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Houston Breakthrough 1980-04 - Page 2. April 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4490/show/4465.

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(April 1980). Houston Breakthrough 1980-04 - Page 2. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4490/show/4465

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1980-04
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date April 1980
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript Hm=1:k DEBRA DANBURG Candidate State Representative District 79 would like to congratulate THE HOUSTON LESBIAN FEMINIST CAUCUS on the formation of their organization and to thank them and Councilwoman ELEANOR TINSLEY and City Controller KATHY WHITMIRE for their support in gaining The G.P.C. Endorsement. The MAY 3rd PRIMARY is coming up! Volunteers are needed. Call Cham Dallas 868-0970 Paid for by Debra Danburg Campaign Committee P.O. Box 7241, Houston TX 77008 Charles Blanton, Jr., Treasurer THE BIG PICTURE I wish to take issue with a statement made by [Houston Police Department] Chief B.K. Johnson in his interview with Janice Blue and Gabrielle Cosgriff. ("I'm a Crime Fighter: B.K. Johnson Takes a Hard Line/' Breakthrough March 1980). Johnson tells Blue and Cosgriff that his "infamous statement" in November of 79 was taken out of context by reporters. He also says, "There was a helluva lot that went on in the statement that was made." Being the reporter that asked the question, let me relate the full text of then Assistant Chief B.K. Johnson's answer. Question: Chief, if in fact the civil service promotional system has not discriminated against blacks, how do you explain the fact there are no black officers on the force higher than the rank of sergeant? Answer: I can't answer that question. I don't know what goes on in the mind of the black as far as studying, the ability to take a test and score well-of knowing what he's supposed to be doing. That was his complete answer. Although Johnson let it stand, Assistant Chief Tommy Mitchell tried to soften it with some qualifications. He said that because there are so few blacks in the department, they faced an overwhelming number of whites in the competitive examination system. For example, one black candidate competes against 50 white officers for a captain's rank. It's not good enough to come in third. The black candidate must beat them all. Tests are only good for a year. Say only two captain ranks come open during the year. The black number three is out in the cold, and must take the test over again against another field of mostly white competitors. To steal a line from "Leader of the Pack": "You get the picture? (Chorus) Yes, we see." My compliments on the interview and Dave's (David Crossley's) incredible pictures. TIM FLECK Police Beat Metro News Service I am writing this not to make a political point, but for personal reasons. I have always considered Breakthrough my paper and I could not keep quiet while ex-Dean Calvin Cannon was portrayed as some kind of feminist hero to my friends and community. First, let me make clear that I am happy with his work with the community to bring the Judy Chicago exhibit here. Moreover, I do not believe that the particular cause or manner of his firing at this time was justified. However, let us keep a little perspective. My perspective, unfortunately, is a bitter one. This is the man who initially refused to consider me for a full-time teaching position for which I was fully qualified because I was married to another faculty member. He offered as a mitigating explanation his similar action with another wife whom, he said, he had persuaded to withdraw her application for an unrelated position. She would be angry, he said, if he considered me after dissuading her. Ex-Dean Cannon's then policy of hiring quite a few highly qualified wives to teach part-time, yet refusing to consider them as fulltime employees was hardly sex- neutral in a context where men overwhelmingly predominated in the faculty and [neither] women (nor minorities) were . . . seriously recruited. (As early as 1974 I offered him information on rosters of women and minorities in various disciplines which he never utilized.) After I expressed my belief that it was illegal to exclude me from consideration, I was in fact given a set of interviews. The result was that a faculty committee voted to hire me 5 - 2, but ex-Dean Cannon vetoed that decision so high-handedly that the letter of protest which committee members sent included one signer who had in fact opposed my candidacy. Fortunately for the University, the other candidate was also an excellent woman scholar, so the students did not suffer from this man's prejudice. I offer my personal experience as, unfortunately, typical of much of the ex-Dean's actions. Unfairly axed? Perhaps. Noble and fair- minded? Not likely. LAURA OREN What an honor that Houston was where The Dinner Party became liberated from its crates. There was no disappointment as it was shown the way it was intended encased in blackness illuminated for us to feast on. So my disappointment is great when I write about Judy Chicago, the creative energy behind The Dinner Party, and her abuse of the women's community in attendance at the session called "Sexuality or Iconography: The Dinner Party Plates" at UH/CLC on Sunday March 9. We who had organized the panel realized that we were taking quite a risk by not structuring ourselves in the manner that people have come to expect from panels: the typical patriarchal assemblage of experts in linear procession. What began as a very exciting process ended with Chicago literally walking out on us because her agenda wasn't ours. We invited the audience (who were actually on stage with us) to express individual views of their sexuality as the Dinner Party plates purposefully heighten our vaginal awareness. Some women talked about their fear of the plates being broken as they fear their bodies being invaded. A woman spoke about having never explored her vulva and all its parts. Women were spinning off, in process, spiraling, exciting one idea that moved like fluid to the next-trying on the feminine. Chicago, who apparently distrusts process unless it is under her charge and tutelage, became angry that women were calling it theirs, owning the piece (as they were owning and reclaiming their bodies and history). She refused to stay for the weaving of the Houston tapestry of feelings and ideas because permanent housing for the piece was on her agenda. There is no issue here regarding the importance of housing The Dinner Party, but first we needed to have a relationship with it, to begin to make it ours. We were reclaiming and owning ourselves through what she and the other wonderfully gifted individuals have given us. What Chicago doesn't realize is that she is part of us, we have all created this moment in history that creates a Dinner Party. Chicago's elitist conception of her art puts her apart from us, as if she is leading us, standing as an idol before us. I am excited by the piece because it celebrates women; I love it. After struggling with my disappointment in Chicago, I now love that the Chicago idol was smashed for me on March 9. Feminist philosophy has no idols; we celebrate us. BARBARA ELLMAN I would like to express my deep appreciation for the efforts you have made and the support you have given both to The Dinner Party and to me personally. When I saw the lines of people moving slowly through the exhibition, I felt gratified that the many years of work by me and my colleagues were not in vain. Thank you for helping bring The Dinner Party back into public view. Thank you for proving that the human spirit can transcend the prejudice and bigotry of an age. Thank you from me and from all the people who worked on The Dinner Party project. JUDY CHICAGO It's taken me long enough but it is my pleasure to renew my subscription. It has been two years since I've moved from Houston; a friend gave me a subscription to Breakthrough and I continued it out of nostalgia. Now, I find it a welcome addition to my understanding of what is happening with the women's movement reflecting not only the local Houston scene but events of national significance. Further, not only is the content and format much better than when I first knew of it, but also it comes out regularly. PAT O'BRIEN Lawrence KS Thanks for the coverage of "Blowout" (February 1980) and "The Invisible City" (September 1979) in Breakthrough. It's super to have full transcripts published of hard-biting documentaries. VIRGINIA MAMPRE Director of Programming KUHT-TV THE BOOKSTORE 1728 Bissonnet • Houston 77005 • 713 527-8522 Meet Marilyn French, author of The Bleeding Heart and The Women's Room April 15 7-9 p.m. y\A^Uy, rim> ^V&L HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH