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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981 - Page 22. December 1980 - January 1981. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1219.

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(December 1980 - January 1981). Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981 - Page 22. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1219

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Title Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date December 1980 - January 1981
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Language English
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Transcript We gathered in the early chill of Nov. 17 at the gates of Arlington Cemetery. In eerie silence we walked past innumerable rows of white stone markers, hundreds of women moving among the graves of thousands of war dead to protest tne Pentagon's current military escalation. Joined in strength, we completely encircled that structure with our energy and our numbers. Of the many women who practiced civil disobedience by blocking entrances, 140 were arrested. Hands bound and feet shackled, 34 of them were transported six hours away to a federal penitentiary in West Virginia. Their sentences ranged from 10 to 30 days — highly unusual for any first offense and for such a nonviolent action. Given the inordinately heavy penalties and the fact that many of the women were denied their legal right to counsel, what happened was termed "bizarre— an utter outrage" by northern Virginia ACLU president Lennie Ruben- stein. But drawn together out of hope and strength 'to counter the despair of these times', we are not discouraged. As our unity statement reads, "If we are here in our stubborn hundreds today, we will certainly return in the thousands and hundreds of thousands in the months and years to come" A second Pentagon Protest is being organized for Mother's Day. —Nancy S. Landau We feel this Unity Statement of the Women's Pentagon Action is an appropriate close to Breakthrough's first half decade. We are gathering because we fear for our lives. We fear for the life of this planet, our Earth, and the life of the children who are our human future. We are city women who know the wreckage and fear of city streets, we are country women who grieve the loss of the small farm and have lived on the poisoned earth. We are young and older, we are married single, lesbian. We live in families, as students in dormitories, and some are single parents. We work at a variety of jobs. We are students teachers waitresses weavers poets engineers homeworkers electricians artists horse/oggers. We are all daugh ters and sisters. We oppose the financial connections between~then*elnwd7i~and the multinational corporations and banks that the Pentagon serves. We are in the hands of men whose power and wealth have separated them from the reality of daily life and from the imagination. We are right to be afraid. We women are gathering because life on the precipice is intolerable. We do not want that dominance which is exploitative and murderous in international relations, and so dangerous to women and children at home- we do not want that sickness transferred by the violent society through the fathers to the sons. What is it that we women need for our ordinary lives, that we want for ourselves and also for our sisters? We want enough good food, useful work, decent housing, communities with clean air and wa:er, good care for our children while we work. We expect equal pay ssmmmmmmmammmmmmmmmmmmammammmammmmmam for work of equal value. We want health care which repects and understands our bodies. We want an education for children which tells the true history of our women's lives, which describes the earth as our home to be cherished, to be fed as well as harvested. We want to be free from violence in our streets and in our houses. We want the right to have or not to have children, we do not want to be prevented from having an abortion when we need one. We want to be free to love whomever we choose. We will live with women or with men or we will live alone. We want to see the pathology of racism ended in our time. We want the uranium left in the earth and the earth given back to the people who tilled it. We want a system of energy which is renewable, which does not take resources out of the earth without returning them. We want those systems to belong to the people and their communities not to the giant corporations which invariably turn know/edge into weaponry. We want all nuclear plants decommissioned and the construction of new plants stopped. No more bombs. No more amazing inventions for death. We will not allow these violent games to continue. We understand all is connectedness. The earth nourishes us as we with our bodies will eventually feed it. We know there is a healthy sensible loving way to live and we intend to live that way in our neighoor- hoods and on our farms in these United States and among our sisters and brothers in all the countries of the world. 22 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH