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Title Broadside, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 1975
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date December 1975
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript Some of the reasons the conference was a failure are: Lack of representation - at the present time NOW does not have a delegate system at National Conferences, allowing the region in which the conference is held to control the conference. Irresponsible credentialing - a motion was passed at the conference to allow members to vote without paying any conference registration fee. Poor physical arrangements - the distance between conference sites caused frustration and confusion as to where the voting would take place; meaning some people did not vote in crucial run-offs. Inadequate voter information - conference attendees were never given a list of all candidates running for office. They were only given a booklet with profiles of Majority Caucus candidates. Those of us from Chicago NOW who attended the National Conference in Philadelphia went with a spirit of reconciliation, eager for the kind of communication and dialogue that would again unite us by our common goals. We knew that there were serious divisions in NOW, but felt honestly that attempts to heal the organization, if made by all of us, would enable us to reconcile our differences and move forward together with renewed vision from this conference. We found an unfeminist experience, incredibly exhausting and disillusioning. For the first time in NOW, and hopefully the last, there appeared a political machine—a machine in yellow T-shirts that bred an atmosphere of chaos, rumor and vicious attack on people and programs, with no forum for truth or communication. This machine, called the Majority Caucus, functioned as an organization within an organization, replacing loyalty to NOW and its goals with loyalty to individuals and political parties. Every part of the conference—elections, workshops, actions and even entertainment—were swallowed up by the politics. In such an atmosphere, we could not begin a dialogue of reconciliation, much less pull ourselves together again. The conference was a tragedy, and not just because this chapter and those with whom we've worked were on the receiving end of the viciousness. It is a tragedy when an organization is denied its self-respect by its alleged leadership—when the president publicly apologizes for the "sins" of the organization and nowhere counts its successes—when the Sears program, the most successful in NOW's history, is attacked and ignored for political reasons. It is a tragedy when members of NOW are so involved with internal political doctrine that they become inaccessible to their sisters. And it is a tragedy to return from our National Conference with no national program in which to move forward. 3