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University Newsletter 1981-11 - Page 1. November, 1981. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4860/show/4852.

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(November, 1981). University Newsletter 1981-11 - Page 1. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4860/show/4852

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Title University Newsletter 1981-11
Publisher National Organization for Women, University of Houston Chapter.
Date November, 1981
Description Vol. 1 No. 6
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Transcript NATIONAL QRGAINIIZATIQINJ FOR WOMEN THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT SECTION 1: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. SECTION 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. SECTION 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification. (complete text) FOUNDED 1981 NOW at UH M. J. Sommerfeld, President E. G. Feld, Treasurer R. Daumas, Membership J. Evansgardner, Public Relations MWtW^M>mWWMM November 1981 Volume 1, #6 GOING THROUGH THE "CHANGE OF LIFE" WITH NOW Attending the national conference has, to quote the conference slogan, changed my life. What was Impressive and affecting about the meeting was seeing thousands of feminists together in one place. The oft-heard responses questioning the validity of the ERA, arguing women already have equal rights, etc., etc., were not at issue. The demand for political social and economic equality between men and women is no longer at issue, the problem of how to get there is. Aside from the company of feminists, the conference was enlightening in illustrating the focus of National NOW. National has tremendous resources that our chapter will be able to draw on. Not only do they formulate and develop national actions that rely on chapter participation to make feminist theory national policy, but they are a huge reservoir of information. National officers and staff keep abreast of feminist issues on the national, state, and to the extent we inform them the local level. They can give us up-to-date information on bills in Congress or Presidential orders. One thing our chapter must learn how to do is to utilize this resource. If there is someone out there who would be interested in working on developing a communications channel between our chapter and National NOW that would keep our chapter informed of pending legislation and provide National with information from Houston, PLEASE VOLUNTEER. We need someone to keep track of the information-loaded mail we do get from National and to seek out more when it is needed. The major focus at the conference was the ERA (what a surprise). See page 3 where National's Countdown Campaign for the ERA based upon the Message Brigade is descibed and actions that local chapters are taking is detailed. Other tactics for influencing the Countdown are phonebanking and letter-writing sessions. Don't believe the media when they tell you the ERA doesn't have a chance. (See story "Biased News Reporting" elsewhere in this issue.) The amendment can be ratified and your help is needed as time js. running out. If you would like more information on the need for the ERA or some history about it, we have an action kit that contains all the statistics and arguments. We will have a copy on file at our office in the Underground UC. Most of the resolutions that were passed, passed easily and without much argument over the substance of the resolutions. They included raising fifteen million for the media campaign, and demands for increased actions in the areas of reproductive rights, lesbian rights, ^hild care, and outreach to minority women. The one resolution that was hotly contested was NOW's position on the draft. The policy of National NOW was developed between conferences by the national leaders in r1 m I i ■ i i ■ i ■ I DEBRA DANBURG Texas State Representative will speak on WOMEN IN POLITICS Nov. 17- 7:30 PM UC Underground the development and filing of an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Rostker v. Goldberg, which dealt wtth women and the draft last term. Because this position was not explicitly mandated by the del agates elected by the membership, which is NOW's supreme policy formulaters, the validity of NOW's position was questioned. NOW's position before the conference and the position adopted by the conference is explained more fully in a position paper elsewhere in this letter. Basically, NOW is against the draft but if there is one, women should not be excluded simply because of their gender. The resolution that was brought to the floor would have changed that position to one that stated that NOW is against the draft - period. This resolution was suggested by New Jersey NOW. Many of the members who brought this resolution up are also members of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), an organization that NOW has had a long history of conflict over presentation and emphasis of issues on which they may have somewhat similar basic policies. The SWP has a pol-'cy of -intervening in NOW in order to make NOW policy Social Workers Party policy. The National Conference did provide me with a broader view of feminist clout. It has increased my belief that feminists can make changes in the system and that individual efforts and contributions are essential. I hope that I will be able to convey to some of you who may be weighing the position that feminism has in your life, that it can be both full filling to you and can accomplish changes in society. It will change your life by changing the system. This does not constitute a change in stance from last month. Changing your life must not be construed as committing your whole life to organizational feminism. Mary Jeanne Sommerfeld NOVEMBER CALENDAR Date Day Time Event 3 Tues _ (see Cougar & Ch b for Against Our Will - Rape Prevention Seminars organized by Houston Area Rape Crisis, NOW at UH, UHPD, Student Association Advrtsmnt times.) 3 Tues 7:30 pm Chapter Business Meeting with Reproductive Rights Update. 7 Sat. 9 - noon Message Brigade Action - Sharpstown Mall. 10 Tues. & 11 Wed. 10 - 2 pm Information Tables at Satellite UC 10 - 2 pm Information Tables at Satellite UC recruit, Message Brigade, teach feminism - both days 17 Tues. 7:30 pm Debra Danburg Speaks - program meeting 19 Thur. 7:30 pm Inter-Chapter Council Meeting > 21 Sat. 9 - 5 Women's Lobby Alliance Workshop on Women's Issues in Congress. 21 Sat. 9 - 5 Chapter Newsletter writing, editing typing, paste-up, etc.