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Many thanks to NOW members who staffed the booth at Highland Mall on
Saturday, June 22. Posters by Austin artist Judith Batemann and display
of The NOW Guide for Austin Women, helped sell Guides and memberships, and
to focus attention on NOW. This was by far our most successful time at
Highland Mall. Thanks go to Nancy Van Beek, who coordinated the effort,
and to Jennie Liston, Susan Allen, Miki Fountain, Mary Lou Fossey, Rachael
Wahlberg, Lee Sterling, Margaret Putnam, and Sue Ricket for running the
booth. We are next scheduled for the booth on Saturday, August 10; let's
have new volunteers for the work this time.
We need to get more NOW Guides into the hands of Austin women. People who
work, please buy several - you'll find them easy to re-sell to oo-workers.
If you know a Representative or Senator, see if you can place some Guides
in that office to be sold. How about getting Guides into beauty shops?
It would be good to get something different in there with the movie and
fashion magazines, so I think owners would buy them.
Fort Worth NOW has loaned us the sound/filmstrip series, The Silenced
Majority. Filmstrlps cover the origins of the women's liberation movement
and NOW; women, Jobs, and the law; women and education; and "rapping with
the feminists," which includes thoughts from Kate Millett and Florynce
Kennedy. Each filmstrlp runs 12 minutes, and two of them would make a very
good program for local groups and organizations. We will be publicizing
the availability of this program when we have people prepared to show it.
If we can charge for the programs, this can be both a money-raiser and a
consciousness-raiser for us. People interested in presenting the show,
please call me.
State NOW News
Texas NOW state Coordinator Martha Dickey recently toured the state,
visiting a number of chapters; Austin NOW was delighted that she reached
Austin Just in time for our June 5 meeting. She reports that a new chapter
is in the prooess of convening in Killeen.
The next State Board meeting will be here in Austin, on August 10, at 10 am
at the Women's Center. Chapter President Barbara Duke will represent the
Chapter, and Sue Ricket will attend as State Treasurer. If you see a need
for statewide action on a project, ask Barbara or Sue to present it to the
Board. Current state projects are the Education Task Force's Textbook
Review work, and the Rape Task Force's city services survey (which was the
springboard for the new Austin Rape Crisis Center).
______ Wpmen's Center _____ Mee___g_, Opening
The Austin Women's Center is planning its official Opening Day Celebration
on Monday, August 26 ( the anniversary of Women's Suffrage, now
celebrated by feminists across the nation as Women's Equality Day).
Current ideas for the event include an open house throughout the day and a
fundraising activity in the evening. There will be a Women's Center Board
meeting on Thursday, July 11, at 7 pm to discuss plans for the opening.
There will also be a regular business board meeting on Thursday, July 25,
at 7 pm. The Board is oomposed of two representatives from each group
that uses the Center. Anyone else who is interested is welcome to attend.
For more information, or if you have ideas and can't make the Board
meeting, call Center Coordinator Nancy Van Beek, 836-0848.