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Transcript Carrying homemade misspelled signs which read "Who Needs Jews, Dikes, Abor- tian and Communism," a right-wing extremist group caused momentary havoc on Saturday at the IWY Conference. An effort to express their opinion was thwarted when Christian Defense League members clashed with another group in front of the Albert Thomas Convention Center. The league and its supporters began to march in front of the convention center at about 3 p.m. Babs Minhinnette, coordinator for this "particular assault," told Breakthrough that her group wanted to enter the convention and express their views. Carolyn Groves, another league member, said they wanted to confront the enemy. The two women carried a large white sign which read, "L.A. White Women Oppose IWY Convention, Reds, Feds, Dykes and Kikes." Approximately 20 persons accompanied the two women. Across the street, another group of about 70 persons saw the league approaching, and began to chant, "Ku Klux Klan, Scum of the Land." The two groups approached each other, and a crowd of onlookers quickly gathered. The league supporters remained silent as groups of chanters joined hands and surrounded them, demanding that they leave. A man with the league was rushed by a group of women who yelled at him to leave. He struck the woman closest to him and knocked her to the ground. Women began to pummel him with signs and fists. In the confusion he struck another woman and many participants on both sides were pushed and shoved. Margaret Joyal of Austin, a representative of Women United for Action said that a man had hit her after she told him "Go away before you get hurt." Her left cheek was swollen and red from the blow she received. The league supporters then retreated despite shouts from the men among them of "Hold it!" and Hup!Hup!Hup!" The groups moved apart, then faced each other and shouted it out. After the confrontation, a man who Far righf street fight By Carol Bartholdi and Marilyn Mock ^>sV! identified'himself as Steve and refused to give his last name said that he and others of the league were members of the Klan. Another participant in the fray, Dick Kara, said that they were with the Christian Defense League, not the Ku Klux Klan. Steve then hastened to agree with him. Kara also said he plans to establish a branch of the Christian Defense League in Houston. The Rev. James K. Warner, a minister in the New Testament Church of God and the New Christian Crusade Church, is director of the league. He said it had 500 members and 10,000 supporters nationally. Rev. Warner denied membership in" the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and the John Birch Society, but he did not know what other organizations league members might belong to. The organization believes that a group of Jewish bankers controls governments around the world, as well as the United Nations. "The biggest he ever told," said Mrs. Groves, "is that the Jews are the chosen people." League members also said that the U.S. government and the IWY Conference are the "lackeys" of this conspiracy. They oppose abortion, rights for homosexuals, pacifism and Jimmy Carter who they say is not a Christian. Groves said the organization believes that "white Chris tians are the chosen people" and that the mixing of races, or "mongrelization" is the cause of the increasing immorality in today's world. The Christian Defense League attempted to distribute its literature at the Pro-Family Coalition Rally held in the Astro Arena earlier on Saturday. Officials at the rally forbade them to do so, and the league decided not to attend the meeting. Anne Drosts, a representative of the Women Who Want to Be Women and the Pro-Family Coalition said, "They'd pass out Nazi material." She said that the coalition had passed a rule that no one could distribute literature at the rally because they did not want to have to decide who should be permitted to do so and who should not. Inside the rally, several persons distributed copies of World Wide Tract Ministry booklets despite the rule. After the street battle, Minhinnette wished to enter the conference and requested police protection. She was refused. "We thought you were American citizens," she told police. "We did not yell and scream. We stayed completely silent and we were attacked and assaulted by Commies and queers. The police say they cannot protect us." Women continued to shout at Minhinnette and the league from across the street. "For pro-American white Christian people there is no freedom left," Minhinnette said. Bob Greenwald, of the community relations service in the Department of Justice, escorted Mrs. Minhinnette to her car. The service is a mediating organization which specializes in race relations. Three representatives were sent to Houston from Dallas to provide mediation at the conference if it were necessary. The league left the scene without gaining access to the conference. "The women were trying to defend their First Amendment Rights," said Kara. "Evidently Christian women's rights are not represented in this country." MARILYN MOCK PAGE 4 NOVEMBER 20, 1977 DAILY BREAKTHROUGH