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Wand Chooses New Direction

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Washtenaw County Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament has changed its name to "Women's Action for a New Direction," keeping the acronym "WAND." The name change, made at a February 1Oth general meeting, reflects a gradual shift over the past year or two trom a narrow focus on nuclear disarmament to a broader focus on women's empowerment and anti-militarism. The February meeting gathered present and past active members to discuss the future focus and structure of the group. We are excited about the new hope for our future. We hope to focus on action for peace in the Middle East, as well as organize an empowerment training workshop, women's support group discussions, and a Mother's Day festival for peace. Anyone who is interested in joining us should leave their name and phone number on the WAN D message line at 761 -1 718, orcall Sarah Cooleybeck at662-2475. We hope to get a regular schedule of coordinating committee meetings out soon. Please join us for a talk and slide show "Women n El Salvador," on Sunday, March 10 at 8 pm, location to be announced. Although 68% of adults n El Salvador are women, there is little recognition in the United States of their work or of their concerns and needs. WAND member Jane Mildred will share stories and slides from her recent participation in a women'sdelegation to El Salvador. Theresa Mariona, a Salvadoran exile, will discuss women's political organization in El Salvador and WINDES, a new international organization that supports such work. The program is co-sponsored by Latin American Solidarity Committee. Please cali the WAND message line for location. WAND, P.O. Box 1815, A2, Ml 48106-1815; 761-1718.


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