"Yo Soy Tu Hermana, Yo Soy Chicana,
Dame TuMano, Vamosa Volar,
Bien Dice El Dicho, Si Sangra Mi Hermana
Yo Tambien Sangro, La Herida Es Igual. "
The Chicana Caucus met Friday afternoon to discuss the proposed Plan of
Action and its ramifications for Chicanas.
Special emphasis was placed on the plan's
inclusion of statements encouraging bilingual and bicultural services and programs
designed for Hispanic women.
A reception for the caucus, sponsored by various Houston Chicana and
Chicano groups and hosted by Evelyn and
Leonel Castillo, was held Friday evening
Elma Barrera, co-chair of the Housto:
committee, introduced speakers who in
"We believe that we did so well on
the state level in placing members and delegates because NOW has had a long record
of being in the forefront of the fight for
women's rights," she said at a press
Smeal insisted that NOW intends to
do "nothing" if anti-ERA forces attempt
to disrupt the conference.
"We're here to serve as delegates and
to participate in the conference itself,"
Smeal said the IWY, with its pro- and
anti-ERA forces,-•was' like a Democratic
Party convention where the Jimmy Carter
nonty delegates decided to stand and fight.
Their supporters would have an alternative
conference and at that conference they
would say, 'Even though the Carter Democrats won those primarieSj it doesn't matter. They weren't fair. We're the majority
and we're going to show it by having some
members over there.
"But," Smeal said, "I don't think
they'd fool anybody under those conditions. Everybody would know they
NOW No. 2
The newly elected president of the
National Organization of Women Legal
Defense and Education Fund, Gene Boyer,
criticized President Carter Friday for his
failure to appoint women to important
"Carter has named 10 new appellate
court justices and not one is a woman,"
eluded Kingsville State Rep. Irma Rangel,
the highest ranking Chicana official in Texas, and IWY commissioners Cecilia Preci-
ado Burciaga of California, Carmen Del-
Delgado Votaw of Maryland, Rhea Mojica
Hammer of Illinois and Gloria Steinem of
New York. Poetry readings and skits were
presented by Teatro Lagrimas and Mujeres
Unidas of Houston.
A meeting of the Hispanic Women's
Caucus is scheduled for Saturday, 6:30
p.m., in a location which is yet to be
designated. Marta Torres
Blacks Map Plan of Action i
Black participants in the IWY Conference, sensitive to the Black woman's
"long, harsh history of vital concerns for
civil liberties and their long struggle for the
rights of women," mapped plans Friday to
insure that their concerns are included in
the final conference report.
The plan includes 21 recommendations concerning education, employment,
political participation, socially progressive
services and statutory and constitutional law.
Officially titled "A Working Document For Review and Ratification," the
plan was prepared earlier this year by 10
women from governmental, educational
and social organizations and businesses
who feared that Black women's concerns
would be overlooked at IWY.
It notes the Black woman's special
role in the women's'movement, contending that "as victims of both racism and
sexism," Black American women "have
been crucial figures at the juncture of the
Black movement and the women's movement. "Their past," it says, formed
their interpretation of issues and priorities
central to both movements."
The document also contends that because Black women "have a different past,
a different present and, because of institutionalized racism, a different future from
that of white women, it is doubtful that
anyone else in the United States can or
should speak for them."
Specifically the plan calls for:
. a concerted effort by the federal and
state governments to broaden educational
opportunities for Black women on an equitable basis
• full employment and full utilization
of Black females at upper as well as entry
levels of the labor force
■ support for Black women who are
running for political office
. support from the federal government
for the development of programs aimed at
improving the plight of the aged and improving health care
. insuring reliable child care services
guaranteeing maternity benefits
• extending labor standards relevant to
the health and welfare of workers now
- the eradication of all forms of discrimination
- support of the ERA
. procedural due process.
The document also stresses Black
women's commitment to unity with white
women and warns of the "danger of a distorted analysis which points to a lingering
central conflict of the women's movement
as one between women of the minority and
The Black caucus also heard a Keynote speech by Dr. Elizabeth Kuntz, North
Carolina assistant state superintendent for
public instruction. Mary Violet Burns
Pro-Plan Caucus Meets
Pro-Plan advocates, who endorse passage of all 26 proposals being considered
at the IWY Conference, met Friday to plot
The meeting, held at the Sheraton-
Houston Hotel, included discussion of anticipated opposition and organizational
The Pro-Plan group opted to use
"woman power" rather than electronic
devices in working the convention floor.
A woman from each state was selected to explain the Pro-Plan position to
delegates on the convention floor, which
was divided into 20 areas.
The group believes the strongest
Pro-Plan opponents will use stalling tactics
to prevent discussion and enactment of
the proposals because the opposition probably does not have enough votes to defeat
A secondary opposition group, the
Susan B. Anthony section, is believed to
be more moderate because it opposes only
four issues in the plan-full employment,
sexual preference, national health insurance and international peace.
Although more delegates to the IWY
Conference belong to the National Organization for Women than any other organization, NOW President Eleanor Smeal%empha-
sized Friday that NOW "in no way participated in the organizing of the conference."
PHOTO BY CHARLEY KUBRICHT
forces beat George Wallace of the American Party with perhaps 80 or 85 per cent
of the vote.
This, the Pittsburgh homemaker said,
would leave the "Jimmy Carter delegates
in the clear majority. But let's say the mi-
Boyer said. "Clearly next to nothing is
being done to correct the incredible under-
representation of women as federal judges."
The Beaver Dam, Wis., feminist also
noted that only one of the 97 circuit court
judges on the bench today is a woman.
The underrepresentation ot women is
"too severe to be remedied through politics
as usual," Boyer said, "Extraordinary efforts are called for."
She also said that women must be
appointed to the panels that recommend
appointments to the bench.
It's the most
meeting of the century.'
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