann Arbor Cooperatives Student cooperatives in Ann Arbor began in the 1930's as mpoverished students banded together n order to survive the Great Depression. Michigan Socialist House opened n 1932 and is said to have been the first room and board housing cooperative in the United States. The ICC was ncorporated several years latef in order to gain greater efficiency in common functions such as maintenance and new housing purchases. Michigan House Co-op enters its 55th year of operation this f all, continuing to thrive along with the 1 6 other ICC houses purchased over the years. For more information about ICC cooperative housing, drop by the ICC office weekdays, 1 0 am to 4 pm, or drop by one of the houses anytime for a tour. Current News Our new houses have been renovated and we -are currently planning programs for our education center. Any community issue groups that are nterested in presenting workshops, teach-ins or other programs for ICC members should contact our office. We still have a couple of open spaces for f allwinter. For more information cali 662-4414. Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Southeastern Michigan General Membership Branch 42 S. Summit Ypsilanti, Ml 48197 483-3478 Statement of Purpose To promote the ownership and control of all means of production and distribution by the working class which creates all social wealth through its labor. In the short run, the IWW helps workers organizo for increased democracy in the workplace, as well as for ncreased wages and benefits. The Union promotes its purposes through workplace organizing and education with an emphasis on direct action as the most effective means for workers to achieve their goals. Meetings and Membership Every Monday (except holidays) 6 pm, Room 4304, Michigan Union, 530 S. State, Ann Arbor. Observers are welcome. Area membership includes the majority of the employees at: Ann Arbor Tenant's Union, People's Wherehouse, University Cellar, and several other employees, both employed and unemployed, homemakers and students who are in agreement with the Union's principies. The IWW has approximately 110 members n this area. The r.itiation fee s $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. Community Services Labor-organizing: Members of the IWW are available to advise and assist anyone engaged in organizing which will promote worker control, regardless of whether the organizers ultimately desire affiliation with the IWW. Current News Plans are in the works for a series of educational events over the next several months to highüght the contributions of the working class to U. S. history. The first event will hopefully occur toward the end of September. Watch for posters around Ann Arbor announcing times and places. Michigan Farm Unity Coalition P.O. Box 506 Howell, Michigan 48843 Phone 1-800-MI-FARMS Statement of Purpose The Michigan Farm Unity Coalition was organized for the purpose of returning economie stability to the family farm system of agricultura, through a farm program based on parity pricing with supply management. The Coalition supports alternativo agricultural legislation which provides parity pricing for a wide range of commodities, including dairy, with mandatory supply management. The coalition supports no proposal which would require farmers to produce any commodity for any market at below the cost of production. Due to farm foreclosures of epidemie proportion, the Coalition supports a credit program which provides for debt-management with a moratorium on foreclosures and repossessions. This would help stabiljze land values until the pricing legislation would allowlroubled farmers to become economically viable. Because of the severe financial problems prevalent throughout rural America today, many farm families are without the bare essentials. The Coalition supports legislation which would provide survival assistance for those who need food, clothing, shelter or health care but do not qualify for programs already in place. In order to achieve these goals, members of the Michigan Farm Unity Coalition have been actively organizing grassroots membership graups for the purpose of educating and activating farm families in the art of changing agricultural policy. The coalition has opened a hotline number for Michigan farmers in need of assistance. The number is 1-800-MIFARMS. Coalition members have participated in discussions with other major farm organizations and have come to a unified position regarding alternative legislation. It is now in the hands of our Congresspeople and Senators to pass legislation which will restore economie viability to rural America and in doing so, bríng prosperity to America. Member Organizations American Agriculture Movement, Michigan Agenda, Michigan Catholic Conference, Michigan Community Action Agency, Michigan Democratie Agriculture Committee, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Farm Borrowers Association, Michigan Farm Justice Coalition, Michigan Farmers' Union, Michigan Land Improvement Contractors, Michigan League of Rural Voters, Michigan Organic Growers Association, Michigan State AFL-CIO, Save America's Farming Environment, National Farmers Organization, Oakland-Livingston Human Services Agency, United Auto Workers, Women for Survival of Agriculture in Michigan. Officers Richard K. Stout, President; DeVere Noakes, Vice President; Merrie Kranz, Secretary; Neal Rogers, Treasurer. mi ti i jf 'W i -ww A2MISTAD Construction Brigade 802 Monroe AnnArbor, Ml 48104 761-7960 Statement of Puipose The A2MISTAD Construction Brigade, a project of HAP-NICA, was organized for the purpose of building a soil and water analysis facility on the campus of the Autonomous University of Nicaragua. By working with Nicaraguans to help build a stronger, more independent agricultural economy, A2MISTAD (Ann Arbor-Managua Initiative for Soil Testing and Development) hopes to créate lasting ties between Nicaragua and Ann Arbor, showing solidarity with the Nicaraguan people as they attempt to implement the goals of their revolution. A2MISTAD is part of an international effort involving not only the Ann Arborbased brigade, but modern equipment donated by the Italian government, a $20,000 donation from the Dutch government, and training provided by Canadian technicians. The brigade, which will begin construction in January, is currently raising $20-30,000 for the purchase of materials. Other current focuses include recruiting skilled workers to assist in the project and collecting needed tools from the community. Meetings and Membership A2MISTAD's meetings are open to all, Sundays at 7:30 n the Michigan Union. Ask for the room at the information desk. A2MISTAD is composed of 20-30 students and permanent community members. Although some skilled workers are already involved with the brigade, experienced plumbers, masons, electricians, and carpenters are still needed for the construction of the lab in Nicaragua. In addition, a health care worker and fluent Spanish speakers are needed. Current News A2MISTAD would like to thank all those who helped out at the July 1 9 Bash at West Park and the food booth at the Art Fair. Your much-appreciated assistance helped us raise about $4,500. Two upcoming events in September, a phone-a-thon and a canvass, will also require a great deal of effort from the community if they are to be as successful. Any volunteers who are able to give a few hours at either of these fundraising events would be more than welcome. Please cali or stop by if you are interested in helping out. September Events Weekend of 13th: Canvass for collecting donations and tools. Wed. 17 to Thurs. 18: Phone-a-thon to solicit donations and tools. Fri. 26: Bowl-a-thon at Colonial Lañes to help raise funds for tools and materials. Centra! America EducationAction Committee 604 E. Hurón AnnArbor, MI 48104 663-1870 Community Services Phone tree to lobby Congressman Cari Pursell and others against the continued militarization of Central America (leave name, phone, and address at ICP office, 663-1870). Speakers' Bureau and slide shows related to Central America (cali ICP to schedule, 663-1870). September Events We are still collecting materials for Betania Refugee Camp n El Salvidor, the missbn of Fr. Jim Feliz in Paiwas, Nicaragua, and the Border Witness: blue jeans, t-shirts, cotton clothing, and shoes for children, tennis balls, frisbees, garden trowels, sewing scissors, sewing machines, hammers and drills. All in good condition and not in need of mending can be dropped off at the ICP office. Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm: Beans and Rice Dinners: All proceeds beyond the costs of the dinner go towards material aid projects in Central America. Sponsored by LASC and Guild House. $2adult and $1child age 6 to 12 suggested donation. Guild House, 802 Monroe, Ann Arbor. HAP-NICA 802 Monroe AnnArbor, Ml 48104 769-1442 Statement of Purpose HAP-NICA is a nonprofit organization conducting a national campaign of aid for Nicaraguan agriculture. Our goal is to help the Nicaraguan people achieve economie development and self-sufficiency. Toward that goal, we work with the Nicaraguan Union of Small and Mid-sized Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG), the Farmworkers Union (ATC) and the Higher Instituto of Agricultural Science (ISCA), through our full-time coördinator in Managua. When we accept a development project proposed to us by one of these organizations we work to raise funds for t or to arrange for other groups across the country to take responsibility for raising all or part of the necessary money. We are a project of the Guild House Campus Ministry of Ann Arbor (an ecumenical ministry devoted to principies of human justice) and the New World Agricutture Group (NWAG). Meetings HAP-NICA meets on altérnate Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan Union. Meetings in September will be September 4 and 1 8. Services "Seeds of Hope", ah 18-minute slidetape documentan about agriculture in Nicaragua, is now available for interested groups and individuals. This documentan describes the exemplary progress Nicaraguans have made in working toward an ecologically, economically, and socially just system of agriculture. We learn how the contra war, the trade embargo, and Reagan's propaganda campaign have (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) HAP-NICA (cont. from previous page) "sowed the seeds of discontent" in Nicaragua. We learn that "progress s possible" and what we as citizens of North America can do to "sow the seeds of hope" and "contribute to peaceful cooperation between ourtwo countries." HAP-NICA is looking for opportunities to show "Seeds of Hope" to church groups, union groups, women's groups, solidarity groups, colleges, and other groups both in Ann Arbor and other communíties in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. If you can provide contacts in other communities, please contact HAP-NICA at the address listed above. We can provide the slide-tape documentary with or without a speaker from HAP-NICA. "Seeds of Hope" can be rented for $20 or purchased for $85. HAP-NICA can also provide brochures, newsletters, literature about agriculture in Nicaragua, and colorful "Let Nicaragua Farm" t-shirts. HAP-NICA condemns Senate vote to aid contras On August 13, the U.S. congress gave $100 million dollars to further destroy the progress Nicaraguans have made in agricultura, education, and health care. We are acutely aware of how the contra war diverts precious financial and human resources from the progress of the revolution. In the face of this Ilegal and immoral act of agression, we are committed to working harder to speak out against U.S. acts of war and to work in solidarity with the Nicaraguan people by providing support for agricultural projects which Nicaraguans dentify as important for establishing their economie ndependence. Alternative Career Center P.O. Box 7682 AnnArbor, Ml 48107 Background The dea of an Alternative Career Center (ACC) was first conceived on the campus of the University of Michigan n December, 1 985. It was inspired by the overall success of the annual Alternative Career Fair. The founders of the Alternativo Career Center (ACC) feit that more counseling, resources, scholarships, and support was needed for students desiring to pursue non-traditional areas of employment. Through the winter of 1 986, the concept of the ACC was expanded. Counselors for the 1986-87 academie year have been recruited and an office has been secured within the Residential College. That office will be made available on a daily basis, or as staffing permits and the Center will opérate as a pilot project during the coming year. Statement of Purpose The ACC aims to edúcate students about the full range of available career options by providing them with counseling and informational resources regarding internship and employment opportunities with non-profit, communitybased educational and charitable organizations throughout the United States and abroad. By informing students about a wider and more comprehensive range of career options, the ACC overcomes the limitations of traditional counseling programs. The ACC thus serves as a channel through which committed and self-motivated students may find challenging and meaningful employment. It is our belief that many students would choose to enter more progressive and community-oriented fields f information about such work was made more accessible. Services The ACC provides literatura and counseling about gradúate programs, internships and careers in the following fields: peace and disarmament, natural resources and the environment, media and mass Communications, health and human services, agriculture, appropriate technology, vocational ministries, union organizing, and community organizing and social change. The ACC also provides a forum for representatives trom a variety of organizations and institutions to interact with students on campus through guest lecture programs, followup discussions and informal exchange. It is the objective of the ACC to secure funding necessary to provide students with scholarships and stipends for summer internships. Structure The ACC will function under the direction of a 12member board of directors, selected from the academie, civic, religious, and professional community. A smaller, ninemember Advisory Council has been formed incorporating community activists and organizational leaders from around the United States. Advisory Council members will serve largely in an honorary capacity. Current News We are currently in the process of expanding our resource library, fundraising, organizing the ACC office, and recruiting volunteers. If you are interested in helping to staff the office or to work in any other capacity, please contact Phillis at 764-0175. New Dimensions Study Group P.O. Box 2664 AnnArbor, Ml 48106 971-0881 Statement of Purpose The New Dimensions Study Group is a volunteer, nonsectarian organization dedicated to helping people in their search for deeper meaning in life. It operates without formal structure, charges no dues and follows no master. Rather, it functions as a forum for the presentation and discussion of ideas, information and techniques, and as a networking resource for those who want to put those ideas, nformation and techniques into practice. The group hosts speakers, mini-workshops, round table discussions, and from time to time, taped lectures or videos. The range of topics involved is braad, but generally concerned with the development of human consciousness and with the expression of human spirituality. Thus, the group has presented material ranging from a lecture on "Quantum Physics and the Human Mind" to an evening workshop on "Native American Medicine Wheel Spirituality." Topic schedules are compiled quarterly, and the scheduling meetings are open to all. If you have material to present, or know someone who does, please feel free to attend the scheduling session, or send any relevant information to the address above. The NDSG draws its inspiration from a nationally broadcast radio program, "New Dimensions," produced by the New Dimensions Foundation of San Francisco. The program airs locally on WUOM, 91 .7 FM, Sundays at 7 pm and on WDTR, 90.9 FM, Wednesdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at noon. The broadcast schedule through September 14th appears in the NDSG newsletter. Meetings The group meets at the Yoga Center of Ann Arbor at 205 E. Ann, Ann Arbor every other Wednesday night. The building becomes available at 8:05 pm and programs start by 8:30 pm. Meetings are open to all nterested parties and are free, although small donations are welcome to help defray the nominal oost of the meeting space. Wed., Sept. 10: "An Introduction to the Medicine Wheel," Lynn Michalik, NDSG co-founder and student of Native American teachers Bill and Judy Wahlberg, presents an overview of the "Powers of the Four Directions in Medicine Wheel Practice." Wed., Sept. 24: Video: The Global Brain." NDSG Detroit coördinator Torn Lincoln hosts a video based on the Gaia hypothesis, that the Earth is a living organism, and arguing that humankind's emerging information society can be seen as Gaia's central nervous system. $2-$3 admission. Ann Arbor War Tax DissidentsU.S. Peace Tax Fund co 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 bil! (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. AAWTD is affiliated with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and with the National Campaign For a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF). AAWTD is of an informal nature with a diverse membership and a volunteer coördinator. Meetings AAWTD generally meets the third Saturday of each month n the Pine Room, Wesley Foundation, 602 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. 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 general information about AAWTD, contact: Mary Lou Kerwin at 662-2838, David Bassett at 662-1373 about the U.S. Peace Tax Fund bill, Fran Elliot at 663-2655 about war tax resistance. September Events The response to our booth at the Art Fair was exciting and stimulated a lot of discussion. Come to our regular meeting to plan further dialogues and develop strategies for the coming year. Saturday, September 20, 12 noon to 3 pm, Wesley Foundation Lounge, 602 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. Coalition for Arms Control, 2nd District 1015 Church Street #5 AnnArbor, 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. Meetings The Coalition for Arms Control meets once every 3 to4 weeks on Saturdays at 9:30 am. If your organization s (CONT. ON NEXT PAGE) interested in joining the Coalition, please cali 663-4897 or send a representativo to the next Coalition meeting Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm , 31 0 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor. If you are an individual interested in working on arms control lobbying efforts, please join one or more of the organizations involved in the Coalition (see below) or join one of the working committees of the Coalition: Events Comnïrttee, Publicity Committee and Computerization Committee. You will be greatly appreciated. Membership Prof ile The Coalition for Arms Control includes the following organizations: Hillsdale Center for Peace Awareness, Common Cause, Gray Panthers, Guild House, Interfaith Council for Peace, Lawyers' Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control, Michigan Alliance for Disarmament, 1000 Cranes, Physicians for Social Responsibility, SANE, Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Western Wayne Peace Resource Center. September Events The Coalitbn has developed a flyer on Congressman Cari Pursell's voting record on arms-related issues. The plan is to distribute it as widely as possible throughout the congressional district. If you would like to help with the distribution effort, please cali Tobi Hanna-Davies at 6627869 or the Coalition at 662-4897. Michigan Alliance for Disarmament (MAD) 410 W.Washington AnnArbor, Ml 48103 313995-5871 You can make a difference. In 1969, a large anti-war demonstration forced President Nixon to cali off plans then n place for a nuclear attack on Vietnam, as Nixon admits in his memoirs. In 1963, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. signed a partial test ban treaty stopping above-ground testing, a victory President Kennedy attributed to popular organizing for peace. In 1950, the U.S. decided not to make a first strike against the Soviet Union because the people would not stand for it, according to NCS-68, a top secret report to President Truman. In the 1 980s, a revived peace movement has forced Congress to cut the number of MX missiles by 260, from 300 to 40 and is pressuring Congress to reduce f unding for Reagan's Star Wars. What you do can make a difference! But you have to do it. The U.S. builds 8 new nuclear warheads a day to pile on top of the 32,000 it already has, which are already enough to blow up the planet dozens of times over. These weapons are likely to be used in foreign interventions in the Mideast or elsewhere, triggering World War III. But the Soviets have stopped testing nuclear weapons and are pressing for total nuclear disarmament by 2000. If we act, we can forcé our government to take these offers seriously and achieve a nuclear free world in our lifetimes. But only if we act. Join MAD and help us build a world with a future. Who We Are. MAD is a 4 year-old Ann Arbor group working on disarmament, nonintervention, and social justice. Our 500 members include students, professors, University staff, and many members of the Ann Arbor community. We come from diverse backgrounds and points of view but share a commitment to breaking the deadly connections among nuclear war, U.S. ntervention, and social oppression. MAD is the Ann Arbor affiliate of the national Mobilization for Survival. What We Do. In the past, MAD has sponsored a city-wide balbt initiative to make Ann Arbor a Nuclear Free Zone and participated in organizing nonviolent civil disobedience at a nearby cruise missile plant. MAD's monthly journal,777e Connection recently received national recognition in The Nation. Our pamphlets on Star Wars, the "Soviet Threat," and Deadly Connections, and U.S. Nuclear Threats have been used in college courses throughout southeastern Michigan and by activists and interested citizens. We have organized three major conferences. Our fall schedule is quite active, and we need your help to carry it through. We are helping to bring the Women's Collective from The Great Peace March to the campus in early September. MAD is spearheading activities around the national boycott of General Electric, the nation's number three nuclear weapons contractor (led natbnwide by INFACT, the organizers of the successful Nestle's boycott). An action around "civil defense" and "nuclear war preparedness" ideas heavily promoted by the government, is being planned. MAD is also working on Dean Baker's campaign for Congress and helping to plan a conference on University Military Research in the fall. Meetings. MAD's General Meeting for the fall, will be Thursday, September 25, Michigan Union, 7:30 pm. Professor Daniel Axelrod and Janis Michael, MAD's chair, will give keynote talks and we will discuss activities for the fall. Be there or be square! The Connectbn Committee meets every Wednesday, normally at MAD offices, 7:30 pm. There will be Connection organizing meetings at the Michigan Union on Wednesday, September 17 and 24, 7:30 pm. Anyone interested in writing, graphics, or journalism should come. An organizing meeting for the GE boycott committee will be held at the Michigan League, Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 pm. Membership. Memberships are $10 a year, $5 for students, seniors, and unemployed, and waivable on explicit request. Send check made out to MAD to our office, listed above. United Campuses to Prevent Nuclear War (UCAM) 3909 Michigan Union AnnArbor, MI, 48109 763-3241 Statement of Purpose This is the first UCAM chapter to be organized on U-M campus. UCAM has joined Campuses Against Weapons n Space (CAWS) to become one organization. Under UCAM affiliation, CAWS has national connections. Furthermore, CAWS has broadened its concern about Star Wars to the overall militarization of our campus, our nation and our lives. Our purpose s to increase awareness of the militaryindustrial complex and to organize against it and thereby effect change in the University and national polices that perpetúate it. UCAM is working for a University able to perförm research free from government manipulation and militarization. UCAM is also working to créate a society free from the f ear of nuclear war. Meetings General meetings are Monday evenings at 8 pm in the Michigan Union. Check the front desk for the room number. Community Services Speakers from UCAM are available for any group on request. Information on Star Wars and other kinds of (CONT. ON NEXT PAGE) UCAM (CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE) military research are always available at the Michigan Student Assembly. We also have a hotline (763-3241) to answer any questions during office hours, 9 am to 5 pm. Current News Our main concerns at present are the review of guidelines for classified research at U-M and the huge increase in the amount of military research being performed on campus. The current guidelines were enacted in 1972 in response to the University's role in the Vietnam War. At that time, U-M was one of the leading performers of military research and was known as the "Eyes of the Army". The guidelines for classified research are as follows: 1) "The University will not enter into any contract...the clearly foreseeable result is destruction of human life". 2) "The University will not enter into any contract...that limits publication of results beyond one year." 3) Three University bodies will review projects for compliance with the guidelines: The faculty and student composed Research Policies Committee and Classified Review Panel, along with the Vice President for Research. However, in August of 1985, the University Regents passed a resolution calling for an executive committee to review these guidelines. This committee has just come out with ts recommendations. Their proposed guidelines have no ban on research destructive to human life, thereby eliminating any moral stand made by the University. Moreover, the committee's proposed guidelines elimínate the three bodies for reviewing research. With no enforcement mechanism, there will be no University discussion of the appropriateness of different kinds of research and professors will be allo wed to perform classifed research. Taken together, these two recomendations by the committee would increase classified war research to the level the University held during the Vietnam War. Already there have been enormous increases in military research at U-M. The University just received three large grants to establish Pentagon centers on campus under a new program called the University Research intíiative (URI). There would be an exchange of equipment and personnel between the University and the Pentagon. There is a strong possibilty that the research performed at the centers will become classified; already foreign gradúate students will not be able to particípate in the program. These centers have been funded by the Department of Defense for at least $15 million and as much as $32.4 million over the next five years. In 1985, U-M performed $7.7 million worth of Department of Defense research and with the URI grants alone this number could doublé for the next five years. During the Vietnam War such Pentagon centers existed on the campus, but were forced off due to student and faculty nsistence. UCAM believes this can happen again. In September of 1985, the Regents voted to "encourage" Star Wars research on campus. This was the first time they had ever endorsed a specific research program. The University is currently performing $700,000 worth of Star Wars research, with another $7.4 million in proposals pending. The amount of military research at the University could increase enormously in the next year. UCAM is working to see that this does not happen. September Events UCAM will be hosting a contingent of marchers from the Great Peace March September 4, 5 and 6. Workshops will be held on the Diag on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 1 to 5 pm. On Friday, Sept. 5, we will hold a rally at 12 noon and then march with the peace marchers to the north campus building that will house the new Pentagon centers. Once there, we will have a "die-in." On Friday night, beginning at 5 pm, we will have a potluck dinner on the Diag and after a women's peace encampment Saturday morning there will be more workshops. All are welcome to join in the f un. Washtenaw County Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Inc. (WAND) P.O. Box 1815 AnnArbor, Ml 48106 761-1718 Statement of Purpose Washtenaw County WAND ' was formed n December 1984 by 12 individuals and became affiliated with the national WAND organization which was founded in 1980 by Dr. Helen Caldicott. The local group currently has around 400 members and affiliates. There are more than 20,000 national members. WAND's primary purpose is to edúcate ourselves and the public about the dangers of continued weapons production and to nfluence ' our congressional representatives by informed lobbying. An overall goal is to empower women personally and politically, and to broaden the constituency of individuals who are working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons. The local WAND s a fully functioning organization which includes an Executive Committee, a Coordinating Committee, and ten active committees which reach out to others with public speaking, lobbying, sales, publicity, coalition-building, and political action, while strengthening the group with educational programs, fundraising, a newsletter, and membership services. Meetings and Membership Meetings are on the second Sunday of the month at St. Aidan's EpiscopalNorthside Presbyterian Church, 1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor. Doors open at 7 pm for conversation and sales of WAND items, the meeting begins at 7:30, the program at 8:30 and discussion follows at 9 pm. Babysitting is provided. All are welcome. Membership is open to anyone interested in stopping the arms race. Current paid membership is around 200. Men are welcome and encouraged to join. Membership fees are $25 per year with scholarships available for those unable to pay the entire amount. Membership benefits include the local monthly newsletter and the national quarterly WAND (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) Bulletin, voting rights at the annual meeting, and alerts from the coalition phone bank as key votes come up n Congress which require immediate lobbying. For more information: 9719249. Previous and Ongoing Activities During ts first year and a half, WAND sponsored the Mother's Day Festival of Peace in West Park twice, had an Art Fair booth twice, gathered 5,000 anti-nuclear signatures on petitions to send to the President, participated in two commemorations of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, produced an informativo local brochure and various items for sale, sent representatives to national peace conferences, participated in Peace Week at Huron High, sponsored several speaker-training workshops, helped found the Second Congressional District Coalition for Peace, and was the beneficiary of Rock for Peace, a concert of rock and heavy metal by four young local bands whose members were concerned about nuclear issues. Anyone can cali our Information Hotline at 761-1718 to hear a 3-minute message announcing important lobbying information, meeting times, and upcoming community events. Our speaker's bureau provides trained speakers who will address small informal groups, classes, public forums and rallies on a variety of issues. Contact Jean Carlson at 4262232. Current News Sunday, September 16 is our next monthly meeting. Ann Arbor City Council Member Kathy Edgren will be discussing Federal policies and local response. She will discuss the effects of Federal policies on people in Ann Arbor. In turn she will offer suggestions on how WAND members and others can effect change on the local level by participating n local activities. Recently WAND gathered 600 petition signatures and participated in a phone bank to encourage voters to contact Congressman Pursell about votes on three important defense issues: SDI funding, adherence to SALT II, and a ban on nuclear testing. The petitions were sent to Washington and presented to him there by representatives f rom the WAND Legislative Office just before the first vote. The WAND National Office in Boston sponsored a Speaker Training workshop which was attended by sevèral local members. They are now qualified to lead Speaker Training workshops in the fall in Ann Arbor and other communities; these are open to anyone who is nterested. Laura Schieb-Biedron from WAND was one of the speakers at the HiroshimaNagasaki commemoration at Gallup Park on August 6. Members are still appearing at the Farmer's Market every week to hand out lobbying materials, the WAND brochure, and the flier with Congressman Pursell's voting record. RECEIVING AGENDA IN THE MAIL? A note from the publishers: As part of an outreach effort, Agenda has been sending promotional copies to a mailing list provided by WAND. If you have been receiving Agenda in the mail the last two months and you are not a subscriber, this issue is the third and last one that you will receive. We hope that you have appreciated our efforts. fc You may continue to receive Agenda in the mail every month by purchasing a one-year subscriptionfor$10. Send check to: Agenda P.O. Box 3624, AnnArbor, Ml 48106. Ypsilanti Peace Fellowship (YPF) co 539 Maple Ct. Ypsilanti, Ml 48198 484-4365 Statement of Purpose The Ypsilanti Peace Fellowship first organized in June of 1985 to link Ypsilanti area churches in co-sponsoring a 40 year Hiroshima anniversary "Commemorative Service" in Ypsilanti. Subsequently, the group has sponsored several peace education programs and events, including an annual Mothers Day peace celebration in the newly decorated Edith Hefley Peace Park n Ypsilanti. The group is made up of Ypsilanti residents representing several city church and peace organizations. Acknowledging that peace issues need to be addressed where we live, the fellowship defined the following purposes and aims for its activities in Ypsilanti: (1) To maintain personal and inter-organizational communication, ties, and networking, by meeting together throughout the year. (2) To be available for collaboration on peace projects with other groupsindividuals in the community. (3) To be available as a sponsoring or cosponsoring organization for such events. (4) To plan and sponsor for annual peace observances and events on HiroshimaNagasaki Anniversary, Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and Mother's Day. Meetings All are welcome to join us in our meetings and in working together to bring public peace observances to Ypsilanti. Cali 484-4365 for information. BBMI Bread for the World 706 Dwight Street Ypsilanti, MI 48198 487-9058 Statement of Purpose Bread for the World (BFW) is a citizen's lobbying organization that deals with hunger and health related legislation. It s a national group with chapters in the local área. Although it does not send any direct aid itself, BFW, through rts members, has given crucial support to domestic and international hunger programs since being founded in 1971. Members are encouraged to contact their legislators on hunger issues and are kept informed through newsletters, background papers, and informational meetings about pertinent legislation. Meetings Bread for the World is organized by Congressional Districts. In the Ann ArborYpsilanti area there are two chapters. In Ann Arbor (2nd District) meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. For information cali Jim Rutz at 668-4064. In Ypsilanti (15th District) contact Robert Krzewinski at 487-9058. Current Events Every year BFW sets many goals, with one major project that, f successful, would help millions of people who are affected by hunger throughout the world. In 1986 the major project s passage by Congress of the Universal Child Immunization Act which would attempt to immunize all the world's children by 1990 working through programs established by UNICEF. At the same time, BFW is working to pass other legislation such as a national nutrition monitoring program, famine-relief reserves for África, tax relief for the very poor, and other hunger related concerns. For more information aböut programs, BFW can also be contacted at their national office: Bread for the World, 802 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC20018. World Hunger Education-Action Committee (WHE-AC) 4202 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, MI 48109 663-3560 Statement of Purpose WHE-AC focuses on the causes of and solutions to world hunger. lts objectives include educating the community through reading groups, films, speakers, presentations, research, and group actions. WHE-AC is dedicated to understanding the complex social, politica!, economie, and environmental torces that créate and promote world hunger, and advocates selfdetermination and long-term development as viable solutions. The group supports and works closely with Oxfam America and the Instituto for Food and Development Policy. The group has various resources available, including newsletters from Food First and Oxfam America. Meetings The tentativo time for our weekly meetings this fall will be Mondays at 6:30 pm. Check at the front desk of the Michigan Union forthe room locatbn. Current News WHE-AC member Sandra Steingraber has recently returned from a 1 0-week tour of the Sudan where she recorded oral histories of Oromo refugees who have fled Ethiopia. She went at the request of the Oromo Relief Association, a grassroots organization that assists Oromos displaced inside their own country and those who seek refuge in other countries. Ms. Steingraber is currently finishing her report which will be published on its own and as part of a book about Ethiopia, cailed "The Orchestration of Famine." The Instrtute for Food and Development policy in San Francisco gained a great worker in the person of Mindy Williams, a former WHE-AC member. Mindy left our group to begin an internship with the nstitute after a bng and dedicated involvement with WHE-AC. When school begins in September, everyone will be anxious to hear stories from Siri Striar, a WHE-AC member who travelled to Nicaragua this summer after completing her proficiency in Spanish at the Residential College. September Events Look for us at Festifall on the Diag, Friday, September 12. The group will be planning a full schedule of activities for the coming semester. We are looking for people to help us with fundraisers, bake sales, postering and planning. As usual we'll be sponsoring the Oxfam America fast on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. We bok forward to Sandra's presentation on Ethiopia and hope to train speakers to help with varbus educational activities. B"nai Brith Hillel Foundation 1429 Hill Street Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 663-3336 Statement of Purpose The B'nai Brith Hillel Foundation at the University of Michigan is not only for Jewish students at the U-M but is also a central resource for the entire Ann Arbor community. Community Services Hillel's extensivo cultural arts program, including the Celebration of Jewish Arts and the Hill Street Forum lecture series, brings some of the best music, drama, writers, singers and lecturers to the University of Michigan campus. Already booked for the 1986-87 season are writers Kurt Vonnegut, Amos Oz and Joseph Heller, as well as San Francisco's Traveling Jewish Theatre and singer Chava Alberstein. HillePs student-run film co-op, Hill Street Cinema, presents feature length films three evenings a week and features an Israeli or Jewish interest film every other Sunday. The Hill Street Players, Ann Arbors newest student-run theatre program, will be staging one production each semester in the Hillel auditorium. Hillel sponsors a wide array of speakers throughout the year and also coordinates the Israel Conference Day and the University's annual Conference on the Holocaust, lts Jewish Learning Center offers afternoon and evening courses open to the entire community on subjects ranging from Bible and Talmud to Jewish ceramics, Hebrew, Yiddish, Jewish history and Jewish thought. Hillel also houses the Jewish Elderly Outreach program which pairs University students with Jewish elderly in the community. Israeli dance nstruction is offered Sunday evenings, followed by two hours of open dancing. Hillel provides housing and support for over 20 independent student organizations. These range from the United Jewish Appeal to the Progressive Zionist Caucus to the Soviet Jewry and Ethiopian Jewry Action groups. This year will also see the formation of a Jewish feminist group, as well as a speaker series entitled "Women in Judaism." Consider , founded by Hillel in 1983, is the University's weekly issues forum dedicated to presenting opposing viewpoints on a variety of topics. Individual professional school organizations as well as a general Jewish gradúate group schedule lectures, parties and potlucks throughout the academie year. Hillel offers Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services during all of the major holidays as well as every Friday night during the academie year. For more information on any of HillePs programs, please cali 6633336. September Events Sun. 7, 14, 28: Israeli Folk Dancing. One hour of nstruction followed by open dancing. For beginning and advanced students. 7:30 pm, Hillel, 1429 Hill. Sat. 13: The Ensemble for Early Jewish Music. Jewish musJc of the Medieval Renaissance periods, including SefardicLadino music, performed on authentically reproduced historical instruments, 8:45 pm, U-M Museum of Modern Art. Tickets available at Hillel, Beth Emeth, and Beth Israel. Sun. 14: Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. Mass meeting for all those interesled at 7 pm in the Michigan Union. For more information, cali Phyllis at 761 -3121. Tues. 16: Hill Street Players, Hillel's student-run theatre company. Meeting at 7 pm in the Michigan Union, Wolverine Room. For more information, cali Mark at 996-81 31 . Sun. 21: A Traveling Jewish Theatre (TJT) presents "Berlín, Jerusalem and the Moon," a comedy-drama that brilliantly explores the contradictions of Jewish identity using Germany of the '30s and today's Middle East as its backdrop. The company presents ambitious theatre that weaves music, mime, masks, puppetry, storytelling, stand-up comedy and strong individual performance into powerful contemporary drama. Sponsored by Hill Street Forum and Common Ground Theatre Ensemble, 8 pm, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Based in San Francisco, TJT is one of the finest traveling theatre companies in the world. It has performed to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and Europe since 1978 and has received numerous awards in direction, production and performance. Tickets are available at Ticketworld and Hillel. Wed. 24: Student United Jewish Appeal Campaign. Mass meeting, 7 pm, Hillel. Interfaith Councíl for Peace (ICP) 604 E. Hu ron Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 663-1870, 9:30-5:00 Statement of Purpose Interfaith Council for Peace (ICP), a nonprofit educational organization, believes in the possibiüty of a world where every woman, man, and child has the opportunity to live in freedom, peace, and without fear. Begun in 1965 by a small group of area clergy and lay, ICP focused on protesting U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Over the past 20 years Interfaith's work has expanded to address justice concerns related to hunger and agricultura in addition to the ongoing work f or peace. ICP, 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 at the above address. Organizational Structure ICP's membership ncludes 60 area congregations and approximately 3,100 individuáis. A Steering Committee oversees the work of the staffand the work of three taskforces: Land, Food, and Justice Committee: Presentatbns to concerned groups, public tours of local farms, support of direct-marketing projects (e.g., farmers' markets and pick-your-own operations), and production of a seasonalregional cookbook. The committee also works with groups involved in preserving agricultura land near urban areas, encourages support of local (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) farmers through more seasonal eating, and supports legislation favoring small and moderate size farms and sustainable agricultural practices. Hunger Task Force: The annual CROPHunger Walk, educational presentations to school and other groups on domestic and international hunger, support of local free meal programs, and exploration of related economie justice issues and legislation. Disarmament Working Group: Educational presentations to nterested groups, sponsorship of speakers and public events, suggestbns for life-style changes which wil! help to make our society a less violent one (e.g., boycotting war toys and examining issues related to parenting), discussion with the University community on the impact of defense-related research on campus, and support for arms control legislation. Community Services ICP publishes a monthly newsletter, maintains a lending library of both written and audio-visual materials on peace and justice concerns, and has a speakers bureau which ncludes both staff and taskforce members. "Covenant for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons" kits are available from the ICP office for $5. The kit lists nuclear weapons contractors, the consumar products they manufacture and non-nuclear aliernatives. The second edition of "There is a Season," a 117 page seasonal cookbook is availble from the ICP office for $6. Drop in and visit us soon. The ICP office is located in the basement of the First United Methodist Church (corner of State and Huron). September Events Tues. Sept 9: Recruitment rally potluck for the 12th annual Washtenaw County CROP Hunger Walk. The potluck will be followed by the film "Roots of Hunger, Roots of Change" and discussion of how to recruit others to particípate in the Hunger walk. The rally will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to pass, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. For more information:663-l870. New Jewish Agenda (N JA) 2208 Packard AnnArbor, Ml 48104 662-9217 Statement of Purpose New Jewish Agenda (NJA) is comprised of Jews from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations who are committed to progressive human values and the building of a shared visión of Jewish life. Our history and tradrtion inspire us. We believe that Jewish experience and teachings can address the social, economie and political issues of our time. Many of us find inspiration in our people's historical resistance to oppression and from the Jewish presence at the forefront of movements for social change. Many of us base our convictions on the Jewish religous concept ottikun olam (the just ordering of human society and the world) and the prophete trad it ion of social just ice. We are committed to building an inclusive Jewish community and therefore place particular importance on addressing issues which traditionally exclude many Jews. Activities NJA meets regularly around issues of political, social and cultural importance. We have a monthly Friday night (Shabbat) pot-luck dinner. We gather together and celébrate many of the Jewish holidays. We have Middle East, Feminist and Central American Interest groups. NJA publishes a monthly newsletter and the Steering Committee meets monthly. Our activities are open to all and we hope those of you with some interest in NJA will join us. September Events Tues., 9: Central America Interest Group meeting, 7 pm, 71 1 Wesley, Ann Arbor. Information: Judy 995-5210. Sun., 14: Steering Committee Meeting, 5 pm, 1736 Glenwood. Information: Gary 971 -5382. Mon., 15: Speaker: Gideon Spiro, Israeli Peace Activist "The braeli-Palestinian Peace Movement: Confronting the 'Iran Fist' in the Occupied Territorios," co-sponsored by LASC, ICP, Rackham Student Government, Office of Ethics and Religión, FSACC, MAD, and the Ecumenical Center. 7:30 pm, East Conference Room, Fourth Floor, Rackham, Ann Arbor. Wed., 1 7: RSVP for Potluck on September 1 9, 994-8052. Fri., 19: Shabbat Potluck, bring a veggie dish to pass and be prepared to have fun with nice people. Al Fishman of Detroit NJA will show slides of his trip to the U.S.S.R., 7 pm, 1302 Gardner, Ann Arbor. Thurs., 25: Feminist Interest Group, 7:30 pm, 1208 Chapel Ct., Ann Arbor. Information: Judy 665-2825. The Poseidon Foundation co Shaman Drum Bookshop 313 S. State Street Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 Statement of Purpose The Poseidon Foundation offers educational programs in varbus areas of spirituality for students, facufty and staff at the University of Michigan as well as for people in the larger Ann Arbor community. Poseidon is founded on the belief that the spiritual dimensión of life can be experienced directly. The foundation operates on an independent, nonprofit basis and is not affiliated with any other spiritual or religious organization. Funding is contributed by those who support its work. Poseidon's programs draw on intuition, imagination and inspiration. They use wisdom from sources as far away as Exupery's "The Little Prince" who tells us, "K is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye." „ Community Services The Poseidon Foundation sponsors talks, workshops, classes, publications, and service groups, and also makes resource referrals. These activities are of interest to people who are seeking one or more of the following: opportunities (CONT. ON NEXT PAGE) Poseidon Foundation (CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE) for service as a spiritual path; a con neet ion between politics and spirituality; ntegration of their masculine and feminine dimensions; a spirituality outside of any one religious traditibn; a worldview which is more personally and socially enriching than our present culture offers. The foundation is directed by Jonathan Ellis who has worked on such issues for the last 17 years on the University of Michigan campus and elsewhere. For more nformation, you may write to the Poseidon Foundation at the address above, or cali Jonathan Ellis at 665-0248. September Events The Poseidon Foundation wilt sponsor two classes beginning in mid-September and running through October. The first class is on "Politics and Spirituality" and will conskJer the deeper resources people have within themselves for collective politica! action. The second class, called "Imagination and Intuition," will give people a chance to use their abiiity to imagine to develop the ability to have intuition. Both classes are led by Jonathan Ellis and meet once a week, for two hours, for six weeks at a weekday evening time to be arranged. For information about how to join these Poseidon classes, cali 665-0248 as soon as possible. The Zen Lotus Society Zen Buddhist Temple-Ann Arbor 1214 Packard Road Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 761-6520 "We are what we t hink All that we are arises with our thoughts Wrth our thoughts we make the world Speak or act with an impure mind And trouble will folbw you As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart" the Dhammapada The Zen Lotus Society, a nonprofit religious organization and North American Buddhist Order, was founded by Samu Sunim in the late summer of 1967 in his flat in Manhattan, New York City. tt was established with a view to spreading Buddhadharma in America through teaching the practice of Zen and promoting Buddhist culture. Zen Buddhist Temple-Ann Arbor was established in 1981 and now serves as the U. S. office of the Zen Lotus Society. Programs A Buddhist Service from 4:45 pm to 6:30 pm on Sundays is open to the public. Guidance is provided for newcomers. On Sunday morning there is a service for Korean members. There is also morning and evening meditation practice for members and visitors. The. temple schedules regular introductor talks on Zen Buddhism, 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 instruction in the basics of Zen Meditation and practice. Zen Lotus Society Handbook, which is available from Zen Buddhist Temple-Ann Arbor, describes the activities of the Zen Lotus Society in detail. It includes: The autobiography of Samu Sunim; history of the society; the teachers; training programs for Buddhist priesthood, for Dharma teachers, for Dharma workers and for Zen artists; membership; retreats and summer training; beginners and visitors programs; Buddhist Institute of Canada and Summer Lecture Series in Ann Arbor; Buddhist events and observances; and Buddhist services and ceremonies. September Events Sat. 6: Introductory talk, "Zen Buddhism in North America: History, Philosophy, and Practice", 7 to 8 pm, Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. For information: 761-6520. Sept. 11 to Od. 16: Beginner's class. Six Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. For information: 761 -6520. Oct. 17 to 19: Beginner's Weekend Retreat with Samu Sunim. For information: 761 -6520. raifiiffry iii = g H ' '■ ■ ■ ■ ftl ViiciIBf llw"w"""m'l"m" New World Agriculture Group (NWAG) 4096 Natural Science Building University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 313764-1446 Statement of Purpose Much of the work currently being pursued by members of the New World Agriculture Group (NWAG, pronounced New Ag ), centers around helping the people of Nicaragua find ways of developing an independent system of agriculture. Achieving independence in agricuttural development entails, among other things, reducing the country's dependence upon expensive foreign agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides. Such a task is not easy considering the level to which Nicaraguan farmers in the Somoza era had become dependent upon pesticides, many banned in the United States, but actively marketed in countries like Nicaragua by U.S. corporations. In the mid1970's Nicaragua was one of the world's leading users of DDT. A rapid and continuous increase in the degree of pest resistance to these chemicals resulted in an "arms race" between farmer and pest with farmers spraying their fields as many as 30 times per season ! Since the Sandinista revolulion in 1 979, however, there have been major changes in the country's pattern of pesticide use. Much of the success in reducing Nicaragua's chemical dependency can be attributed to the regulatory policies adopted by the Sandinista government. The government has lowered by 45% the volume of pesticide entering the country, banning dangerous Chemicals such as DDT, BHC, endrin, dieldrm, Phosvel, and DBCP. The Natbnal Pesticide Commission (CNP), composed of members from the public and private sectors, was established to oversee pesticide imports and to protect the health of workers. The CNP has developed a system of color coding the labels of pesticide containers so that workers who cannot read the labels will know the potential hazards they face. In 1980, the Ministry of Agriculture (MIDINRA) instituted a program of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which emphasizes the integration of a variety of biological pest controls, such as naturally occurring predators and parasites, to be used instead of chemical controls. The IPM program is a huge success because insecticide use has been reduced to a record low of 16-17 applications per season, saving farmers up to $2.92 m Ilion in 1 982-83. The government of Nicaragua has made grower participation in the IPM program mandatory, and subsidizes and insures farmers against additional costs and financial tosses. NWAG recognizes the new system of agriculture in Nicaragua, where the government and farmers work together to feed the country yet also protect workers and the environment, as a model for Third World agricultural development. This is why NWAG members are so eager to lend a hand to the government and people of Nicaragua. Membership NWAG consists of social and natural scientists, plus many non-academies, all with interests in agriculture, who are dedicated to assist in finding alternatives to contemporary agricultural production that are neither socially nor ecologically destructive. There are approximately 100 NWAG members dispersed across the continent. The largest chapters are in hhaca, NY, Ann Arbor, Ml, Berkeley, CA, and Champaign-Urbana, IL In addition there are active members located in Massachusetts, Vermont, North Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Canada, and Nicaragua. 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. Local Meetings Interested persons are welcome to attend our meetings and should cali the NWAG-Ann Arbor office (764-1446) to find out the place and time meetings occur. 5131M:tWUdyMI- Housíng Bureau for Seniors, Inc. 1010 Wall Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109 763-0970 Community Services The Housing Bureau for Seniors provides peer counseling for senior citizens and their families about housing choices in Washtenaw County. Volunteers staff the Bureau's main offices which are now located in the Kellogg Eye Center, 990 Wall Street, Ann Arbor, or n Outreach sites n Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, Whitmore Lake, Chelsea, Saline, and the Burns Park Senior Center. To arrange for a free interview to discuss your housing situation, contact the Housing Bureau at 763-0970. September Events Training sesslons for new voiunteers will begin on September 22. The training will feature workshop sessions in which new and continuing counselors develop ways to defuse crises, sharpen their listening skills and become effective interviewers. Also, effective information about housing for seniors in this área will be presented. Voiunteers will be exposed to a wide variety of available senior housing in this county through several field trips to f acilit es in this area. An informational tea reception for prospective voiunteers will be held September 1 1 , f rom 3 to 4:30 pm in the second floor conference room of Turner Clinic. If you are curious about the Bureau's activities and would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer housing counselor, cali 763-0970. Arrange to come to the tea, or ask for an interview with Carolyn Hastings, executive director, or Carole Lapidos, volunteer coördinator. Informational interviews will be held the week of September 15. Adult Child Workshop: Ad uit children of senior citizens are often placed in highry stressful situatbns when their parents face housing crises. Coping with a parent's age-relaied disabilities, reduced financial circumstances, or dependent or unstable emotional state can forcé many adult children to feel lonery or panicky. This in turn, may interfere with whatever housing decisions may be contemplated or necessary. "Where will home be next for mom and dad?" is a workshop designed to help the adult children of senior citizens deal with this new phase in their lives. The workshop will be held Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 - 9 pm in the Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin, Ann Arbor. The workshop is free. To register, contact the Housing Bureau for Seniors at 763-0970. Ann Arbor Coors Boycott Committee 1537 Mclntyre Ann Arbor, Ml 48105 995-5767 Statement of Purpose Over the past several years, the Adolph Coors Brewery has expanded distribution of Coors beers into the midwest. Coors beer is now available in many local bars, restaurants, and stores. Many people are aware that Coors has been the object of a nationwide boycott by labor, minority groups, and environmentalists. The purpose of the this local boycott committee is to instituto an effective boycott of Coors beer here in Ann Arbor. We are just getting organized so our meeting times are irregular. Please cali for more information. Reasons to boycott Coors beer 1. The Coors company has broken 19 unions of Coors workers in the last 20 years. Coors requires its workers to submit to mandatory lie detector tests and physical examinations are carried out on demand by company pólice. 2. In 1984, Coors chairman William Coors publicly stated that blacks "lack the intellectual capacity to succeed." Many Coors workers have charged the company with racism and Coors has lost or settled out of court several suits involving charges of discriminatory hiring practices. 3. Joseph Coors founded the Mountain States Legal Fund in 1 977, a pro-nuclear group which also represents companies attempting to extract natural resources from wilderness areas. James Watt was the organization's first president. Coors also boosted Ann Burford, Reagan's disastrous EPA chief , to national prominence. 4. The rise of the religious right has been aided by Coors donations. Recipients include the Moral Majority, Campus Crusade for Christ, the John Birch Society, and the Committee for Survival of a Free Congress. ■ 5. The Coors family owns all of the voting stock and 90% of the non-voting stock of the company. Thus every dollar of profit serves the family's own right-wing political agenda. The national boycott of Coors beer begun in 1977 by striking Coors workers has been endorsed by the AFL-CK), the National Education Association, NOW, the National Congress of Black Trade Unionists, the Mexican American Political Association, and gay rights and consumer groups across the country. 6. The boycott is working. Since 1977, Coors has dropped from 3rd to 7th place among beer producers nationally. Coors has also gone from having the lowest advertising budget (per barrel of beer) to the highest advertising budget in the country. Democratie Socialists of America Ann Arbor Local P.O. Box 7211 Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 Statement of Purpose The Democratie Socialists of America formed in 1982 by a merger of the Democratie Socialist Organizing Committee, a remnant of the old Socialist Party, and the New American Movement which grew out of the New Left of the1960's. DSA draws its members from many Left traditions. We cultívate an open and pragmatic politica! style that enables us to work in and with all the main progressive movements - labor, feminist, peace, anti-racist, and so on. We try to help the progressive forces in American society form a powerful coalition to achieve peace, economie democracy, and racial and sexual justice. We believe that this task must at least begin within the Democratie Party. Membership and Structüre Membership is open to anyone committed to democratie principies and progressive change. Natbnal dues are $35.00 per year ($15.00 low-income) and local dues of $10.00 ($5.00) are voluntary. The main Ann Arbor local has a steering committee, but most major decisbns are taken at monthly membership meetings. These are open to all and any DSA member may vote. For more information about meetings, see our bimonthly newsletter or cali Greg Scott, 665-5652. The Youth Section meets weekly during the school year and also gets together to socializo on Friday afternoons. For more information, cali Paul Meyer, 996-5950. The Local also has an affiliated political action committee, SOCPAC, that endorses candidates for public office and donatas small amounts of money. Current Events DSA will hold its annual Fall outreach meeting Tuesday, September 1 6. Jim Shoch, National DSA's Political Director, will be there. For time and location, cali Greg Scott, 6655652. This fall DSA is organizing a general conference of the local Left to work out a common agenda in city politics. The conference on "New Directions for Ann Arbor" will be held Saturday, October 11. For more info, cali Eric Ebel, 6624497. DSA members are also working with various groups to get the city to study comparable worth in city employment. For more on this, calí Greg Scott, 665-5652. New Democratie Movement (NDM) P.O. Box 3527 Ann Arbor, Ml 48106 996-8408 Theory Any viable strategy for change n America today must reckon with the cultural ascendancy of capitalism. This is a central fact of our social existence and must be met head on. By means of the mass media the educatbn system, popular culture, and bureaucratized and alienating methods of production, the capitalist State has "colonized" civil society, and confused and weakened working class solidarity. The corporations thus rarely need to use overt violence to enforce their rule. To overeóme this complex and often subtle form of domination we must build and nurture a nation-wide counter-cultural trend that reaches into all spheres of society. Only out of such a movement can we then develop a "democratie" or "majoritarian" process of change. Cultural (and counter-cultural) power is not limited to the narrow field of "arts and leisure" but extends throughout our entire society, molding valué systems, social networks, learned behaviour and ritual, tt comprises not only the mental aspect of culture but its material aspect as wel!: the implementation and realizatton of values in concrete nstitutions. Strategy How can the cultural ascendency of capitalism be overeóme? How can the counter-cultural power of working and oppressed peoples be construded? What are the proper methods of struggle? What are effective strategies and correct tactics? We must simultaneously challenge power and deliver services. To do only the former would be oppositional; to do only the latter, reformist. We must créate our own nstitutions and seize footholds of power in existing institutions. We can expand these footholds; we can use them to shield and nurture our own projects. The power and resources are out there. In unions, in cooperativos, in churches. Even the State is not monolithic. The community, city and state levéis and even some courts and some paris of the federal bureacracy enjoy a relative independent which is subject to nfluence and pressure from working people. We can exploit contradictbns here. We can find openings here. Eventually, local power bases can serve as a "springboards" for national power. Reagan and Nixon catapulted into national power from their local California power base - we can do likewise from ours. Think of it in terms of guerilla warfare: we are building a network of "liberated zones" and "basa áreas" in an institutionalcultural space. Our strategie targets are the corporate monopolies and in particular the federal government policies and structures that serve them. However, merely opposing corporate America does not deal with alternatives or with the realKy of the U.S. system. The people of America will seek new leadership among those who have presented a visión, and have constructed living examples and working models of that visión. Competent leadership must be visible and demonstrable. We can not wait for an economie catastrophe. We can not only protest, oppose and delay. We must contend. Program and Meetings Our program is not a list of shrill demands or a utopian blueprint. It is a comprehensivo plan of action around which local and national organizing efforts can be structured. It is transitional. It deals concretely with the trends, probiems and opportunities of the present perbd of crisis. It is nonsectarian and pluralistic. It speaks to the majority of Americans and strives to unite members of different classes and sectors around their common economie interests. For more information on the program, attend the NDM September monthly meeting. Sun., Sept. 21: Monthly Meetinglntroduction to NDM, public welcome, 4 pm, Michigan League, Room D, 3rd flcor , Ann Arbor. - fcfriiHii il il i' mihiu Free South África Coordinating Committee (FSACC) co Michigan Student Assembly 8309 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 971-7994 or 769-8549 Statement of Purpose Formed in the spring of 1985, FSACC is a multi-racial campus-based group which is committed to opposing the brutal system of Apartheid in South África as well as racism in this country. FSACC produces literature and organizes educational events which examine Apartheid and exposé ways in which U.S. institutions (including the University of Michigan), underwritethat system. FSACC is also involved in grass-roots efforts to change the policies and practices of our government and university which provide direct support to the Apartheid regime or reflect insensitivity to the aspirations of the majority of the country's disenfranchised Black population. Meetings FSACC meets every Monday night at 7 pm in Room 111, West Engineering Bldg. (corner of S. University and E. University). At each meeting we have a brief update about the week's activities in South África. Cali for more nformation. (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) FSACC (CONT. FHOM PREVIOUS PAGE) Current News Last academie year FSACC organized and initiated five major events and campaigns to edúcate the campus and Ann Arbor community about the South África issue and to help pressure the university administration to take a stronger anti-Apartheid stand. (1) FSACC coordinated a mass petition orive (2,000 ñames) to bolster the nomination of S. African leader Nelson Mándela for an honorary degree. (2) When the University Regents refused to honor Mándela and handled the nomination in a secretive and undemocratic manner, we organized a 24 hour sit-in in the Administration Building, involving more than 100 students. (3) In May we held an alternativo commencement ceremony to honor Nelson Mándela. The event was attended by nearly 400 people with U.S. Congressman George Crockett delivering the keynote address and a representativo of the African NationalCongress accepting the honors for Mándela. (4) In March we built an anti-Apartheid shanty in the Diag as a symbol of the suffering in S. África and as a reminder of the actual condrtions under which Black S. Africans live. Despite attacks by local vandals, the shanty has endured and will remain standing until Apartheid is abolished. (5) On April 4, the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, we joined forces with dozens of campus and community groups to sponsor a Freedom March against Racism and Apartheid. We have also hosted numerous films, panels, and speakers, including a 3-day teach-in last October. We have held several candlelight vigils in memory of the victims of the violent Apartheid system. Over the summer a small corps of FSACC members met weekly to prepare literature and make preliminary plans for Fall activities. We also successfully pressured the local authorities to prosecute a shanty vandal caught by campus security last term. Coming Events We have four major campaigns planned for the upcoming school year: (1) Build an even broader and stronger campaign in support of the nomination of Nelson Mándela for an honorary degree in May, 1 987. (2) Launch a material aid drive to collect funds and supplies for the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom School for South African refugees and politica) exiles in Tanzania. (3) Initiate dialogue and a petition drive wilh other progressive and minority organizations to develop an anti-racist agenda for the campus. (4) Organizo a very broad coalition of organizations in preparation for the 2nd annual Freedom March Against Racism and Apartheid, April 4, 1 987. Frl. 12: FSACC will have literatura, posters and T-shirts at our Festrtall booth on the diag. Mon. 15: Mass meeting to discuss the current situation in Southern África and to give an update on campus antiApartheid activities. We will also teil others how they can get nvolved in the Free South África Movement. 8 pm, Ampitheatre of the Rackham Bldg. (Washington St., across from MLB). Frl. 26: Rededication ceremony for the anti-Apartheid shanty. The ceremony will include songs, speeches, poems and drama and will begin at 8 pm on the Diag. Sept. 26-Oct. 11: Signup of teams to staff the shanty around the doek to kick off this year's anti-Apartheid campaigns. Oct. 10: The national day of solidarity with S. African politica! prisoners. Noon rally on the Diag, followed by a symbolic "breaking the chains" ceremony at several sites around the city. Oct. 10-11: Dr. Manning Marable and journalist Alexander Cockburn will be keynote speakers to kick off an all-day conference on Oct. 1 1 , "Critiques of U.S. Intervention in Central America, South África and the Middle East," sponsored by FSACC, Latin American Solidarity Committee, November 29 Committee for Palestino, and New Jewish Agenda. Details will be announced. International Possibilitíes Unlimited (IPU) South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program P. O. Box 2542 AnnArbor, MI 48106 973-2016 Statement of Purpose International Possibilities Unlimited (IPU), the organization conducting the bracelet program, is a nonprofit oorporation with staff workers and a board of directors. The South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program staff operates in four committees: the Orders, Network, Publicity, and Education Committees. The purpose of theSouth África Political Prisoner Bracelet Program is to edúcate the public about the plight of political prisoners in South África and to increase the public's awareness of the continued racial and socialeconom ie oppression of the people of Southern África. Each bracelet bears the name of a South African political prisoner serving a life sentence. The bracelet should facilítate the development of a personal bond between the wearer and the prisoner named thereon and his or her family. To that end, we provide addresses where parlicipants 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 p.m. at 2501 Braeburn Circle. Please cali 973-2016 to confirm the tocation. IPU presently has seven working members. We carry out all aspects of the bracelet program and therefore we are a task-oriented organization. This program offers numerous rewards to anyone who has the courage and committment to take the challenge of creating a viable international program "against all odds." We need people who are excited by that type of challenge. Action Alert Every month in this section we will give you information about anti-apartheid campaigns or efforts that need your immediate attention and support. This month we will highlkjht Senate Bill S2701 and a new anti-apartheid PAC. A bilí that imposes economie sanctions on South África was passed by the Senate, August 15th. S2701, introduced by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), bars most new investments in, and loans to South África, prohibits the importation of coal, uranium and steel (with diamonds banned if there is no progress in 1 2 months) and severely restricts U.S. landing rightsfor South African aircraft. Since the Senate bill falls short of the comprehensive sanctions contained in HR 997, the bill which passed in the House in June, a House-Senate conference committee was appointed. This committee will begin negotiating a compromise bill when Congress returns from summer break September 8th. tt is imperativo that you contact Congressman Pursell and Senators Levin and Reigle to express your support for the comprehensiva sanctbns delineated in the House bill. A politica! action committee has been established to assist candidates running for federal office who are "committed to vigorous action" in support of majority rule in South África and independence for Namibia. Americans Against Apartheid, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, offers money and volunteer support to congressional candidates and works in coalition with other anti-apartheid organizations. Coniributions or information requests can be made to: Americans Against Apartheid, P O Box 65004, Washington, DC 20035-5004 or (202) 822-3131 . Current Events To date, IPU has sold 1 ,600 bracelets to people in 30 states and in five countries. The bracelets and the 27 page resource brochure which accompanies them are available in two stores (Collected Works in Ann Arbor and the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Detroit) or through the mail at the above IPU address. They are $6.76 each ($6.50 + $0.26 state sales tax). A National Anli-Apartheid Student Conference will be held at Howard University, Saturday, September 20th. The goal of the conference is to develop a strategy for nationwide, campus-based, anti-apartheid activism. Written proposals for activities from student groups will be accepted prior to the conference and voted on at the conference. Voting will be democratically based in the sense that there will be one vote per campus, rf you are interested, please contact Ms. Ona Alston of the Howard University Student Association at (202) 636-7007. National Organization for Women (NOW) Ann Arbor-Washtenaw County Chapter 1917 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104 995-5494 Statement of Purpose The National Organization for Women is committed to taking action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising full rkjhts and responsibilities in partnership with men. NOW works to support the private choice of every woman to control her own reproductiva life, to support each person's right to be free from discrimination based on one's sexual preference, and to include the Equal Rights Ammendment in the Constitution of the United States of America. The NOW Political Action Committee gathers information about pol'rtical candidates and their positions on feminist issues and may choose to endorse candidates that support women's issues. Further, NOW works on many issues that affect women: fair insurance practices, nuclear disarmament, minority rights, homemakers' rights, day care, pay equity and so on; wherever women's lives are affected. Meetings The Ann Arbor-Washtenaw County chapter of NOW meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Church, 1917 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. A topic of general interest is presented at 7:30, preceded by a social halfhour. Free child care is available during the meeting, and the public is always welcome. A portion of each meeting is devoted to writing letters of support or critique regarding current issues to the people involved and the government officials concerned with their resolution . September Events Frl., 26: "Women in Politics-1986." A fund-raising celebration to honor and support local women politicians. Senator Lana Pollack; Commisioners Merilou Murray, Catherine McClary, and Mary Egnor; and Councilwomen Doris Preston, Kathy Edgren, and Bev Fish will be among the honorees. Your $25 donation will go to the Ann Arbor NOW-PAC. 7:30 -10:30 pm, 1781 Arlington, Ann Arbor. For informatbn: 995-2532. Tues., 9: "Positiva and Negative Images of Women" will be the topic for the general meeting, with the emphasis on images of women in the local área. The meeting will be open to anyone wishing to share personal experiences and for ideas on how to work to improve the image of women. 7:30 pm, 1917 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. To Be Announced: "Feminist FrkJay" Monthly gettogethers to meet other feminists and discuss whatever is on your mind in an informal atmosphere. Information: 6626429. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) 619 East University, A-1 Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 971-4702 Statement of Puipose Since its founding in 1915, WILPF has united countless (CONT.ONNEXTPAGE) WILPF (CONT. FROM PRE VÏOUS PAGE) women working for peace and freedom. Currently, there are approximately 120 members in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti branch. As an international organization with official representation in the United Nations, WILPF is committed to the U.N. as a strong forcé for settling disputes among natbns. WILPF has always affirmed that peace and freedom are inseparable, two sides of the same coin. The organization continúes to be a multi-issue, multi-race group, emphasizing the connections between war and poverty, racism and economie exploitation, and sexism and violence. The group stands fcr the equality of all people in a world free of racism and sexism, the building of a constructive peace through world disarmament, and changing U.S. government prioritiesto meet human needs. Meetings WILPF holds monthly program and action meetings to plan events, discuss issues and determine what actions the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti branch will take regarding those issues. Cali for specif ie times and places. Community Services Since education for peace is a major part of WILPF's program, the group has a lot of literature available on the subject. Art work, T-shirts, posters, buttons and books are also available for moderate donations. Members will speak on current issues and special topics, such as U.S. policy in Central America, war tax resistance. Also available are chikjren's books on peace, disarmament and social justice September Events WILPF Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor branch will have its first meeting of the fall on Tuesday, September 16, at 7:30 pm, Fellowship Room of Friend's Center, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor. The purpose of the meeting is to greet new members and explain the program for the year. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Amnesty International (Al) U.S. Group 61 Ann Arbor, Ml 761-1628 or 761-3639 Amnesty International (Al) is a strictly nonpartisan worldwide movement of people working for the release of prisoners of conscience, for fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners, and for an end to torture and the death penalty in all cases. Al defines prisoners of conscience as men, women, and children who are detained anywherë because of their beliefs, color, sex, ethnic origin, language or religión provided they have neither used nor advocated violence. Al is independent of all governments, political factions, ideologies, economie interests, and religious creeds. lts mandate is based on the United Natbns' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For its work, Al was awarded the 1 977 Nobel Peace Prize. One of the key guidelines of AI's approach is to work on behalf of individual prisoners. Members of Al send Communications on behalf of the imprisoned to officials. Members organize public meetings and arrange special publicity events, such as vigils at appropriate government offices or embassies. Members collect signatures for international petitions and raise money to send relief, (and often greetings and words of support) to the prisoners and their families. The hope and encouragement that this provides prisoners is reflected in the words of a former prisoner in Taiwan: "I can never forget how I was moved to tears when unexpectedly I was handed in a solitary cell a brief letter from Amnesty International." Since it was founded in 1961, Al has intervened on behalf of more than 20,000 prisoners in over 100 countries. A key to AI's effectiveness is its scrupulous research and documentation of prisoners' cases. AI's International Secretariat in London has a research department which collects and analyzes information from a wide variety of sources and Al representativos go on missions to collect onthe-spot information. The accuracy of AI's findings is recognized throughout the world. Membershlp and Actlvities Al is a volunteer organization with 500,000 members and supporters in more than 150 countries. One of the most (CONT. ON NEXT PAGE) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (CONT. FROM PREVIOUS PAGE) popular ways of becoming involved in Al activities ís to join an Adoption Group, which consists of 1 0 to 30 members and works on behalf of individual prisoners whose cases have been researched by the International Secretariat. The Ann Arborgroup, AIUSA Group 61, holds official meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm at the Michigan Union, lts primary work is letter writing to foreign countries on behalf of the group's "adopted" prisoners until those prisoners are released. It is often asked whether writing letters does any good, particularly in countries with dismal human rights records. At the very least, letters help prevent a prisoner from getting lost in the system. Prisoners who have been released have reported that their treatment in prison improved significantly once letters began to arrive. With regard to torture, many governments who use t "otficially" condemn it, and are embarrassed at being exposed as practitioners. In the absence of diplomatic pressure, letter writing is sometimos the only way such abuses are exposed. Group 61 requires its members to write a minimum of two letters per month, one on behatf of each of its two adopted prisoners. Group 61 members also staff Irterature tables at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market and the Art Fair, and coffee and literature tables in the Fishbowl and Modern Languages Building at the U-M. Members also work on publicity and fundraising. To learn more about AIUSA programs, contact the national headquarters at AIUSA, 322 8th Ave., New York, NY 10001, (212) 807-8400. To join the U.S. Urgent Action Network, contact AIUSA, Urgent Action Office, P.O. Box 1 270, Nederland, CO 80466, (303) 440-0913. Curren t Events Presently, Group 61 works on the cases of two adopted prisoners, Tatyana Velkanova of the U.S.S.R., and Ahmet Isvan of Turkey. A third prisoner, A. Vettithasan of Sri Lanka, whose case is still under investigaron, may be adopted by Group 61 in the coming months. Group 61 also needs help staffing an information booth at the Saturday Farmer's Market from 9 am to 1 pm. The group is presently organizing a September or October event to celébrate the 25th anniverasy of Al. There is also an urgent action group in Ann Arbor which works on Latín American cases. Cali 6680249 for more informatbn. PIRGIM 4109 Michigan Union AnnArbor, MI 48109 668-6515; 662-6597 PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in Michigan) is the state's leading consumerenvironmental organization. PIRGIM'S 15,000 citizen members and thousands of student members nationwide have combined to win victories for consumere by lowering telephone prices, and for residents by reducing the dangers from toxic chemicals. For example, PIRGIM efforts last year led to state and county laws giving citizens and workers the right to know about toxic chemicals. We challenged Michigan Bell three years ago and won over $318 millón n telephone cost savings for consumers. Our activities nclude voter registration campaigns, women's safety in Ann Arbor, and passing the federal Superf und law. Structure and Membership PIRGIM is effective in changing state and local policies because of a unique partnership between students, who run the organization, and its citizen members. The Board of Directors is elected from student PIRGIM members. The Board then hires a professional staff of lawyers, bbbyists and organizers who run a Citizen Outreach Campaign to work with citizens to pass important legislation. PIRGIM always welcomes volunteers. Projects for volunteers include producing consumer buying guides, working on the newsletter, researching for a study on problems with the food stamp program, and researching on toxic waste sites. Contact Andy at 662-6597. Current Actlvities PIRGIM's 1986-87 "Consumar Guide to Banking in Ann Arbor" will be available September 4. Also watch for our "Guide to Food, Spirits, and Entertainment" and the new newsletter. The Citizen Outreach Project is kicking off its fall campaign to enact environmental enforcement legislation. Full and part-time paid positions are available with the campaign. Contact Jenna or Woody at 668-651 5. PIRGIM's campus activities: toxic cleanup, women's safety, world and domestic hunger relief and more begin in September. Watch for posters and announcements, or cali Andy at 662-6597. Alcohol (Continued from page 10) will never be willing to accept the unacceptable: alcoholism is killing us. Admitting that we cannot control what the alcoholic and drug dependent among us do is the first step we need to take in order to help them. And for no less than one quarter of us, taking this step allows us to begin the path from addiction. The first step in our recovery is to admit that we live in a community which has a serious alcohol and drug problem. After giving up our denial, we need to determine which recovery program will work best for us. If we discover that we are part of the 2 to 40%, we need to become active in Alcoholics Anonymous. As long as we persist in our self destructive behavior, we cannot help advance ourselves or our community. Drunks make poor revolutionaries. Ann Arbor is fortúnate to have gaylesbian meetings of AA. But, gay AA will not keep any of us sober. It is the program of Alcoholics Anonymous which keeps us sober. Gaylesbian meetings are an added bonus; a bonus that of ten helps newly sober alcoholics learn the basics of the program without fear of rejection by the larger AA community. If we are co-dependents (and who in the gaylesbian community is not affected by an alcoholic?) we need to go to Al-Anon. Based on the same Twelve Step program as Alcoholics Anonymous, members of AlAnon learn how they are affected by the "disease" process of alcoholism and what they can do to gain some sanity in their lives. If we are to be a healthy community, we need to begin working on ourselves; for unless we are healthy how can we expect to help others become healthy? And unless we are self-accepting, how can we expect others to accept us? After beginning work on ourselves, we need to establish chem-free space in our community. In making this claim, I do not advocate that we rush out to join the ranks of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Alcohol is not the enemy and the problems of alcoholism will not be eliminated if alcohol is made illegal. What we must do, however, is to give up that all too prevalent notion that everyone drinks. And we need to quk using the gay and lesbian bars as a scapegoat for our addiction. Recent research concerning substance abuse in the gay male community indicates that homosexual alcoholics drank alcoholically even before they entered their first gay bar. Bars do not cause alcoholism. A few years ago, I had my last alcoholic beverage. Yet, today, I enjoy meeting students and members of my department at our favorite East Lansing bar. While there I drink my soda and lime and enjoy the company of my colleagues while we chat and share joys, excitement, disappointments, and successes. Because I am able to get my non-alcoholic drink, there is no reason for me to avoid this particular bar. (In fact, the soda and lime is not only readily available; it is also free.) Sadly, I cannot say the same thing about the majority of gay functions which I attend. Frequently, those of us who choose not to drink - and I should point out that not all of us are alcohol or drug dependent - fïnd it difficult to obtain nonalcoholic beverages at gay functions. Even when non-alcoholic beverages are available, they frequently are not as available as alcoholic ones. For example, the last time I went to a gay bar, I found that I could purchase a well drink for $1.00. Yet, because it did not contain alcohol, my customary soda and lime cost $1.35. When we set aside chem-free space at our events and make sure that non-alcoholic beverages are equally available and desirable at our functions, we begin to help people understand that it is okay not to drink. This, of course, is not the same as saying that it is not okay to drink. Being drunk is not a requirement for being a politically correct homosexual. And, as Bob Kus from the University of Iowa has documented in his research with recovering gay alcoholics, sober sex - and social intercourse in general - is far more fulfilling than the "God was J drunk last night" syndrome made famous by The Boys in the Band. Is the escape from reality that alcohol and drugs bring worth the risk of our health and, quite probably, our lives?
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