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AGENDA P.O. Box 3624 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 (313)996-8018 CURRENT NEWS: During August we assessed our overa financial situation. Under present circumstances, AGENDA will not be able to continue publishing past December unless we start receiving more financial support from the communiíy. Included n this issue are graphs representing our 1987 financial history (see page 23) and projected ncome figures. We are taking several steps to increase our revenues. If we can turn things around by December we will be able to continue our operations. The following discussion elaborates on certain aspects of the graphs. Subscriptions and Donations: Thanks to all who have supported AGENDA with subscriptions and donations. We need many more subscribers. If you have been picking up the paper for free please consider that there is a substantial cost behind each issue. If you think the paper supports the community why not support the paper? The free circulation s to edúcate and provide nformation not usually available to a wider audience than the activist community (as well as to satisfy advertisers). If you piek the paper up regularly and want to see the paper continue to provide an alternative forum to The News, please subscribe. Advertising: We initially expected one-half of our revenues to be generated by the community through subscriptions, especially from Community Resource Directory (CRD) group members. After one and a half years of publication, advertising revenues are the main source of revenue for AGENDA. With this in mind we are working hard to maintain and develop display advertising accounts. Please support the businesses who advertise in AGENDA. And encourage the businesses you support to advertise with us! Our "declassified" advertising section was established this summer. Use it to buy, sell, barter, or in other ways that seems appropriate. Your support in this area is greatly appreciated. Community Resource Directory (CRD): Each month a substantial amount of space is reserved for the CRD. One year ago we suggested that groups listed in the CRD contribute 12 cent per character to help defray the cost of this space. We are very grateful to all groups who have generously responded to this request. However, because current oosts are not being met, we are changing the CRD policy. Participating groups will now be required to pay $15 per 2000 characters (check at the end of your current entry for an idea of how long this is) and 1 cent for each additional character. Other guidelines remain the same: the deadline is the 19th and each month three-quarters of the listing must be new material. Groups will be billed for payment at the beginning of the month of publication. If you feel your budget will restnct your participaron in the CRD, please contact us. See this space for any further changes. A letter will be sent to all past participants in the CRD to further explain this change. BUSINESS MEETINGS: In response to our current finandal situation we have established a business department. Business meetings will be held the second Monday of every month; see Calendar for details. Please join us, especially anyone with relatod experience! In addition, we would like to find a business intern to work with us; school credit can be arranged. Cali 996-S018. INTERNS: AGENDA is seeking student interns to work with all aspects of the paper, especially community relations. School credit can be arranged. Cali 996-80 1 8. GRAFFITI EDITOR'S NOTE: The Graffiti section welcomes news, views and comment pertaining to the arts, entertainment, publications or activities of interest to our readership. To make suggestions or submissions, write AGENDA or phone 996-0835. IdEMIsMiimggFl Ecology Center of Ann Arbor 41 7 Detroit Street Ann Arbor Michigan 48104 PURPOSE: The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor is committed to environmental advocacy and education. We provide recycling services (curbside pickup and a recycling station) and free home weatherization visits to residents who quality under low-income guidolines. We also have a library that is open to the public on weekday afternoons and on Sat. from 9:30 am to 1 pm. CURRENT ACTIVITIES: Ecology Month is really the month of October. But you'll notice, f you look at the AGENDA calendar toward the end of the month, that Ecology Month has slipped over the boundaries a little. So now we have Ecology Fall. Whafs next? Ecology Year! Seriously, at the end of Sept. there are a lot of exciting events, ncluding the Leslie Science Center Harvest Festival (which is great for kids, too) and the speakers and films from the New Alchemy Institute. The New Alchemy Instituto is devoted to researching appropriate technology and renewable energy. Their demonstraron communityfarm uses all kinds of appropriate technology, and is worth learning about. If the chilly Sept. nights are reminding you of winter's high heating bilis, go ahead - save 20% on your heating bilis. How? The Ecology Center has a Home Energy Works program that does home visits, providing energy education and weatherization materials. Free to those who are ncome-eligible, available for a charge for those who are not. The average savings after a visit are 20% - permanently. Cali 761-3186 for more nformation: it's one of the best bargains in town. Are you interested in recycling? Monthly curbside recycling service is available to all single-family residences in Ann Arbor; also, a recycling station is open at 2050 S. Industrial, Fri. and Sat ., 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more nformation, cali 665-6398. (1 958) i m ii i i i Gay Liberation co 4117 Michigan Union AnnArbor, Ml 48109 INFO: 763-4186 HOTLINE: 662-1977 CURRENT NEWS: Oral written, and physical attacks on lesbians and gay men continue to be perpetuated n the Ann Arbor area: for example, a gay man was recently assaulted on S. Main Street. Persons who are victims of harassment or assault are urged to report the incident to the U-M Lesbian-Gay Male Programs Office at 763-4186 and to the Ann Arbor Pólice Department. These acts of hatred should not surprise us: the linking of AIDS with homosexuality, a simplistic generalization, has resulted in an ever-i ncreasing incidence of violence against persons known or presumed to be lesbians or gay men. And, not surprisingly, these manifestations of homophobia find covert if not direct support in the anti-homosexual diatribes pronounced by right-wing demagogues and Fundamentalist religious leaders. In the Michigan political arena, legislators continue to propose bilis ostensibly created to contain the spread of AIDS. This legislation often threatens the rights of lesbians and gay men. A forum to discuss AIDS and public policy will be held Wed., Sept. 9 at 7 pm at 660 Livernois in Ferndale. All people concerned about the erosión of our rights are urged to attend. At the national level, we need to oppose the nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jeffrey Levi, Director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Forcé, has stated, "Judge Bork has proven himself to be a biased ideologue. His nomination betrays the American tradition of fundamental fairness and equal protection under the law for diverse minorities." Bork wrote a decisión upholding the discharge of a gay naval officer (Dronenberg v. Zech). He also, in an opinión anticipating the Supreme Court's stand in Bowers v. Hardwich, declared that the right to privacy does not encompass private consensual homosexual behavior. P lease write to your senators opposing this nomination. Address: U.S. Senate, Washington DC 20510. The NGTLF would welcome copies of your leter: send them to NGLTF, 1517 U St. NW, Washington DC 20009. PURPOSE: To provide nformation, counseling and related social services for people concemed about sexual orientation: (1) maintain HoBine for crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral; (2) help provide factual information to offset prejudice and misinformation about lesbians and gay men; (3) work to obtain human and civil rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation; (4) help lesbian and gay men's groups organize; (5) link to other community groups. MEETINGS vary according to purpose; we do most of our work in subcommittees: Counseling, Groupwork, Education, Civil Rights. Cali for time and place. Our group includes U-M students, staff, and faculty, and people from the larger community. We have a (SEE NEXT PAGE) GAY LIBERATION (from previous page) President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer. At present we have approximately fifty members. We're a registered non-profit organization. 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 "crossgender" characteristics; lobbying for human and civil rights. Community Organizing: Information and help on organizing groups, setting goals and objectives, addressing conflict, linking to other groups and resources. (3712) LesbianGay Coalition Against Racism P.O. Box 1092 Detroit MI 48231 BACKGROUND: On Oct. 11 hundreds of thousands of lesbians, gay men, and our supporters will be marching in the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand civil rights and equality. The march promises to be one of the largest national marches ever and comes at a time of great urgency in the struggle for lesbiangay rights. Anti-gay violence is on the rise in a reactionary political climate created by homophobic legislation and judicial decisions, and AIDS continúes to kill thousands in the U.S., África, the Caribbean, Europe and elsewhere. The lesbiangay movement must reevaluate its demands, strategies, and tactics in the face of these threats. The lesbiangay movement needs a fundamental política) redirection. The key to this s linking together the struggles of workers and oppressed people in a militant fight against capitalism. Only such a struggle can win lesbiangay liberation. To this end, the LesbianGay Coalition against Racism (LGCAR) is working to build an antiracist contigent at the Oct. 11 maren, based on the seven demands listed below. The demands were adopted by the International LesbianGay People of Color Conference (ILGPPC) held in Los Angeles, Nov. 21-24 in 1986: 1. Fight racism, sexism, and lesbiangay oppression. 2. Massive funding for AIDSARC research, treatment, and support services under the control of workers, people with AIDSARC, and the lesbiangay, black and people of color communities! 3. Defend and expand reproductive rights. Free abortion and contraception on demand! 4. Build defense guards linking the lesbiangay and people of color communities to the unions to fight pólice brutality and racist and anti-lesbiangay violence! 5. Government out of the bedroom. No state regulation of sex. 6. Break with the Ftepublicans and Democrats. Build a workers' party based on unions and organizations of the oppressed! 7. Stop U.S. intervention in southern África, Central America, and the Middle East! MEETINGS: We're meeting Mon., Sept. 7, at 7 pm LGCAR in room 2203 of the Michigan Union to build an antiracist contingent based on the ILGPPC slogans at the Oct. 11th march. Everyone who agrees with the overall presentation of the demands is welcome. Even if you cannot make the march, your participation is important. Future meetings will be announced. (2394) ■:i=mim:iiii Wellness Network, Inc. - Huron Valley P.O. Box 3242 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 662-6134 CURRENT NEWS: The Washtenaw County Public Health Department starled out 1987 by making AIDS one of its major priorities, and the departmnet has been following through. Of the staff of nearly 100, seven staff members (some part-time) devote nearly all of their time to work on AIDS and AIDS prevention, and another 12 staff members deal regularly with facets of the HIV epidemie. A focus on AIDS prevention is also integral to two of the department's other goals: prevention of infant mortality and improved adolescent health. Dr. John Atwater, the Health Officer for the county, his staff, and the county board of commissioners for whom they work are all to be congradulated. But the effort is necessary: of the 377 Michigan AIDS cases (239 of whom are dead), 17 have been reported in this county, and more are expected. There are three county programs of interest to the general public, according to Cynthia Wrentmore, the county nfectious disease nurse. First, the anonymous HIV testing program. This program s aimed at people who have engaged in high-risk behaviors. Three groups are important here: men who have sex with other men; people who use intravenous drugs; and people who have had sexual contact with members of the first two groups. The test, which detects antibodies to the virus (not the disease), is also available to those who had transfusions during the period when parts of the blood supply in this country were contaminated; the broadest range for this period would be f rom 1977 to May 1985. The test is available byappointmentonly (485-2181). A second program, Nurseline, is a service which allows people to ask public-health nurses questions about health care (8:30 am to 5:30 pm, weekdays; 971-3993). The third program involves educational programming and is available to any group interested in information about AIDS and related problems (also 971 -3993). County health officials are also working in some related áreas. They are looking for ways to prevent nfection in the IV-drug-using population and to provide better medical care (including Methadone) to pregnant women in that group. Information about AIDS is also part of the general education programs for the schools. The State of Michigan Public Health Department has a Special Office on AIDS Prevention (SOAP). It is that office that funds the county's testing program and arranges training for its staff. SOAP also supports some of the programs of Wellness Networks, Inc., in Detroit and Flint as well as in the Huron Valley. ACTIVITIES: We will be having a training session in late Sept. or early Oct.; this two-day session is required for those who want to work as buddies or visiting patients in hospitals or in any of the many activities we facilítate. Cali for details. MEETINGS: General meetings are held the second Sunday of every month and are open to all. Next meeting will be held on Sept. 13th, 3:30 to 5:30 pm at St. Joe's. Cali for directions or other nformation. (3060) ■:mwig[ti Ann Arbor Citizens for Fair Rents 619 W. Summit #2 Ann Arbor, Ml 48103 665-5950 PURPOSE: Ann Arbor Citizens for Fair Rents exists specifically to place a rent stabilization ordinance on the city election ballot for April 1988. The group formed n reaction to the unreasonable rent increases experienced by Ann Arbor tenants. We will be circulating petitions to place the ordinance on the ballot CURRENT NEWS: The final draft of the rent stabilization ordinance should be completed as AGENDA goes to print. Major provisions include: automatic rent increases linked to landlord cost increases, creation of a city-appointed rent stabilization board to determine if further rent increases for capital improvements or landlord hardship are justified, and requirements that rent ncreases be contingent on landlord compliance with city building codes. We will have a mass public meeting on Tues., Sept. 29 at 7:30 pm. We will meet in the auditorium at Community High School, 401 N. División (wheelchair accessible, parking off of 5th Ave). We will begin circulating the petitions to gather the 5000 signatures needed. Committees are already working hard in the areas of publicity, fundraising, voter registraron, and education. Cali us f you have questions orwould like to help. (1290) iiuflrjiisiMïiEi November 29th Committee for Palestine (N29) 4203 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, MI 48109 BACKGROUND: N29 is a national activist organization that organizes both American and Arab people who want to work for the just and unalienable ríghts of the Palestinian people to an independent state of their own with the right to determine their own leadership. N29 recognizes the fact that the Palestinian people have chosen the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as their "govemment in exile," and thus, works to edúcate Americans about the PLO and the aspirations of the Palestinian people. Our organization has gradually grown to over 30 chapters in most major U.S. cities and campuses, with headquarters located in San Francisco. We are a NonGovernmental Organization in the U.N., which is a direct result of our determination to build an effective solidarity network with other progressive organizations throughout the U.S. MEMBERSHIP & MEETINGS: Our first mass meeting will take place after the first week of school. Stop by our office or look for ads in local newspapers. Interested people should always leave their name, address, and phone lumber at our office. We do not discrimínate in any way; we only ask that you agree to uphold our bylaws. Membership fees are $10 per semester. Our first event will be to work at the Sept. Ethnic Fair in Ann Arbor. We are anticipating a busy year due to recent national and international events. NEWS FROM PALESTINE: "Children in Israeli Military Prisons" is a report about Israeli violations of Palestinian childrens' human rights during imprisonment and interrogation. The report includes testimonies from eighteen children in the occupied territories seen as representative of hundreds of young children aged ten to fourteen and tens of thousands of older children and young adults aged fifteen to seventeen. These children, according to the report, have all been subjected to systematic humiliation, beatings and torture during the course of interrogation and imprisonment; all are denied full due process of law. The purpose of the report, researched and written by Reverend Canon Riah Abu al-Assal, pastor of Christ Evangelical Episcopal Church in Nazereth and three American researchers, is to inform and show human rights institutions all over the world how Israeli authorities viólate basic human and legal rights for Palestinian minors during iheir imprisonment. Israel recently announced that it is easing restrictions on Arab-Americans arriving at its points of entry. The announcement carne ing increased complaints by Arab-Americans of unnecessary Israeli harassment at Tel Aviv Airport and the Allenby Bridge crossing at the Jordán River. Visitors coming across the bridge face more harassment than at the airport. Bridge visitors get body searches and are sometimes required to strip, in addition to waiting several hours while detailed searches through personal belongings are conducted. The U.S. threatened to issue a travel advisory if the Israetis continued their humiliation of Arab-Americans visiting the occupied territories. Israeli leaders have decided to boycott NBCTV by not granting interviews to the network. The decisión carne following NBC's July 1 broadcast of a documentary about the West Bank entitled, "Israel 20 Years After: A Dying Dream ." NBC said they were proud of their documentary because it represents a strong look at what life is like on the West Bank. NBC President, Lawrence Grossman, described the Israeli decisión as "an attempt to extend Israeli censorship to the U.S. (media)." compiled from "Al-Fajr Jerusalem Weekly." (3614) United Coalition Against Racism (UCAR) 3909 Micigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 UCAR's fall program for combatting racism: In April, after a series of racist ncidents and the re-emergence of a militant anti-racist movement focused national media attention upon UM's campus, the University Administration made a number of promises to combat campus racism. Four months later, after the televisión cameras and reporters have gone, it is questionable how sincere those promises were. When President Shapiro joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson in speaking to a crowd of over 5,000 at Hill Auditorium in April, it seems the President was more concerned with quieting student protest than actually combatting the problem of racism. Of UCAR's original twelve demands only two were met, and those were not without compromises. In the upcoming year, we plan to reassert our ten remaining demands and launch a year-long campaign to see that they are all seriously addressed. The 2 demands that were met were: 1) An honorary degree for imprisoned South African Leader Nelson Mándela, who received the degree in absentia after a two-year campaign led by the Free South África Coordinating Committee.. 2) A vice provost and office of Minority Affairs with a supervisory commission elected by the Minority campus community. The second half of this was entirely too democratie to even be considered. Therefore, the new Provost will be augmented by a hand-picked "advisory" committee with minimal student representaron. The remaining, unmet demands: 3) Substantially increase Black enrollment and retention. Status: The University has not met this demand but rather made yet another promise by expressing its "aspiration" to 1 2% Black enrollment (comparable to the proportion of the Black population). There have been many goals and promises on this issue for the past 1 7 years and little action. We simply refuse to believe that there are only 1,800 Black students in the entire country "good" enough to attend the University. 4) Creation of a Financial Aid Appeals Board so that no student is excluded from U-M for economie reasons. Status: The University initially expressed willingness to consider such a proposal but has not pursued it. Since Blacks have historically and continue to have fewer economie resources as a group than their White counterparts, this problem affects us most sharply. The Board would provide a "safety net" to address the problem of Minority enrollment and retention. 5) Mandatory workshop on racism for all ncoming students. Status: Initially the University expressed willingness to incorpórate such a workshop into orientation. This summer, instead of a worshop, administrators agreed to 15-minute, heavily censored presentation on "diversity." 6) Orientation workshop for incoming Minority students. Status: There was an annual Minority welcome this year but no further talk of an expanded session. 7) Tuition waivers for under-represented and economically disadvantaged Minority students. Status: The University has rejected this demand reaffirming that education is not a right but a privilege. Many poor Minority high school students do not even apply to U-M because the high tuition oost is prohibitive, especially for out of state students. A waivers system for low-income Minorities would not only make the campus more diverse racially and culturally, but would open it up to more working class students as well. 8) A Minority lounge and office in the Michigan Union. Status: A centrally located office of this sort is desperately needed. Students of color feel like a "minority" in absolutely every place on campus, the libraries, the MUG, the classroom, and the dorms. Even the Black sororities and fraternities do not have houses of their own. 9) A required course on Racism and Diversity for all University Students. Status: The University has rejected this demand. UCAR intends to mobilize faculty and TA support over the coming year. 10) Full, public and mmediate investigaron of all reported incidents of racial harassment and a publicized mechanism for reporting such incidents. Status: This demand has been partially but inadequately met. The University conducted investigations of several incidents and phone numbers have been posted regarding where to report racist incidents. However, the University has refused to make the details of its completed investigations public. We all have a right to know exactly what racist incidents are taking palee on campus, who is involved in them and what the administration is doing a bout it. 11) Full observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday including closing the University. Status: This demand has been rejected. Although a number of programs in honor of Dr. King were held last year, some of these were poorly attended because classes and work commitments prevented many from attending. 12) The immediate removal of all perpetrators of racist incidents from the dorms. Status: Those who make racist threats and otherwise persecute and harass Minority students have demonstrated their inability to live in an integrated setting. MEETINGS: Our first major meeting of the term will be Tues., Sept. 15, in the Michigan Union. All campus and community supporters are welcome. In addition to our campus demands UCAR hopes to join with members of the Ann Arbor community, especially the Black community, to support antiracist struggles there as well. ■ fJ:Mïl # Gradúate Employees Organization (GEO) 802 Monroe #3 AnnArbor, MI 48104 (313)995-0221 PURPOSE: GEO s affiliated with the American Federation of TeachersMichigan Federation of Teachers Local #3550. GEO's 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. GEO also address gradúate employees' common concerns, such as: excessive class size, teacher training, reallocation of University funds from administration overhead to actual teaching, and the ideáis of non-discrimination and affirmative action. MEETINGS: There are three membership meetings held each term. Although the Winter schedule has not been determined yet, the Fall meetings are as following: Wed., Sept. 16, 7:30 pm in the Pond Rm. of the Michigan Union; Wed., Oct. 21, 7:30 pm n the Pond Room; Thur., Dec. 3, time and place to be announced. Announcements for meetings will be posted in GEO bulletins boards and listed in the "University Record" ten days prior to the meetings. CURRENT NEWS: Office Hours (until Sept. 10) are 1 pm to 4 pm Mon., Wed., and Friday. The main tem of business at the Sept. 16 membership meeting will be the election of five steering committee members. GEO is holding its second "Meet Your Fellow Grad Students Bash" on Sept. 8th. Details about time and place have yet to be worked out. Keep an eye out for flyers and an announcement in the newsletter. All grad students are welcomed. Music will be provided by the incomparable "Tracey Lee and the Leonards." Free refreshments will be provided. Come dance your legs off! The GEO recently won a grievance from the UM Econ. Dept. where a TA gained a significant amount of back pay for working more hours than established upon initial employment. Crucial to this victory was the TAs keeping of his hourly logbook, and all TAs are recommend to piek one up at the GEO office and maintain t throughout the term. The GEO has been awarded $45,000 from the Duderstadt Initiative to establish and opérate a Sensitivity Training workshop. Scant details indicate that volunteers will be paid for their participation. For more details contact Katherine Tate (747-3671), Dan Schafer (761-1021), GEO and keep an eye on the GEO Newsletters. (2402) IB-- i uhl VI I ll'l m See page 11 for Information about the following organizations: A2MISTAD Construction Brigade, co Guild House, 802 Monroe, Ann Arbor Ml 48104, 761-7181 Latin American Solidarity Committee, 4120 Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109, 665-8438 Neighbor to Neighbor Action Fund, 4120 Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109, 994-5680 Ann Arbor Central America Sister City Task Force, P.O. Box 8198, Ann Arbor Ml 48107, 663-0655 ■Vn:i=l:M sos $LL4&a Community 'cnJF& Crisis Center off 3Am3 lg 114N. RiverSt. Qy _J Ypsilanti, Ml 48198 ■5. # CRISIS UNE (24 hours): 485-3222 L _ BUSINESS LINE: 485-8730 CHEESE HOTUNE: 485-3227 HOUSING HELPLJNE: 485-0500 CURRENT NEWS: Beginning Sept. 16, SOS Community Crisis Center will be conducting screening interviews for prospective volunteer crisis counselors and cliënt advocates for the October training session. Other interview nights will be Sept. 17, 22-24, 28 and 29 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Cali Andy Burt at 485-8730 for more information. In cooperation with the Ann Arbor Apartment Association, SOS conducted a seven-session Renter Education Program for lowincome individuals currentty looking for affordable housing. Five participants completed the PROJECT 100 program and were awarded certificates. Apartment owners have agreed to make more units available to low-income individuals who complete the renter education program, though no guarantees of housing are made to the program's participants. Another pilot PROJECT 100 program will begin Sept. 10 with meetings on Tues. and Thurs. evenings. Transportation and childcare are ncluded in the free program. For more information cali Laura Nichols or Kris Hoppe at Í85-8730 daytime hours. SOS, Parish Partnerships, Ann Arbor Area 2000 and other community organizations are sponsoring a legislative forum on affordable housing on Fri., Oct. 23 f rom 9 am to noon. Federal and state legislators and regents from the U-M and EMU are being invited to come and hear how legislative policies are affecting the development of and access to affordable housing in the community. Developers, realtors, apartment owners, county and city government and agency representatives, human service agency representatives, tenants rights advocates, consumers and concerned citizens will express their viewpoints The legislators and regents will have time to respond and to highlight future policy plans which may affect the affordable housing crisis locally. The public is invited to attend. BACKGROUND: The SOS Community Crisis Center provides free direct services and referrals 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to any Washtenaw County resident. In an informal atmosphere, volunteer crisis counselors listen and empathize with clients, help individuals to problem-solve, and give appropriate referrals and information. COMMUNITY SERVICES: Telephone and Walk-in Crisis Counseling: Trained volunteer crisis counselors staff the center 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Client Advocacy: Volunteers provide follow-up referral and advocacy with other agencies for clients who have basic needs, such as food, housing, medical treatment, Utilities, etc. Suicide Prevention: A group of highly trained volunteers is available 24-hours a day to respond in person to suicide and drug overdose situations. Short-term Counseling: Volunteers provide free counseling for 6-8 weeks to clients who have short-term counseling needs or who are on a waiting list for low-cost, longer term counseling with another agency. Food Pantry: Through the United Way's Huron Harvest Food Bank, SOS distributes food bags every day until 7 prn Clients are assessed in person and may receive food from SOS 3 times a year. Government surplus cheese is distributed monthly at SOS. An updated Cheese Hotline nforms the community of government commodity distributions in the Ann ArborYpsilanti area. Emergency Shelter: SOS provides shelter on an emergency basis to individuals and families. Housing Helpline: Housing resources information, including an updated listing of lowincome housing and community agency money which may be available for move-in expenses, is available through the housing hotline which is staffed Mon., Tues. and Fri. from 9 am to 2 pm. Speakers Bureau: Volunteers and staff are available for talks and workshops on affordable housing, teen suicide and crisis intervention. A videotape (VCR) on hunger problems in Washtenaw County is also available. Volunteer Training: A 65-hour, free training program for crisis counselors is provided three times a year- Oct„ Feb., and June. (4098) ■ilJ-MsMilkMil.'.M.'.ldm Ann Arbor War Tax DissidentsPeace Tax Fund Mary Lou Kerwin 1427 Broadway 662-2838 PURPOSE: To provide an alternative for those who in conscience are opposed to their ta money being used for destructive military purposes. To provide nformation on the Peace Tax Fund Bill, which is expected to go to committee n Congress in early 1988, and which will give a legal solution to this moral dilemma. MEETINGS: To be announced. Join us in Sept. for an exploration of how defense dollars could be used as a peaceful alternative n Higher education. Date and speaker to be announced. Please cali Mary Lou Kerwin (eve: 662-2838, or days: 973-1 155 ) for further details. (680) Michigan SANE 1416 Hill Ann Artoor, MI 48104 663-3913 PURPOSE: SANE s a 30 year oíd national citizon's lobby, with a membership of over 150,000. SANE's three main goals are 1) reversal of the nuclear weapons race; 2) redirection of the bloated military budget; 3) an end to U.S. military intervention abroad. CURRENT LEGISLAT1VE FOCUS: 1) Comprehensive ban on the testing of nuclear weapons, currently facing a filibuster in the Senate. 2) An end to the funding of the contras, a vote is expected possibly as early as Sept. 30. 3) Forcing the administration to abide by the SAIt I and Salt II treaties. 4) Eliminaling Star Wars funding. CURRENT ACTIVITIES: Michigan SANE canvasses door to door to edúcate, organize and fundraise. We particípate in the 2nd District Coalition on Arms Control, and in Ann Arbor's Sister City Project. We are coordinating a computerized rapid response network to aid several local groups with legislative alerts. We have recently helped organize the Michigan Peace March festival in Ann Arbor and we would like to recognize and thank Cynthia Wenzel for her tremendous efforts. SANE is cooperating with other local groups in organizing two local events: 1) On Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 pm in the Friends Meeting House (1420 Hül) SANE and American Friends Service Committee will show a video prepared by the Chrïstic Institute, which features their Chief Counsel, Daniel Sheehan. This is a good opportunity to hear more about the allegations of government sponsored gun running, drug smuggling and assasination which were summarized recently in AGENDA. 2) All day Sat., Sept. 26 at the diag and Palmer Field SANE is working with Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) and other community groups on Earth Festival '87, an all day free earth celebration. The event will feature a six-hour free music festival at Palmer Field beginning at noon, and over 30 workshops, speakers, dance troupes and free food at the diag. We hope to see you there! SUGGESTED ACTIONS: 1 Write Rep. Pursell urging him to vote against any future contra aid. If you feel he does not represent you well on these issues work to replace him. 2. Become more involved politicaliy any way you can. Contact SANE for suggestions. (2232) Washtenaw County Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Inc. (WAND) P.O. Box 1815 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1815 761-1718 PURPOSE: WAND's goals are to edúcate ourselves and the public about the dangers of continued nuclear arms buildup, to nfluence our congressional representatives by nformed lobbying, and to empower people, especially women, personally and politically MEETINGS & MEMBERSHIP: Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday night of the month at the Rrst Baptist Church, 512 E. Hurón. Cali our Information Hotline at 761-1718 for a message announcing important lobbying information, meeting times, and up-coming events. Our Speaker's Bureau provides trained speakers who will address groups, classes, and public forums and rallies on a variety of issues. Contact Tobi Hanna-Davies at 662-7869. CURRENT NEWS: Phyllis LaFarge, New Yorkbased author, will speak to the Sept. general meeting of WAND. She is the author of the book "The Strangelove Legacy" in which she interviews American children about nuclear issues. She is also a contributing editor to "Parenfs Magazine." She will speak on parenting in the nuclear age and how to raise a hopeful child at a time when many children believe they will die in a nuclear war. The meeting will be held on Sun., Sept. 13 at the First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. New members are always welcome. Doors open at 7 pm and the meeting begins at 7:30. Kate Warner, WAND Co-chair, will speak about her experiences as part of the 2nd Sister City Delegation to Juigalpa at a special meeting at 7:30 Sept 17 at St. Aidan'sNorthside Church, 1679 Broadway. For more nformation about these meetings or WAND cali 761-1718. (1890) C52 dWJWJJiHIjcl Democratie Socialists of America (DSA) P.O. Box 7251 Ann Arbor, MI 49107 contact: Greg Scott 665-5652 PURPOSE: The Democratie Socialist of America (DSA) brings together a broad range of movements and traditions. We believe that serious social and politica! change depends on a coalition of the existing progressive forces - labor, feminist, anti-racist, peace activist, and so on. We also believe that the struggle must atleast begin in the Democratie Party. We therefore cultívate relationships with the Rainbow Coalition and the more progressive unions. CURRENT PROJECTS: This fall DSA s raising public consciousness about poverty in America. We want to counter the conservative assumption that the poor are poor because of their own deficiences rather then because the capitalist system fails to provide adequate employment and support to the working class- especially women and members of minorities. Senator Kennedy will conduct hearings on poverty in Sept., and there will be a National Day of Remembrance on Nov. 17. MEETINGS: The annual Mass Meeting will be Thurs., Sept. 17, at Guild House (802 Monroe), at 8 pm. Sherrie Levine, DSA national staffer, will speak. Later public meetings wil! be on the second Thurs. of each month at Guild House at 8 pm. There will also be a short business meeting, also open to the public, at 7:30 pm, preceding the public meeting. (1 386) Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) P.O. Box 1297 Detroit, MI 48231 PURPOSE: The Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) is a revolutionary organization whose ultímate aim is world communism. By this we mean communism as understood by Marx, Engels, Lennin, Luxemburg, and Trotsky, not "communism" as understood by Stalin, Mao, Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping, or Castro. The RWL aggrEssively nvolves itself in all struggles of workers and the oppressed. At the U-M the RWL is participating in struggles of campus workers defending their jobs and working conditions, black and other minority students fighting racism, women students defending abortion rights, lesbiangay students fighting AIDS and homophobic attacks, and antiwar students protesting U.S. support for apartheid in South África and U.S. intervention in Central America. The RWL brings to all of these struggles its overall perspective of international workers' revolution and its immediate perspective of militant, mass action by workers and the oppressed. As a marxist organization, the RWL believes that the road to world communism Nes through international workers' revolution; politica) rule by the working class through democratically elected workers' counáis; the establishment of a collectivized, centrally planned, worker controlled economy; and the building of a socialist society. The struggle for world communism requires a fight against all aspects of capitalistic exploitation and oppression, from the daily ripoff of workers on the job to right-wing attacks on democratie rights to the multifaceted special oppression of blacks, other minorities, women, lesbians, and gay men. The fight for world communism requires defense of antiimperialist struggles worldwide and defense of the Soviet Union, China, and the other deformed workers' States against imperialism. It also requires a fight to overthrow the Stalinist bureaucracies of those countries through workers1 political revolution. The RWL's most important immediate task is building the vanguard leadership of the working class. The RWL engages in this task as the American sympathizing section of the International Trotskyist Committee (ITC). The ITC is dedicated to the political regeneration and organizational reconstruction of the Fourth International, the world party of socialist revolution. MEETINGS: The RWL is an action organization, not a talk shop. But we share Lenin's view that without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement. Workers and students who want to learn more about our perspectives are invited to attend a weekly RWL study on Trotsky's Transitional Program, the 1938 founding document of the Fourth International. The study meets Wed. nights at 7 pm in the Michigan Room of the Michigan Union. (2776) SPARK 3909 Michigan Union Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 PURPOSE: Humanity today is threatened by wars, nuclear destruction, shortages of raw materials, starvation, pollution and crime. These evils are all caused by the drive of the capitalists to maximize their profits at the expense of the rest of society and the wortd. People are divided by the violence of racism and the oppression of women. These evils, too, are the results of capitalism. Socialism and communism are the only real solution for humanity. Spark stands for socialism and communism. These, however, (SEE NEXT PAGE) SPARK (FROM PREVOUS PAGE) have nothing n common with the policies of most of those who cali themselves socialists or communists today. There are leaders of many countries who claim to be communists, as in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe. And there are those who claim to be socialists, as in Sweden and Denmark. We want a new society, very different from these pretenses at socialism. Spark stands for socialism - the replacement of capitalism with a free, humane and harmonious society. Our struggle is an international struggle, undivided along racial or sexual lines. Our struggle, in the end, will be a struggle against the state apparatus - against the pólice, the army, the courts, and the legislaturas; it is this apparatus which maintains the exploitation and oppression of workers and the poor in the interests of the capitalists. In order to win this struggle, in order to build a society that meets the needs of all humanity, we must rid ourselves of the capitalist system tself. And to do this we must be organized: we must build a revolutionary organization. WHERE TO FIND US: If you are looking to change things, we want to talk to you. Look for us, and our literature tables, around campus. Contact us at the address above. Or, come check out our Revolutionary History Series - Tuesdays, 7 to 8 pm, Room 2407 Mason Hall. These classes present a history which has been kept from us, the history of the stmggles of oppressed peoples; and they present this history with a view toward change. This month's topics are as follows. Sept. 15-Socialism: How do we get there? Sept. 22-Primitive societies and the question of human nature. Sept. 29-The Chartist movement in England: the first organized struggle of the working class. Anyone who is interested in ideas, in history, in changing things, is welcome. (2370) Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Ann Arbor, Ml 48108 665-2825 PURPOSE: Our purpose is a secular expression of our Jewish heritage, with particular emphasis on the cultural and ethical aspects. We are committed to the values of peace, justice and community responsibility. Our school and adult programs include folk music, dance, literature and history, and include a "hands-on" learning experience. We offer creative secular holiday celebrations and life cycle observances including baby-naming, BarBat Mitzvah, weddings and funerals. We welcome families and single adults of any age to ourevents and membership. We have a strong commitment to the continuity and survival of our Jewish heritage. We believe that our prophetic traditions of social justice and humanism provide an ethos by which to live and which must be passed on to future generations. We also have a strong commitment to the creation of a secular, contemporary Jewish tradition and we believe that such a tradition must encompass the diversity of views and beliefs present in the modern jewish experience. CURRENT NEWS: Rosh Hashanah will be observed Wed. evening Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm at the Regency Room of the Campus Inn. The observance includes poetry, music, readings and meditations, and will conclude with wine and honey cakes. Cost for non-members is $8 for imdividuals or $20 for a household. Registration and parent meeting for Sunday school will be held Sunday morning, Sept. 13 at the Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School) at 10 am. Come meet the teachers and other parents .(1618) New Jewish Agenda (N JA) 2208 Packard AnnArbor, MI 48109 662-9217 PURPOSE: NJA is comprised of Jews frorh a variety of backgrounds and affiliations who are nterested in working for social and political 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. CURRENT NEWS: NJA works on a variety of issues through our committees and interest groups. The Middle East Committee put on a cultural program this summer observing 20 years of Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, and follows civil rights issues in Israel and the occupied territories. The Feminist Interest Group is collecting petition signatures to put Medicaid funding of abortions to a vote by the people of Michigan, talking about this issue to other Jewish groups and distributing our new pamphlet "Coming Out, Coming Home: Lesbian and Gay Jews and the Jewish Community." The CentraJ America Interest Group is planning a series of studylearning sessions on Central America, working with Tempte Beth Emeth who is supporting a refugee farrrily as they apply for legal refugee status and working on national NJA's material aid campaign. The Disarmament Interest Group looks at peace and nuclear disarmament issues. We have monthly potluck Shabbat dinners and programs, holiday celebrations and membership meetings. Cali one of our Interest Group contacts or contact us at the address listed above to get our newsletter. We hope you'll join us. See the Calendar forcommittee meeting details, or contact the following people: Middle-East: Ben Ben-Baruch, 662-9217; Central America: Judy Lipshutz, 995-5210; Feminist: Laurie White, 6657371; Disarmament: Amy Rosenberg, 662-8760. (1816) Unitarian Universalist Church Sanctuary Committee 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 665-6158 PURPOSE: After receiving 90% approval from our congregation, we are preparing to bring a Salvadoran or Guatemalan family to Ann Arbor for at least one year. Through their witness to the attrocities our government supports n Central America, we hope to end U. S. military aid to these countries and insure that the U. S. government apply immigration laws fairly to all people whose lives are in danger regardless of their country's relationship to the United States. CURRENT NEWS: Presently, we are arranging housing and other necessities for the family that will join us in Ann Arbor. We will soon be publishing a newsletter detailing our work as well as nformation on the situation in El Salvador and Guatemala. The newsletter will be available to our congregation and any other interested partes. We are looking for people to aid us in our endeavor, especially those who are fluent in Spanish as well as those who can offer legal assistance or provide health care for the family. We will graciously accept whatever help you can offer. We also need more pledges of financial support to provide for the day to day expenses of the refugeefamily. MEETINGS: Our meetings are held every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church. All are welcome to join us. (1404) - - I ll'll I I III I ll'l 1 Housing Bureau for Seniors, Inc. 1010 Wall St. Ann Arbor, Ml 48109 763-0970 PURPOSE: The Housing Bureau for Seniors is a housing referral and information agency serving senior citizens and their families who have senior housing-related questions. Primarily stafted by volunteer peer counselors, the Housing Bureau is open weekends from 9 am to 4 pm. You may make an appointment to speak with a housing counselor by calling the Bureau at 763-0970. NEWS: The first annual Housing Fair for Seniors was held on Aug. 14., co-sponsored by the Housing Bureau in conjunction with Great Lakes Federal Savings, Ann Arbor Apartment Association, Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors, and Citizens Trust. More than 45 exhibitors from many areas of interest to seniors represented their agencies and businesses; ranging from home health care to new concepts in housing to financial nstitutions. For (SEE NEXT PAGE) HOUSING BUREAU FOR SENIORS (frooi previous page) those of you who attended, we hope that the fair met your expectations. Let us know what you would like to see next year! We were pleased with the turn-out, but we hope to see more next year. Soon the Bureau will begin fall recruitment for volunteers. We really need peer counselors; those of you who would like to serve as receptionists, clerks, typists, and could assist with our "road show" (taking our slide shows to senior centers to edúcate seniors and their families about our programs) will be most wekme. Because we opérate almost exclusively with the assistance of our volunteers, we are hoping that many of you with at least onehalf day per week to give to helping others will cali us regarding becoming a member of our team. Our HomeShare program seeks providers (those of you who have a home with space to share with someone) county-wide. We currently have a number of seekers (persons looking for a place to share) but not enough providers. Calis us! The Bureau is affiliated with the U-M Hospitals and Turner Geriatrie Services. We rely on community support to be able to continue supplying our services to seniors, and their families andfriends. Please let ushearfrom you. (2128) ■EHESIEÍnBBB The Domestic Violence Project, Inc., SAFE House (Shelter Available For Emergency) P.O. Box 7052 Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 Crisis Phone: 995-5444 Business: 973-0242 SERVICES: The Domestic Violence Project-SAFE House offers a variety of services to the community in its shelter program and nonresidential community programs. The shelter program provides crisis intervenlion, advocacy and short term shelter for battered women and their children. Óther services available to residents of the shelter are support groups, court accompaniment, and a follow-up program. The non-resideatial programs include a 24 hour crisis line, individual counseling and community support groups and workshops. An on -cali team works in conjunction with the Ann Arbor pólice who are mandated to arrest in specified domestic violence incidents according to the new city Mandatory Arrest Ordinance. The on-call team makes a home visit to the survivor after the assailant has been arrested. This team offers: shelter, support, and advocacy immediately after the assault and throughout the prosecutlon. The Project also offers speakers to address groups on our programs or on speafic domestic violence issues. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: If you want to take an active part in stopping domestic violence in our community, and enjoy working with people, and like challenging work, there is a place for you in one of our programs. The Domestic Violence Project-SAFE House is seeking volunteers to fill the following positions: women's advocate, night advocate, children's advocate, on-call advocate, and speakers for our public speakers bureau. We are also seeking people for indirect services such as donation pick-ups, fumiture moving, etc. We ask for a six month committment of four hours per week for most of our volunteer positions. Training is required for all positions and is provided free by the project. The next training will take place this month. Cali 995-5444 for an application and to schedule an interview. (1998) Women's Crisis TII Center - WCC híüli P.O. Box 7413 l WT# j 306 N. División fl Ann Arbor, Ml 48107 k CRISIS LINE: 994-9100 M Business line: 761-9475 PURPOSE: The purpose of WCC is to help women help themselves gain control and dignity in their lives by providing crisis intervention, peer counseling and referrals from 10 am to 10 pm daily. We also offer support groups, educational workshops and do community organizing as well as sponsor the paper "free women's words." We encourage women who want to change society to have fun and get involved in active, empowering work with other women. CURRENT NEWS: We need volunteersü! WCC volunteer orientation meetings are scheduled during Sept. (see Calendar) and Oct. 6 and 10. We need women to do crisis intervention and peer counseling, office help, fundraising, postering, phoning, childcare and much more. Two peer counselor trainings are being held this f all: Sept. 10 to 20 and Oct. 15 to 25. Volunteers learn listening skills and an empathy model and crisis intervention procedures. There are monthly on-going training workshops for WCC volunteers and other community women. We request a four hour per week committment from peer counselors. Our apologies to women who carne looking for our Aug. 10 General Training. We are trying to reschedule. Cali us. The annual WCC Bucket Drive is being held this month too. Help us by holding a bucket for an hour or two. Sept. 18 s also U-M "Festifall" on the Diag. We need help staffing our informaron table from 1 1am to 4pm. This is the month to gather signatures to reject 1987 Public Act 59 which prohibits certain tax-funded welfare abortions. This act jeopardizes the future of abortion rights for all women in Michigan. To repeal this racist, classist law sign and circuíate petitions available at WCC. In Nov., 1988 the people in Michigan can vote if we gather enough signatures of registered voters to get it on the ballot. Abortion nghts are nghts women cannot afford to lose! The SepUOct. issue of "free women's words" features women's reproductive rights. 'Women's Culture' is the theme of the Nov.Dec. issue. Contact WCC to contribute, plan, distribute our free bi-monthly paper. (2192)


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