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.
Volume 2, #2.
NOW at the University of Houston, founded 1981
M. J. Sommerfeld, President; E. G. Bald, Treasurer; R. Daunas, Membership;
J. Evansgardner, Public Relations; s. Fbrschler, Action Tbam Cbordinator,
This last weekend, NOW at UH sponsored two major
events to begin the new semester. On Friday, January 22,
The Celebration of Wren's Art, a reception and exhibit,
was held at the University Center Underground Wbrld
Affairs Lobby. (The exhibit will remain on view through
January 29th.) Approximately 50 people attended. While
wa had hoped for a larger turnout, people experienced at
organizing on campus assured us that 50+ people was an
excellent turnout for an evening event.
It is dramatically clear that to do better than the
usual, much more work has to be done on publicity - we (I)
did not get notice out to the Houston area papers in time
for inclusion in weekend sections or onto local TV and
Radio public service announcements. If anyone out there
(HELLO, HELLO) has had a (deep, dark? long buried?
repressed?) desire to "feet the Press", PLEASE volunteer
and work to let the world know we are here.
On Saturday, January 23, Choices, A Reproductive
Rights Workshop was held to mark the ninth anniversary of
Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court decision guaranteeing women
the right to abortion under certain circunstances).
Turnout was smaller than the importance of the topic would
suggest - approximately 30-35 people. Again UC
administrators told us this was "standard". It was
disapointing though, after so many worked so hard to
organize it. We do now have an excellent Reproductive
Rights Packet with all the latest women's reproductive
health and legislative information in it, for a nominal
charge of $2. Send order with money to us at Box 509, UC
or come by our campus office during office hours.
We activated our new telephone tree to remind our
members to come out for these meetings. If you were not
contacted, please contact Jeanne (521-2824) or RossAnn
(924-5177) so that we can correct any difficulties.
ACTION TEAM COORDINATION
Our BIG PUSH for this semester has got to be to GET
ORGANIZED! Action Teams can be mobilized both on a
regular basis and quickly for emergency calls, and can
produce a sizable voltrae of letters from permission cards;
do phone banking to raise money or get permission for
When functioning, such teams have proven terribly
effective. Elaine Kimsey, President of NWN0W, organizing
in a largely "rightwing" area, raised $815 for the ERA in
two hours of rhonebanking last month.
UH NOW has facilities arranged at UH at in the Astrodome area. These actions are done in the evenings &/or
weekends. If Elaine can raise that much money in her conservative area of town, imagine what we can do in our more
liberal part of HDuston. Sherri Bbrschler is our Action
Team Coordinator. (See calendar on cover for first meeting.) The ERA is alive but more workers are needed. Call
her (645-5213) or Jeanne (521-2824)if you can participate.
The next MDW at UH Program meeting will be held at
The Birth Project, 1724 Bissonet
Wednesday, february 17 at 7:30
Ebr directions call JoAnn (741-4009) or Jeanne (521-2824),
ART AND REPRODUCTION
What images do you have that are at all relevant to
reproduction? Chances are that The Virgin Mary (and Babe)
is the only image that enters your mind. "This is child
care not reproduction" says Pat Marton, Rsgional Coordinator of The Birth Project. The systematic omission of
the most basic hunan creative act is political.
At our next chapter program meeting, we will explore
these politics at the Houston home of The Birth Project
with Rat Morton and hopefully, some of the local artists
working on The Project and their work.
"IF MEN HAD BABIES, THERE WOULD THOUSANDS OF
IMAGES OF THE CROWNING." Judy Chicago