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Breakthrough 1976-03 - Page 14. March 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4730/show/4727.

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(March 1976). Breakthrough 1976-03 - Page 14. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4730/show/4727

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Title Breakthrough 1976-03
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Date March 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 3
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Transcript BROWN continued from page 1 $18,000 at the University of Houston." Macey received no support from his council comrades. "I don't want anybody thinking my vote against Mrs. Brown is anti-Black or anti-woman," he said. "Mayor, you know I told you that if you'd nominate somebody like Hortense Dixon (a Black who is a Hofheinz executive assistant) I would support her. I think she's one of the finest women I know and she's qualified." "Is that all, Councilman Macey?" Hofheinz inquired. "Yes." "All those in favor of the nomination say 'yes', Hofheinz said. Robinson, Mann, Mancuso, Goyen, Ford and the mayor voted affirmatively. Larry McKaskle and Jim Westmoreland did not say a word. Macey retorted with a loud "no!" Penny Stimley Brown is now the city Civil Service Director. During the week leading up to her official nomination, she had to fight rumors that she was a "job jumper" and "a militant." Her resume shows three of her job listings to be under the same office, the office of the Texas Attorney General, while three other positions were with legal firms in New York and Boston during the time she was a student at Harvard. "If being militant means helping welfare people with their tenants' rights and seeing that they aren't shafted by corrupt landlords, then I guess I am militant," she said. "But that's not my definition of it. " "If being militant means fighting people in business who, through violation of anti-trust laws or advertising deceptively, defraud the buying public, then I guess I am militant," she said. "But, again, that's not my definition of it." The HPOA has been credited with spreading the rumor that Brown's husband had gone bankrupt, that he owed the Small Business Administration $30,000, and that Brown needed the civil service job to help pay her husband's debts. As the individual who will handle most matters concerning the city's 14,000 employees, Brown has definite feelings about employment within city government. "I know there are some problems that relate directly to the lack of affirmative action follow-up in some of these departments," she said, "and I'll be looking closely at where Blacks, Browns and women are being placed - or if they're even being considered for some of the better paying jobs in city government. "I don't intend to conduct any purge either, as some of the people at the police department seem to think. I intend to be fair - straight across the board because I feel a great deal of commitment to the cause of human rights and equality of individual opportunity." A year ago, the Houston Council on Human Relations branded the city government as" one of the worse violators of equal opportunity laws. Brown, who is an executive committee member of HCHR, concurred with the report at the time it was issued and said following her confirmation that she is convinced the mayor will be solidly behind her efforts to raise the awareness of city department heads who have demonstrated an unwillingness to consider Blacks, Browns and women for jobs in the city hierarchy. Alleged abuses reported By Harvenetta Morgan Poor support from federal officials and lack of money for proper legal help have not hindered the fight by Black women tenants of the Garden City Apartments against alleged abuses inflicted on them by the apartment manager. A number of Black women tenants in the Garden City Apartments at 9100 West Montgomery have made charges of cruel and undue harassment against the apartment manager. The women's charges against the manager, Harvey Krull, allege not only financial injustices, but sexual abuses as well. The Garden City Apartments located in Acres Homes is a government housing project and a majority of the occupants are Black mothers on welfare. One tenant, Amanda Mitchell, said her sister was evicted from the apartments following an incident involving unauthorized entrance by Krull into her apartment. "One night Krull went in her apartment while she was in bed and started taking off his clothes" said Mrs. Mitchell. "My sister beat him outside," she explained. Hazel Austin, Ms. Mitchell's sister and several other female tenants said Krull offers "favors" in exchange for sex. Recalling the incident of her eviction, Ms. Austin said, "I was sleeping and he (Krull) and the maintenance man came into my apartment. He said he couldn't accept my rent and that I would' have to move because I refused to 'go his way', said Mr. Austin When questioned about the meaning of "going his way', the young woman responded, "one day he asked me to strip for him and I refused, cursed him out and threw him down the stairs." Another woman commented, "He tried to go with my neice and was flirting with me until he saw that he couldn't get anywhere." Several women said that it was rumored that Krull was "going with" one of the residents and added, "she can do anything she wants. He let's her put wall paper up and she even has pets which are not supposed to be allowed in the apartments." The young woman referred to, however, was unavailable for comments. Tenant complaints regarding excessive charges for maintenance repairs involved additional fees for repairs not resulting from present tenant occupancy. Several tenants said they have been charged for gum spots on floors, dirty stoves and refrigerators and soiled walls which were not painted when they moved into the apartment. "He charged me $3 for a light fixture that was broken when I moved in," said tenant Lois Jones. "He charged me $15 to fix a screen and $5 for some garbage he found outside on the ground by the garbage bin with my name on it," she continued. Another resident added, "Once he tried to make me pay double rent because my babies' daddy spent the night." Attempts to talk with Krull concerning the allegations proved useless. Krull refused to talk with reporters about the tenant complaints and said he "did not have time" even though an appointment date and time had been previously confirmed When asked if he would be available tomorrow he said, "I'm not sure." However, when reporters stated they would return the next day Krull said he would not be available for comments. Lester C. Hurks, a loan specialist for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) said that the agency could not take any action on the matter unless a formal complaint was filed. He said he had received several phone calls from some of the tenants complaining about conditions in the Garden City Apartment complex, but said he had taken no action because calls are not considered formal complaints. "The agency cannot intervene unless adequate management is not being provided, and only after formal complaints have been filed can we initiate any action then," he said. Ms. Austin however said she had pursued legal assistance from the area Legal Aid agency but discontinued her efforts because of illness. She added, "As soon as I can, I am going to file on Krull. The man ought to be in jail." Harvenetta Morgan is a journalism student at TSU. Editors note: When reached by phone February 25th and asked to answer the alleged charges made by tenants in his apartment complex Harvey Krull, manager for the past five years of Garden City Apartments said, "The allegations are so ridiculous as to not even warrant denial." He added, "I'm a married man with wife and children. These are ridiculous allegations!" New research brings warnings By Wendy Haskell Meyer If you are a doctor or a nurse and become pregnant, you may want to limit or eliminate time spent in the operating room. Recent studies report increased spontaneous abortion and birth defect rates in female doctors and nurses exposed to low concentrations of anesthetic gases. The suspicion that women who have been infected with the virus carry a higher risk of cervical cancer is now a virtual certainty: a study by Emory University doctors showed that cancer was five to six times more frequent in women with serologically proved infection. Although genital infections from the herpes simplex virus are on the increase, there is still no satisfactory agent for treating it (several are under investigation). A recent double bind study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the neutral red dye and light treatment of recurrent skin and mucosal herpes lesions (a therapy which was considered a breakthrough in recent years), was no better than placebo and light treatment. In view of this and the added suspicion that the treatment might trigger carcinogenic reactions, a JAMA editorial recommended that its use be discontinued. 14 Dr. William E. Josey said cesarian section appears to be the most feasible way to prevent the fetus from contracting the virus in the birth canal of actively infected mothers. Women who have had herpes simplex genital infections should have frequent pap tests and be observed carefully through pregnancy. It is thought that women may catch the virus from infected male sex partners. The virus is sometimes lethal. The following three warnings have been issued over the past few months by the FDA. If you have been taking birth control pills and wish to become pregnant, wait at least three months after discontinuing the pill before conceiving. Data suggest there is a possible increased risk of spontaneous abortion in women who become pregnant shortly after discontinuing the pill. Women over 35, and especially those aged 40-45, should be urged to use methods of contraception other than the pill because of an increased risk of heart attack. However, this doesn't mean that every woman over 35 should go off the pill. Discuss it with your doctor. The decision may be based on whether or not you have other high coronary risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, sugar in the blood or abnormal EKG. Frank J. Rauscher, National Cancer Institute Director, has advised women in the first three months of pregnancy to avoid eating liver because the Agriculture Department has found traces of DES (diethylstilbesterol) in small number of animals (36 of 4371). aspirations, the usual method for first trimester abortion. In the January 1976 issue of CONTRACEPTION Stockholm doctors reported successful first trimester abortions in 44 women with prostagland in vaginal suppositories inserted at three hour intervals on four occasions. The suppositories stimulate uterine contractions. Side effects were mild: moderate uterine pains which were controlled by drugs and minimal bleeding. Wendy Haskell Meyer is a freelance writer. She is a contributing editor toTexas Monthly. While the U.S. still argues pros and cons of abortion, the Swedes are investigating non-surgical alternatives to vaccum Exorcise your druthers By and Sell with the Brothers and the Sisters, too. 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