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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 7, No. 7, July 1979
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Transcript A MESSAGE FROM EVIE WHITSETT, BAY AREA N.O.W. COORDINATOR In February 1979t at the suggestion of Dorothy Howard, then coordinator for our chapter, I attended a NATIONAL BOARD MEETING of N.O.W. in Dallas. A national strategy for ratification of ERA was discussed and a forthcoming editorial by Tony Carabillo was mentioned repeatedly. The editorial did appear in the March issue of NATIONAL NOW TIMES and it had the effect of bringing me back to a larger perspective and restoring my sense of destiny. I am trying to pass on this larger perspective and sense of destiny to you with my first message as chapter coordinator. Excerpts from the editorial itself appear elsewhere in this newsletter. When I nominated myself for coordinator at the June meeting, it was after two months of pondering and fantasy flights of femininist effectiveness. To be elected that night made me feel great but some of you had already voted for me by committing yourselves to tasks in support of my goals for the chapter. Thanks for your vote of confidence and please bear with me as I embark on the second elective office in my career. (The first was a do-nothing office in high school and I don't intend for this to be a repeat.) Please share with me your ideas and your enthousiasms. I 777 As coordinator, it is my goal to assess each person's interests and availability for feminist action; to facilitate cooperation between like-minded persons and to generate new ideas for feminist actions. I would like to challenge those who can and are willing...to commit themselves to at least TWO HOURS PER WEEK of feminist activism. I know that some of you are already giving more than two hours per week. This challenge is not directed at you. It is inspired by you. What is feminist activism? A couple of things it is NOT are: * Rap sessions with other feminists * Attending feminist meetings and programs Rap sessions are vital to the women's movement as renewal for feminists, fringe benefits, as it were. But we must go beyond them to advance the movement. Attending feminist meetings and programs likewise gives us the support we need from each other but, as Joan Glantz pointed out at the January meeting on reproductive rights, "If you're just going to attend the meeting and that's the end of it, you can't consider that you have contributed to the movement.1" Workshops are valuable only to the extent that the already-convinced who attend them are fired up to go out and effect a change on the not-yet-convinced. So what are some opportunities for feminist activism? * Leading a CR group * Lobbying by personal interviews, letters, phone calls, etc. * Raising money and donating money * Campaigning to elect feminists * Preparing a program or workshop * Task force work (like writing bills for textbook committee) * Shitwork that keeps the chapter going (addressing newsletters* etc.) * Recruiting and sharing enthousiasm with a potential feminist or new member Like in that crazy song, "If You Want My Body....", YES, I DO.' and your mind along with it. And I will accept what you can give. It is not my intention to generate guilt. Nor do I intend to undervalue the checkbook-feminist whose present circumstances allow only this means of participation. The ability to control one's time and energy as well as one's body without any feelings of guilt, are feminist goals. If ever you take on a project and find it has grown too large for you, I will assist in finding help or transferring to someone else. I do not see BANOW as a work-only organization. Women have had little enough room in their value system for personal pleasure if they have accepted the view that 7-79...8/12