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Houston Breakthrough, February 1980 - Page 2. February 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 29, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/371/show/342.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, February 1980
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Date February 1980
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Transcript U=kiH:k- Congratulations on your January issue announcing your entry into the alternative newspaper world and away from the separate but equal philosophy within which the paper has struggled for the past four years. While it has been pleasant for me to have a newspaper which covers feminist issues and is a "women's paper," I am willing to admit that the paper has never gained the support from women which it needs in order to survive. I believe that you have taken a necessary turn which may gain more support from a wider spectrum of readers. I still feel sure that you will continue to cover feminist issues better and with more depth than any other paper in town. In regard to your "Ten Years Ago" story on various community activists, however, I would like to add a few facts which Upfront publisher Gary Van Oote- ghem and KPFT personality Ray Hill neglected to include in their histories of the past ten years. Because both men often claim to represent the entire gay community (which they do not) and because I am a lesbian feminist, it is appropriate for me to comment upon some of their forgotten activities. It was Ray Hill who encouraged the taking of photographs and videofilm of members of the gay community at the Town Meeting I in 1978. For some, these photos were taken against their will and under protest. It was Hill who refused and still refuses to turn over said photos and videotapes to the gay community. Fortunately, a few concerned feminists were able to liberate some of the photos and have them placed in a bank vault for safe keeping. Recently it was Ray Hill who, in a grand feminist gesture of appeasement, called a few women members of the Houston GPC to inform them that a new job for a gay or lesbian person had been offered to the GPC by the mayor's office at a salary of $9600. While another job has also been offered, at a minimum salary of $21,000, Hill has yet to inform women or to ask for input on this higher salaried, upper level position. I suppose he forgot. Most recently, it was Ray Hill and Gary Van Ooteghem who so effectively worked to block the GPC from voting to reinstate the boycott of Coors Beer, even after a GPC committee had shown 17 pages of well-documented evidence that Coors continues to fund right-wing candidates to the U.S. Congress who consistently and without exception have voted against gay, women's, and abortion rights and for anti-gay, anti-feminist legislation. At the last GPC meeting, Van Ooteghem gave an eloquent speech telling us that the local Coors distributor is our friend because he buys ads in Upfront and Hill reminded us of how much money this distributor has paid out to GPC and has provided for beer for gay men's parties. Neither man seems to care that the Coors family uses profit nationwide to elect anti-gay, anti-feminist candidates. Coors is our friend as long as the local gay paper, the local GPC and local gay men's parties are not threatened! Both Hill and Van Ooteghem are experts at feminist rhetoric, but when it comes to action, both are self-serving, anti-feminist reactionaries who certainly do not deserve the place of honor and recognition which Breakthrough accorded to them in the "Ten Years" story. You would have done better to have given all of their allotted space to Patti O'Kane, an activist truly deserving the honor. Again, I wish your staff good luck and I look forward to what I hope will be a long and happy future for Breakthrough as an alternative newspaper. Linda Lovell Editor's note: We asked a lot of people, including several gay women and men, to participate in our "Ten Years Ago"story. Of those who declined, some found it too painful to relive that time, some were too busy, others not busy enough. The letter from [former] Councilman, Louis Macey, (Houston Breakthrough, Dec./Jan. 1980) sounded more like a warning than a comment. It appears as though Mr. Macey would have removed Breakthrough from the local newsstands if given the opportunity. His motives, of course, were lofty. He simply believed that the front cover was a "discredit" to women. That sounded nice, but had his plans been implemented, Breakthrough might have been indicted, or possibly sanctioned out of public view. Similar litanies abounded at the National Women's Conference held in Houston last year. At that time, as you may recall, numerous right-wing groups were accusing Feminists of circulating "obscene" materials in the form of literature advocating abortion and homosexual rights. Indeed, "their" motives were lofty too. For as they said, "Children needed to be protected against such obviously deviant ideas." Had the political right prevailed that day, we might have lost everything from The Houston Post to Ms. Magazine. Truly, censorship by any other name is still censorship. It will invariably work against those who dissent, especially in matters pertaining to sex. There are no exceptions to this rule, as history is my witness. Hence, Feminist publishers should be wary of something. Supporters of the Women's Movement know very well that much Feminist material dealing with sex and violence is rendered in good faith. Indeed, it is [the] intention of such literature to inform, not instigate. But the rubric of the law cannot make moral judgements, and your enemies already have. To them, sex is violence and violence is sex, and both culminate in the rise of the Women's Movement. It is futile trying to reason with such people. Their minds are simply made up, fixed and irrevocable. They are totally committed to erasing Feminism at its very core. They will censor capriciously if given the chance. In conclusion, therefore, let me urge you to be diligent in protecting First Amendment rights. It is certainly understandable why Feminists would oppose ludicrous pornography. But this is an abstruse matter—too abstruse in fact to be trusted in the hands of bigots who consider Feminism pornography in its very essence. Of this we may be certain. The First Amendment is not needed to protect only popular opinions; and believe me, in this part of the country, Feminism, homosexual rights and sexual candor are not especially popular. This has been aptly demonstrated by the humiliating dismissal of Women's Advocate, Nikki Van Hightower. So please, fight pornography with continued efforts toward understanding and research, not censorship of any kind. Failure to do so could mean disaster. John L. Indo Every time my Breakthrough arrives, I read it immediately. And each time I find news of events or activities which happened a few days ago or a week ago or a week+ ago. Either don't bother to include those events or activities or mail the Breakthrough earlier. It's ridiculous! Carolyn Habenak A/though in Network / try to print up- to-date items only, I cannot know when your paper will be delivered. At times I choose to include an event (whose time may have passed when you read about it) if it is a function of an organization which may have similar activities in the future. "For further information. . ." is the last sentence of every notice, with an address or phone number of the sponsoring organization. If you are interested in the event described, perhaps you would like to participate in their other activities; call and add your name to their mailing list. Network includes a broad spectrum of events and organizations in order that our readers can build their personal networks as extensively as they wish. Network is a free service to nonprofit and women's organizations and we encourage them to get information to us far in advance. This is not always possible for them and our policy has always been to accept notices right down to the wire. Lynne Mutchler Network Editor I will not be renewing my H.B. subscription this year, and I wanted you to know why. Differences in location (Harlingen, TX to Maryville,TN) have nothing to do with it. Your material has been moving so far left this past year that I no longer can identify with it, only on rare occasions (pornography, child abuse, secretarial abuses, women in business, etc.). We will, after all, accomplish nothing at all of substance in this male-dominated world unless we make notable inroads in the political system—where the action is—not in "Baba's ashram" or outside the gates of Seabrook. Sometimes I am not quite sure if I am reading Breakthrough or Mother Jones. As a matter of fact, M.J.'s latest issue (Feb./Mar. 1980, How Together are Tom and Jane?) contains a penetrating insight in to the strategy of constant agitation in all fields of endeavor which the organized left must deliver in order to satisfy their various memberships. Ida Morris Maryville, TN Ron Waters, state representative for the Heights and Montrose for the last four terms of the legislature, withdrew his name for re-election and filed against incumbent Jack Ogg for the 15th senate district seat. Houston Chronicle political reporter Joe Nolan immediately jumped on Waters' case ("Waters creating waves in primary," February 10) stating that Ogg was unbeatable considering the "boxcar full of money" Ogg has raised and will raise from the downtown monied boys. He further states that "only the most die-hard of diehard liberals give Waters much of a chance" and implies that Waters'only motive for running was that "getting Ogg [has become] a liberal cause celebre." Nolan's negativism belies the fear of special interests that Waters can, indeed, win this race. Several factors are on Waters' side. First, Waters' entire legislative district is entirely within the 15th Senate District and the voters returned Waters to the House with over two-thirds majority last election despite two formidable opponents. Second, most of the Democratic public officials in this area are expected to endorse Waters, including Congressman Mickey Leland, Councilmen Ben Reyes, Dale Gorczynski and Ernest McGowen, plus many upper-echelon party officials. These public officials head the same effective organizations that backed Leland and recently changed the face of city council. Third, Ogg's conservative support will decay with the unique situation of a Republican presidential primary versus a Democratic caucus. Those "Republicans in sheep's clothing" will be less likely to cross over to the Democratic primary as they have in the past. Nolan's slant is further revealed by the phrases he applies to Waters' actions: "hard to believe", "last- minute razzle- dazzle", "ludicrous", and "a total flop." All this is designed to reduce Waters' credibility as a candidate, to convince voters and financial supporters that Ogg has already won the primary. Nolan even speaks of Republicans "taking on Ogg in November." But Waters will energize voters in a way that is impossible for Mr. Ogg, because we remember Ogg as the chief architect of the municipal utility district fiascos, the loan shark bills, the abortion- is-murder bill. We know that both the Texas Observer and the Texas Consumer Asssociation rated Ogg's voting record as the worst. (TCA gave Ogg 18% on consumer legislation and Waters 87%, the highest of any Harris County legislator.) We remember Ogg's votes for conglomerate oil at the expense of the independent oil producers and his reputation in Austin as "the best money can buy." Gary Allison Morey Democratic Executive Committee Precinct 40 THE BOOKSTORE 1728 Bissonnet • Houston 77005 • 713 527-8522 Fine feminist books and magazines including Heresies, Chrysalis, Woman Spirit and Women Artists News HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH FEBRUARY 1980