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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 12,1989-Page 4
Shelter asks for help

BY MOLLY DAGGETT calls per month. The services they
Every 15 seconds in the United provide include crisis intervention,
States, a woman is battered. Thirty legal, medical, and housing assis-
percent of female homicide victims tance, free couseling, and commu-
are killed by their partners. Battering nity support groups.
is the most frequent cause of injury "Domestic violence is learned be-
to women: exceeding rape, mug- havior. We learn it from cultural
gings, and car accidents. These messages about men's and women's
statistics have been compiled by the roles. We also learn it in our fami-
FBI and are based on police reports; lies," said DVP Executive Director
many batterings, however, go unre- Susan McGee.
ported. ° The DVP of Ann Arbor is cur-
Ann Arbor and the University rently seeking volunteers for training
community are not immune to the which begins the weekend of May
problem of violence against women. 19-21 and continues on June 2-4.
Battering cuts across lines of race Men can also volunteer to work with
and class. But one local organization children.
has challenged this once hushed "Safehouse is trying to change
problem. the social structures that allow and
The Domestic Violence Project support violence, and provide con-
provides many services for battered crete help to those who've been vic-
women and their children, including timized in the family. It's challeng-
Safehouse, the shelter which houses ing, exciting, and substantative
300 women and 400 children work. It's (volunteering) a rare op-
throughout each year. Their 24 hour4 portunity to become involved in
crisis line receives an average of 700 something that really makes a

difference", said McGee.
Volunteers may staff the crisis
line, accompany women through the
court system, and work on commu-
nity outreach through a speakers bu-
reau, which gives educational
In addition, volunteers work with
children at the shelter, trying to undo
what has been learned by children
who have witnessed or experienced
domestic violence.
Ann Arbor is also one of two
cities in the country to have an on-
call team, provided by the DVP,
which consists of two volunteers a
night who carry beepers and are
notified by the police when a woman
has been battered and her assailant
has been arrested.
"We could not run our program
without volunteers at all," said
Those interested in volunteering
should contact Safehouse at 995-


Peter Landon Solidarity member, discusses activism and socialism
at the Guild House.
Solidarity activist
promotes socialsm


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Addressing a group of about 25
people, Peter Landon, a staff mem-
ber of the national group Solidarity,
led a discussion Tuesday at the Guild
House on, "why progressive ac-
tivists should be socialists and the
other way around." Landon urged his
audience to work together and take
action, however small or seemingly
Landon is a "professional revolu-
tionary" who explained his role in
the socialist group Solidarity by
profiling the impact of his high
school, college, and family life on
his political outlook. He described
himself as a "product of the Ameri-
can middle-class."
As he was growing up, Landon
began to see contradictions in the
world, and it was these contradic-
tions, he said, that made him begin
to question, and then to challenge,
the capitalist system.
Landon first became involved in
socialist politics while attending

Antioch college, where he spent two
years studying Marxism. He ex-
plained that the small environment
of the college allowed him to build
his confidence and "pushed him out
of the incubator of the campus."
In spite of his involvement in
movements, Landon said he still felt
a feeling of isolation after college.
"I was doing my bit, but what did
it mean? I was trying to interpret the
world, but how was I going to
change it?"
Landon finally found his niche in
Solidarity, a Detroit based organiza-
tion of feminist socialist activists
who participate in struggles against
racism, sex sm, and heterosexism.
Landon said Solidarity showed
him that collective change is possi-
ble but is a slow and methodical
"Once you become conscious, it's
a matter of living that," said Landon.
"I could be concerned about having a
new car and a new house, but by
fulfilling and involving myself, I
feel I really can change the world."


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