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Breakthrough 1976-01 - Page 6. January 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/303/show/292.

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(January 1976). Breakthrough 1976-01 - Page 6. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/303/show/292

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Title Breakthrough 1976-01
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date January 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 1
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Editorials We want Gertrude Welcome back, Mr. Mayor. In the days ahead, you will appoint the City of Houston's second women's advocate. By our definition, an advocate is a supporter, a defender, someone who argues for a cause and for change. A women's advocate is not a mayor's advocate. She must have the TOTAL freedom to speak out for ALL women-and particularly those most excluded from the favors of society-Black, Brown, poor, old and young, unemployed and underemployed, and gay women, women in jail and women out of jail for whom there is now no direct voice. She must work closely with "city fathers" to make them sensitive to the needs of women in the community in decisions they render. She must be unafraid to confront recalcitrant city department heads who are content to let the city's clerical and janitorial workers remain in their "deadend" jobs with no offer of training or hope of advancement. She must be visible and vocal before the media and in the community as she exposes evidence of sexism and racism deeply rooted in city government. She must be a strong, independent, and courageous woman, one who commands respect from all segments of the community by her sensitivity to their needs. The Honorable Elizabeth Reid of Australia once said, "We do not want just women in (political institutions). We want devoted feminists...if we are talking about changing American society...or any society." A women's advocate must be a feminist. Mr. Mayor, there is one clear choice: Gertrude Barns tone. The Barnstone record has demonstrated to women of all races that she is an advocate- a defender, a supporter, a champion of causes for change. Barnstone defended and fought for the civil rights of minority children while on the school board in the 60's. She supports the struggle for women's equal rights in the 70's. Gertrude Barnstone is not "just a woman." She is someone who would meet Elizabeth Reid's criteria of a feminist devoted to change. That is the kind of advocate we want for the women in the city of Houston. Nurse on Board In our view, no one understands and ministers to the needs of the patient more than the members of the nursing profession. How ironic, then, that a nurse has never been appointed to serve on the Harris County Hospital District's Board of Managers. In the administration of health care we feel the Board of Managers has a dual responsibility: (1) to the community—The hospital district serves not only the indigent at Jeff Davis and the nine satellite clinics, but the needs of all who come to Ben Taub as emergency patients or rape victims; (2) to its employees—50% of the hospital district employees are in the nursing services. The nurse is closer to the consumer than any other health provider and comes into contact with the largest number of employees in the hospital district. This month the posts occupied by Don Horn, Quentin Mease, and Dr. George Alexander—three of the seven Board of Manager positions—come up for a two year re-appointment by Commissioners' Court. This month the names of two nurses, Mary Lee Guidry and Alison Druck, are being strongly recommended by the Texas Nurses Association, District #9 and supported by the Houston Inner City NOW for two of these three positions. Guidry holds an M.S. in medical surgical nursing. She is a former faculty member of Prairie View School of Nursing and now teaches at the University of St. Thomas. She is also President of the Texas Nurses Association, District #9. Druck, an M.S. graduate in psychiatric nursing, is on the faculty of Texas Women's University's School of Nursing. She has also worked with the Houston Rape Crisis Coalition. In the interest of better health care for the community we strongly support both the concept of a nurse member on the Board of Managers and the appointments of Mary Lee Guidry and Alison Druck to that board. We just as strongly urge the community to express that support by letter to each Harris County Commissioner and the county judge. The Commissioners are Tom Bass, E. A. "Squatty" Lyons, Jim Fonteno, and Bob Echels. Jon Lindsav is the county judge. All can be reached at the Family Law Center, Congress and San Jacinto Streets, Houston 77002. 6 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE Letters to the editor I would like to commend four of my sisters from the Inner City Chapter of the National Organization for Women-not only because they are minority, but also because they are truly four great women who have done so much to motivate and encourage women like myself to reach our greatest potential. Many thanks to you, Olga Soliz, Gloria Guardiola, Cilia Estrada and Brenda Lewis. May all our sisters everywhere learn the true meaning of struggle from the example of these four women. "To have the courage for change is to be a true feminist." GLORIA GALVAN I liked what you said when I called your newspaper and wanted to know if a feminist newspaper was "for women only." You told me that feminists were women and men who supported the concept of women's equal rights. I like that and I support your paper. ERNEST JONES I am the new Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Task Force for Inner City-NOW. I accepted this position because I had once been in jail myself for offenses related to drugs and that experience convinced me to work in the area of prison reform. I now have a responsible job at a local university and I have begun working on projects in the criminal justice area. I have visited the county jails and talked with women prisoners but had not made contact with the city jail- unul an unexpected visit on Saturday, December 13. My roommate and I were driving home from a wine tasting party at the home of my supervisor, a Rice University professor. My gear shift malfunctioned, slipped into neutral and caused my car to come to a sudden halt on the S.W. Freeway. Two police officers behind us pulled us over. We did not have identification with us. They took us downtown, charging us with obstructing traffic and public intoxication. (We were never given any tests to determine the extent of intoxication.) After sitting on the bench for an hour my roommate, Lucy, was summoned to a small room by a matron. In less than a minute the matron emerged and called for handcuffs. Knowing Lucy had never been in jail and was very frightened, I got up to see what was happening. Two male officers grabbed me and one said he'd break my arm if I struggled. I was placed in a holding cell. . I did not see Lucy until the next morning when she told me that she had refused to take off her pants in the search. She kept telling them that she had done nothing wrong. The matron had her handcuffed to the arms of a chair she was sitting in and had ordered two policemen to hold her while the matron pulled down her pants. Lucy was humiliated and resisted and they jerked her so violently that her arms were bruised from wrist to elbow. Anyone's car can break down, anyone can leave ID at home. Anyone can be arrested, it appears, for "public intoxication" on leaving a cocktail party or a bar. All of which means anyone could go to jail-anytime. Only then will the public be aware of the need for jail reform. There is no consideration given to the fact that it is your "first" time or that you are genuinely frightened- and innocent. I share this experience with you because it could happen to you. LESLIE LARSON Breakthrough will be sent free to women in the Houston City Jail and the Harris County Jail. We plan to send future copies to women in other Texas jails and prisons. We want to begin a dialogue with our Sisters in prison so that we might better understand the conditions they live in and help change that system. EDITOR A new Women's Advocate for the City of Houston will be appointed soon and I'm concerned with the lack of a staff for the new appointee. Considering the monumental challenges for one person as she tries to investigate the needs, establish priorities, and undertake programs for the majority of this city's population, it is absurd to expect her to answer her own phone (impossible when she is out of the office), handle all her correspondence, maintain records, and carry on all the research for projects. As the University of Houston's Women's Advocate and the past Director of the Department of Women's Affairs in the University of Houston's Students' Association, I have experienced full staff support and assistance which allowed me time to work on special projects and carry out goals which I would not otherwise have been able to achieve. I feel the City of Houston's Women's Advocate is entitled to the same support services made available to all other department heads in city government. JUNEAUSHEPHERD