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December
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1994
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AGENDA is interested in receiving items f rom you for etcétera. Press clippings, press releases, summaries of local events and any other ideas or suggestions are welcome. Just mail them to: Etcétera Editor, AGENDA, 220 S. Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. AGENDA Welcomes New Family Member Due to the birth of Ryan Patrick Shea on Nov. 16, neither AGENDA Editor Phillis Engelbert nor Music Editor Bill Shea had time to write articles this month. To make up for this, young Ryan plans to be wríting muckraking news and features as a junior journalist sometime in the near future. Congratulations Phillis and Bill! Tenants Union Needs Funds For 25 years the Ann ArborTenants Union (AATU) has counselled renters on everything from signing leases to preventing eviction, organized tenant and neighborhood associations, monitored housing code enforcement, published educational materials, and attended to legislative issues. Now the AATU needs our help. The U-M student government has traditionally provided 60% of AATU's funding. That support has been withdrawn in the short-term. While a long-term plan is being determined (based on an affirmative Nov. student referendum to fund the AATU) several thousand dollars are needed quickly if the AATU is to stay intact through the year's end. Send contributions to Ann Arbor Tenants Union, 4304 Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109. WIMBY Replacing NIMBY "Welcome in My Backyard" is the name of a campaign initiated by the Fair Housing Center of Washtenaw County and the Washtenaw County Committees of Correspondence, in response to local attacks on civil rights. In mid-October vandals painted a swastika and ignited two homemade incendiary devices on the front and back porches of the home of an interracial couple on Cloverdale in Ann Arbor. Vandals had twice previously bumed a swastika into the lawn of that home, using chemicals. Members of the WIMBY campaign are working with the victims and their supporters in encouraging area residents to place WIM BY signs, bearing the Fair Housing logo, in their wlndows. They are also asking people to sign the anti-discriminatory WIMBY pledge. Ann Arbor citizens and organizations are invited to become a part of the WIMBY Campaign. To join in the canvassing effort or to receive copies of the WIMBY sign and pledge, cali the Fair Housing Center at 9943426. For additional information, contact the Washtenaw County Committees of Correspondence, P.O. Box 4430, Ann Arbor, Ml 48106,741-1951. Ozone House Calendare for Sale The 1 995 Youth Art Calendars are now available for $7 in local stores. Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go to support Ozone House. The calendar is a compilation of artwork by local students from Community, Chelsea, Father Gabriel Richard, and Adrián high schools. The art selections were chosen from over 98 entries submitted last spring. Ozone House, a crisis intervention center for runaway and homeless youth, is located at 608 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. For more information, cali 662-2222. Thanks to O. J.? If there is one positive element to be found in all the media hype around the O.J. Simpson case, it is the increased focus on domestic violence and the frequency with which it occurs. Current estimates on the rate of violent domestic assaults on women stand at 572,000 a year. According to 1991 figures from the F.B.I., 71 % of people murdered by their spouses are women. Spousal battering is a pervasive sickness in society that must be cured. If you know of a victim of domestic violence or are one yourself, there are places you can go to for help. For information cali SAFE House, the shelter for victims of domestic violence, at 995-5444; or the Assault Crisis Center, a rape crisis and counseling program, at 483RAPE. Lawn Season Off icially Over Hurrah! You can retire the lawn mowerfor the season and not feel guilty about it. Ann Arbor's weekly curbside yard waste collection program is ending on Dec. 2. Collection will resume in April 1 995. If you're still compelled to mow, you can manage your own yard wastes by letting grass clippings self-mulch on the lawn or by setting up a compost área. For a compost demonstration, visit the Leslie Science Center at 1 831 Traver Rd. There you can obtain a "How-To Compost" brochure (also available at the City Hall information desk.) Residents also have the option of taking "compostables" to the City's Compost Center, 4120 Platt Road off Ellsworth. Cali 9942723 in advance for hours and items accepted.

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