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Ann Arbor's Alternative Newsmonthly
P.O. Box 3624
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
CURRENT NEWS: This month we are happy to introduce a new feature in AGENDA, "Honorable Mention." Many local individuals, organizations, cooperatives and collectives work to educate us, entertain us, feed us, keep our environment safe and healthy, and contribute in all kinds of ways to social change. We would like to highlight some of this work each month in AGENDA. Please contribute to this effort: send us a story about an individual or group you appreciate. Interview someone or observe a day's work at a business whose work you want to support and publicize. Send a photo along with your story!
For all of you with social concerns that haven't been addressed yet, starting next month you can "Ask Leweeze." Leweeze will respond to all questions concerning political and social behavior or anything else that's on your mind. Have a question? Can't find anyone to listen to your latest brilliant insights? Talk to Leweeze. Address letters to Leweeze, c/o AGENDA, P.O. Box 3624, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
FINANCES: Last month we presented a run down of our financial situation. At present we are still not meeting our publication costs. You'll notice that this month's issue is 4 pages shorter than previous issues. Given the amount of advertising this month, this issue should only be twelve pages long. Until our revenues are up, we will have to severely limit the paper's size starting next month to keep costs down.
One way to meet costs is through display advertising. Until now ads have accounted for roughly 30% of AGENDA's space. We need to pay for every page we print; one way to do this is to increase display advertising to 50% of the paper's total size. We consider this use of space a loss to the community; AGENDA is committed to social change, not advertising.
We would like to keep the percentage of advertising in AGENDA under 40%. This is only realistic if our costs are being met in other ways. Another principal source of income for the paper could be subscriptions; if we can sell 50 subscriptions a month we will be able to meet costs without sacrificing space.
If you read AGENDA every month please consider subscribing. The more subscriptions we get, the more space we can make available for issues of interest to the community.
ATTENTION DIRECTORY GROUPS: It is very important that you understand our new policy concerning payment for Community Resource Directory listings. As of this month we will be charging groups that list $15
AGENDA NOVEMBER ISSUE DEADLINES:
Oct. 13: Feature/News 1st drafts
Oct. 15: Calendar items
Oct. 19: Community Resource Directory listings
Oct. 21: Ad space reservations
ATTENTION READERS: GROUPS ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Alternative Career Center (ACC)
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
BACKGROUND: The Alternative Career Center (ACC) was founded in order to educate students about the full range of available career options by providing them with counseling, informational resources, and support. Information is kept on file regarding internship and employment opportunities with non-profit, community based educational and charitable organizations through the United States and abroad.
By informing students about a wider and more comprehensive range of career options, the ACC overcomes the limitations of traditional counseling programs. The ACC thus serves as a channel through which committed and self-motivated students may find challenging and meaningful employment.
The ACC provides literature and counseling about graduate programs, internships and careers in the following fields: Peace and Disarmament, Natural Resources and the Environment, Media and Mass Communications, Health and Human Services, Appropriate Technology, Union Organizing, Creative Expression, Alternative Education, Women's Issues, Agriculture, Vocational Ministries, and Community Organizing and Social Change.
CURRENT NEWS: The ACC is just beginning its second year of operation. The office is open Wednesdays, 8 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. We are located in Rm. 130 Tyler, East Quad (in the Residential College Counseling Center). We encourage people to come and look through our resource library. In addition to career information, we have available job bulletins, career guides and progressive literature. At present, we are working on organizing various projects to take place this fall. We are in great need of volunteers, contributions, and office help. If you would like more information, please contact Phillis at 764-0175. (1836)
Ann Arbor, MI
MEETINGS: AMISTAD meetings are every Wed. night at 6 pm in Dominicks. If you are interested in working with the brigade in whatever capacity, please come by, or call us at our office.
BACKGROUND: The A2MISTAD (Ann Arbor-Managua Initiative for Soils Testing and Development in English and the word for "friendship" in Spanish) Construction Brigade began in fall, 1985 as a sub-project of HAP-NICA (Humanitarian Assistance Project for Independent Agricultural Development in Nicaragua for assistance with the construction of a soils testing facility. The soils lab, which is located near Managua, will make it possible to determine appropriate land use and to help farmers irrigate and fertilize their crops more efficiently.
CURRENT NEWS: The laboratory is now in the third phase of construction. The walls are almost finished and preparations are being made to raise the roof. The presence of two coordinators from Ann Arbor has facilitated operations there, so work is progressing unhindered by some of the logistical problems of the past. The relationship between the brigade and the Nicaraguans who have been involved with the project is growing closer. The foreman of the project, Gustavo, and the on-site engineer, Roberto, have even invited brigadistas to share their homes with them.
Over the past nine months, more than 50 people from all over the world have contributed to the construction of the lab. In addition to folks from Ann Arbor and other parts of the U.S., A2MISTAD has recruited from the pool of internationalists who have been in Nicaragua studying Spanish, traveling or working with other brigades. At one point, the brigade included four Australian doctors, an Italian bricklayer and a Guatamalan political refugee. A2MISTAD now needs workers for the current brigade which will last through the middle of December. The work is hard, but there is no better way to gain an understanding of the Nicaraguan situation. There are opportunities for discussion with students, professors, workers, members of the military, politicians and people one runs into on the street. Anyone who would like more information about the brigade should get in tough with the A2MISTAD office at 761-7960. Going to Nicaragua is an experience that changes lives; the opportunity should not be missed.
The Ann Arbor contingent is compiling a slide show from the pool of photographs taken by brigadistas. The presentation will be used for educational purposes - to graphically depict life and politics in Nicaragua; the effects of the U.S. backed war and economic blockade and the role that internationalists can have in supporting the Nicaraguan struggle for development and self-determination. Education is an integral part of the brigade experience. A2MISTAD will gladly make the slide show and speakers available to any interested groups. Call 761-7960 got more information. (3054)
Coalition for Arms Control-2nd District
1015 Church St. #5
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
OPEN LETTER TO PEACE AND JUSTICE GROUPS: Member groups of the Second District Coalition for Arms Control have been discussing the possibility of moving into common space. The reason is to better work together and make more efficient use of limited resources. Interfaith Council for Peace, SANE, Women's Alliance for Disarmament, and Physicians for Social Responsibility have all given the green light to a search committee to find a suitable location that would meet the needs of the various organizations while still being affordable.
While the concept of these arms control groups working together is in and of itself a great move forward to further facilitate cooperation in the interest of arms control, it would be much better still, to include a broad cross section of the Peace and Justice community in the Ann Arbor area. Both SANE and Interfaith already work on more than only arms control issues, and with the wealth of organizations existing in town, we should be able to sustain an ongoing Peace and Justice center.
The groups could be involved at various levels in this center. Organizations which wanted to simply leave their literature and schedule of activities in the center for common usage would be welcome to do so. If the group wished to pay a small monthly fee, they could use resources the center would have such as phone banks, videos, etc. Or if the organization wanted to contribute more, they could reserve an office for their use. There are uses for the center that we haven't thought of, so we should be creative with how the center could be used.
To this end, we have invited all organizations in the AGENDA group directory to participate in this idea of a Center. We will have held a meeting by the time this issues goes to press to discuss the level of interest among the various groups in town. If anyone reading this has further comments about who should be in on something like this, or ideas about where this center might be housed, please contact: Kim Miller for SANE; or Kim Groome for Interfaith Council for Peace; or Toby Hannah-Davies for WAND. (2188)
Free South Africa Coordinating Committee
4318 Michigan Union
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
NEWS: Currently the U.S. and the CIA support the South African backed contras who wage war against the Angolan government with military aid and political recognition. (This includes Stinger missiles.) This is the second consecutive year that the U.S. has sent at least $15 million to the rebels. The Clark Amendment, repealed by Congress, prohibited military involvement in Angola between 1976 and 1985 (although we know how popular Congressional law became once Reagan entered office). Every nation except the U.S. and the South Africa have recognized the People's Republic of Angola. South Africa has waged this undeclared war for more than ten years and has used the illegally occupied territory of Namibia as a base.
Not only have tens of thousands of civilians been killed by the war but Angola has one of the highest child death rates in the world. UNICEF estimates that over 50,000 children a year die in Angola as a result of this war. Relief agencies now claim the women and children are targeted by UNITA forces in order to increase pressure on the Angolan government. Furthermore, Angola has the highest rate of amputees in the world due to UNITA landmines place in fields and paths frequently used by peasants. In recent months, UN officials have reported mines and bombs planted in streets and shops in cities such a Huambo, the second largest one in Angola.
FSACC is strongly opposed to this involvement and maintains their positions by referring to incidents such as the following. Commando Captain Wyland du Toit was captured in May, 1985 because of his attempt to blow Gulf oil installations in Cabindo. Later he admitted that UNITA was also responsible. In February, 1986, UNITED attacked the village of Camabatela in northern Angola in which over 100 people were killed. Recently, similar situations have been reported such as the attack in Huambo where 133 people were killed. These blatant examples of UNITA's attack on economic and civilian targets only become more appalling when we read of Savimbi's recent support of the South African regime when embraced by Pik Botha this past summer. "President Botha needs support now." (NY Times, June 7, 1987)
Current congressional legislation has been proposed that would prevent further aid to UNITA forces or authorize stronger military support. Please urge your congressperson to take action and/or contact FSACC on the fourth floor of the Union for more information. (2524)
c/o 4117 Michigan Union
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
CURRENT NEWS: On September 12, more than 150 picketed the PanTree Restaurant to protest an incident at the PanTree late in the evening of August 25. Five male customers who had allegedly been drinking alcohol made disparaging comments about women and Blacks. One of the five vomited on a table patronized by a group of gay men and heterosexual women, while another spat on the group. PanTree manager Paul Hardkins is quoted as saying that he could not stop the men from vomiting and spitting, and that he did not call the police because the harassers would have left before the police arrived, and that the harassers are regular customers of the PanTree and friends of PanTree staff members. Members of LaGROC (Lesbian and Gay Male Rights on Campus) are demanding that the PanTree have a public apology printed in the Ann Arbor News, that PanTree management meet with LaGROC members and the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, and that a consciousness-raising workshop be held for members of the PanTree staff. Gay Liberation urgeres concerned community members to boycott the PanTree until further notice.
Please note also that the man who spat on the group of gay men and heterosexual women allegedly followed them to their parked cars and broke a window of the car belonging to one of the gay men. A police report has been filed.
We are gearing up for the second National Lesbian-Gay March on Washington, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 11. Buses will leave from Ann Arbor at 8 pm Saturday October 10 and will leave Washington late Sunday Evening. Roundtrip cost is $55 per seat. Send your check to MOHR, 17520 Woodward, Detroit MI 48203, or call 1-869-MOHR and use your VISA or MASTER-CHARGE card (11 am to 7 pm weekdays). Call immediately before reservations close! For more information, call 763-4186 or come to the Oct. 6 Planning Meeting (see Calendar)
Please oppose the nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court! Write to your Senators: U.S. Senate, Washington DC 20510. The annual meeting of the Mich. Org. for Human Rights (MOHR) will be held in Detroit, Sat-Sun., Oct. 24-25. For information, called 763-4186 or 1-869-MOHR.
PURPOSE: To provide information, counseling and related social services for people concerned about sexual orientation: (1) maintain Hotline for crisis intervention, peer counseling, referral;
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(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. Call for time and place. Our group includes U-M students, staff, and faculty, and people from the larger community. We have a 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: Call for information
Human and Civil Rights: Info. and referral to help people who are being discriminated against because of their actual or presumed sexual orientation or their presumed "cross-gender" 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. (3860)
Graduate Employees Organization
802 Monroe #3
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
CURRENT NEWS: Office Hours: Mon. 3-5 pm, Wed. 5-7 pm, Th. 1-5 pm, Fri. 3-5 pm. Elections for the Steering Committee were held at the Sept. membership meeting in which four of the five opened positions were filled. One position remains open. The new Steering Committee members are: Sara Harrison (History), Bill Kerrigan (History), Jeff Falzarano (NAME), and Joe Tillo (Electrical Engineering). Elections for the final position will be held at the October membership meeting.
Because of rain the September 8th GEO BASH was washed out. It has been re-scheduled for October 16, 8 pm to 1:30 am, in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union. Music provided by Tracey Lee and the Leonards.
PURPOSE: GEO is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers/Michigan Federations of Teachers Local #3550. GEO's purpose is to represent all Graduate Student Assistants in collective bargaining with the University of Michigan, thus protecting Staff and Teaching Assistants against deterioration in economic compensation, real wages, working conditions. GEO also address graduate employees' common concerns, such as: excessive class size, teacher training, reallocation of University funds from administration overhead to teaching, and the ideals 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 remaining Fall meetings are: Wed., Oct. 21, 7:30 pm in the Pond Room; Thur., Dec. 3, time 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. (1767)
Interfaith Council for Peace (ICP)
604 E. Huron
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Office Hours: 9:30 to 5:00, M-F
The Ecology of Pain and Power: Last July we had a special guest in town. Joanna Macy, Buddhist social activity and author of "Dharma and Development" and "Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age" was in town for the Conference on World Buddhism in North America. She took time out of her busy schedule to meet with members of Interfaith to talk about despair and empowerment work. Joanna travels worldwide in sharing with people her experiences in social change from a Buddhist perspective. The organization, Interhelp, was founded by Joanna and her friends to further promote despair and empowerment workshops across the country.
Below is a general outline of Joanna Macy's message to social activists. Quotes are taken from "Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age."
1. Concern for the World. The unique bond among social activists is that there is a genuine concern for the world beyond their own personal lives. The boundaries of who we are and what is important to us does not end at our skin. Implicitly we are aware and believe in the Buddhist teaching of dependent co-arising (pratitya samatpada) that everything is interdependent and mutually conditioning. We are all part of the web of life. Every major faith has this as a central theme: "to break through the illusion of seperateness and realize the unalterable fact of our interdependence."
This realization of our interconnectedness and interexistence lies at the root of our motivation to do social work. It is the moment of awakening from those social forces and institutions that try to obfuscate and divide the basic fact that all life is interrealted.
2. Pain for the World. Regardless of our political and religious beliefs, our occupation and social class we all live with the uncertainty that we might be the last generation to life on our planet. With nuclear bombs growing within our earth like stubborn cancers our future destiny remains uncertain. This is the source of much anger, fear, guilt and sorrow in the world.
With the capacity to see the world as one big web of interdependencies we also have the capacity to experience the vast amount of suffering in the world. This is the original meaning of the word compassion, "to suffering with." Yet so many of our cultural rituals, ceremonies and practices attempt to repress this pain. We fear pain tremendously and have created psychological ways to avoid pain. Interestingly, the Greek root of the word apathy, apatheia, literally means "nonsuffering."
3. Processing of Pain. We need to publicly open up all the pain we carry around inside us. As we unblock our feelings about the destruction of our planet and the possible demise of all life as we know it we will also begin to creatively respond to our sense of powerlessness. Joanna Macy's book "Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age" documents this as a "voyage through our pain for the world and into our power to heal the world...This is a testimony to our interconnectedness."
4. Power as Process. A central message for social activists throughout Joanna Macy's work is re-defining power as "the ability to interconnect, to acknowledge that we are each part of a vast organism that is in trauma." The result from caring for the world, from feeling the pain and processing the pain as power is that we become awakened. in the Nuclear Age. It is indeed astonishing that a large proportion of the public believe that there will be a nuclear war in their lifetime, and that they will not survive it. People feel powerless and number to any creative response to this predicament.
Overall, Joanna Macy sums up her message in the following words "Through our pain for the world we can open to power, and this power is not just our own, it belongs to others as well. It relates to the very evolution of our species. It is part of a general awakening or shift toward a new level of social consciousness." The choice is ours - to renew the earth or perish and take all of creation with us. (4102)
Pinkertons Stress Theater Group
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Pinkertons Street Theatre Troupe is a political arts collectives of students, faculty, and Ann Arbor community members. We use the medium of theater as a means of exploring social and political issues which affect people both at home and abroad. We use the street as our stage so that we may confront people in their daily routines and effectively interact with them. It is our hope that through a combination of entertainment and shocking drama, we can bring people to think about pressing issues and come to view them in a new light.
BACKGROUND: The Pinktertons were formed in the spring of 1985 in response to the union-busting and other unfair practices which resulted when the State Theater was bought out by the Kerasotes Corporation. The Pinkertons responded with theater actions in front of the State Theater to draw attention to this problem. Other actions include a piece featuring Representative Carl Pursell and the Contras, an enactment of the four veterans fasting for an end to U.S. support for the contras, and a classroom action on the topic of military research.
CURRENT NEWS: The Pinkertons are now discussing ideas for actions this fall. We welcome any suggestions. We would also like to cooperate with other groups, to help draw attention to issues which they are working on. We meet Saturdays at 2 pm. Please call 764-0175 for meeting location. No acting ability is required in order to join our troupe. (1530)
Revolutionary Workers League
P.O Box 1297
Detroit, MI 48231
PURPOSE: The Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) is a revolutionary organization whose ultimate aim is world communism. By this we mean communism as understood by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Luxemborg, and Trotsky, not "communism" as understood by Stalin, Mao, Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping, or Castro.
The RWL aggressively involves itself in all struggles of workers and the oppressed. In Ann Arbor the RWL is participating in struggles of workers defending their jobs and working conditions at the University of Michigan, Black students fighting racism, women students defending abortion rights, lesbian/gay students fighting AIDS and right-wing attacks, and anti-war students opposing U.S. support for apartheid in South Africa and U.S. intervention in Central America and the Middle East.
The RWL brings to all these struggles its overall perspective of international workers' revolution and its immediate perspective of militant, mass action by workers and the oppressed.
The road to world communism lies through international workers' revolution; political rule by the working class through democratically elected workers' councils; the establishment of a collectivized, centrally planned, worker controlled economy; and the building of a socialist society.
The struggled for world communism requires a fight against all aspects of capitalist exploitation and oppression - from the daily ripoff of workers on the job to attacks on democratic rights to the multifaceted special oppression of Blacks, other minorities, women, lesbians, and gay men.
The fight for world communism requires defense of anti-imperialist struggles worldwide and defense of anti-imperialist struggles worldwide and defense of the Soviet Union, China and other deformed workers' states against imperialism, particularly U.S. imperialism. It also requires a fight to overthrow the Stalinist bureaucracies of these countries through workers' political revolution.
The RWL's most important 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 part of socialist revolution.
MEETINGS: Every Wed., 7 pm in room 2412 of Mason Hall, UM campus. (seeCalendar) (2146)
1416 Hill St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
PURPOSE: SANE/Freeze is a 30 year old National Citizen's Lobby with a membership of over 150,000. SANE's goals are to reverse the arms race, redirect military spending to fund human needs, and to end the militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy.
Michigan SANE has 18,000 members and a canvass that reaches more than 500 households each evening with a message of reversing the arms race and ending military intervention in Central America. Michigan SANE is merging with the Detroit Area Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign to form a statewide Board of Directors and to better coordinate our statewide work.
CURRENT ACTIVITIES IN ANN ARBOR: SANE's canvass is currently working in Ann Arbor to recruit new members and to renew current memberships. We are asking members to write letters to Representative Carl Pursell on a variety of issues listed below. SANE will hold a meeting on October 26 to discuss the possibility of beginnings a chapter in Ann Arbor. People who wish to participate should call our office at 663-3913 between 9 am and 5 pm.
CURRENT STATE ACTIVITIES: A coalition of 40 organizations from around the state is holding its third meeting on Saturday, October 17, from 10:30 am to 2 pm in Detroit. The groups will be discussing what role they may play collectively in the 1988 elections, as well as looking at how to better facilitate communication between the groups. Interested groups or individuals should talk to Kim at the SANE office.
CURRENT LEGISLATIVE FOCUS: Rep. Pursell has been identified as a swing members of the appropriations committee on at least two issues. Letters urging his support for the Fazio amendment to delete $250 million for testing of Space Based Kinetic Kill Vehicle (SBKKV) should be sent immediately. The SBKKV is the first Star Wars component to be actively challenged in Congress. Cost estimates for this program start at $68 billion and go to upwards of $100 billion. The SBKKV is a small, non-nuclear guided missile designed to crash into Soviet ICBMs and destroy them in the first minutes after they are launched. SBKKVs will be housed in orbiting space platforms.
Pursell is also a swing vote on the Rail-Garrison basing mode for the MC missile. MX production was capped at 50 barring a deployment scheme that could be shown to be invulnerable to a Soviet first strike. This Rail-Garrison basing idea is flawed and simply an effort by the Pentagon to keep the failed MX program alive. The military is asking for $250 million for further research and development of this system. Urge Pursell to vote against all money for further research on this system.
The third item to write to Pursell about is his position on aid to the contras in Nicaragua. He is apparently keeping his options open about whether to support aid to the contras while verbalizing support for the negotiated solution being proposed by leaders in the Central American region. We must ensure the defeat of contra aid once and for all before the Reagan administration gets the U.S. permanently mired in a war we have no business being in and which we cannot win, short of sending U.S. troops. Pursell needs to hear that he cannot support a military solution while verbalizing support for a diplomatic solution. (3308)
South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program
Int'l. Possibilities Unlimited
2915 Roundtree Apt. #A2
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Debbie Robinson 572-1960
PURPOSE: The purpose of the South African Political Prisoner Bracelet Program is to educate the public about the plight of the political prisoners in South Africa particularly, and more generally, to increase the public's awareness of the continued racial and socio-economic oppression of the people of Southern Africa.
Each brass bracelet bears the name of a South African political prisoner serving a life sentence. The bracelet facilitates the development of a personal bond between the wearer and the prisoner named thereon and their family. To help strengthen that bond, we provide addresses where participants can write a particular prisoner. In addition, a portion of the funds generated through the sale of the bracelets is contributed to other organizations whose central goals are consistent with IPU's. The organizations that we have identified to receive IPU contributions include International Defense and Aids Fund, the Washington Office on Africa, and the National Free South Africa Movement.
CURRENT NEWS: Sunday, October 11 is International Solidarity Day with South African Political Prisoners. IPU will be holding a bracelet sale on campus in the Fishbowl (where Mason, Haven and Angell Halls meet) the preceeding week.
Bracelets are $6.76 each ($6.50 + 26 cents state sales tax). With each bracelet you receive a biographical description of your particular prisoner, and a 28-page resource brochure containing information about apartheid in South Africa, the plight of political prisoners, and suggestions of other ways to support the anti-apartheid movement.
The bracelets are always available at the following Ann Arbor stores, thanks to their generosity: Collected Works, Orchid Lane, Crazy Wisdom Books on Fourth Street in Ann Arbor. Bracelets can also be ordered through the mail at the IPU address above.
MEETINGS & MEMBERSHIP: Meetings will be held on campus at the Center for Afro-American and African studies. Please call for the arranged meeting times and dates.
IPU is a non-profit organization whose members carry out all aspects of the bracelet program; therefore, we are a task-oriented group. This program offers numerous rewards to anyone who has the courage and commitment to take the challenge of creating a viable international program "against all odds." We need people who are excited by that type fo challenge. (2534)
3909 Michigan Union
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
PURPOSE: Are you pissed off (or cynical or discourage) about all the problems in this society and the world today? Are you concerned about nuclear weapons, U.S. intervention in Central America, racism, sexism, pollution, poverty, apartheid, preparations for WWIII? Do you see anything these problems have in common?
We do. We think they have a common source: the system we live under, capitalism. Capitalism puts the profits of big corporations and banks ahead of people's needs. It is our water and air, our peace, our bodies, our future that are paying the price for their profits. Is there anything we can do about all this?
Yes. We can get rid of the system responsible for these problems. We can build a new system in which basic medical care, education and housing are more important than nuclear weapons, where safe water and breathable air are more important than the cheap dumping of toxic wastes; a system that has no need to divide people on the basis of sex or skin color or nationality in order to better exploit them; a system that isn't constantly trying to gobble up more land and resources so the rich can get richer - while the rest of us are left to fight the wars brought on by their greed.
WHO ARE WE? We are people who want to build this better kind of world. That's why we are revolutionary communists, and why we'd like to see a socialist society and world. Why socialism? Because socialism puts the needs of people ahead of the needs of big business to make big profits for a tiny minority. Under socialism, Jane and John Smith (together with millions of other everyday ordinary people), not John D. Rockefeller, make the decisions about the products we make, the work we do, the lives we live. A socialist world would have no need for huge nuclear weapons arsenals, intervention in other countries, racism, sexism, abuse to the environment, poverty, apartheid, or preparations for WWIII. Socialism is the next step in social evolution. It's time we move out of the jungle of capitalism into an environment where we can really develop as human beings. Since no country in the world today - not the so-called Democracies nor the so-called Communist countries - are trying to create this world, we must.
So if you are pissed off (or cynical or discouraged), if you want to change this society and the world, if these ideas make some sense, get in touch with us - we want to talk to you. Where to find us: Look for us, and our literature tables, around campus. Contact us at the address above. Or, come check out our Revolutionary History Series, held Tuesdays, 7 to 8 pm in Room 116, Modern Language Buildings. (2686)
Well Networks, Inc. - Huron Valley
P.O. Box 3242
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
CURRENT NEWS: A major focus for Wellness Networks is direct service to people affected by the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) epidemic. These include not only people with AIDS (PWAs) and ARC (AIDS-Related Complex, PWARCs), but also people who have been infected with the virus and are healthy (positive testers or seropositives) in addition to the "worried well." Crucial to our program is a corps of volunteers, who visit people in the hospital, work as buddies, and facilitate our four support groups. The next volunteer training will take place over the weekend of 17-18 October. On the first day of training, we will review basic information about the virus and the disease, the epidemic in this country and its social setting. Then on the second day, basic skills needed for working with people will be discussed and practiced: simple counseling, telephone, and small-group techniques. The training is a prerequisite to working with our organization.
Of the three groups of people who are concerned with direct services to the syndrome population, volunteers are the most essential. We work alongside both people who are affected (who need to retain control of their own lives as much as possible) and professionals, therapists and healthcare and social workers. Our group includes members of both these groups, and we try to be guided by them, both by their anger and their sober wisdom.
Neither people in the syndrome nor professionals can meet the crisis by themselves. Volunteerism has been characteristic of the American response to AIDS from the beginning, when governmental response was so slow and PWAs were not yet organized. And volunteerism remains the most viable approach.
The population groups in which it is spreading more rapidly in this country are Blacks and Hispanics, groups which are disenfranchised and often cut off from health care and other social systems. "In minority communities, the epidemic has breached its original boundaries, and the pool of contagion is much more widely dispersed," Richard Goldstein recently observed. "A Black woman is 13 times more likely than a white woman to contract AIDs. Ninety-one percent of infants with AIDS are nonwhite. This is a disease of whole families, with mothers and fathers infecting their offspring and watching them die...AIDS is a clear and present danger to the urban poor."
The need for volunteers will expand as the viral infection continues to spread and as the time bomb of HIV infection explodes in the bodies of the one-third or so of positive testers who are expected to develop AIDS or ARC. Working with people who are sick is demanding, and it's hard helping them go through social and health-care processings galore and helping them perform the chores of everyday life. The work needs to get done, however, and we need volunteers.
ACTIVITIES: Training will be held October 17 to 18 (Sat. & Sun.) 9 am to 5 pm. Call 662-6134 to preregister and for details.
MEETINGS: General meetings are held the second Sunday of every month and are open to all. The next meeting will be held on October 11, 3:30 to 5:30 pm at St. Joe's. Call for directions or further information. (3266)
The World Hunger Education-Action Committee (WHE-AC)
4202 Michigan Union
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
663-4301 or 761-7594
PURPOSE: WHE-AC is a campus based organization which focuses its work on both domestic and international hunger issues. Our goals are to educate ourselves and the community about the social, political and economic forces which cause and maintain hunger in the world. WHE-AC works closely with Oxfam America and the Institute for Development Policy (Food First). We also encourage ourselves and community members to do volunteer work in the numerous Ann Arbor shelters and meal programs. In addition to educational work, we raise funds through the annual Oxfam America sponsored fast. Money raised is divided between Oxfam projects and local hunger relief organizations in Ann Arbor and Detroit.
MEETINGS AND MEMBERSHIP: For meeting place and time please call 663-4301 or 761-7594. Everyone is welcome
CURRENT NEWS: SIGHT UN-SEEN, a photography exhibition depicting present-day Guatemala will be on display in the South Lounge of the Michigan Union until the 1st of October. On October 19 at 8 pm in the Kuenzel room of the Michigan Union, Elvia Alvarado Galo, a Honduran peasant organizer who has been active in land recoveries will speak on: the peasant movement and land reform, the impact of U.S. militarization on Honduras and human rights. She will be in Ann Arbor with Media Benjamin from Food First. We are also currently organizing the Oxfam fast which takes place the Thursday before Thanksgiving. We need lots of help! (1558)
Ypsilanti Peace Monument Fund, Inc.
601 Congress, Apt. B
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
BACKGROUND: Last February, the voters of Ypsilanti passed the Central America peace initiative. Section 2 of that proposal provides that the city will build a peace monument, accepting contributions and suggestions from the public for this purpose. The Ypsilanti Peace Monument Fund, Inc. is a Michigan non-profit corporation which has been created to raise private funding for the peace monument.
ACTIVITIES: We are in the process of creating a mechanism to collect and evaluate suggestions. This will likely take the form of a contest, whereby the best drawing, sculpted model and concept for a peace monument submitted in each category will be honored with categories for elementary school students, EMU students and the general public. We also hope to have public exhibitions of all submissions, whether the jury which judges the prize winners likes them or not. Of course, every idea submitted would have a chance of being adopted by the city council as teh design which becomes the Ypsilanti Peace Monument.
Those interested in helping out with raising money and running a contest are encouraged to do so. To become involved, write to the Ypsilanti Peace Monument Fund, Inc. at the above address, or call Eric Jackson evenings or weekends at 487-7017 (1438)
Buddhists Concerned for Social Justice and World Peace
Zen Lotus Society
1214 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
PHILOSOPHY: It is the Buddhist view that we are all interrelated. Acting selflessly in service to all helps one see enlightenment inherent in all beings and the oneness of all life. Helping based in this spirit is no longer just helping but reverence and offering. It rests with North American Buddhists to carry out the traditional spiritual ideas of Buddhism. Those who meditate must channel their meditation to social action; those who can't and recite Mantras and Dharanis must dedicate themselves to helping all; and those who study scriptures must find social expression for their knowledge. Through social service and activity we transcend our sectarian differences and go beyond our limits.
Many social issues require urgent action today. They are mostly human problems. We could all spare a moment in our lives to help reduce pain and suffering and bring about a more just society for all. With this in mind we have established a voluntary organization Buddhists Concerned for Social Justice and World Peace. Our initial purpose is: (1) to inspire people to the Buddhist way of helping all beings and develop selfless service as a means of attaining enlightenment for all; (2) to participate in social action and raise Buddhist voice on issues that need attention; and (3) to organize voluntary groups around the world to coordinate our social actions. It is our intention to organize an international advisory committee to monitor social problems that concern us all and mobilize Buddhist public opinion internationally.
PROJECTS: Since its establishment last December we have been involved in the following activities:
1. In January BCSJWP wrote to the Thai government and appealed to the government to reverse its decision to phase out the Cambodian refugee camps, a decisions that would result in eventually sending the refugees back to Cambodia.
2. On May 25, 1987 BCSJWP issues "A Buddhist Statement on Capital Punishment" signed jointly by 20 Buddhists living in Toronto. Copies of the Statement were sent to the Prime Minister of Canada and other politicians, to the Buddhist groups and to the Newspapers. The Globe and Mail, the Canadian national newspaper, carried the statement under the headline "All Life is Sacred." We also participated in and were represented at the June 3rd rally against Capital Punishment in Toronto, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Union and the John Howard Society.
3. On May 30, BCSJWP issued a statement on the Korean situation in support of the struggled of the People's Buddhist Movement fighting against the repressive regime and the Buddhist collaborators of the regime. On the next day BCSJWP President, Samu Sunim, held a press conference with the local Korean language press in Toronto. BCSJWP distributed copies of this statement among Korean Buddhist circles in Korea and in North America.
Please support and participate in the activities of BCSJWP by joining the membership. For further information please contact the Zen Lotus Society, 761-6520. (3148)