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Houston Breakthrough 1980-07 - 1980-08 - Page 7. July 1980 - August 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/286/show/264.

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(July 1980 - August 1980). Houston Breakthrough 1980-07 - 1980-08 - Page 7. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/286/show/264

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1980-07 - 1980-08
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Date July 1980 - August 1980
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript LOCAL COLOR Gertrude Barnstone's brainstorm results in communications breakthrough. COME IN, COPENHAGEN BY GERTRUDE BARNSTONE. Houston is one of six cities chosen to participate in live satellite teleconferences with women at the UN World Conference on Women, in Copenhagen, July 14-30. The Houston-Copenhagen segment was taped July 21 for future airing on Ch.8. Gertrude Barnstone details below her involvement in this project, which grew out of a "blue-sky idea" of hers several years ago, into a NASA-funded communications breakthrough. Almost four years ago, at a NASA- sponsored conference on public interest, use of satellite communication, I responded to the urgings of our hosts to write down "blue-sky ideas" of how various areas of interest could ideally be served by satellite communication. The conference, held in Easton, Maryland, was attended by representatives from consumer groups, the medical field, libraries, education and many other people-related fields. I wasn't representing any particular group, but on the spot decided that I was representing women—no one else was. So I wrote down all the ways that it seemed women's groups around the country could instantly share information, draw on data banks, have teleconferencing and, in general, gain strength through instant knowledge via the latest electronic developments. Dr. Donna Allen, of Washington DC, publisher of Media Report to Women, picked up on the Houston Breakthrough (November 1976) story of that daydream. Before long, Jan Zimmerman in California had turned my rough notes into a full- fledged proposal. It became a National Women's Agenda > Project of the Women's Action Alliance and received NASA approval for technical assistance and use of equipment, contingent upon raising money. There was also agreement to hold a demonstration at the agenda's March 1978 conference. There followed a series of deeply frustrating delays, uncertainties and foot- dragging by almost all of the NASA people involved, as well as the Public Service Satellite Consortium which was to help arrange the demonstration. The last straw was a warning that possible mention of abortion or lesbian rights was of concern to unnamed individuals. That did it. The Women's Action Alliance cancelled the demonstration, and the money never materialized for the long- range project. But Dr. Allen kept alive the dream of women who wanted to get in on the ground floor of satellite developments. Over a year ago, she began working on the idea of satellite coverage by women of the United Nations World Conference on Women, in Copenhagen. The US International Communications Agency recently announced that grants have been awarded to Dr. Allen's Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP) for satellite teleconferences linking the Copenhagen conference with groups of women leaders in six US cities- one of these cities is Houston. It should work something like this: WIFP will send a small media team to Copenhagen to produce daily-videotaped reports on the conference and on related events—The Non Governmental Organizations Forum and The International Festival of Women Artists. The videotapes will be screened at six regional workshops in the US, and then in two closed-circuit teleconferences to beheld July 21 and 28. The first teleconference will include groups of women in Houston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis; the second, groups in Washington DC, Boston and Atlanta. After preparatory workshops to develop questions, the actual two-hour broadcast will include live satellite presentation, one-way video and two-way audio interaction between women assembled at US sites and those in Copenhagen. Mary Keegan is the "Houston Connection" for the broadcasts. And Nikki Van Hightower moderates the Houston discussion with Copenhagen. It is expected that PBS will tape several shows and simultaneously broadcast them on outlets in perhaps 30 cities. Remember how the establishment media both ignored and skewered reports from the world conference in Mexico City in 1975? This satellite Communication project, plus coverage of the Copenhagen Conference by feminist writers, should give us more accurate reporting on this conference than has ever been possible before. Former Houston School Board member Gertrude Barnstone is an artist and an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press. ■Selective Enterprises- 8SSSSSSiffiiuitMwtiu»iiMi«»: Officers [left to right]: S. Anne Cook Sandra Hicks Kate Sexton Alethea Dollison Announcing an opportunity for women to invest in Houston REAL ESTATE. Selective Enterprises, Inc. is buying and managing income properties for investors. Limited partnerships and joint ventures are available. Minimum investment is $1000. Come join us and make your money work for you. ^ Selective Enterprises, Inc. • Investments • Tax Shelter Advantages • Property Management 1001 Oxford, Suite 100 HoustonJX 77008 862-7399 HCUSIS Cl= CCI=I=I=I= MEANS Where women make policy and coffee! 2520 Rice Blvd. In the Village 524-0057 10-6/Mon-Fri 10-5/Sat Closed Sun JULY/AUGUST