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1987
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ATTENTION READERS: It is the intention of this DIRECTORY to be an open forum for community organizations to puiblicize their activities and resources. The format calis for the groups to write their own copy. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the editors or publishers AGENDA Ann Arbor's Alternative Newsmonthly AGENDA Publications P. O. Box 3624 Ann Arbor, Ml 48106 (313)996-8018 DEAR READERS:AGENDA celebrates its first year of existence this month. Since we starled the machinery of pubüshing n February, 1986 we have put out twelve monthly editions of AGENDA. Great pains are taken to make this Directory a contemporary and lively forum. We are now committed to pubüshing 75% fresh copy each month, so if you are one of those who doesn't bother reading the listings because "you've read the same stuff last month," you're missing out on a lot of interesting and important current news. CURRENT NEWS: Lisa Dennis and Sarah Carney are students of the U-M's School of Natural Resources receiving academie credit for an internship with AGENDA. During this winter semester, they are working on AGENDA'S outreach project by meeting with Resource Directory organizations. The purpose of the outreach project is to make the publication more responsivo to the needs of the community organizations and more interesting to the readers. MEETINGS: In an effort to involve more people in the production of AGENDA, two monthly meetings will be held on a continuing basis. The first Thursday of each month will be a full staff meeting to evalúate the previous month's paper and plan future editions (see 2 Thursday, CALENDAR). This month, there will also be an open meeting. All are welcome to participate! (See 14 Tuesday, CALENDAR) DIRECTORY PARTICIPANTS: Please note that the inclusión of some logos and not others in this issue is due strictly to the avaJIability of the art. Please send us your logo, as well as photographs and artwork with your next listing (or sooner). We also want to mention the great progress that has been made by organizations to turn their copy n on disc. This has helped us process the paper much more easily and has reduced the amount of resources utilized between us. COMPUTER HINTS: When setting up a new file do not set up a left indent or a first line indent- just set one tab at .25. Also please use only one space after the end of a sentence. Our new format specs are: 12 point bold letterheads, 4 point leading between topics, 8 point bold type CAPS for headings and 8 point plain type for copy. Calendar items are to fall at the bottom of the listing in the following order: Event: sponsor (in bold type), time and place, one to two sentence description, fee, phone number (in plain type). If this is not clear, look at any AGENDA Calendar and follow the order you see for each event. We believe that this process can get even better if we all understand the guidelines set by the staff and discuss those guidelines if they do not meet the contact's needs. Our outreach workers will be meeting with as many organizations as they can before the end of the semester. Please talk with them about your concerns and let them know your opinión s on the efficacy of the paper as an organizing tooi. Lisa and Sarah's last day will be April 17, so be thinking about fitting them in before then. Also feel free to attend one of our meetings. And those of you who can afford it, please help us out by sending in the $.05 per character that we have asked for. Some student organizations have money in their budgets through MSA for publicity. Others must go before the MSA Budget Priorities Committee. We suggest that you figure out your average character count for a semester and put in a request for that amount. Please take the time to look into it. We are hanging by the skin of our teeth every month and could be greatly aided by the $5 to $20 per issue you send. You can also help by sending in group and personal subscriptions. We've heard through our outreach that WHEAC is subsidizing subscriptions sent in by their members 5050. What a great idea! We are also offering a special for those of you who are leaving town for the summer: $5 for 5 issues. If you like the paper and see a need for it, support it! K];!! People's Food Coop 740 Packard and 212 N. Fouth Ave AnnArbor, Mi 48104 769-0095 PURPOSE: People's Food Coop is a member-owned business that has been providing whole foods and other products to the Ann Arbor community since 1971. We currentty opérate two storefronts: 212 N. Fourth Ave. and 740 Packard. The Co-op's origins Ne n the ethics of service to the community. They are based on the cooperativo principies of self-help through shared profits and labor. Whenever the Co-op makes a "profit," the money is nvested into purchasing more food, lowering food prices, adding more services or improving our facilities. The Co-op sells a wide variety of food and non-food items. The range of goods carried includes the following: fresh produce, organic and purchased locally, when possible; dairy and non-dairy products; bulk foods, such as grains, beans and nuts; unusua! herbs, spices, teas and coffees, such as Nicaraguan-grown coffee, and personal care items. MEMBERSHIP: Why become a member of People's Food Coop? Receive a discount every time you shop; vote in annual elections and advise the Co-op on policies and decisions; receive free product nformation through the monthly newsletter and in the stores. For membership information, contact the Packard store at 761-8173, the Fourth Ave. store at 994-9174 or the office at 7690095.(1352) Ypsilanti Food Co-op 312 N. River St. Ypsilanti, Ml 48198 483-1520 CURRENT NEWS: On April 11, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op will celébrate its 12th year of providing healthy eating alternatives to the community. We invite you to our birthday party, from 9 am to 7 pm, to sample our birthday baking alternatives. The winners and finalists entries of the March baking contest will be available, along with their recipes. A clown and musicians will join in the celebration. Come see how delicious a nutricious birthday can be. SERVICES: One Saturday a month the co-op sponsors "Cooking Encounters," a display of naturally prepared foods for your tasting. Recipes are also available. A newsletter is published monthly to keep the community informed of the happenings of the Co-op. New members are alway s welcome. BACKGROUND: The Ypsilanti Food Co-op is a not-for-profit organization. We provide wholesome, nutritious food at the lowest possible pnces. You can buy in small quantities or order in bulk. Although the Co-op is set up like a store and open to the public, members and shoppers have input to choose the food items and products that are sold in the store. The Co-op is based on a onemember one-vote democratie system for successful management of the store. (1274) iwkwmii 417 Detroit Street AnnArbor, MI 48104 761-3186 THE BIKE-A-THON IS COMING! Soon it will be spring and time for the Ecology Center's 16th annual Bike-A-Thon, providing concerned Ann Arborites a great opportunity to actively support the Center's non-profit environmental programs. For all those interested in our local environment and eager to contribute to the local community, here is a fun and easy way to get nvolved! The Bike-A-Thon is a 1 4, 28, 58, or 1 00 mile bicycle ride in the beautiful Ann Arbor área. Participants can piek up sponsor sheets at the Ecology Center at 417 Detroit St. (across from Zingerman's Deli), or at one of many participating merchants. Riders get sponsors on a per-m Ie basis, collect pledges, and return them to the Ecology Center. These funds are put to work tor The Ecology Center, Recycle Ann Arbor, Home Energy Conservation, environmental education, and environmental policy programs. Besides the enjoyment from contributing to the Center and the Community, riders are treated to free food and entertainment by the Trees, OJ Anderson, and the Andy Adamson Jazz Trio on May 3, the day of the ride. Great prizes are also available - a Raleigh Technium 420 1 2-speed bicycle, a Bianchi Alank Mountain bicycle, a water raft trip for two, and more! Team prizes are also offered. Ride alone or ride with a team, but get ready to gear up for the 1 987 Bike-A-Thon and show support for you local environment! Cali Tara at the Ecology Center for more information. BACKGROUND: The Ecology Center is a non-profit environmental organization committed to channeling community resources into meaningful action. The center pursues its aims through programs such as Recycle Ann Arbor, Home Energy Works, the Recycling Drop-off Station, and environmental issues promotion. (1844) Ecology Ctr. of Ann Arbor ■ m ii i i - Gay Liberation co 4117 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 INFO: 763-4816 HOTLINE: 662-1977 CURRENT NEWS: "The Democrats are leading, not just responding, in the struggle for lesbian-gay male liberation " This sentiment, voiced by a gay man at the recent "Candidates Night" sponsored by the Washtenaw County Lesbian-Gay Political Caucus prior to the Ann Arbor April 6th General Election, may summarize the thoughts of many of the people who attended this community discussion of such issues as civil and human rights, violence, harassment, and discnmination against lesbians and gay men. Candidates n attendance were 1st Ward Democrat Ann Marie Coleman, 2nd Ward Democrat Mary Reilly, 3rd Ward Republican Isaac Campbell; also present was a spokesperson for 4th Ward Democrat Richard Layman. A statement of support for lesbian and gay male concerns from 5th Ward Democrat candidate Kathy Edgren was read, as was a thoughtful and detailed analysis of homophobia written by 3rd Ward Democrat candidate Jeff Epton. Subsequent to the meeting the Caucus received from Democratie Mayoral candidate Ed Pierce a written response to the Caucus's questionaire, 2nd Ward Republican candidate Terry Martin submitted a brief letter to the Caucus. Ann Marie Coleman noted her support of lesbians and gay men since her arrival in Ann Arbor more than ten years ago as Co-Director of Guild House, a Campus Ministry supportive of peace and justice concerns. Ms. Coleman pointed out the need for networking among groups striving for human liberation to counter the "mean-spirited atmosphere" of racism, sexism, and homophobia that many of us are experiencing in Ann Arbor today. Mary Reilly underscored the "doublé dose" of oppression laid on non-White gay people and stated that she would support consciousnessraising workshops for the City Pólice Department; such workshops would address the violenoe and verbal harassment suffered by lesbians and gay men. Isaac Campbell stated that he would make sure that the Pólice Department enforced the rights of all citizens, but he sees no need for a separate Human Rights Department in City Hall- a concern raised by Human Rights Commission Chairperson Helen Gallagher. Mr. Campbell believes that the city should edúcate the community-at-large about the medical facts of AIDS and should avoid the "media hysterics" surrounding this issue. Jeff Epton supports an action-oriented alliance between nongay politicians and the lesbian-gay male community. He would work with community activists to help develop a city employment policy concerning AIDS. Kathy Edgren informed us that since she has been in the Democratie majority on city council she has approved the appointment of lesbians and gay men to city boards and commissions. Mayor Pierce has issued Lesbian-Gay Pride Week Proclaimations and has appointed gay people to city boards and commissions. He would, if reelected,,try to bring lesbians and gay men into the "mainstream" of Ann Arbor governmental and politica) life. The spokesperson for Richard Layman mentioned Mr. Layman's support of a "sensitizalion program" for the Pólice Department and his awareness of the need for a Task Forcé to respond to lesbian and gay male concerns. In consequence of the awareness and support offered to lesbians and gay men by the Democratie candidates whose statements are referred to above, the Caucus is pleased to endorse these candidates for Mayor and for city council. Republican candidated Isaac Campbell indeed shared his concern for the rights of all citizens but he apparently does not view lesbians and gay men as a minority whose needs are clearly differentiated from those other groups. Republican candidate Terry Martin wrote to the Caucus as follows: "I cannot accept assumptions of universal discrimination as I personally find the gays of my acquaintance sensitive and responsible citizens." The Caucus does not understand Ms. Martin's statement (could it mean that "the rain falls only on the unjust"?) and wonder whether this type of logic may be an example of the reasoning Ms. Martin would bring to bear on the complex issues that confront city council. We urge all lesbians and gay men and their supporters to vote a "straight" (please forgive us) Democratie ticket on April 6. 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. Human and Civil Rights: Information and referral to help people who are being discriminated against because of their actual or presumed sexual orientation or their presumed "cross-gender" characteristics; lobby ing for human and civil rights. Community Organization: Information and help on organizing groups, setting goals and objectives, addressing conflict, linking to other groups and resources. ((5034) ■:ii:ik!cjiji Wellness Networks, Inc. - Huron Valley (WNI-HV) P. O. Box 3242 Ann Arbor, Ml 48106 662-6134 CURRENT NEWS: Acronyms are the stuff of AIDSpeak, and t might be useful to review some of the most oommon of the terms associated with the current crisis. "AIDS" is the Acquired ImmuneDeficiency Syndrome, a severe form of infection with the HIV; "ARC," AIDS-Related Complex, is a blanket term for less severe forms of the infection. People who have been infected but show no disease involvement are called "seropositives" or "positive-testers." The criteria by which the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta) define AIDS were established before the causative agent was discovered, and they refer to symptoms and disease involvement rather than to the virus itself. When ARC was first described, it was called Pre-AIDS, on the theory that people who have been infected with the virus would eventually develop AIDS. This is now believed not to be true. It is possible, that is, that a person could be infected with the virus and show no symptoms (remain seropositive) or show only reduced symptoms (remain an ARC patiënt). Since it appears that infection with the virus can assume a variety of forms, some scientists feel it is misleading to tie all the terminology to AIDS; the term "HID," Human Immune-Deficiency Disease, is proposed to replace AIDS and ARC. A "PWA" is a person with AIDS; a "PWARC" is a person with ARC. Two of the most common diseases associated with ARC are TCP," pneumocystic carinii pneumonía, an ordinarily rare lung infection, and "KS," Kaposi's Sarcoma, an ordinarily rare skin cáncer. The causative agent is now called "HIV," the Human Immune-Deficiency Virus; it was renamed as a result of the dispute between various teams of investigators who claimed to have isolated it first. Earlier names include HTLV-III, Human T Lymphotrophic Virus III, and LAV, Lymphadenopathy Associated Virus. Many aspects of the workings of HIV are well understood, though the trigger that causes it to créate immune deficiency in some patients and not in others is not known. HIV infection prompts the creation of antibodies to the virus, and the presence of these antibodies can be tested for. There are two kinds of HIV antibody tests: the "ELISA," Enzyme-Linked Immune-Sorbent Assay, and the Western Blot Assay. The ELISA is a relatively inexpensive test; it is hypersensitive, that is, it detects not only HIV antibodies but antibodies to similar viruses. The Western Blot Assay, which is expensive, is much more specific (t will detect only HIV antibodies) but less sensitivo. Used together, the two assays provide reliable guides to checking whether persons at risk for the diesase may have been infected; the ELISA assay is used alone in checking the blood supply. There are no readily available tests for the presence of the virus itself; virological assays are expensive and difficult to perform. The last acronym to be brought up here s "AZT," azidothymidine, previously know as Compound S. This drug was developed n 1964 for treatment of cáncer; it has been tested and found to have limited effectiveness n AIDS patients; late in 1986 t was released for broader clinical tests. TRAINING: Wellness-Huron Valley will hold a training session on April 25-26. The first day of training will present an overview of the health crisis, the diseases, and the difficulties in managing and helping people affected; the second day will focus on specific skills needed in actually working with PWAs and PWARCs. There is a nominal charge for the training, which is required of all Wellness volunteers. Please cali in advance to register. People who want anonymous, confidential testing for the HIV virus now must travel to one of a number of Michigan counties where such testing is available. The Washtenaw County Public Health Department will make confidential testing available here in the next few months, perhaps as early as 1 May. Romanovsky and Philips, unabashedly oldfashioned songwriters, will be doing a benefit for Wellness at the Ark on 5 May. Watch for details. MEETINGS: General meetings are held the second Sunday of every month and are open to all. The next meeting is April 12, 3:30 to 5:30 pm at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ann Arbor (enter through outpatient entrance). (4340) EMEEEHna Amnesty International (Al) U.S.A. Group 61 Ann Arbor, Ml 761-1628 or 761-3639 CURRENT NEWS: Beginning on February 18, 1987, Amnesty Intemational's (Al) United States organization began a six month campaign to promote public awareness of the death penalty in the U.S. and its implications. Since AI's work rests on a foundation of political neutrality, and since the issue of the death penalty s so politically volatile in America, the question arises as to why Al, which is widely known for ts work on behalf of prisoners of conscience, is involved in the death penalty isssue. The answer is found in Article 1 of AI's Statute, which specifies work for the release of prisoners of conscience, fair trials for political prisoners and an end to torture and the death penalty in all cases. Al opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as proclaimed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here, the comments of Larry Cox, deputy director of AI's U.S. organization (AIUSA) are relevant: "Al asserts that an execution- that is, the total extinction of a human personality - s the ultímate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. The cruelty of the death penalty is rarely denied. But capital punishment is often justified by those who carry it out in the same way that every human rights violation is justified: It is better for one person to be killed than for a whole society to be troubled; it is better for a few people to be tortured than for a whole society to be troubled. "The underlying basis for all our work is the principie that no government may use certain means to protect society, because when a government uses these means, it destroys the values that make the society worth protecting. . . "It is difficult to kill or torture people if you regard them as human, if you see some shared humanity in them. In the United States we are told that those who are about to be killed by the state are not really people; they are monsters. . . "We care about these prísoners not because we have romantic notions about who they are, and certainly not because we don't care about the issue of crime in this society. We care about these people because we understand that Amnesty International was established primarily to protect the human rights of forgotten prisoners." Among the many mplications of the death penalty n the U.S. that Al raises are the following: Death sentences tend to be racially biased and unfair; juvenile offenders and the mentally II are executed; those people executed suffer cruel deaths by electrocution, gassing and poison; there are a record number of prisoners on death row. MEETINGS & MEMBERSHIP: One of several ways n which individuáis become involved in AI's activities is to join an adoption group. Among its other activities, an adoption group writes letters and does other work on behalf of individual prisoners whose cases have been researched by AI's International Secretariat Ann Arbor's adoption group, AIUSA Group 61, is presently working the case of a Soviet woman, Tatyana Velikanova and provisionally on the case of a Sri Lankan man, A. Vettithasan. The highlight of the past year for Group 61 was the acquittal of the Turkish man, Ahmet Isvan, on whose case it had worked for several years. Group 61 holds its meetings at the U-M Student Union on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. For futher information on Group 61 cali 761-1628 or 761-3639. To learn more about AIUSA programs, contact the national headquarters at AIUSA, 322 8th Ave., New York, NY 10001, (212) 807-8400. For information about, or to join the AIUSA Urgent Action Network, contact The Urgent Action Network, AIUSA, P.O. Box 1270, Nederland, CO 80466, (303) 440-0913. There is an urgent action group in Ann Arbor which works on Latin American cases; for more information contact Bob Hanert, Ethics and Religión, Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109. (4168) November 29th Committee for Palestine (N29) 4203 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 764-6958,764-5011 PURPOSE: As a Palestinian human rights organization working in the United States, N29 recognizes one of its fundamental purposes as being a vehicle for understanding between the American and Palestinian people. We believe such a relationship necessarily nvolves a political, social, historical, and humanistic understanding. Thus, in fadlitating such an understanding, N29 sponsors events that help Ilumínate and clarify the legitímate aspirations of the Palestinian people. We believe their struggle for national selfdetermination is both realistic and necessary. We also recognize the right of the Palestinian people to determine their own leadership with which to speak to the world. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) became that vehicle. Consequently, N29 works to inform the American people on the mportance of that choice and what it means for any talk of peace that may find its way in the mouths of politicans. MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS: N29 does not discrimínate in any way when people of conscience desire to work with N29 for the rights of the Palestinian people. We necessarily ask that you agree with our bylaws and committments N29 usually meets in the MUG of the Michigan Union every Friday at 5 pm. Look for those wearing the black and white Palestinian kaffiyehs. Our office hours are Tues., Thurs., and Fri. from 2 to 4 pm and we welcome anyone wanting nformation andor desíring N29 membership to visit or cali us. We also distribute our national newsletter, Palestine Focus, which offers timely and relevant articles for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of the Palestinian people and their solidarity movements in the U.S. NEWS FROM WITHIN: In a blatant attempt to silence the Palestinian solidarity movement in this country and to chili the legitimate political activities of all Americans active on Middle East issues, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the FBI, on Jan. 26, arrested with shackles and chains 8 Palestinians and a Kenyan national and charged them, at first, with being "terrorists" and immediately began deportation proceedings. Since no evidence was found to back up this charge, the INS and FBI then suggested that the nine belonged to the PLO and were thus national security risks. Again since they lacked evidence of criminal activity, the INS and FBI then charged the nine with violating a provisión of the McCarren-Walter Act, a leftover from the McCarthy Era, which forbids non-citizens to distribute any literature that the U.S. government labels as subversive, even though such literature may be purchased in many U.S. bookstores. According to The Washington Post, "Sources said the (Justice) Department is seeking to deport them for immigration offenses . . . because it lacks sufficient evidence of criminal activity." During the bond hearing on Feb. 3, a Los Angeles judge released all of the defendants upon their recognizance, except for two who were charged $500 and $3000 for no apparent reason. During the deportation hearings on Feb. 17, the Los Angeles judge threw out the joint INSFBI request that the hearings be held in secret. On April 28, regular deportation hearings will begin. A "Committee for Justice" has been formed to defend these people and to gather and disseminate information related to the case. N29 as well as other civil, political and human rights organizations are part of this committee, because we recognize the precedent that will result for all minority groups that seek change in U.S. foreign policy if the deportations are carried through. We urge people to dónate money and offer support for legal costs. The Committee can be reached at 2440 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, (213) 413-6318. It was also discovered that the U.S. Government through its Alien Border Control now has plans to investígate, arrest andor deport any non-citizen that it deerns undesirable, and has issued orders for contingency plans for the operation of dentention camps similar to the ones used against Japanese-Americans during WWII. The contingency plans dentify people who trace their roots to one of 8 Middle Eastern countries as targets. The arrests in L.A. are considreed a test case. The plans include holding those charged without bond, with deportation proceedings to be held in secret, and calis for the general registration of all non-immigrant aliens, using computerized compilation of inter-agency intelligence information to immediately lócate, apprehend, detain and remove them. Any offense including minor visa violations are to be used as means for prosecution. The INS suggested that the newly opened Oakdale, Louisiana prison facility be used to "house and isolate" them stating that "up to 5000 aliens could be held in temporary (tent) quarters." N29 is outraged at such politically motivated moves by the INSFBI, and has initiated successful letter-writing campaigns and other foims of protest in defiance of these moves. We will not stand by to watch our political rights blatantty being trampled over. The voice of the Palestinian solidarity movement in the U.S. will not be silenced by those who desire the political death of our movement here and abroad. Letters of protest can be directed to Mr. Alan Nelson, Commisioner of the INS, 425 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20536, (202)633-4330; and to William Webster, Director of the FBI, 9th & Penn. Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20535, (202)324-3444. Protest these human rights violatioms now because you or your minoríty group could be next! (5720) MWX :!];■ FLOC -Wte, Farm Labor PB , Organizing JHKtaF Committee _ Ann Arbor Support Group, 764-1446 PURPOSE: The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) is devoted to securing collective bargaining agreements between area pickle and tomato processing companies and farmworkers of the Midwest. In February of last year FLOC signed precedent-setting contracts with the Campbell's Soup Company, ending a strike begun n 1978, and ending a nationwide boycott begun in 1979. Although a good beginning, the contracts covered only 559 workers in Michigan and Ohio, a small percentage of the 60,000 farmworkers in the Midwest. Further negotiations are now being carried out with Heinz. MEETINGS & MEMBERSHIP: Arm Arbor FLOC meets every Tuesday at 5:30 pm n the Michigan Union. We're working on the events described below and starting to gear up for the annual FLOC Food Booth at the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair- we 'II need lots of help, it's not too early! If interested please cali about meeting place. All are welcome UPCOMING EVENTS: (1) Baldemar Velasquez, President of FLOC will come to Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 14. Velasquez will speak at 7 pm in the Kunzel Room in the Michigan Union. He will discuss the history and current struggles in this important labor movement, a movement that continúes to involve local, state, and national debate. He will also address the growing recognïtion of the significance of domestic farm labor organizing to international labor movements. As we celébrate the end of the first year of contract agreements, some important questions FLOC arise. Is celebration premature? What has happened in the first year of contracts? Are agreements being honored? How will the new immigration bilt affect farmworkers? Will FLOC now focus attention on issues of pesticide contaminaton and regulation? The farmworker struggle is not isolated to the U.S. The economie and social forces that oppress farmworkers here are often the same as those that créate and maintain oppression of workers around the world. The agricultural economy of the U.S. is tightfy connected to many Latin American agricultural economies. Thus, the struggle of agricultural workers is connected as well. FLOC has recognized this and works with, not against, their sisters and brothers in Latin America. (2) Benefit Concert! for FLOC- April 17, 9 pm in the Michigan Union Ballroom. Featuring Tracy Lee and the Leonards! Contribution $6.00 To community nonprofit groups: Should the Art Fair support you, or private enterprise? Ann Arbor FLOC is one of the many community groups that participate in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair food sales. For years this event has served as an important fundraiser for numerous nonprofit community groups. However, recent administrativo changes seriously threaten continued success with this event. We write this letter as an appeal to other community groups (past, present, and future Art Fair participants) who are also concerned about this recent turn of events. The summer 1985 saw dramatic changes negatively affecting nonprofit community and student groups selling food at the art fair. That was the first year the Food Services department at the Michigan Union assumed official control of the food booths stationed on University Dr. and State St. near the Union. Previously such control was in the hands of the Artists and Craftsmen Guild. The result of this change in management was a significant decline in the groups' revenues. In an effort to increase its profits, Food Services decreased the size of booth spaces thus increasing the competition. This competition is not, however, among a number of equally deserving community groups, but includes various private establishments that use the Art Fair opportunity to increase already substantial profits. Such profits, of course, come at the expense of many groups for whom the Art Fair offers one of the only opportunities to raise significant funds to support their community based and community directed projects. We feel that not only should such nonprofit groups be given priority in allotment of food booth space (as Food Services claims they provide), but appropriate policies should be made to support the success of community and student groups. We would like to meet with any group representatives interested in organizing a coordinated response to the unjust changes adopted by Food Services. This is not the first time the Michigan Union has acted to the detriment of the communitystudent organizations- recall the "removal" of the University Cellar from its prime location in the Michigan Union to one too distant from the main flow of student purchasing. Please meet with us Tuesday April 7, at 7:30 pm in room 2209 AB in the Michigan Union. Come with ideas, suggestions, etc. Remember that t is only through solidarity of people and organizations that progress is achieved. Your presence is important. (4890) Gradúate Employees Organization (GEO) 802 Monroe #3 Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (313) 995-0221 CURRENT NEWS: The GEO and the U-M failed to reach a contract settlement at their last negotiation session on March 12. An April 7th date has been set for a mediation session with a state appointed mediator. Economie positions for each side are: UM: 3 year contract with a full tuition waiver reached by the third year for those with a .25 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) and above; no waiver for those below .25 FTE, no salary increase for three years, and no paid TA training. GEO: 2 year contract with a full tuition waiver for both years for those with a .25 FTE and above; less than .25 FTE tuition waiver would be graduated according to FTE appointment and based on current ínstate tuition rate, an 8% salary ncrease the first year and 6% the second, $100.00 compensation forTA training. Contact the GEO office for negotiation progress updates. MEETINGS: Regular membership meetings are held monthly. Times and places will be announced 10 days in advance and posted on GEO bulletin boards and published in The University Record. The next membership meeting will be April 7 at 8 pm in the Rackham Amphitheater. BACKGROUND: GEO is affiliated with the American Federation of TeachersMichigan Federation of Teachers Local #3550. Our office hours are: 1 pm to 5 pm, Mon. thru Fri. Our purpose is to represent all Gradúate Student Assistants in collective bargaining with the University of Michigan, thus protecting staff and Teaching Assistants against deterioration in economie compensation, real wages, working conditions; and to address gradúate employees' common concerns, such as: excessive class size, teacher training, reallocation of University funds from administration overhead to actual teaching, and the deals of non-discrimination and affirmative action. (1876) Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) 42 S. Summit Ypsilanti, Ml 48197 483-3478 CURRENT NEWS: Activities for the last two months have induded holding a party for branch members and friends; and conducting a labor history class in the Free University. Now that some of us have time on our hands due to the demise of the University Cellar, we are producing the Branch newsletter on a more regular basis. If you would like to be on our mailing list, cali the number above. A group of former U. Cellar .workers are meeting regularly, attempting to créate a new worker cooperative bookstore. If the store comes into existence t may be an IWW shop. The reasons for unionizing a shop under worker control are se veral: The Union assures protection of minority rights within the shop. Being Unionized maintains solidarity with the larger labor movement and provides the perspective of workers from outside the shop. This can help to counter the tendency of co-op workers toward self sacrifice. Also Unionization prepares the workers beforehand for defense of wages, benefits, and working conditions, should sale to a private owner ever prove necessary. Finally, functioning in a democratie Union can be useful in preparing a worker for hisher next job, teaching how to unionize and fight for rights; and, should the next job be unionized, showing the worker how a Union should function so that heshe can be prepared to challenge any undemocratic behavior by the Union hiera rchy. We have prospects for organizing a new IWW shop. We won't say which one in hopes that all you bosses out there will eringe in your boots and make efforts to improve your employees' working conditions. As usual the workers are considering organizing as the reasonable response to an unreasonable boss. And as usual our best organizers are bad bosses. So, bosses, if you don't want to deal with the Union, clean up your acts. MEETINGS: Membership meetings have been changed to once a month, on the second Tuesday at Dominick's at 7 pm. Observers are welcome. Working meetings for such purposes as preparing the Branch newsletter, assisting in organizing, etc. are scheduled as needed. 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 organize for increased democracy in the workplace, as well as for increased wages and benefits. The Union promotes its purposes through workplace education and organizing with an emphasis on direct action as the most effective means forworkers to achieve their goals (2650)) ■Fiil?IiViH;[Jil HAP-NICA 802 Monroe St. AnnArbor, Ml 48104 769-1442 LECTURE SERIES BEGINS: HAP-NICA, the Humanitarian Assistance Project for Independent Agricultural Development in Nicaragua is sponsoring a three-part lecture series focusing on various aspects of the current situation in Nicaragua. On Maren 31, Dr. John Vandermeer, Professor of Biology, will deliver a talk entitled, "Problems (many) and Solutions (few) in Nicaragua's Developing Agricultural Economy." On April 9, Dr. Jeffrey Paige, Professor of Sociology, will speak about "Myths and Realities in Nicaragua." On April 16, Abdollah Dashti, gradúate student in anthropology, will be speaking about "Participative Democracy and Political Consciousness in Rural Nicaragua." All talks will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union. HAP-NICA PROJECTS: The small farmers association has requested funding to help finance two African Oil Palm plantations on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Nicaragua currently imports almost all of its cooking oil, and the Atlantic Coast región is badly in need of development projects. The oil palm plantations will be a source of domestic cooking oil, and will employ hundreds of families. The farmworkers unión operates a school in Matagalpa, where 65% of Nicaragua's coffee is grown. Coffee workers can attend this school and leam about the history, law, and politics of labor. The unión has asked HAP-NICA to help raise money to establish a honeybee cooperativo for the school so that the school's operating costs can be met through the production and sale of honey and wax . HAP-NICA will continue to recruit participants and raise money for the A2MISTAD Construction Brigade, which is building a soil testing laboratory in Managua. MEETINGS: General meetings are April 9th and 23rd, 7:30 p.m ., in the Michigan Union. Ask at the Info. Desk on the first ftoor of the Union for the location of the meeting. BACKGROUND: The Humanitarian Assistance Project for Independent Agricultural Development in Nicaragua (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 Smail and Mid-sized Farmers and Ranchers, the Farmworkers Union and the Higher Institute of Agricultural Science. We review project proposals from each of these organizations. Tasks carried out by HAP-NICA members in Ann Arbor are related to establishing and coordinating a network of support groups across the country to raise money for those projects that are accepted. We also arrange for the exchange of information, money, and materials through our fulltime coördinator located in Managua. 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 Agriculture Group (NWAG). (2960) Latín American Solidarity Committee (LASC) 4120 Michigan Union Ann Arbor MI 48109 665-8438 APRIL ACTIVITIES LASC and severa! other solidarity organizations are staging a spring offensive against U.S. policy in Central America. Join us in protest every Thurs. downtown at 4:30 pm at the Federal Bldg. Some protests have involved civil disobedience, according to the discretion of each individual participant. An April 4th fundraiser for the legal defense of the "Pursell 1 16" will take place from 4 to 7 pm in the Kuenzel room of the U-M Union. Lawyers for the group are currenüy appealing their conviction, which took place in February District Court proceedings, for "trespassing" at Congressman Pursell's Ann Arbor office. Speakers will nclude Jonathan Fried, reknowned expert on international law, and Julie Beutel, captured by the contras while participating in a Witness for Peace visit to the Rio San Juan n 1985. Direct contributions can be mailed to the LASC office, to the attention of the "Legal Defense Fund." All contributions will be greatly appreciated! Beans and rice dinners are held each Wed. evening at 6 pm at the Guild House, 802 Monroe St. A $2 donation buys a great meal and contributes to material aid for the people of Central America. Funds raised at recent dinners have gone to El Salvador for earthquake relief. The first Wed. night of each month is LASC's night to cook and we need some volunteers to help out! Leave a message at the LASC office if you're interested. A March on Washington D.C. on April 25th is being organized nationally by prominent religious and labor leaders to protest U.S. intervention in Central America and to oppose U.S. govemment and corporate support for the South African apartheid system. Buses will leave Ann Arbor Friday April 24 f rom the U-M Union, and will return Sun. moming. For more nformation and reservations cali Vicky Caraway , 662-0585 or the LASC office. MEETINGS: Join us in room 1407 Mason Hall every Wed. at 8 pm for the general LASC meetings. Information about weekly activities can be obtained by visiting or calling the LASC office. The office is normally staf fed from 1 2 to 2 pm on weekdays, and messages can be left on the answering machine at all other times. People interested in any of the activities mentioned should callvisit the LASC office or come to a meeting. We welcome all newcomers! COMMUNITY SERVICES: LASC sponsors educational events such as films and speakers. The outreach committee provides speakers for University and high school classes as well as for other groups interested in Latin American issues. The LASC newsletter, La Palabra, is sent to about 800 subscribers. It contains a summary of our activities and updates on the news from Latin America. To receive La Palabra and any other special announcements from LASC, sign in at any Wed. night meeting or leave your name and address on the phone answering machine. BACKGROUND: LASC is a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the legitímate aspirations of Latin American peoples to self-determination. lts goals are to increase awareness here about contemporary realities in Latin America and the U.S. role in perpetuating these, and to pressure our government to change its military, political, and economie policies toward Latin America.(3340) ■í'ill 1 J1 Alternative Career Center P.O. Box 7682 Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 764-0175 CURRENT NEWS: The ACC now is collecting summer intemship postings from all across the U.S., which are postod n the Center. We are also seeking new members to join the ACC collective who are nterested in helping the ACC to develop and grow next year. This is good experience and puts you in direct contact with potential employers! BACKGROUND: The Alternative Career Center (ACC) is a social change collective which aims to assist students and community members who are seeking socially responsible employment The ACC offers counseling and informational resources regarding nternship and employment opportunities with nonprofit, community-based educational and charitable organizations throughout the United States and abroad. SERVICES: The ACC is located in Room 130 Tyter, East Quad, in the Residential College Counseling Offices and is open every Tues. and Wed. f rom 4 pm. The Center has on file monthly alternative employment publications, a collection of books describing employment opportunities in nontraditional areas, listings of social change organizations, literature about these organizations, and current job and nternship postings. The office is staffed during these hours by individuals with counseling experience.- just walk in! (1364) WÊÊÊÊÊÊMHM3M Washtenaw County ACLU 277 E. Liberty Ann Arbor, Ml 48104 CURRENT NEWS: On March 9, 1987 Reverend Donak) Coleman, member of the Executive Board of the Washtenaw Branch of the American Civil Libertes Union of Michigan, appeared at the regular meeting of the Ypsilanti School Board to support one school board member's position that the baccalaureate service which the school board funds in addtion to the regular gradualion service each year shouk) be discontinued as n violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment His remarks were reported in the Ypsilanti Press and The Ann Arbor News and were furtner expanded in his letter to the edtor of The Ann Arbor News on March 18. The Washtenaw Branch, together with the U-M student branch of the ACLU and of the National Lawyers GuikJ sponsored a program at the Law School on drug testing in the workplace on Thursday, March 26. The panel was modera ted by Jean Ledwith King, chair of the Washtenaw Branch AC LU, and one of the speakers was Mark Brewer of the firm Sachs, Nunn, and Kates et al. He is a member of the State Board of the ACLU. MEETINGS: The 16-member Executive Committee of the Washtenaw County Branch of the ACLU of Michigan meets (except in December and the summer) on the third Sunday of the month at 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 1917 Washtenaw. The meetings of the Executive Committee are open to the public and visitors are welcome. ( 1 448) Free University Network 1402 Hill Street AnnArbor, Ml 48104 994-4937 or 662-8607 WHATS UP?: We just began the first classes of the year in earty March. Neariy 20 different courses were put on with varying attendance. We ar now looking to the spring and summer. The idea seems to be that we will sponsor a series of workshops on altemative living - ways to live freely while making the worid more free. Altemative housing, food, play, are all being thought of as well as altematives to work, money and all the other garbage assodated with the world as it is. Anyone interested in fadlitating a course is welcome to. And as usual if there is any dass you'd like to sponsor, please do. All you need to do is find an place and time. Feel free to write Free University on your poster or other publidty. NEXT MEETING: Ifs a potluck! Yeah, l'm excited too. Ifs on April 6th, 6:30 pm at 1402 Hill St. Please come along to share deas of what the Free U should be and what classes we will offer in the daysofwarmth. BACKGROUND: The purpose of the Free University is to encourage and support liberating education - free education that works to free people. Through program style, content and practice the Free U promotes libertarían social change. (1260) International Appropriate Technology Association (IATA) P.O. Box 4125 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 665-5244 PURPOSE: The International Appropriate Technology Association (IATA) is a U-M based group advocating appropriate technology, defined as: Technology that is best suited to local, cultural, economie, environmental, political and social conditions at the site of application. The public is invited to particípate in all aspects of the organization BACKGROUND: At the 1978 meeting of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, partiapating professors, gradúate students and members of the Office of International Science created the International Association for the Advancement of Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, renamed the International Appropriate Technology Association (IATA). ACT1V1T1ES: Since June 1986 IATA has been sponsoring a project in conjuction with the Committee for Social Progress (CSPR) in Rio San Juan, Nicaragua. One of the members of CSPR is an anthropologist who has lived in Rio San Juan for two years. He spent most of his time in two villages - one, a traditional agricultural village, and the other a govemment resettlement organized for villagers who were torced to leave their villages due towar. CSPR s dedicated to helping the villagers in Rio San Juan, who have expressed a strong need for expansión of their primary schools. CSPR's goal is to raise $10,000 for this cause. IATA has been fundraising for three elementan school additions in Rio San Juan. IATA is also developing and publicizing its appropriate technology library and producing programs examining appropriate technology. MEETINGS & FACILITIES: Attend our meetings, usually Thursday at 5:30 pm in the U-M Union (cali 665-5244 to verify). Use our library in 4202 Michigan Union Mondays 7 to 9 pm. Do an internship with IATA or CSPR for U-M credit. Participate in our campaignsor programs: cali 665-5244. (1944) ■d:tlli]MJ:lflrJflMgiB Ann Arbor War Tax DissidentsU.S. Peace Tax Fund co Mary Lou Kerwin 1427 Broadway Ann Arbor, Ml 48105 662-2838 WITNESS: TAXES FOR PEACE: Wednes day April 15, 8 pm 'til midnight at the Main Post Office on Stadium Blvd. Join us for our yearly witness of alternatives for the use of our tax dollars with leaflets, placaros, and posters for the last-minute taxpayers. COMMUNITY SERVICES: AAWTD provides the community with a speakers bureau, workshops, forums, information hotlines (contact appropnate number listed below), and "Taxes for Peace" (a slíde show). For information, contad: Mary Lou Kerwin at 662-2838 for general nformation about AAWTD. David Bassett at 662-1373 about the U.S. Peace Tax Fund bilí. Fran Eliot at 663-2655 about war tax resistance. PURPOSE: Ann Arbor War Tax Dissidents (AAWTD) works for passage of the U.S. Peace Tax Fund bilí (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. (1336) National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy (SANE) 1416 Hill Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 663-3913 CURRENT NEWS: As the 100th Congress s beginning lo take form, SANE is once again increasing our lobbying and community outreach programs. In the coming weeks and months, SANE wilt especially concéntrate on legislation aimed at cutting Star Wars spending, ending U.S. intervention in Central America, and establishing a moratorium on nuclear weapons testing through the deletion of funds. SANE urges you to write our congresspersons, especially Cari Pursell, about these and other related issues. 1987 promlses to be a successful year n Washington, but victories for peace wilt rely on an informed and active public. Following the national merger of SANE and FREEZE, the Ann Arbor SANE office, the Detroit and Lans ing chapters of FREEZE, and the Michigan Disarmament Network will soon be meeting weekly to discuss the creation of a statowide disarmament organization. The public is invited to attend. For details, or if you are interested in becoming a board member candidato or know of a potential candidate, please cali the SANE office at 663-391 3. Locally, SANE has been supporting the Affordable Housing ballot (Proposal B), as well as working to elect a more progressive City Coundl. SANE volunteers participated in a bucket drive which raised over $800 for the housing initiative and will conduct literature drops and a get-outthe-vote effort for the successful passage of ProposalB. SANE would also like to take :his opportunity to warmly thank all those Ann Arbor citizcns who made our recently completed winter canvass a huge success COMING EVENTS: April 6: Vote YES for Proposal B and a progressive City Council. April 24: Baroque music performer Sarah Summer will be the highlight of a fundraiser at the Kerrytown Concert House benefitting the Second District Arms Control Coalibon. Cali SANE at 663-3913 for tickets or for further information. April 25: Ann Arbor SANE will also be participating in the national counterpart to the Detroit March and Rally in Washington, D.C. March with us and give y our presence to peace in Central America. GOALS & POLICIES: SANE is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to the reversal of the nuclear arms race, the promotion of a peacefully oriented U.S. foreign pdicy, and the conversión from a military to a dvilian economy. Originally founded in 1957, SANE's national membership has grown to over 225,000, much of this due to the huge success of the canvass program begun in 1983. To further our goals of educating both the public and our elected officials regarding peace and disarmament issues, SANE's strategy includes congressional lobbying, door-to-door canvassing, phone-banking, a national newsletter (Sane Worid), and an award winning National Public Radio Show called "Consider the Alternatives," heard locally on WDTR 90.9 FM - Thursdays at 11:30 am and Sundays at 9:30 am. While focusing primarily on community outreach and fundraising efforts, the Ann Arbor office also has an active membership development program and is working to strengthen the local peace community through coalition building. (3190) Washtenaw County Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Inc. (WAND) P.O. Box 1815 Ann Arbor, Ml 48106-1815 761-1718 MEETINGS & MEMBERSHIP: Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday night of the month at First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Membership is open to anyone interested in stopping the arms race. Membership fees are $25 per year with scholarships available for tnose unable to pay the entire amount Contact Barb Carson at 662-7851 for more information. Cali our Information Hotline at 761-1718 for a message announcing important lobbying information, meeting times, and upcoming events. Our Speaker's Bureau provides trained speakers who will address groups, classes, and public forums and rallies on a variety of issues. Interested persons including non-WAND members may particípate in Speaker Training workshops. Contact Jean Carlson at 426-2232. CURRENT NEWS: Prof. Gerald ünderman of the U-M Dept of History will speak at the April 12 general meeting. An authority on 20th century wartare, Prof. ünderman will examine the social and psychological reasons why Americans have gone to war during the last 80 years and why the military is so nfluential in our society. The meeting will be held at our NEW LOCATION, the First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. This new meeting place is near campus, centrally located, and easily accessible to all. We welcome new members. Doors open at 7 and the meeting begins at 7:30. About 400 peopte celebrated Valentine's Oay with WAND at our fundraising event at the Union Ballroom called "Give Peace a Dance" with the Urbations and Madcafs Pressure Cooker Be sure to mark y oor calendare NOW tor next year's dance, Saturday, February 13! Rep. Perry Bullard spoke at the Maren meeting about the effects which the huge increases in national military spending have had on the domestic economy, especially noting the inverse relationship between military spending and productivity in the US and Japan. WAND has a new co-chairperson: Kate Warner, U-M Professor of Urban Planning, will be serving with Tobi Hanna-Davies who had been cochair with Jenni Zimmer. WAND continúes to oppose the proposed change in U-M research guidelines which would drop the end-use clause; WAND members will address the Regents again this month and letters are being sent to U-M alumni urging them to withhold contributions as long as the university accepts military contracts. Join us at 3: on April 16 for the Vigil at the Cube bef ore the Regent's meeting. The 3rd annual Mother's Day Festival for Peace will be held on May 1 0th in West Park. The Chenille Sisters, Lunar Glee Club, OJ Anderson and others willperform- food, games for kids, a few speeches, and booths from many local peace groups. See you there! (2796) Bread for the World (BFW) 706 Dwight Street Ypsilanti, MI 48198 478-9058 MEETINGS: Bread for the World s organized by Congressional Districts. In the Ann ArborYpsilanti área there are two chapters. In the Ann Arbor área (2nd District) meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw, on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. Meetings for the 15th District are held at various locations. For more nformation about either chapter contact Robert Krzewinski at 487-9058. CURRENT EVENTS: Each year BFW sets many goals, with one major project targeted for action. This year BFW is working to increase government funding tor the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The WIC program supplies nutritious foods to supplement the diet of pregnant and breastfeeding women, nfants and children under six who are medically certified to be at nutritional risk. The benefits of WIC are many, including higher birth weight babies (meaning a healthier child), lower infant mortality, and in general healthier mothers and children through proper diet and nutrition counseling. Benefits are so great that the Harvard School of Public Health estimates that for every $1 on WIC, $3 would be saved in hospitalizaron costs of caring for low birth weight babies. The problem with WIC is suffident funding. In Michigan alone only 46% of those eligible are receiving WIC benefits. BFW is working for full WIC funding so not one person is turned away from this program due to lack of funding. A major educational and legislative action drive is planned for WIC in Washtenaw County in May and if you would like to help in this effort contact Robert Krzewinski (487-9058) or Chuck Barbieri (663-1 870). Additionally a meeting is planned for those wishing to help with the May WIC action and will be held April 28, 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church (Interfaith Council office), 120 S. State St. BACKGROUND: Bread for the World (BFW) s a citizens lobbying organization that deals with hunger and health related legislation. It is a national group with chapters in the local área. Although it does not send any direct aid itself, BFW, through its 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 mformational meetings about pertinent legislation. (2506) IdsrtMdJ&JffldhHIMMM New Jewish Agenda (NJA) 2208 Packard Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 662-9217 EVENTS: 1) We will be hosting in Ann Arbor a "Midwest NJA Feminist Retreat" April 24-26. Events include: inclusive, innovative rituals; discussions of Jewish women and leadership; a men's discussion; singing, fun and participation in Take Back the Night. All are welcome to register early in the month (994-5717). 2) "Argentina's Disappeared: A jewish Mother's Struggle for Justice": Rene Epelbaum, one of the Argentine Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, will discuss her experience resisting oppression n Argentina as she and other mothers of "disappeared" persons struggled to find their children. Wed., April 1 5 at 7:30 pm (995-5210). 3) Video tapes of last month's "Voices from South África" tour are available (662-9217). PURPOSE: NJA is comprised of Jews from a varíety of backgrounds and affiliations who are nterested n working for social and politica! justice within the framework of Jewish tradition. We are committed to building an inclusive Jewish community and therefore place particular importance on addressing issues which traditionally exclude many Jews. (1 180) lyfrlflMgMfcklIJifcl Women's Crisis Center - WCC P.O. Box 7413 306 N. División Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 CRISIS LINE: 994-9100 Business line: 761-9475 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: WCC Orientation meetings are scheduled for April 8 and 11. Learn about our collectively run organization and ways you can become involved. Our next peer counselor training is being held the first two weekends in May. The Court Accompaniment Program is getting underway. Training will begin in late April or in May. Volunteers will provide support and anticípate court procedures for survivors of sexual assault prosecuting their assailants. Attend the Volunteer Information Session on April 2 (see calendar) if you can. Cali U of M Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at 763-5865, the Assault Crisis Center at 994-2618, or WCC for more information. Help sell raffle tickets all month to raise funds for WCC. Support good work and win lots of fun prizes! Buy raffle tickets f you can 't help sell. CURRENT NEWS: We're carrying on with all of our usual work, some new projects, and we're celebrating! We're 15 yearsoldthis month! We'll be celebrating with an Open HouseVegetarian Potluck on Sunday, April 26 - if you've ever wanted to see WCC, please come by. That's the day after Take Back the Night Rally and March for Women! Those are both on the same weekend as Women's Crisis Center's Annual Fundraiser at Borders's Book Shop. You buy books at Border's and they'll dónate a portion of the amount to WCC. Yippee! If you don't need any books yourself, the WCC library is in need of lots more books and resources. Donations are gladly accepted anytime! Check the calendar for groups and other activties sponsored by WCC. And thanks to everyone in Washtenaw County for supporting WCC and our work helping women help themselves. BACKGROUND: The purpose of WCC is to help women help themselves gain control and dignity in their lives by providing crisis intervention, peer counseling, non-judgemental support, education, and resources. We work to empower all women and strongly encourage all women who want to change society to have fun and get involved in active, empowering work with other women. COMMUNITY SERVICES Crisis Hotline: 994-9100, operates every day 10 am to 10 pm. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and can talk with a peer counselor who is there to provide non-judgemental support in any situation. Referrals: WCC provides referrals to over 600 agencies and individuáis in the Washtenaw County area. WCC also sells low-cost do-ityourself divorce kits. Cali the hotline for information on local clinics, services, lawyers, therapists, groups, women's events. (2684)

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