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Page 8-Tuesday, January 31, 1978-The Michigan Daily

(Continued from Page 1)

First
ward
battle
begins

traditionally Democratic bastion, Al-
len is playing on the theme of
incumbency and citizen-responsive-
ness, trying his best to make party-
affiliation a non-issue.
"In terms of effective government,
it makes no difference what party
you're in but what you do .when,
you're in there," Allen says. "The
people in this ward didn't vote me in
because of my party affiliation. They
voted me in because I told them I'd
represent them, and that's what I've
done."
Allen insists, "I don't think any
citizen in the First Ward has lost
anything by having me in the position
(on Council)."
Still, the 30-year-old black busi-
nessman realizes if the Democrats
are able to hold onto the seat in the

unpredictable Fourth Ward, his re-
election is essential to continued
Republican dominance on City Coun-
cil.
"I AM THE swing vote on Coun-
cil," Allen says, "and I call the shots
for the benefit of the people."
Greenberg is concerned over the
apathetic voting attitude that
plagued University students and cost
Democrats the election two years
ago. She says she hopes to see a surge
in interest over this campaign.
"Students have to be convinced to
vote," says Greenburg. "Some of
them are showing certain.irresponsi-
bility by not voting at all and
maintaining their residency with
their parents." They are here nine
months out of the year - the police
and the housing situation touch their
daily lives. These are more than
enough reasons to be concerned with

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what goes on within the city."
. SINCE First Ward residents are
largely tenants, the most volatile
issue in what promises to be a heated
contest will be housing.
Allen, true to the traditional party
line, favors private enterprise inter-
vention for relieving the housing
crunch rather than either the city or
the University.
"I think the University should stay
out of housing," he says. As for the
city, he calls Ann Arbor "the biggest
slum lord there is."
"If you have commercial property
you have less need for city services,
plus the private investor will have to
pay his taxes," he explains. "One of
the reasons that cities decay is that
people with good intentions have
government-sponsored housing proj-
ects in the city that takes thq land off
the tax base."
ALTHOUGH Greenberg says she
has not set any definite goals, she
intends to devote her attention to
such pressing city problems as
housing.
"I think the University is probably
not providing as much housing for
the students as they have in the past,
says Greenberg. "It seems that there
was a student expansion, but not
enough expansion for housing."
Greenberg says she understands
University reluctance to build hous-
ing when student population is fore-
casted to drop, but says the Univer-
sity could remedy the present prob-
lem by building structures that will
house students now and can later be
converted for some other use.
"THE UNIVERSITY has to look at
the type of housing they are provid-
ing," Greenberg says. "Maybe stu-
dents don't want to live in dorms
anymore and would rather live in

(University-owned) co-operatives."
Yet even while adhering to Repub-
lican party doctrine, Wendell Allen is
no traditional Republican.
Born in Chattanooga, the eighth of
ten children, Allen graduated from
the civil rights movement that
produced liberal Democrats like Ann
Arbor Mayor Al Wheeler.
UNLIKE Wheeler, however,
(whom he describes as "more con-
cerned with images and symbols,")
Allen is of the school that values
self-help and a laissez-faire govern-
ment.
"When I hear someone tell me
'these people are poor, we've got to
help them," that's bullshit. If folks are
interested in helping people out of
poverty you train them and give
them a job, and if they fall on their
asses, tough shit."
It was Allen's conviction to self-
reliance that led him to support the
dying Public Housing Tenants Or-
ganization (PHTO), even after the
other Council Republicans had aban-
doned it.
"PHTO ORGANIZED the tenants
to help themselves," he says. "All of
this is a self-help type of thing.
Wheeler and his people don't want to
see that. They want the people to stay
in their situation so they can say,
'look, you're poor and ignorant and
we're going to take care of you.'
That's bullshit."
Although Greenberg has never
held an elected office, she has been
involved in party politics, the League
of Women's Voters, and has kept
herself active as a watchdog of local
government for the past eight years.
"As a homeowner, you find out a
lot of problems with the city,"
Greenberg said. "I know a lot of
people living in the Ward and I think I
can do the job."

GREENBERG, a former Univer-
sity student, lives in Ann Arbor with
her husband and two children.
Two years ago, Greenberg was
instrumental in forming a citizen
group which successfully battled two
housing projects, including the con-
struction of condominiums in the
$65,000-and-up price bracket. The
architect of the building was the
planning commissioner who was
pushing for support of the construc-
tion.
"I felt that if you-were the chair-
man and architect," Greenberg ex-
plains, "you are not going to get an
adequate review by your fellow
commissioners. As I saw it, it was a
real political situation which was
pretty stinky."
GREENBERG says she is expect-
ing a tough battle against Allen and
feels he has let his constituents and
his party down.
"Republicans don't like Wendell
Allen," Greenberg says. "He has
been an embarrassmentto them for
the past two years."~
Allen enjoys his role as a maver-
ick, however, and likens himself to
the people's troubleshooter, making
the bureaucracy more responsive to
the citizens. "I've been an embar-
rassment to the Democrats on Coun-
cil," he boasts. 'They think if you're
black, you're supposed to be poor."
THE APRIL 3 election will see only
two incumbents, including Allen,
seeking re-election. Three Council-
men, Roger Bertoia (R-Third Ward),
Jamie Kenworthy (D-Fourth Ward),
and Louis Belcher (R-Fifth Ward)
are calling it quits after two terms
each on Council.
Voters will also be deciding on
three ballot proposals.

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Women a
By PAULINE TOOLE
One of Ann Arbor's hottest issues
fell into the spotlight Sunday evening
as fifty women gathered to discuss'
prostitution and its role in the femin-
ist struggle.
The forum - sponsored by the
Prostitution Education Project
(PEP) - drew a number of women
who have worked as prostitutes.
SARAH PAUL and Carol Ernest,
the two spokeswomen for PEP,
discussed the evolution of prosti-
tutes' rights groups in the U.S. PEP
itself is the first organization in
Michigan formed around prostitutes'
rights, and is affiliated with COY-

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liscuss prostitution
OTE, a similar group in California. former prostitute," she sal
"Our basic assumption is that pros- comes a time when peoplei
titutes don't have to be the worms of have to step out and say,
occupations," said one woman at- I'm proud of it'..More w
tending the forum. doing that. Because PEP
When eleven women were arrested ready to support me, I was
for prostitution last fall, local women do that."
began organizing and formed PEP in In a discussion on attitud
an attempt to educate the community prostitution, the women st
on issues surrounding prostitution. economic and emotional fa
Last December, PEP circulated a rounding the occupation.
petition in an attempt to put the
question of decriminalization of pros- "MONEY HAS A lot t
titution on the April ballot. The effort feeling degraded," said on
failed, but work for a future referen- "The job benefits and th
dum continues. definitely better than anyo
PAUL DISCUSSED the problems Another woman added,"
inherent in mobilizing around the talking with some young
issue of prostitute rights. I'd tell them what thr sit
"You've just gotta keep at it and What you want to be, wha
eventually things will turn around," be, needing money so bad.1
she said. "It may be ten or fifteen to pay the rent. I'd tell then
years, but they'll turn around." real deal is. You compromi
Ernst, too, described the necessity out of yourself in life
of organizing. "I'm speaking as a another.

id. "There
in a group
'I am and
omen are
was here,
willing to
des toward
ressed the
actors sur-
o do with
ne woman.
e pay are
other job."
"If I was
er person,
uation is.
it youcan
You've got
m what the
se the hell
," added

S. African forum

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and loans is a first step at the very
least."
Lockwood suggested several steps
the U.S. government should take:
" End all Export-Import Bank
facilities for South Africa now (the Ex-
port-Import Bank was established in
1945 to help boost American exports.)
" End all commodity credit cor-
poration agreements with South Africa
" End all nuclear technology transfer
to South Africa
" Impose a ban on further investment
in South Africa
" Impose a ban on further loans to
South Africa (Lockwood said the U.S. is
South Africa's biggest creditor.)
" Construct a tax which would absorb
the profits from apartheid. ("Those
profits are built on exploitation," he
said.)
ACCORDING to Lockwood, "the
most critical new element in the (South
African) situation is the attitude of the
students."

He said it was up to "people like you
and me ... to put intolerable pressure
on universities, on the establishment,
institutions, and the Congress of the
United States to get out of South
Africa."
The forum, which continues through
Thursday, is sponsored by the Univer-
sity's Committee on Communications
and was organized to help resolve the
controversy over University invest-
ments in corporations operating in
South Africa.
THE ISSUE, came to the fore last
May, when several students asked the
Regents to cut all ties the University
might have with South Africa.
Since that time neither the ad-
ministration nor the Regents have
made a decision on whether to sell
South African related investments.
This week's forum is the first con-
crete action taken by the University to
resolve the issue. The intent of the ad-
ministration is to provide channels of
communication so that all viewpoints
are aired before the Regents make a
final decision.

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