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Title Houston Breakthrough, Vol. 1, No. 6, June 1976 - July 1976
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Date June 1976 - July 1976
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Transcript Temirus*t -fashions Colors?.* nawv* <X\ AarVura I ^iiSS: small, medU unrv large. plus *l.°° -for "fa*, postage arvl handUinq. SsnriL £oi&r TS-' bREAKWflOiM P.CXBOA 88o7i riooSToK>TfeXAS 11004 "80 per cent of politicians patronize prostitutes'' St, James interviewed Moving up DOLORES GUERRERO of Houston was elected State Di- rpctor of LULAC, the oldest Mexican-American organization 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. James. 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 of women. "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 Shirley McLaine. 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 the scapegoats." 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 divide-and-conquer techniques 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 Republican conventions. "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 710,Washington, D.C. HOUSTON AUTOMATIC Transmission "Over 20 Years Of Satisfied Customers' "For Our Shiftless Friends" SPECIALISTS ON ALL MAKES OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS Free Tow in With Service SERVICED BY EXPERT "TRANSrAlSSIONOLOGlSTS'- LOAN CARS AVAILABLE 862-0865 _JL LOCATED AT 37 WAbGH DR. TWO BLOCKS OFF MEMORIAL FREEWAY - BETWEEN MEMORIAL AND WASHINGTON