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Texas NOW Times, December 1985 - page 1. November 1985 - December 1985. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 26, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/137/show/129.

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Title Texas NOW Times, December 1985
Publisher Texas State National Organization for Women
Date November 1985 - December 1985
Description Vol. 9 No. 6
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • National Organization for Women--Periodicals
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Transcript Texas NOW Times VOLUME 9, NUMBER 6 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 1985 TOWNSEND EXCITES DELEGATION TEXAS NOW CONVENTION ADDRESSES ISSUES WHAT SEEMED AT FIRST LIKE A MILD START FOR A NOW STATE CONVENTION WORKED UP INTO EXCITEMENT AND CONTROVERSY DURING THE COURSE OF THE 1985 TEXAS NOW STATE CONVENTION OCTOBER 18 - 20 IN ARLINGTON. MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE FROM CHAPTERS ACROSS THE STATE ATTENDED FOR THE WEEKEND OF BUSINESS AND ENTERTAINMENT. THE PEOPLE SMEAL SAID THAT THE ATTITUDE HAS ALWAYS BEEN, "THE SYSTEM IS UNJUST. THERE IS A JOB TO BE DONE...WE'RE THE PEOPLE SAYING 'NO! WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.' " SMEAL TALKED OF THE WORLD-WIDE RIGHT- WING MOVEMENT WITH ITS "FASCIST" OVERTONES AND DEDICATION TO THE NAZI "CHILDREN, KITCHEN AND CHURCH" PHILOSOPHY. "OUR FEMINIST CHALLENGE IS TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY BACK TO SANE POLITICS," SHE SAID. SMEAL STATED THAT ONE OF HER MAJOR GOALS IS THE FIGHT FOR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM WORLDWIDE. "ABORTION IS A SOCIAL GOOD...IT SAVES PEOPLE'S LIVES," SHE ASSERTED. SHE SAID SHE BELIEVES THE MARCH 9TH WASHINGTON, D.C. "MARCH FOR WOMEN'S LIVES" WILL BE THE LARGEST REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS MARCH IN THE HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT. OTHER PLANS FOR HER TERM INCLUDED A RENEWED CAMPUS CAMPAIGN; EFFORTS TO RESTORE THE CIVIL RIGHTS RESTORATION ACT TO ITS FORMER POWER; REINSTITUTING ACTION TEAM CENTRAL; THE CONTINUATION OF LESBIAN RIGHTS PROJECTS IN NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY; A CHALLENGE TO THE "LITMUS TEST" OF JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS, AND THE 1986 ELECTIONS. KEYNOTE SPEAKER, KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWN- SEND, SPARKED HEATED DISCUSSION WHEN DURING THE COURSE OF HER PRESENTATION SHE ADVOCATED THE IMMEDIATE REINSTITUTION OF THE DRAFT, INCLUDING THE DRAFTING OF WOMEN. THIS ISSUE WAS BROUGHT UP AS PART OF HER TOPIC, "HOW TO TAKE POWER SERIOUSLY." SHE ASSERTED THAT WOMEN SHOULD HAVE NOT ONLY THE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT THE RESPONSIBILITIES. WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT THE CONTRADICTION OF HAVING WOMEN IN THE MILITARY VERSUS THE NONVIOLENT STANCE OF MOST WOMEN'S GROUPS, TOWNSEND REPLIED THAT WHEN LIVING SITUATIONS NEED CHANGE (SUCH AS SOUTH AFRICA AND EL SALVADOR) "YOU TAKE UP ARMS." TOWNSEND ALSO CHASTIZED THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT FOR WHAT SHE SAW AS IGNORING CHILDREN IN THEIR OVERALL SLATE OF ISSUES. SHE SAID SHE FELT WE HAD OFTEN ONLY GIVEN "LIP SERVICE" TO HOMEMAKING AND CHILD CARE AS OPTIONS FOR A WOMAN. TOWNSEND, THE DAUGHTER OF THE LATE ROBERT KENNEDY, IS AN ATTORNEY AND POLITICAL ACT- VIST CURRENTLY EMPLOYED IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IN MARYLAND. ELEANOR TINSLEY, HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AND A STRONG PROPONENT OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WAS ON HAND TO ACCEPT THE 1985 NOW FEMINIST OF THE YEAR AWARD. KRISTIN LEMS, A PERFORMER AT NOW RALLIES AND CONFERENCES FOR OVER EIGHT YEARS, PROVIDED ENTERTAINMENT AND INSPIRATION BOTH DURING THE CONFERENCE AND DURING THE SATURDAY EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT. THE 1985 TEXAS NOW CONFERENCE WAS HOSTED BY TARRANT COUNTY NOW AND CO-COORDINATED BY KATHY LOWRY AND KAREN WALTERS. ELLIE NEWLY-ELECTED NATIONAL NOW PRESIDENT, ELEANOR CUTRI SMEAL, ADDRESSED THE CONVENTION DURING PLENARY III ON SUNDAY MORNING. NO STRANGER TO TEXAS, SHE PAID A TRIBUTE TO NOW MEMBERS GERRY GARDNER AND JOANN EVANS- GARDNER, LONG-TIME ACTIVISTS IN BOTH PENNSYLVANIA AND TEXAS, AND TALKED OF PAST CHALLENGES. RESOLUTIONS RESOLUTIONS ON A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES WERE PASSED BY DELEGATES TO THE TEXAS NOW STATE CONVENTION OCTOBER 18-20 IN ARLINGTON. VOTERS UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED A RESOLUTION FROM THE ABORTION TERRORISM WORKSHOP RESOLVING THAT TEXAS NOW WILL WORK TO INSURE MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION BY STATE MEMBERS IN THE MARCH FOR WOMEN'S LIVES ON MARCH 9, 1986 IN WASHINGTON, D.C. A PART OF THIS SUPPORT WOULD INCLUDE FUND- RAISING TO HELP DEFRAY THE COSTS FOR TRANSPORTATION. A COORDINATING COMMITTEE WAS TO BE ESTABLISHED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE CONVENTION. THE PORNOGRAPHY TASK FORCE AND PORNOGRAPHY WORKSHOP BOTH INTRODUCED ALMOST IDENTICAL RESOLUTIONS ASKING THAT TEXAS NOW SUPPORT A BOYCOTT OF ALL BOB GUCCIONE MEDIA ENTERPRISES; CORPORATE ADVERTISERS; THE PRINTER OF PENTHOUSE,MEREDITH CORPORATION IN DES MOINES, IOWA, AND B. DALTON BOOKSELLER, ITS Continued on page 2