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"80 per cent of politicians patronize prostitutes''
St, James interviewed
DOLORES GUERRERO of
Houston was elected State Di-
rpctor of LULAC, the oldest
in the country. Guerrero, an
administrative assistant with Pan
American Bank, won her race at
a recent LULAC state convention in McAllen. She is the first
woman ever to hold this post.
Olga Soliz, also of Houston,
acted as her campaign manager.
NANCY KAY DUKE was recently promoted to the position
of Business Manager, KTRK-TV,
Channel 13. Duke held the position of assistant business manager for the past year. She received her CPA certificate in 1972.
BARBARA JORDAN was the
only Black and only woman
whose name was given as a possible running mate for former
Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter.
by Katherine Davenport
"Prostitutes are political prisoners in the battle between the
sexes: they are an object lesson
to all women," says Margo St.
Margo St. James, founder of
COYOTE (Come Off Your Old
Tired Ethics) recently returned
from the Crimes Against Women
Tribunal in Brussels, which was
attended by 1,400 women from
western Europe, Africa, Saudi
Arabia, and the U. S. The tribunal voted to recognize prostitution as a service and treat it
as such; it was resolved that
prostitution is a result of the
sexist system but that the system can be changed through
re-education and doing away
with sex roles. It was also resolved that women be allowed to
walk the streets and converse
as men do, and not to tolerate
any coercion or exploitation
"A fantastic solidarity resulted," says St. James, who is now
preparing for the Feminist Party
Convention to be held in Washington, D. C, June 23-25. Its
participants will include Florence Kennedy, Shirley Chisolm,
Bella Abzug, Ti-Grace Atkinson,
Jennifer James, Jane Fonda, and
A film festival will be held
at the Key Theatre in conjunction with the convention. Most
of the films to be shown are on
prostitution and women in prison, films that focus on the
sexist criminal justice system.
They will include Mustang,
about a Nevada brothel; Like
a Rose; Time Has No Sympathy; Sharon, about a porno
actress; From April to June,
about a junkie; Klute; and
possibly some Shirley McLaine
films like Irma La Douce.
The traveling Hookers Show
from San Francisco is currently
touring the East Coast and will
perform at the convention.
They present hooker dialogue
situations to teach women verbal agression to deal with sexual
advances made in public.
"The government is looking
for terrorists this year, so I'm
billing myself as the Holy
Terror(est)," says Margo, explaining that she uses humor
"as a vehicle".
One of her main concerns
now is Senate Bill I, which, if
passed, would make prostitution
a federal crime. COYOTE is
pushing for the decriminalization of prostitution and is now
active in 16 cities. Five states
are currently considering decriminalization bills. COYOTE does
not support the licensing of
prostitutes because this would
promote business. "Hotels and
police are profiting the most
from prostitution, they hold the
reins, but pimps have been made
As if they aren't oppressed
enough, prostitutes are being
attacked for not paying income
taxes. Says Margo, "They pay
everyone else, they pay heavy
social and then financial dues.
Whores shouldn't pay taxes until
churches do. Churches use
on women; they have been
blaming women from the begin-
ing. Women's genitalia became
stigmatized, and the penis is
worshipped." Her ultimate
fantasy for the conference in
Washington, D. C, is to put a
giant condom over the Washington Monument.
"The women's movement
needs hookers to get their
message out," continues St.
James, who is helping to organize alternative press conferences
at both the Democratic and
"Courtesans in the past have
been very influential in their
communities. Eighty percent
of politicians patronize prostitutes."
The first week in October she
will go to a conference in Geneva intended to rally support
abroad before the national political conventions in the U. S.
Her travels are being funded by
producers and publishers who
are "courting" her for rights to
a forthcoming book.
Penthouse and Playboy
have approached her about purchasing her list of contacts with
prostitutes in this country and
abroad. Lily Tomlin wants to
play her in a film. Although she
herself has been asked to be in
films, she is reluctant.
She recently became a licensed private eye in Los Angeles
so that she can be an expert
witness and speak for prostitutes without having to name
names. She doesn't intend to
be a practicing private eye, "I
wouldn't carry a gun."
1976 is COYOTE'S Year of
the Tricks', their slogan is
"Ignorance is no excuse for a
law." Anyone wishing to contact Margo during the month of
June can reach her at 1346
Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite
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