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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 22, 1996.

NEWS

Peace Train
stops at Ann
Arbor station
By Nathan Huebner
Daly Staff Reporter
Last Wednesday, the local chapter
of the Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom was present to
greet the WILPF Great Day Peace
Train at the Ann Arbor Amtrak
Station.
Organizers said the purpose of the
train is to challenge the notion that the
military's budget cannot be cut in
favor of social programs. The Great
Day Peace Train's name is inspired by
an anonymous quote that says, "It will
be a great day when our schools get all
the money they need and the Air Force
has to hold a bake sale to buy a
bomber."
"It's a great cause," said Jim Dolan,
who attended the University in the
'60s. Dolan and his wife, who were vis-
iting relatives in Ann Arbor last week,
said the Peace Train was the "main
event of the week" for them. He found
out about the train through his mother-
in-law, Ursula Freimarck, who is a
local member of WILPF.
Fourteen adults and five children
velcomed the train to Ann Arbor and
rode it to Detroit, where they were
greeted by 30 people, including the
Raging Grannies, a group of women
that sing songs about social justice.
The program in Detroit was "excel-
lent," according to Paquetta Palmer,
who organized the Ann Arbor WILPF
group for the event.
Those present were very enthusiastic
about the Peace Train.
"It's a very happy thing to do," said
WILPF member Carolyn Diem, who

MARGARET MYERS/Dail
WILPF member Alan Haber welcomed the Peace Train to Ann Arbor last
Wednesday. The train Is one of four that have traveled through the United States.

IRELAND
Continued from Page 1
of day care to determine that Smith, liv-
ing at home with his parents, should
have custody of the child. Cashen's rul-
ing was overturned by the Michigan
Court of Appeals in its November 7,
1995 decision.
"Anyone who puts a child in child
care had to be wondering - 'am I
going to lose this child because this
child is in child care?"' said Katherine
Barnhardt, one of the attorneys repre-
senting Ireland, in an interview with
The Michigan Daily yesterday.
Five-year-old Maranda has been
raised by her mother since birth, and
even after Cashen awarded custody to
Smith, the courts allowed the child to
remain with Ireland while the family
awaited a decision in Ireland's appeal.
"I'm very thrilled," Ireland said at a
press conference yesterday. "Soon we
can put this behind us and Steve and I
can concentrate on what's good for
Maranda."
A statement released by Ireland's
attorneys yesterday stated that Ireland
"remains confident that Maranda,
who is flourishing in her day care
environment and in her Ann Arbor
home, will
con t in ue
to reside
with her as Ifm very
she has her .
e n lti r e thrilled; soo
ing in her -
day care an put tIS
e n vir o n- beind.. Es
ment and UbeUIn-u £ s.
in her Ann - Jenni
A r bo r
home, will ;
continue
to reside
with her as she has her entire life."
In the opinion, signed by six of the
seven justices, Justice James Brickley
stated for the court that "placement of a
child in a good day-care setting can
have many benefits and is in no sense a
sign of parental neglect."
The Supreme Court's opinion is not a
custody ruling, and the case will now
be re-assigned to the Macomb County
Circuit Court under Judge Lido Bucci.
Barnhardt said Maranda is living in
an "established custodial environment"
that the courts look for in custody
cases. She said Smith would have to
show a burden of proof to win custody.

The program in Detroit focused on
the problems of nuclear energy and
was attended by members of the
Detroit City Council. Jessie
Deerinwater, who was present at the
station in Ann Arbor, spoke in Detroit
Deerinwater, who was present at the
station in Ann Arbor, spoke in Detroit
on the "mythical American dream"
and on problems with the Fermi 2
Nuclear Reactor located 40 miles
southeast of Ann Arbor.
"The train is a beautiful gift to the
nation,'" said Odile Hugonot Haber, pro-
gram coordinator for WILPF in Ann
Arbor.
Haber's husband Alan, also a mem-
ber of WILPF, who was present at the

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The Habers both attended the
International Women's Conference in
Beijing last year and have been very
active in the fight for social justice in
the United States.
The Great Lakes-Canada Peace Train,
the United States.
The Great Lakes-Canada Peace Train,
which left Chicago on May 13, traveled
to Detroit, Toronto and Ottawa and
reached its final destination in
Cleveland yesterday. Itsis one in a series
of four Peace Trains that has traveled
through the United States and Canada,
including an East Coast Peace Train last
November and a West Coast Peace Train
and Midwest Peace Train this month.
The Peace Trains in North America
were inspired by the success of the
WILPF Peace Train that traveled from
Helsinki to Beijing last August. Four
hundred women were on that train,
which stopped in eight places includ-
ing Russia, on its way to China. The
European-Asian Peace Train united
women from different countries.
According to WILPF, the federal gov-
ernment spends $619 billion on the mili-
tary, $104.3 and only $14.4 billion on
social welfare. The group asserts that
funding for social welfare should
increase.

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"They re going to have to show there's
a problem, and there's no problem.
"What the Supreme Court was say-
ing was that the finding in the appellate
court - in the way (the decision) was
made -(carried) not enough weight to
overturn the established custodial envi-
ronment," Barnhardt said.
Although the court
agreed in part with
Smith's claim that he
provided a more stable
environment, it warned
IWe that this stability may be
threatened when he
inevitably moves out of
his parents' home, and
therefore cannot be used
er Ireland to determine permanent
SA junior custody.
-- The court also noted
that child care arrange-
ments are proper consid-
erations in a custody case, but should-
n't necessarily be the determining fac-
tor in the case.
Barnhardt said Cashen had focused
too much on "Factor e," which consid-
ers the permanence of the family unit,
in previously awarding custody to
Smith.
Barnhardt said that although the
courts still claim to assess on a case by
case basis, the decision came danger-
ously close to setting a new precedent
for ammunition in custody battles.
"The precedent that would have been
set if this decision had gone the other
way - that would have been scary,"
Barnhardt said.
-The Associated Press contributed to
this report

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