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Houston Breakthrough, June 1979 - Page 4. June 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/892.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, June 1979
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Date June 1979
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Transcript Newsmakers "The Mother, the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit," is how Fr. William Gibbons referred to the trinity in a mothers' day mass last month. This startling departure from the traditional Catholic liturgy is not an isolated instance. Catholic clergy in Houston are becoming increasingly aware of women's issues, thanks to the efforts of the local chapter of St. Joan's Alliance, a Catholic organization dedicated to securing equality for women. Last May 30, the feast day of St. Joan of Arc, the Houston group presented "Joanie awards" to clergy who have worked to advance the status of women. Gibbons received an award, as did Fr. A. R. Doga, Fr. John Keller, Fr. John Perusina, Fr. Jerry Winkelman and Rev. Cy Wuenschel. Perusina is the first priest in the Houston-Galveston diocese to hire a woman as a pastoral minister. Winkelman, a high-school chaplain, has encouraged girls to participate in a variety of liturgical roles. All the recipients were judged to have shown a sensitivity to women's issues, particularly by their use of non-sexist language in the liturgy. "We hoped by acknowledging those who are doing some positive work, we could also prod the ones who are standing still," said spokesperson Janis Ross. "We'll be starting this summer with a session on how to handle anger," said Ross, "because we think the next two programs will generate some. In July we'll take up what the early church fathers thought and wrote about women. In August, we'll explore contemporary manifestations of misogyny, including the political implications of rape." St. Joan's Alliance is open to women and men who support the organization's goals. For information contact: Janis Ross at 529-3488 or Sydney Moroney at 469-2648. KAREN SILKWOOD The jury awarded $10 million in punitive damages and $500,000 in actual damages to the estate of Karen Silk- wood in a suit against the Kerr-McGee Corporation of Oklahoma City. Kerr- McGee was accused of negligence in the plutonium contamination of Silkwood's apartment in November, 1974. The jury's decision against Kerr- McGee could set a precedent that will allow residents contaminated by the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania to take legal action of their own, which could result in more jury decisions against the nuclear industry. Judge Frank G. Theis, commenting on the jury's decision, said, "I don't think it's fair to say that nuclear power is on trial, but I think it's fair to ask the jury to send the nuclear industry a message." Silk wood was killed in a mysterious one-car accident while en route to give a New York Times reporter documentation on safety problems at the Kerr-McGee plant in Oklahoma. The documents were never found, the evidence indicating another car forced Silkwood's off the road was presented at the trial. PAGE LAWSON Page Lawson, director of Volunteer Services at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, has been named the first recipient of the Joan Hanlon Memorial Award for Outstanding Professionalism in the field of volunteer administration. This award honors the late Joan Hanlon, former director of the Volunteer Action Center of Houston, who died earlier this year. Since Lawson became director of volunteers in 1973, she has increased the number of volunteers from 250 to over 700 and has expanded the number of department programs from 18 to 33. The volunteers contribute over 6,000 hours each week to provide service and care to cancer patients at the Institute. A graduate in psychology at Louisiana State University, Lawson serves as president of the Houston Area Council of Staff Directors of Hospital Volunteers, and is a former board member for the Volunteer Action Center. She is also a member of the M.D. Anderson Chaplaincy Committee. Former White House aide Midge Costanza is coming to Houston to join in the celebration of Gay Pride Week, June 22-30. She will appear at a gathering in Spotts Park on Buffalo Bayou following the Gay Pride Parade on Westheimer. Also appearing will be Jean O'Leary of the National Gay Task Force, Houston Congressman Mickey Leland, and San Francisco City Supervisor Harry Britt. As the first woman to hold the title of Assistant to the President, her frequently quoted comments on women's rights, human rights and the ERA provided much of the liberal veneer the current presidency enjoyed in its early months. Costanza astounded the nation by inviting gay leaders to her White House office to discuss problems facing gay Americans. She held the position for 20 months, resigning in the wake of a power play among Carter's top aides. Three Houston businesswomen were honored on June 12 by the Greater Houston Chapter of Women in Communications for outstanding contributions to the community. Hazel McKee and Marie Oser were elected 1979 Matrix honorees and Susan Bischoff received the Headliner award. McKee is assistant vice president and manager of women's services at First City National Bank of Houston. In 1976, she established the women's services department, the first of its kind in Houston. Oser is founder and executive director of Texas Child Care '76 Inc., a nonprofit organization which promotes public awareness of child care. She also serves on the U.S. Commission for the International Year of the Child. Bischoff, a business writer for the Houston Chronicle received the Headliner Award given to a member of Women in Communications for contributions in her profession as well as to the organization. Bischoff has been a reporter with the Chronicle since 1974. SUE BENNETT On May 17, following a trial in State district court, Family Connection counselor Sue Bennett was found innocent of sexually abusing a child. Bennett is one of four counselors at the halfway house for runaway teenagers who have been cleared of charges stemming from an investigation by juvenile police officers. Bail bond and legal defense for Bennett totaling $10,500 is being paid by donations raised by the Sue Bennett Fund Committee. Donations are ugently needed and may be sent to The Sue Bennett Fund, 1390 W. Pierce, Houston, Tx. 77019. For further information call 527-8712. Breakthrough will carry a detailed report of the arrests and trials of the Family Connection counselors in the July-August issue. Rancher and E.R.A. lobbyist Norma Inman Cude Schreiner is the first woman ever elected (May 18) to the board of directors of the South Texas Longhorn Association. Schreiner breeds registered longhorns and quarter horses in Mountain Home, Texas and has worked as a lobbyist for the Equal Rights Amendment. On July 2, Susan B. Anthony will become the first woman to appear on a U.S. coin. In her honor, the National Organization for Women suggests that all feminists pledge their first fifteen Susan B Anthony dollars to the N.O.W. National E.R.A. Ratification Fund—one dollar for each unratified state. Vol. 4, no. 5 Advertising Shirley Bryson Art Gary Allison Morey Circulation Blanca Balderas, Melissa Hauge, Barbara Karkabi, Thelma Meltzer, Deborah Thornton Copy Editors Janice Blue, Dian Brown, Kit Van Cleave, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Kathleen Gresham, Judy Hopkinson, Virginia Myers, Judith Richards Editorial Board Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Marianne Kostakis Office Janice Blue, Melissa Hauge, Melanie Mayeaux Photographers Daniel Bissonnet, Tony Bullard, Bill Dennis, Theresa Di Menno, Julie Heifetz, Melanie Mayeaux, Virginia Myers Production Janice Blue, Dian Brown, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Gary Allison Morey, George Slanina Proofreading Marion Chrabas Juliet Clarke, Gabrielle Cosgriff, Judy Hopkinson, George Slanina Radio Show Andrea Bowen, Juliet Clarke, Nancy •Lane Fleming (host and producer) Margie Glaser, Judy Hopkinson, Barbara Karkabi, Nikki Van Hightower Typesetters Mary Fouts, Lynne Mutchler, Virginia Myers, Ernie Shawver Second-class postage paid at Houston, Texas. Houston Breakthrough USPS 413130, is published monthly (except for the bi-monthly issues of July-August and December-January) by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rosewood, Houston, TX 77004; P.O. Box 88072, Houston, TX 77004; Tel. 713/526-6686. Subscriptions are $7 per year, newsstand $1.00 per copy. This publication is on file at the International Women's History Archive in the Special Collections Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60201. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Houston Breakthrough, P.O. Box 88072, Houston, TX 77004. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH JUNE 1979