NOW at the University of Houston
Montrose Area NOW
Vol. 3, # 8
Vol. 8, # 8
I'm delighted with the outcome of both July programs -
American Women Pageant and Homophobia: the Effect on Young
People. I would like to thank Montrose NOW and all the
cast for their dedication. It comes as no surprise that
we (I've become an addition to the cast) have been invited
to preform again later this year at UH/CLC. I would like
to thank Dr.s Josephine Stewart and Bill Simon for their
participation in our program on Homophobia. 38 people attended a very interesting and educational discussion,
which was preceded by the film Who Happen To Be Gay.
These two programs and past NOW/UH programs are proof that
feminist programming are needed and appreciated. NOW/UH
will continue offering monthly programs on a variety of
issues of concern to women. Our goal is to have monthly
brown bags (noon, sharp) at the Satellite, UC Also feminist films every month in the evening. Of course, our
business meetings will be scheduled as usual. Everyone is
urged to attend business meetings, if not to get involved,
at least to know what's going on. NOW/UH elected officers
are required to be at ALL business meetings. Keep your
calendar (Herizons) posted for Fall Semester events.
Credentialling for all NOW members who plan to attend the
National Conference is due at the National NOW office by
August 30, 1983. Anyone interested in attending must contact me by August 26. So far Helen Ortiz, Jeanne Somraer-
feld, Penny Gutierrez, JoAnn Evansgardner and myself want
to go. You must be a currently enrolled student in case
we get funding from UH to help pay for traveling expenses.
In addition, everyone wanting to go* must get involved in
the fundraiser which we are planning for September (more
on that in a minute.)
As of July 1, 1983 NOW membership dues are $40.00 with a
hardship rate of $15.00 or more. As you may know, dues
are divided to national, state and local chapters. The
increase in percentage of the dues allocated to the national level is higher also, with chapters and the state
getting less. We feel that especially hurts our chapter
since many of our members pay minimum dues. NOW/UH wished
we had had a say-so in this decision. If chapters are
weakened, action is weakened, since without chapters there
would be no local actions. Also, they are of primary
importance in recruiting NOW members. We plan to contact
National NOW officers so they will know how we feel. Let
me know if we have your support.
NOW/UH and Spring Branch/Memorial is working on a special
event for September which consist of a dinner (hopefully
at Black Eyed Pea Restaurant) followed by entertainment by
LYRA and a film (hopefully The Dinner Party.) You notice
all the speculations so far? This event is the one I
mentioned which we need people to work for as a fundraiser. I find this event to be a wonderful idea. I will be
working on it so please call me to help. Let's get the
speculations out of the way.
Special thanks to Heidi, Janet, and Carol. They helped
put together the Herizons, folded, stapled and labelled in
record time. This could be the wave of the future.
Relax Pageant Cast - we have been dis-invited to give the
second half on August 26th at the Houston Area Women's
Center. Another program has been scheduled. We can think
about Susan B's birthday as our next best time to perform.
We have been offered the opportunity to have a woman
physician address Montrose NOW. We could have a joint
program meeting with NOW at UH or our regular Sunday
Peggy Hall, President
******•*••• THE RACE FOR NOVEMBER IS ON! ••*••*•*•••
NOW at U.H. will be registering voters on campus on August
23 and 24 at fee payment from 10am to 7pm. It is important for us to get voters registered for several reasons.
Because polls show that the majority of people support our
major issues ( over 70S support the ERA, over 70J oppose
making abortion illegal, over 50% support -equal civil
rights for lesbians and gay men), we must make this majority a reality at the voting booths to make politicians
responsive to our just feminist demands. As there are
more women than men in this country, the more people
registered to vote, probably means the continuation of the
gender gap. We can also raise the money necessary to insure that our chapter can continue to actively work for
equality of rights in our country.
We will raise money by getting people to pledge us X$
(amount of money) for each voter we register. (You can
set a maximum number of voters for each pledge.) We go
out and register voters, which also increases our visibility in local politics, then collect the money. It's a no
lose situation. We've enclosed a pledge form in the newsletter for you to use. Please get as many pledges as
possible. (It's surprisingly easy, the hardest part is
asking!) If you have any questions, comments, or enthusiasm, please call me at 726-9828(H), or JoAnn at
741-4009(H), or Rossann at 924-5177(H). We will be contacting all members about participating in this event.
P.S. If you want to participate but can't because of the
time and/or location, please call. We will try to set up
alternatives. Thank you.
•(Note from JE: And you may want to go, even if not as a
delegate, since every NOW member may speak and debate on
the floor, and your voice could be a decisive factor in
this convention, when many critical resolutions will be