WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!
1HEY WERE THERE FOR WOHENS RIGHTS
During the Republican platform hearings, on a hot July 9th, over 100 Houston
women and men came out to demonstrate
their ERA commitment in front of Republican
Headquarters on Westheimer at Kirby.
Organized by the Bay Area NOW and
Houston Area NOW Action Teams for ERA, the
event showed how well we work together
even on a short notice of 5 days. We
contacted as many organizations as possible
and people came from AAUW, LULAC, Houston
Area Women's Center, Common Cause, ACLU,
YWCA, -FEW^ and Anderson headquarters.
The advance press releases got us
live coverage from Channel 2 and taped
TV coverage on Channel 13- Radio KTRH
carried announcements all day and helped
turn out demonstrators. During the rush
hour motorists responded to HONK FOR ERA
signs and created a din which lifted our
Women are cautioned not to accept
Reagan's ploy that he is for equal rights
but not for the Equal Rights Amendment!
Women should accept no excuses, no piecemeal priveleges, no substitutes for the
Then on Saturday, July 19, on 24 hour
notice, 35 ERA supporters turned out to
greet Ronald Reagan and George Bush (Bush
has "mush appeal") at the Galleria, their
first stop after the Republican convention..
We distributed literature and a flyer
called ERA IS ALIVE AND WELL IN HOUSTON
alerting people to an ongoing effort between
now and Election Day, November 4th. Gail
Padgett, Houston NOW,appeared in the Post
next day carrying our sign WOKEN UNITED
FOR ERA. We will continue to shadow the
candidates and be an ERA presence at every
We are now engaged in a coalition
effort starting with the YWCA and reaching
out to every organization in Houston area
which can join us for a culminating event
for ERA before November 4th. We need planners,
speakers, demonstrators, detail workers.
Pat Kuhlmann is thinking about a dramatic
presentation using the words of our women
Bay Area NOV/ members and their
families and friends were on the line
when we needed them making original
signs, singing, chanting, holding up
the banners, distributing ERA information,
answering questions from the public,
sweating it out cheerfully in the heat
and crowds, giving on the spot interviews
to reporters, writing letters to the
newspapers, building a stronger women's
movement in our part of the country.
Pam Rossman and Roy Simmons* Lynn McGregor,
John Erickson, Karen Erickson, Twiss Butler
and daughters Mavis, Ellen and Brigid,
Phyllis Tucker, Judy Hoffman, Ruth Townsend
and daughter Barbara Goad and grand-daughter
Kassie Goad, Jeanne Saletan and David,Louie
and Rebecca Saletan, Martha Tijerina,
Cathy Emrick, Bobbie and Jan McCullough,
Evie Whitsett,Rema Lou Brown, Pat Kuhlmann,
Gail Anderson, Melissa Weiksnar, Mary
and Penny McFaddin. Call me if I have
overlooked you. I want to print your name.
Jeanne Saletan 471-2862
REAGAN THE CHARMER
After it was all over, the platform
decision that reneged on ERA, Reagan granted
an audience to women like Nancy Kassebaum,
Mary LouiseSmith and Betty Heitman. MEN
WERE EXCLUDED, even men like Charles Leopold
who had argued hard for ERA. The women
came out smiling and satisfied according
to their reports. What magic did HE work?
Some Republican women are agonizing
like Mary Crisp who deserves our support.
Look to sign our letter at August meeting.
Since July 9th, women are calling me
about ERA and reproductive choice •
women who have never joined a womens rights
group or been active before. How we welcome
them and are ready to put their anger to
good use! Out in right field, I no longer
hesitate to lay the guilt on women who tell
me they will vote Reagan "How can you
vote to negate everything that we have
worked for and you have benefited from?"
INSIST ON THE GENUINE ERA, ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE!