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HAC takes
over house
for homeless
by Karen Akerlof
Daily Staff Writer
Chanting, "One, two, three, four - what the hell
are we out here for? Five, six, seven, eight - affordable
rent just can't wait!" a small band of people marched
from City Hall to 337 S. Ashley St. last night and took
over the empty, dilapidated house next to the Kline's
parking lot.
Homeless men and women, members of the Home-
less Action Committee (HAC), and University students
were among the group of about 50 people who protested
in front of City Hall before leaving to occupy the Ash-
ley St. house.
The committee members organized the City Hall
protest, believing they would be able to speak at the
City Council meeting and protest the planned $9 mil-
lion parking structure behind Kline's, to be financed by
the Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority.
ut last night's council meeting was held at another lo-
Larry Fox, a HAC member, told a group of
protesters outside City Hall that the parking structure is
"all to facilitate future development. We think that is
just rubbing solvent in the wound."
Brian Larken, a worker at the Ann Arbor Shelter As-
sociation, said the occupation of the yellow and green
house was the first time the homeless have appropriated
an empty house in Ann Arbor, an action common in
large cities such as Philadelphia.
The S. Ashley house has been empty for at least a
year, said a neighbor. Mable Helber owned the house,
the neighbor said, but had not occupied it for at least a
year, and relatives care for the grass.

The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, November 14, 1989 - Page 3
speaks on
'60s activism
by Mike Sobel
Daily Staff Writer

,JU I MAN m ,L
Richard Stillwell protests the budget priorities of the Ann Arbor City Council last night at City Hall. The Ann
Arbor Homeless Action Committee staged the protest to express dissatisfaction with what group members
called the city's loyalty to constructing new parking spaces rather than subsidizing low-income homes.

The house is scattered with Helber's remembrances.
Her black-and-white photographs lay in a red box on a
table. A squashed penny engraved with her name and the
house's address lay next to it. A woman's clothes were
scattered around the living room, still partially folded.
The house is one of three downtown houses to be
removed in the spring to make way for the parking
structure. Two of the houses will be destroyed, and an-
other moved to an empty lot on Ashley, said HAC
member Renuka Uthappa.
Laura Dresser, a University graduate student, said the
committee plans to house homeless people in the build-

ing for as long as the city lets them stay. The house has
no utilities, but Dresser said they would use a generator
and small heaters. "It is a lot more liveable than the
streets," she said.
Dresser said they could be in the house for three
hours, or "forever. It is conceivable that the city could
come tonight."
Philip Porter, one of the house's first new residents,
held his hand up carefully to show the white bandage
wrapped around the stumps of three fingers. Porter has
diabetes. His hand is slowly dying of gangrene.
"I just want a place to sit down and eat. A place to
clean it (his wounded hand) and rewrap it," Porter said.

A former Black Panther Party member told about
150 students last night that "you can't be a student who
just goes to class everyday... it is your challenge "to
change the world" at the Law Quad's Hutchins Hall.
Ron Scott, along with Abayomi Azikiwe, a repre-
sentative from the Pan-African Students Union ant a
Wayne State University graduate student, spoke about_
the Black Panther movement in the '60s and called for
continued student activism in the '90s. -
The United Coalition Against Racism sponsored the ;
Both speakers traced the origins and development of
the Black Panther movement in the '60s. Azikiwe called
the group "the first to advocate a break with U.S. cap-.
talism." Because the U.S. government considered the -
group subversive, it initiated a series of FBI, CIA and
local police attacks on the Panthers, he said. .
Scott stressed that "the Black Panther Party was a
political movement," and that its military side grew out
of a "necessity to move the party forward." ..
Scott talked about his days as a young party member
in Detroit, contrasting the group's free breakfast pro-.
grams for school children with the armed urban conflicts
between the group and local police. Azikiwe said many
Panthers are still in prison today and called for yowlg
activists to help them.
In light of what Azikiwe said he sees as an increase
in homelessness, unemployement and racist violence in
the U.S., students must study the lessons of the '60s in
order to predict the trends of the '90s.
"The U.S. is going to become more aggressive,hi
_ exploiting people both internationally as well as
domestically," he said. "It is important to draw lir*J
between capitalism and in the states and the racist
apartheid regime in South Africa."' .
Scott attacked what he sees as the media's present
contempt for '60s radicalism. "People somewhere are at-
tempting to recreate history for you so you lose tihp.
control and the context of the struggle," he said.
He asserted that the news media first expanded na-
tionally by covering the .civil rights struggle in the
South during the '60s. "The news media gained its
commercial teeth by covering the struggle," he said.
"There was no national news in '58."
Scott concluded his speech on a hopeful note. "When
I look at your faces I see the bases of what started the
Black Panther Party," he said. "I see in this room the
potential and opportunity for change."

'U' student
by Mark Katz
Daily Staff Writer
LSA sophomore Anne Gail Gilman
sold quite a few knives last summer.
Fifty-six thousand dollars worth, to be
For three and a half months, Gilman
- a salesperson for the Richmond, Va.-
based Vector Marketing Company -
went from house to house on a referral
system giving presentations on Cutco
ouse carving knives. In all, she made
&ore than 325 presentations and collected

; wins $1,000 in sales contest

about 275 sales.
Gilman won a national summer-long
competition against roughly 20,000 Vec-
tor salespeople for selling the knives. For
her efforts, Vector representatives yester-
day presented her with a $1,000 check and
donated another $1,000 to the University
in her name.
When she took the job at the begin-
ning of the summer, Gilman didn't even
ponder winning the award.
"I needed a summer job, so I took it,"
she said. "After my first week of work, I

discovered that I was actually pretty good.
I started setting goals for myself, and
eventually became number one."
Gilman attributed her success to
"enthusiasm, persistence, consistency,
and professionalism, and a strong desire
to win."
She said she plans to open her own
Vector Marketing office this summer.
Vector Marketing, a division of Alcas
cutlery corporation, gives out scholar-
ships to its best sales representatives
three times a year, providing $22,500 for

the fund. Scholarships range from $500
to $1,000, with the best sales representa-
tive in each of the fall, winter, and sum-
mer terms, receiving the largest award
plus a gift of $1,000 to their university.
The $1,000 check to the University,
accepted by Assistant Vice President for
Academic Affairs Robert Holmes, will be
put into the University's general gift ac-
count. Holmes said in accordance with the
company's wishes, "it will probably be
passed along to the Business School,
where they will determine its applica-

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Ex-agent Philip Agee to discuss his
12-ytar association with 'The Company'

Student Struggle, for Soviet
Jewry - 6:30 p.m. at Hillel
Michigan Student Assembly -
7:30 p.m. in Union Rm. 3909
Sigma Iota Rho - international
honors society; 7 p.m. in Haven
6th floor student lounge
Iranian Student Cultural Club
- 7:30 p.m. in League Rm. C; a
non-political group; all welcome
Students Concerned About
Animal Rights - 7 p.m. in East
Quad Rm. 124
Indian-Pakistani American
Student Council - 6:30 p.m. in
Union Rm. 2203
Time and Relative Dimensions
in Ann Arbor - 8 p.m. in 2439
Society of Minority Engineers
- membership meeting; 6-7 p.m.
in 1500 EECS; Debbie Smith of
Detroit Edison speaks on "How to
Hire Yourself an Employer: Ingre-
dients for Interviewing"
The Yawp - the Undergraduate
English Association-sponsored
publication; 7 p.m. in Union Rm.
4000 A
German Club - 6 p.m. in MLB
Public Health Student Associa-
tion - noon in Rm. 3000 of
Ann Arbor Coalition to De-
fend Abortion Rights - 5:15 is
new member orientation; 5:30
regular meeting; at the Union
'Lesbian and Gay Men's Rights
,Organizing Committee - 7
'p.m. to set agenda, 7:30 for regu-
lar meeting; Union Rm. 3100
"An Artist Dealing With the
Art Establishment" - Faith
Ringgold; noon in 1524 Rackham
"Comments on Czech Litera-
ture Today" - Zdenek Urbanek;
noon in the MLB Conference Rm.
on the 3d floor
'Great Writers Series - Ethan
Canin; 7:30 p.m. at Hillel; tickets
for $8 ($5 for students) available
a the ri.n

"Nicaragua: The Forthcoming
Elections" - Dr. Leroy Cap-
paert the leader of the Nicaragua
Sister City Movement; noon at
the International Center
"Nationality and Politics in
the Soviet Baltic" - Tonu
Parming of the U of Toronto; 4
p.m. in Lane Hall 200
Safewalk - the night-time walk-
ing service is open seven days a
week from 8:00 p.m. to 1:30
a.m.; 936-1000
Northwalk - North campus
night-time walking service, Rm.
2333 Bursley; 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
or call 763-WALK
The Summer Job Search -
4:10-5 p.m. in CP&P Rm. 1
Free tutoring - for all lower-
level math, science and engineer-
ing casses; 7-11pm in UGLi Rm.
3/)7 ard 7-llpm in Dow Bldg.
Its zzanine
Videos on world hunger -
"Chance for Change" and
"Business of Hunger" at 7:30
p.m. in 219 Angell
ECB peer writing tutors -
available at Angell-Haven and 611
Computing Centers from 7 to 11
p.m.; Sunday through Thursday
Store FrontChurches in De-
troit - Center for Afro-American
and African Studies; 200 W.
Engine.; 8am-5pm
Color National Artists' Book
Project - features artists' books
of more than 200 American
Women of Color; in the Slusser
Gallery; l0a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo exhibit of racial violence
in the U.S. - in Rm. 3 of East
Engineering; 10-3 daily
Women of Courage: An Exhibi-
tion of Photographs by Judith
Sedwick - portraits of 55 Black
American women; Grad. Library
North Lobby; 8am-5pm
Arpilleras from Peru and Chile
- distinctive fabric wall-hangings
by women from Latin America;
Residential College; 1-5 p.m.
Spark Revolutionary History
Series -"Strike! Early Struggles
,C .1- -..-

In 1968, Philip Agee resigned
after 12 years as a CIA operations
officer, and began exposing what he
called the anti-Constitutional crimes
committed by the CIA.
"When I joined the CIA I be-
lieved in the need for its existence,"
Agee wrote in his 1975 book Inside
the Company: CIA Diary. "After 12
years with the agency I finally un-
derstood how much suffering it was
causing, that millions of people all
over the world had been killed or had
had their lives destroyed by the CIA
and the institutions it supports. I
couldn't sit by and do nothing..."

Tonight at 8 p.m. in the Natural
Science Building, Agee will speak
about the experiences he had with
the CIA in Ecuador, Uruguay, Mex-
ico, and Washington.
In his book, Agee saidhecon-
demns not the CIA as much as the
greedy U.S. government that needs
the CIA as a necessary evil.
"American capitalism, based as it
is on exploitation of the poor, with
its fundamental motivation in per-
sonal greed, simply cannot survive
without force - without a secret po-
lice force," he wrote.

Funded by the Latin American
Solidarity Committee, Agee's
speech at the University will be the

second in two months by an ex-CIA
agent who has gone public.
- by Britt Isaly

Invites undergraduate and graduatera
students to a presentation on
7:00 P.M.
Director Peter Abajlan will speak about the program
and offer a video presentation
In addition, former Interns will discuss the value of
their experiences in Washington, D.C.
Admission is free.
For further information about the program
please call the Armenian Assembly (202) 393-3434


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