AGENDA is interested in receiving items from 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 SL, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Focus on Welfare Reform This month local activists are sponsoring a range of events taking a critica! look at, and sometimes protesting, the changes that Congress has proposed making in the welfare system. These include a teach-in, a forum, and the ongoing activrrjes of a statewide coalition. Does Newt Gingrich & co. have you up in arms? Now is the time to get informeel - and involved. Social Work Studente Sponsor Teach-ln On Friday, April 7, students at the U-M School of Social Work will host at day-long teach-in for students, service providers, and all concerned persons, on the topic of welfare reform. Entitled "The Implications of Welfare Reform: Initiatives for Change or War on the Poor?", it commences at 9:30 am in the Rackham Amphitheater (fourth floor). There will be talks, workshops and discussions. Panelists and moderators will include prOfessors, welfare recipients, antjpoverty activists, and human service providers. For more information contact Stephanie Barbee at 21 3-0048. Guild House Sponsors Forum This month, the Second Wednesday Supper Forum (April 1 2) at Guild House features a talk by EMU Education Professor Valerie Polakow, on "Welfare Reform: An Assault on Women and Children." Dr. Polakow is the author of "Uves on the Edge: Single Mothers and Their Children in the Other America." The 6 pm talk will be preceded by a rice and beans supper at 5:15 pm (there is a suggested donation of $5). Guild House is located at 802 Monroe, across from the Law School library. For more information cali 662-5189. Mich. Anti-Poverty Coalition Fighte Back This group of human service workers and administrators, welfare recipients, educators, and other concemed membersof the community, has been meeting over the last few months in Washtenaw County. They're strategizing and holding protests in opposition to welfare "reform"- Gingrich-style, Engler-style, Republican-style, and Democrat-style. Beginning in February they have held weekly soup kitchens in front of Detroit Edison to protest "corporate welfare" - the huge subsidies and tax incentives that the government hands out to big business. Edison is also culpable in the operation of its faulty nuclear power plant, Fermi 2, and its policy of dumping nuclear waste in the Mescalero Apache reservation. The Anti-Poverty Coalition continúes to meet the second Monday of each month at 7 pm and the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 91 7 Washtenaw. They have standing committees in the following areas: action, outreach, education, and fundraising. For more nformation contact Jodi Sandford at 668-2866. Focus on Women's Rights There are a number of upcoming events - locally and nationally - focusing on women's rights, women's health, and women's safety. These are being held in response to the continuing problem of violenceagainstwomen, the erosión of women's rights under the "Contract with America," and the growing body of knowledge about health across a woman's life span (and the growing women's health activist movement). Get ready to travel, to rally and to leam! NOW Sponsors Rally Against Violence "We Won't Go Back" is the theme of the national rally that the National Organization for Women is holding on Sunday, April 9 in Washington, D.C. Be part of this massive action against violence against women and the "Contract with America" and in support of the new Violence Against Women Act. "We'll rally in Washington on April 9th to say loudly and cleariy: 'We won't go back!'" said NOW President Patricia Ireland. "We will show the nation, the 1 04th Congress and President Clinton that supporters of women's rights are the overwhelming majority." For information about carpooling to the event from Ann Arbor, cali Bev Fish at 4841897. Symposium Focuses on Women's Health On April 5th, the Michigan Initiative for Women's Health will host a symposium entitled: "Family Status and Health across a Woman's Life Span." It begins at noon in the Rackham Auditorium, followed by sessions from 1 -3:45 pm in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League, and condueles with a talk, reception, and performance back at the Rackham Building. The day includes a town meeting hosted by the Commission for Women and the Women of Color Task Forcé, to discuss the Michigan Women's Agenda; roundtable discussions on conflict between work and families, childbearing choices, economie status and family health, and more; an address by Judy Norsigian of the Boston Women's Health Collective on "The Women's Health Movement: Where Have We Come From & Where Are We Headed"; and a theatrícial performance by Barbara Tarbuck entitled: "They Cali Me Dr. Greer," about Germaine Greer, Australian feminist thinker on women, health and life. In cooperation with the Ann Arbor Y, childcare will be provided for children 12 months and older, free of charge, by reservation. For more information contact the MIWH Program Office at 747-0472. Take Back the Night! The 16th annual "Take Back the Night" march and rally, to protest violence against women, will be held Saturday, April 22nd. The rally is open to all members of the community and begins at 7 pm at Community High. A march for women only will follow. For more information contact the Ann Arbor Coalition Against Rape at 995-0795. Focus on AIDS Awareness For two decades now AIDS has taken a terrible toll woridwide. While activist groups continue to push for more funding to curb the disease, t is important to remember and commemorate the lives of those who have died from AIDS. Names AIDS Quilt Comes to Detroit The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is coming to Detroit's Cobo Center April 6-9. The opening ceremony will be Wednesday, April 5. The display will consist of 5,000 panels - the largest display ever to come to Michigan. The entire Names Quilt does not travel and contains more than 27,000 individual panels. The Quilt represents not only the significance of the lives of those who have died form AIDS, but also brings awareness to millions of people woridwide of the impact of the disease. What is so powerful is not just the sheer number of panels on display, but the heartbreaking displays of love and loss and the celebratjon of those who are no longer with us. The mission of the Names Project is to help bring an end to the AIDS epidemie. The Quilt is being brought to Detroit with the sponsorship of the Detroit Metro Chapter of the Names Project and the Detroit Health Department. For more nformation cali PFLAG, Ann Arbor, at 769-1684. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets the third Sunday of every month from 2-5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1917 Washtenaw. "Remember My Name" On June 25, the seventh annual "Remember My Name" AIDS Memorial Service will be held on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing, Each yearthe number of names continúes to grow as more and more family and friends are lost to AIDS. Names for this year's service, as well as donations to help defray costs, may be sent to: Remember My Name Committee, P.O. Box 27071 , Lansing, Ml 48909. For more nformation, or to submit names by phone, cali Maxine Thome (51 7) 4840946 or Kathy Leacock (51 7) 371 -21 90. Benefit Concert for Interfaith The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice is pleased to announce a benefit concert on April 8 featuring Chariie King and Elise Bryant. Charlie King, a musical storyteller and politica! satirist from the East Coast, is one of our very best singer songwriters. Elise Bryant, local performer and ptaywright, is one of Ann Arbor's true cultural treasures. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice was founded in 1 965 by congregatlons and individuals, to work for peace and social justice. The concert is at 8 pm at St. Mary Student Parish (Thompson & William). For ticket information cali 663-1 870.
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