BY ANNA SCHLOSSBERG
Several women of different races
sit around a table, engaging in ani-
mated discussion. At a kitchenette
nearby, a white male is cooking din-
ner for them.
Welcome to the second meeting of
the International Women's Support
Group, which meets each Tuesday in
the Ecumenical Campus Center on
Church Street. The group provides an
informal forum for female students
'.ust by talking to these,
women, I've learned a lot. N
They've come so far from N
home, and they see a better
future for themselves.We Ansal
can share our feelings and intern
feel that there's a better suppor
future for all of us.' sity," s
-Anjali Pathak, who fo
University graduate student
The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 1988 - Page3
BY PAM NADASEN
The Ella Baker-Nelson Mandela
Center for Anti-Racist Education last
night kicked-off a five-week film
series which focuses on the struggle
for equality and forms of racism
encountered by people of color.
The United Coalition Against
Racism initiated the Baker-Mandela
Center which has been serving the
community since last spring and will
officially open Monday.
Last night, the project opened
with a film, From Berkeley to
Soweto, and a discussion about anti-
apartheid activists around the globe.
The Free South Africa
Coordinating Committee co-spon-
sored the film and led the discussion
in cormemoration of International
Day in Solidarity with South African
Political Prisoners, which was yes-
"The center is designed primarily
to raise political awareness of issues
concerning racism. UCAR initiated
this project to try and bridge the gap
between scholarship and activism,"
said Tracyc Matthews, full-time co-
ordinator of the Baker-Mandela Cen-
"We are trying to create a place
where student and community ac-
tivists can come together and com-
bine theory and practice," she said.
The center was inspired by aid
named after Ella Baker and NelsoA
Mandela, who have been prominent
in the struggle against racism. Bake
was an organizer in the 1960s int
both the Southern Christian Leader-
ship Conference and the Student
Non-Violent Coordinating Commit.
Mandela is a leader in the libera-
tion struggle in South Africa, and
has been imprisoned for the past 26
years because of his challenge to the
Nikita Buckhoy, organizer of the
film series and FSACC member"
said, "It's important that we make
connections between racism interna'
tionally and racism here. The joint
sponsorship of the film is one wad
that we're trying to make those con-
Education, Buckhoy said, is 4
tool that activists need to use. "W
are here to serve the community, an4
specifically people of color in this
i P Reena Shait, Jane Bai, and David Olo discuss womens issues ALEXANDRA BREZ/Dily
Patar, Reen'Ssriti'i last night at an
national women's support group meeting.
from different countries to discuss
Currently there are about 10
members who gather and talk about
their problems as international
"We felt that international women
students were not getting enough
and it h
t from others at the Univer- food and for books.
aid Anjali Pathak, a graduate "Each week we will read a chapter
t in the history department from a book on women's issues and
)unded the group. "American discuss it," Pathak said. Currently,
is have problems too, but they the group is reading Sisterhood is
where to go for help. Often, Powerful: An Anthology of Writings
tional students don't know,from the Women's Liberation
helps for them to have people Movement..
to." Harper also helps the group each
. Nile Harper, director of the week by cooking dinner for them.
nical Center, helped the group "Food is love, a symbol of
grant from the United Min- hospitality, and it's important for us
in Higher Education, a state to share a meal together," Harper
l which collects money from said. "I do the cooking because it's
es to donate to campus min- important for women to see a man
statewide. The grant pays for doing things that they may never
have seen a man do before."
"A lot of these women have good
ideas, but they don't have the chance
to present them to others," Pathak
explained. "American students don't
seem willing to understand our expe-
riences or share theirs."
"When I came here, I was sent to
live in Baits, and I felt very isolated,"
Lourdes Sanchez, a graduate student
in the School of Natural Resources
"Just by talking to these women,
I've learned a lot. They've come so
far from home, and they see a better
future for themselves," Pathak con-
The films will be shown
Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate headed towards
passage yesterday of a package of miscellaneous tax
provisions after soundly rejecting an effort to liberalize
a tax benefit targeted for low-income working families
On an 85-2 vote, the Senate defeated an amendment
by Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., that would have raised
the earned-income credit by about $1.6 billion,
increasing the maximum credit from $875 to $978.
The credit goes to low-income working families with
"The disparity between rich and poor is now wider
than in any years since the (Census) Bureau began col-
lecting these data in 1974," Bradley said.
Bradley's amendment would have deleted several
popular benefits in the bill, including extension of the
credit for business research and of a benefit for workers
who receive employer-financed education or legal ser-
The bill would clear up errors and ambiguities in the
1986 tax overhaul; relieve farms and some other busi-
nesses from paying the federal tax on diesel used for
off-road purposes; extend several provisions and raise
taxes by $2.7 billion over three years to pay for the
Senate passage would send the bill to the House,
which has passed a similar but larger version that
would raise taxes by $7.5 billion over three years.
BY JONATHAN SCOTT
University doctorate candidate
Susan Andrane yesterday tackled a
multi-faceted topic that she herself
introduced as an "almost impossible"
study to take on.
Her talk, "The Oppression of
Women of Color," given last night
before an informal audience of 25
people at the Guild House, dealt with
specific parts of a much larger theme.
Because "women of color" en-
compasses a great many women all
over the world, opened Andrane, a
study which deals with general
themes such as men's oppression of
women, or the wealthy's oppression
of the poor would simply "reduce"
the broad-based problem into "two
binaries of oppression."
She then discussed specific con-
temporary issues. Women of color's
reproductive rights, she argued, is a
"problematic issue" that needs
immediate attention, especially, she
said, in light of the up-coming vote
to ban or continue medicaid abor-
Some women of color, explained
Andrane, tend to think of birth con-
trol as "genocidal." The reason birth
control became popular in America,
she noted, was because President
Franklin Roosevelt, for example, had
called declining white birth rates
coupled with an increasing minority
population "racial suicide."
Birth control then, Andrane said,
was initiated by the government in
See Minority, Page 5
poetic flair at talk
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Tropical Rainforests - Good
Signs/Bad Signs - Marie
Cromwell talks about South
American Rainforests. 1520 Dana
The Lorax - Oncelers in the
Rainforest? - East Quad, 7:30
pm; Alice Lloyd, 9 pm.
"How is it with the Pales-
tinians" - Rev. Robert Hauerb.
Ecumenical Campus Center, 7:30
Theorem for Generalized
Domains of Attractions -
Mark Meerschaert. 451 Mason, 4
Libertarianism - The Third
Party Option - Dick Jacobs,
Libertarian candidate for Senate
will speak. 2231 Angell Hall, 7:30
New Developments in AIDS
research - a lecture by Jill
Joseph, part one of a continuing
lecture series. 138 Hutchins Hall, 4
pm. Free admission.
CSE Theory Seminar -
Speaker to be announced.1301
EECS, 3:30 pm.
Mechanisms and Synthetic
Applications of Mn(III) Ox-
idation Reactions - Organic
Chemistry Seminar, Sang Ho Koo.
1300 Chemistry Building. 4 pm.~
Post-Kadar Hungary from
the Viewpoint of a Legal.
Historian - Dr. Laszlo Peter,-
Lane Hall Commons Room, noon.
Conserving 3obal Plant
Diversity - Dr. David Given.
1040 Dana Building, 8 pm. Coffee,
tea, and cookies at 7:30 pm.
Latin American Solidarity
Committee - Topic: Nicaragua's
Atlantic Coast. 2435 Mason Hall,
B'nai B'rith Hillel, Mitzvah
Project - Bi-weekly meeting,
Wolverine Room. Michigan
campus. Anderson Rooms A & B,
Michigan Union, 730 pm.
Greeks for Peace - Hotspot
and Dominick's at 8 pm.
Film Series Discussion -
"Legacy of a Dream" and "Fighting
Back". 447 Mason Hall, 4-6 pm.
Stilyagi Air Corps/Science
Fiction Club - Michigan
League, 8:15 pm.
Outing Club - Planning Point
Pelee camping trip in Canada.
2413 Mason Hall, 6 pm.
Women in Communications,
Inc. - 2050 Frieze Building,
Study AbroadWorkshop -
International Center, 4 pm.
U-M Taekwondo Club - 2275
CCRB, 6:30-8:15 pm.
Star Trax - Record your own
vocals over taped music - free! At
Mountain Jack's, Stadium and
Maple. 8:30 pm - 12:30 am.
Beans and Rice - Central
American food and talk (in English
and Spanish), $2 charge, Guild
House, 802 Monroe, 6 pm.
Holden Village Vespers -
University Lutheran Chapel, 1511
Washtenaw, 9 pm.
Invain - Back by popular de-
mand. The Holy Cows open. At
The Beat, Ann Arbor's only rock-
n-roll night club. 215 N. Main.
Pre-Interviews - United Tele-
phone of Florida, 1303 EECS,
5:15-7:15 pm; American Mgmt
Systems, 1311 EECS, 6-8 pm.
Organ Conference - Organ
recital by Heinz Lohmann, Hill
Auditorium, 11:30 am.; Lecture-
recital by Janette Fishell, 3:30
pm; Recital by Almut Rbssler, 8
Resume Writing Lecture -
1046 Dana Building, 4:10-5 pm.
Job Search Lecture - Career
Planning & Placement, 3200 SAB,
Employer Presentation - The
BY MARK KOLAR
Visiting New York poet Molly
Peacock entertained a spellbound
crowd as she read from several of her
works in the East Conference room
of Rackham yesterday evening.
Peacock, a New York State Uni-
versity graduate, spoke clearly and
honestly as she discussed the influ-
ence of her life on her works, citing
her teaching in a Quaker school as
particularly influential in her devel-
opment as an artist. She also used
piercing eye contact effectively in
expressing her emotions as she read.
The works Peacock read displayed
an extensive variety of subject mat-
ter. They came from her 1984 Raw
Heaven and soon to be released Take
Heart collections. Peacock's poems
such as "Among Tall Buildings,"
with its nuclear war message; "The
Sky Inside," about the emotional
growth of children in institutions;
and "Say You Love Me," concerning
an aborted act of child molestation,
came across with exceptional power
"The Surge" also provided
thought-provoking sexual imagery
through its use of obscene terminol-
ogy, while championing an uplifting
message of human worth.
Peacock stressed the value of hu-
manity and growth at other times as
"I was a good girl for most of my
life... and there's still a lot of that in
me," she said. But eventually, being
good involves "following the rules"
so the world stays in order, she con-
tinued, "Growth is so contrary to
After the reading, Kevin Walker,
an MFA poetry student said,"You
can really tell her .love of literature
and her poetic vision shapes the way
she experiences her life."
Peacock's visit was a part of the
Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by
the English department.
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