KKK, Birchers, "Right-to-Lifers"— have no place here!
The International Women's Year Conference (IWY)
being held here in Houston is more than just a government-
sponsored event—although that is what President Carter
would have liked it to be. It may very well become the focal
point for a showdown between women committed to the
fight for our equal rights, and the many rightwing forces
that are seeking to disrupt our movement and destroy all the
gains we have won in the past.
This development has been clearly seen over the last
several months in state after state, where racist and right-
wing groups from the Ku Klux Klan to the Mormon Church
to the American Nazi Party have invaded the IWY state
conferences to try to vote down every resolution that was
even remotely related to improving the conditions of
Oust the racist Mississippi "delegation"
In Mississippi, for example, an all-white delegation,
including five KKK men, were elected by racists who overran
the conference and voted for such resolutions as a call to
repeal the Social Security Act and the 19th Amendment to
the Constitution, which gave the vote to women!
Now these rightwing wreckers are claiming that women
who are opposed to abortion and the Equal Rights
Amendment (ERA) have been discriminated against in the
organizing of this conference. While we do feel that the
government organizers of IWY have, in fact, discriminated
against poof and oppressed women—making no genuine
effort to involve Black, Latin, Native American, and Asian
women, and largely ignoring working class and poor
women—we see NO PLACE in this conference for the
rightwing forces that seek to destroy our movement!
The civil rights movement could never be obliged to allow
the KKK into its ranks. (How could racist murderers be
allowed to debate the rights of Black people?) And no union
would ever tolerate the bosses in their unions. (How could
exploiters be allowed to discuss the rights and needs of
workers?) In the same way, the women's movement has no
obligation to allow into its midst those who seek to destroy
every principle for which we have worked!
Bakke, Schlafly, Bryant- all anti-woman
It is no accident that the rightwing has targeted the
women's movement for attack at a time when the fundamental rights of women are being threatened on many
fronts. While the racist Bakke decision, now before the
Supreme Court, is directed primarily against Black and
other oppressed people, in an attempt to destroy affirmative
action programs, if this decision is upheld it will be a serious
blow to all women as well.
The Hyde Amendment, which cuts off Medicaid funds for
abortions, is also a blow to all women, but the poor in
particular, and threatens to open the way for more forced
sterilization of Third World women. At the same time,
powerful monied interests are backing the Phyllis Schlafly
campaign against the ERA, as well as the vicious, nationwide, anti-gay campaign of Anita Bryant.
We have come to Houston, not to rubberstamp a
government conference, but to defend the rights of women
and to raise the demands of the poor and oppressed.
IFree, safe abortion on demand; no forced sterilization. We want the right
to choose abortion or the right to raise our children with guaranteed
free medical care , maternity pay, day care, and quality education for all
'Passage of the ERA.
► An end to the oppression of gay people and the harassment
of lesbian mothers.
An end to the racism that doubly oppresses our Black, Latin,
Native American, and Asian sisters and brothers.
• Jobs for all! Stop deportations of undocumented workers.
The Women's Caucus of Youth Against War & Fascism National Office: 46 West 21 Street, New York, N.Y. 10010
Branches in: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Greeley (Colo.), Houston, Milwaukee,
Norfolk, Philadelphia, Rochester, Washington, D.C.
For further information about YAWF Women and the continuing struggle for these demands,
fill out this form and mail it to 46 W. 21 St., New York, N.Y. 10010
For more information call: (212) AL 5-0352
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