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SUCCESS IS SOMETHING TO
CELEBRATE! After 7 months
of operation, the HOUSTON
AREA FEDERAL FEMINIST
CREDIT UNION has over $60,
000 in deposits, and over 100
loans have been granted. The
celebration will be a cocktail
party on June 18, 8 p.m. at Mae
Nacol's home, 6012 Memorial.
Sponsors include Dr. Nikki Van
Hightower, Gloria Guardiola,
Ron Waters, Elma Barrera, Leonel Castillo, Lance Lalor, Mickey
Leeland, and Breakthrough.
PAGEANT OF AMERICAN
WOMEN will take part in the
city's Bicentennial Parade on
Saturday, July 3, and members
of the cast will perform again
on Sunday, July 11 at the Jung-
man Library, 5830 Westheimer,
3 p.m. A scene from Salt of the
Earth, a feminist epic involving
the struggle of Chicanas in a
miners' strike, will be re-enacted.
MEN'S LIVES, a 16mm film
about role patterns among men,
is now available for bookings to
groups and classes. Call Craig
Roberts at 524-6517 or leave a
message at 526-6686.
SEX DISCRIMINATION. If
you feel you are being discriminated against on the job because
of your sex, something can be
done about it! Contact WEAL
A NEW MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE has been
initiated as a fund raiser for
NOW. A portion of each subscription price for the magazine
of your choice is rebated to
NOW. Example: A one-year
subscription to Ms. provides
$4. You can send your renewal
notice or new subscriber notice
with check in the amount of
subscription made out to: Alice
Johnson, NOW Fund Raiser,
P.O. Box 393, Berkeley, Calif.
OUR THANKS TO THE VALLEY WOMEN'S POLITICAL
CAUCUS for allowing Breakthrough to adopt their caucus'
slogan "Women Mean Business"
as our paper's advertising slogan.
Special thanks to Ida Morris,
former VWPC chair, who gave
the phrase its double meaning.
"COMMUNITY ACCESS TO
THE MEDIA"—A seminar open
to all persons who want to
learn basic steps towards using
the media more effectively.
Sponsored by the Black Communicators Association, the seminar will be held Saturday, June
12, at 8:45 a.m. at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law (next door
to the Wheeler Avenue YMCA).
"NOT TO HAVE AND TO
HOLD, etc. etc." Want free information on how to change
your name? The process is spelled out step-by-step in a Houston ACLU Newsletter. Contact Joan Glantz, 905
POETRY IS NOT DEAD! For
any and all interested in writing,
reading or publishing poetry,
HOUSTON POETS is holding
free bi-monthly workshops at
8 p.m. Tuesdays, 1535 Indiana.
For information, call Linda
PRODUCTION CAMERA OPERATOR opening at KTRK-TV.
Minimal qualifications for the
job include two years work experience in television studio
camera operation and two years
college study, preferably in
The position must be filled by
June 25, 1976. Contact Larry
Autry, Production Manager,
WE WILL HIRE AND TRAIN
CHECK OUR REPUTATION
—ANY BANK OR BUREAU
EXCELLENT POSITION FOR
live in and care for two children. References required.
FEMINISTS IN ART-RELATED
PROFESSIONS share your ideas
on what feminist art is or could
be in a research project to be
published. Respond by using
one 8% by 11 page in any way
you wish-please don't fold.
From Ruth Iskin, Lucy Lippard, Arlene Raven, CFAHS
Research Project, 1137 Grant
Ave., Venice, Ca. 90291.
CITIZENS UNITED FOR RE-
REHABILITATION OF ER-
RANTS-CURE-has adopted a
primary goal of car pooling to
prison units. Anyone interested
in Criminal justice reform, and
this particular project, is invited
to the June 15 meeting, 7 p.m.
in the Moot Courtroom of TSU
Law School 3401 Wheeler.
for women interested in integration of feminism, pacifism
and non-violence in our lives,
a Women's Conference on Nonviolence sponsored by Peacemaker, June 27-July 6 at Heath-
cote, Maryland. Contact Ellen
Withowski, 2416 Salutaris No. 2,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206.
JUNETEENTH SALUTE will be
televised on Thursday, June 17
from 8 to 9 p.m. on Channel 13.
June 19, 1976 marks the 113th
anniversary of the enactment of
the Emancipation Proclamation
in the State of Texas. The Show
'76 will take an in-depth look at
the past, present, and the future
of "JUNETEENTH" as it relates
to the Houston Black Community.
WOMEN IN HARRIS COUNTY
JAIL NEED ART TEACHER-
Women in Action seeks female
volunteer to teach art once a
week to 8 to 15 women in jail
awaiting trial. For more information call 523-5339.
ATTENTION: WOMEN IN
THE MEDIA - Three essential
references for you: 1. A monthly publication, Media Report to
Women, is the best way to keep
fully informed on the progress
and problems of women in the
media. ($10/per year) 2. MRW
also publishes an annual Index/
Directory of Women's Media,
an invaluable reference of media
groups and individual media
women. ($6) Both publications
are available from MRW, 3306
Ross Place N.W., Washington
D.C. 20008. 3. Ida Morris,
former Women's Editor of the
Valley Morning Star, Harlingen,
Texas, has compiled an excellent
reference called Women and the
Media which deals primarily
with examples of sexism found
in the Valley's newspapers, programming and advertising. It is
an excellent tool for anyone
wanting to know where to begin
the campaign to change the image of women in the media.
Available directly from Ida
Morris, 513 Mesquite Drive, Laguna Vista, Texas 78578. ($5
each copy plus $1 for postage.)
letter from staff
Dear Subscribers and Supporters,
Breakthrough is taking a summer break. We are
combining two issues - June-July and August-
September — so that our staff may take some time
off during the summer months. Breakthrough is a
rewarding and fulfilling labor of love. It is also sheer
We will also use our time to work on our advertising
and promotion programs. Advertisers and subscribers
are the main source of support for Houston
It is apparent there is a need for Breakthrough
in our community judging from letters, visits, and
phone calls to our office. Women and men have given
us story leads and ideas, or written stories for us.
Readers have expressed appreciation for the extensive
news coverage given to stories such as the testimony
of feminist groups who opposed the life-time appointment of J. D. Stevens to the Supreme Court, the
mysterious circumstances leading to the death
of Karen Silkwood who tried to expose the dangers
of plutonium to the government and public, the
reasons behind the dissolution of the UTSSN, until
now, the most unique and progressive nursing school
in the country.
If we are to continue being the only women's
newspaper in the State of Texas, we will need your
Each one of you can help us by just getting us
one new subscriber or one new account. Most of
you probably have department store or oil
company credit cards. Please let these firms know
that you would like to see them support a newspaper
like Breakthrough. (After all, women make 75% of
all consumer decisions. We should have something
to say about how the advertising dollar is spent.)
Use your Consumer Power!
We would like to see the major companies use
Breakthrough as a clearing house to announce
non-traditional, well-paying job openings for women.
Many of our readers have requested this kind of ad.
Breakthrough is the best source to reach the
highly-qualified applicants these companies seek
And as for reaching more potential subscribers, if
each reader will simply send us the names and
addresses of eight to ten friends, we will send
them complimentary copies of our paper. We
are uncomfortably aware that there are still
thousands of women in Houston who are unaware
that there exists a newspaper for and about
It has been a struggle getting started. We have
had difficulty setting up a city-wide distribution
network because many of those in decision-making
positions have refused to carry our newspaper
in their grocery store chains, office buildings,
bookstores, and news stands. The news stand in
the Galleria, for one case in point, was told by their
out-of-state management that they didn't want to
carry a newspaper "like that." They do, however,
carry The Enquirer, Playboy and the other "girlie-
We've had to fight all the feminist stereotypes
in creating a legitimate newspaper of primary but
not exclusive interest to women. And, all along,
we've had men working with us — dispelling at least
one stereotype that feminists are anti-male.
We are all committed to Breakthrough. We believe
that "women are news" and that "women mean
business". We hope you will continue to support us
as subscribers and advertisers—or in any way you
can—for a Houston breakthrough!
—from the staff at Breakthrough