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American Civil Liberties Union will
go to court on behalf of a 15- year-
old girl rape survivor and try to
overturn a ban on state- funded
abortions for poor women, the head
of the Michigan ACLU said
Howard Simon, executive
director of the state ACLU, said the
Detroit girl became pregnant as a
result of a brutal rape by three men
list month and her family can't
afford an abortion.
"Unless challenged, the state of
Michigan will be compelled to add
t9 the tragedy by cruelly denying ac-
cess to a Medicaid abortion and forc-
ing this 15- year old and other
poverty- striken families to carry
sch violently imposed pregnancies
t term," Simon said in a letter an-
nouncing the lawsuit.
He said the lawsuit would be
filed Thursday in Wayne County
Circuit Court and will ask that the
state be required to pay for an
aportion for the girl, whose family
iS on welfare.
A leader of an anti- abortion
goup, which has argued rape sur-
vvors rarely become pregnant be-
cause of the attacks, said the suit
only will compound the tragedy for
the rape survivor.
"I think it's tragic she has to go
through rape and it's a travesty that
she now is going to be dragged into
the public arena through the law-
Ssiit," said Barbara listing, president
of Right to Life of Michigan.
"What this little girl needs is
lQving care to support her through
the pregnancy and the ordeal she is
going through as a result of the rape.
I don't think violence is ever a solu-
tion to any problem and abortion
Would be the second assaultion her
Such a lawsuit has been
expected since the abortion ban ,
known as Proposal A, won approval
by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin
on Nov. 8 and ended the state's
expenditure of about 6 million a year
for some 18, 500 abortions for poor
Both Lansing and Simon pre-
dicted the case would end up before
the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 23, 1989 - Page 3
Baker-Mandela Center
projects stress education


"If we accept the belief that knowledge is
empowering, then we must also accept the
responsibility of collecting and presenting that
knowledge in a way that is accessible to people's
lives and struggles," Tracye Matthews said at an
open house and fund raiser for the Ella Baker-Nel-
son Mandela Center for Anti-Racist Education last
The focus of the center is on education, said
Matthews, a University graduate. The center grew
out of a need for an institutional approach to fight-
ing racism in addition to the confrontational ap-
proaches employed by the United Coalition Against
Racism, she said.
"Recognizing and reclaiming Black history and
the histories of other people of color, women, and
workers, is one of the basic principles around which
the Baker-Mandela Center has organized," Matthews
In addition to newsletters, weekly brown bag
lunch discussion centers, and workshops, the center
is currently working on three projects aimed at fur-
thering anti-racist education.
The first is the compilation of an oral history of
Black Women in the Washtenaw County area.
Particular emphasis will be on a local welfare rights
movement, which was part of a national move-
ment, led by Black women in the late 60's.
UCAR steering committee member Susan Har-
vey said very few people realize that this movement
even existed, and that this is "indicative of the type
of history that has been documented."

"As we look around us within this academic
institution, we can find evidence of the distortions
and deletions of people like us from the historical
record," Matthews said.
The center is also working on a video
documenting the anti-racist struggle at the Univer-
"The type of media that's been generated has
been slanted," Harvey said, focusing on individual
incidents and ignoring the structure of
institutionalized racism.
Students directly involved in the anti-racist
struggle at the University will be the focus of the
center's video. The center hopes to expand the video
to cover the anti-racist movement occurring on col-
lege campuses nationally, but this is a difficult goal
because of the time and money involved, Matthews
Another project, entitled "Who rules?" is named
after a similar project at Columbia University. This
research will focus on equal access to education.
Harvey said the project is investigating "who is
let into the University, and by what criteria."
Project participants are studying both how fac-
ulty are hired and awarded tenure, as well as the
student admissions process. Harvey criticized the
use of standardized tests as a basis for admission,
saying they are race, class, and sex biased.
The center will disseminate their findings to the
public, and is working to generate a movement
around the issue of equal access to education, Har-
vey said.

i .r


Tracye Matthews speaks at the Baker/Mandela Center open house and
fund raiser last night. About 30 students and faculty attended.

With spring break near and graduation just
around the corner, some seniors may be
growing nervous about their career plans.
The Career Planning and Placement Office
provides several programs and resources to
help these seniors find their interests and op-
portunities, said Ann Richter Assistant
Director of Career Planning and Placement.
The programs available are not designed
just to provide jobs for University students;
CP&P focuses on helping students learn how
to find their own jobs, said Richter.
"It would be a disservice to find jobs for
students without showing them the process
because it is most likely they will change
jobs more than once in their lives," said
But some seniors at CP&P said it is hard
to find a job through the office outside of

Michigan. "I looked though the four big
books they gave me and found nothing that
applied to my interests and geographical pref-
erences and I was being flexible," said Leslie
Moss, an LSA senior.
"The office does recruit from agencies from
across the country and even the world, but it
is also important to know how to conduct an
independent job search because the recruiters
that come to campus are limited due to high
expenses, said Terri L'Marco, a campus re-
cruitment coordinator.
More social change, public sector, and
government organizations are recruiting at the
University this year than in the past, said
L'Marco. "But seniors must not look at on
campus recruiting as the only job search tool
because limitations still exist," she said.
There are many different services offered to
meet different leering styles. For students


A complete job search
takes "six to eight
months, or maybe
longer." - Ann Richter
Assisstant Director of Ca-
reer Planning and Place-
who like to discuss their interests, there is
individual career advising and peer group
counseling. For others who prefer a more in-
dependent approach, there are computer pro-
grams and a library of written information.
"In addition to the information at Career
Planning and Placement, we urge students to
seek out different perspectives from profes-

sors, the organizations they are interested in
and people already in the field they are inquir-
ing into," said L'Marco
It is not too late to start job searching,
office staff members said. The walk-in ser-
vice and the program manuals are the best
places to start, said L'Marco.
If you are looking to secure a job by grad-
uation, however, you may become frustrated.
According to Anne Richter, a complete job
search takes "six to eight months, or maybe
Furthermore, "how happy people are with
their job positions usually parallels the time
they put into finding their position."
Richter also advises job searchees to be
willing to relocate or explore creative ways of
pursuing their interests that may not be in the
competitive mainstream.

Witness says North repeatedly denied charges

former House intelligence committee
chair testified yesterday at Oliver
North's trial that his first inquiries
about reports of U.S. military help
to the Nicaragua Contras met with
repeated official denials.
Rep. Lee Hamilton (D- Ind.) the
first prosecution witness, said he got
denials in two letters from then- Na-
tional Security Adviser Robert Mc-
Farlane and at a committee briefing
before he finally asked for a meeting
with North, then an aide on the Na-
tional Security Council staff.
The inquiries were first made in
August 1985 following news reports

that North was helping raise moneyI
for the Contras and giving the rebels
tactical military advice despite pro-
hibitions on U.S. aid first enacted byI
Congress in the so- called Boland
Amendment of 1984.
"Colonel North insisted he had
not violated the Boland Amendment,
that he was not assisting the Contras
by raising money, that he had not
provided any military advice to the
Contras," Hamilton said. Hamilton
also said he asked McFarlane about
the media reports.
"When McFarlane told me they
were not engaged in raising funds for
the Contras and that the National
Security Council was not providing
military advice... I took Mr. McFar-
lane's word for it. I relied upon what

the national security adviser for the
president told me."
For that reason, said Hamilton,
he did not pose questions about the
Contras to the CIA or the Defense
Prosecutors are trying to show

that North, then a Marine lieutenant
colonel serving on the NSC staff,
subverted the processes of govern-
ment by helping McFarlane draft
false answers to letters from
Congress inquiring about the news

North is charged, among othe1
things, with obstructing congres-
sional inquiries into his activities in
1985 and 1986. McFarlane has
pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor
counts of withholding information."
from Congress.


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