MAY 1974 NEWSLETTER PAGE 3
Highland Mall Booth
NOW has use of the Highland Mall booth this month on Friday, May 17,
from 10 am to 9 pm. We will be selling copies of the N__W Guide,
which the chapter published in January. We will also be publicizing
the chapter's current activities and the coming National Conference.
We need volunteers to staff the booth. Anyone who can take a 2- or
3-hour shift that day, please call Nancy Van Beek, 836-0848.
NOW Officers to Appear on Television
Newly-elected NOW officers Barbara Duke and Laura Brookshlre will
appear on the Carolyn Jacicson Show on Wednesday, May 1, at noon, on
Channel 7 (KTBC). They will be talking about Austin NOW in general
and the work of the Rape Task Force in particular. (Incidentally,
a belated thanks to Cactus Pryor for his half-hour radio interview
with Sue Ricket last month to publicize the NOW Guide and the
then-fledgling Rape Task Force. He was very responsive and
enthusiastic about the Guide, and Jiis popular show helped spread the
word that NOW is alive and well again in Austin.)
Nancy Van Beek is coordinating Austin NOW's current effort to start
new C-R groups. For those not familiar with C-R, these are groups
of women, perhaps 6 to 12 in a group, who meet regularly, usually
once a week, to discuss problems of mutual interest, and to try to
understand and grow beyond problems arising from sex-stereotyping,
etc. It is not group-therapy; there is no trained leader or
therapist involved, only concerned individuals helping one another.
Men's C-R groups will also be started if there is sufficient interest.
Currently, there is one daytime group, on Monday afternoons, and a
Thursday night group is being planned. If you are interested, please
call Nancy, 836-0848, and tell her what days and/or nights you would
be available (or which ones are definitely out).
Education Task Force Task
In coordination with other NOW chapters and other interested
organizations around the state, Austin NOW will be reviewing
proposed textbooks this summer and evaluating them re sexism.
Austin will be reviewing science books for grades l^Z. If you
can help in the reviewing process in June, please contact Patti
Magee, 477-5397t or Sue Ricket, 836-9462.
WEAL (Women's Equity Action League) has a new Austin chapter, and
they will be giving a reception on Thursday, May 2, at 7O0 pm at
the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2206 Exposition. The reception
will be an opportunity for people to find out what WEAL is, and to
learn about the Women's Coalition now being formed in Austin.
(Dallas WEAL organized such a coalition in Dallas, and found it a
very effective tool in lobbying for, and obtaining, a credit law
forbidding sex discrimination in consumer credit, among other
accomplishments.) Currently, the chapter is completing a credit
study here and planning a conference on employment, to be held this
summer. For more information, call Kay Bieberdorf, 345-5624.