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Down with Racism, Sexism, and Anti-gay Bigotry!
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The Women's Caucus of Youth Against War & Fascism. Down with Racism, Sexism, and Anti-gay Bigotry! - File 001. 1977. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 24, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1996_007/item/154/show/152.

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The Women's Caucus of Youth Against War & Fascism. (1977). Down with Racism, Sexism, and Anti-gay Bigotry! - File 001. Selections from the Marjorie Randal National Women’s Conference Collection. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1996_007/item/154/show/152

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Title Down with Racism, Sexism, and Anti-gay Bigotry!
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  • The Women's Caucus of Youth Against War & Fascism
Date 1977
Language eng
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  • Feminism
  • Women's rights
  • National Women's Conference
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Identifier ID 1996-007, Box 1, Folder 7
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Carey C. Shuart Women’s Research Collection
  • Marjorie Randal National Women's Conference Collection
Donor Randal, Marjorie
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Transcript KKK, Birchers, "Right-to-Lifers"— have no place here! Sisters- The International Women's Year Conference (IWY) being held here in Houston is more than just a government- sponsored event—although that is what President Carter would have liked it to be. It may very well become the focal point for a showdown between women committed to the fight for our equal rights, and the many rightwing forces that are seeking to disrupt our movement and destroy all the gains we have won in the past. This development has been clearly seen over the last several months in state after state, where racist and right- wing groups from the Ku Klux Klan to the Mormon Church to the American Nazi Party have invaded the IWY state conferences to try to vote down every resolution that was even remotely related to improving the conditions of women. Oust the racist Mississippi "delegation" In Mississippi, for example, an all-white delegation, including five KKK men, were elected by racists who overran the conference and voted for such resolutions as a call to repeal the Social Security Act and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave the vote to women! Now these rightwing wreckers are claiming that women who are opposed to abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) have been discriminated against in the organizing of this conference. While we do feel that the government organizers of IWY have, in fact, discriminated against poof and oppressed women—making no genuine effort to involve Black, Latin, Native American, and Asian women, and largely ignoring working class and poor women—we see NO PLACE in this conference for the rightwing forces that seek to destroy our movement! The civil rights movement could never be obliged to allow the KKK into its ranks. (How could racist murderers be allowed to debate the rights of Black people?) And no union would ever tolerate the bosses in their unions. (How could exploiters be allowed to discuss the rights and needs of workers?) In the same way, the women's movement has no obligation to allow into its midst those who seek to destroy every principle for which we have worked! Bakke, Schlafly, Bryant- all anti-woman It is no accident that the rightwing has targeted the women's movement for attack at a time when the fundamental rights of women are being threatened on many fronts. While the racist Bakke decision, now before the Supreme Court, is directed primarily against Black and other oppressed people, in an attempt to destroy affirmative action programs, if this decision is upheld it will be a serious blow to all women as well. The Hyde Amendment, which cuts off Medicaid funds for abortions, is also a blow to all women, but the poor in particular, and threatens to open the way for more forced sterilization of Third World women. At the same time, powerful monied interests are backing the Phyllis Schlafly campaign against the ERA, as well as the vicious, nationwide, anti-gay campaign of Anita Bryant. We have come to Houston, not to rubberstamp a government conference, but to defend the rights of women and to raise the demands of the poor and oppressed. WE WANT: IFree, safe abortion on demand; no forced sterilization. We want the right to choose abortion or the right to raise our children with guaranteed free medical care , maternity pay, day care, and quality education for all 'Passage of the ERA. ► An end to the oppression of gay people and the harassment of lesbian mothers. An end to the racism that doubly oppresses our Black, Latin, Native American, and Asian sisters and brothers. • Jobs for all! Stop deportations of undocumented workers. Issued by: The Women's Caucus of Youth Against War & Fascism National Office: 46 West 21 Street, New York, N.Y. 10010 Branches in: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Greeley (Colo.), Houston, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Rochester, Washington, D.C. Labor donated For further information about YAWF Women and the continuing struggle for these demands, fill out this form and mail it to 46 W. 21 St., New York, N.Y. 10010 Name. Address. City Apt. State Zip. IWY 11/77 For more information call: (212) AL 5-0352 i ■ ■>■>■« in mi i ~
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