Concern keys women’s activities in New Year

Posted on July 8, 2014

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Concern keys women’s
activities in New Year
By DIANNE Smith
Staff Writer

Press Telegram January 1, 1971
The 70s began with a year that saw
a new thrust for liberation of women
from second class status and one that
produced an ecological revolution.
Fifty years after passage of the
19th amendment granting women
their voting privileges, they were still
marching and demonstrating for
equal rights, equal pay and equal job
opportunity.
Women had their own national liberation
day last August. In 1971,
area distaffers will be able to attend
a women’s liberation workshop.
Sponsored by Long Beach Women’s
Liberation, the three-day conclave on
Jan. 29-31, will take place at Rosarita
Beach, Mexico. Cost is $8 for two
nights lodging, plus food and gas.
Topics to be discussed are “Women
in Religion,” “Marxist Analysis of
Women’s Lib,” “Women and Employment,”
“Child Care C e n t e r s and
Abortion,” and “What Will the World
Be Like When We Achieve Our Demands?”
Registration is open to all interested
women. A $5 deposit is required,
and should be sent to Long Beach
Women’s Liberation, c/o Mary Krueger,
733 Termino Ave., Apt. 4.
She said the workshop study sessions
are designed for women who
want to study the liberation movement
and relate to other women on a
woman-to-woman basis, without men
around.
The Long Beach unit also has information
packets available for 50 cents,
explaining the origin and goals of the
Women’s Liberation Movement.
Although the local chapter began
modestly, it had attracted 70 members
by year’s end and has a campus
chapter at Cal State with 15 members.
Among other activities initiated by
tile Long Beach group is a survey of
sex discrimination at CSLB, which
will be completed at semester’s end
in February. Findings will be presented
to State College Chancellor
Glenn Dumke and the federal Equal
Opportunities Board.
According to Mrs. Krueger, mem- ,
bers are soliciting campus support
for a woman’s study program at
CSLB patterned after one established
at San Diego State. Women faculty
members would conduct their classes
with a focal point on the role women
play.
ANOTHER MOVEMENT which
generated much comment and support
in 1970 was the drive for a cleaner
environment.

Ecology became the byword of
everyone concerned with air and water
pollution and overpopulation.
What to do about it was the question.
Overnight, various ecological groups
sprung up to provide impetus for’ government
action and citizen involvement.
The Junior League of Long Beach
became interested locally and organized
a study group beaded by Mrs.
Donald Walker and Mrs. . Donald
Gibbs.
Through research, attendance at
numerous ecology conferences ; and
monthly meetings, they hope in the
new year to develop a well informed
program for community action to
clean up the environment, focusing
first on smog.
Mrs. Walker explained that government
officials addressing the various
conferences stress the need for pressure
from individual citizens to get
governmental action in the area of
ecology. : .
As it was pointed out several times,
“we have the scientific capabilities to
combat pollution if we make it a
priority item.”
The power base for action is the.
people, but they must do their homework
first and get all the facts.
“That’s what we hope to do,” she
. added.
TO AID THOSE who are often forgotten
or rejected, two new projects
generated by women will come to
fruition this year.
One is the Soroptimist Club of Long
Beach-sponsored Meals on Wheels
program, which brings food to the elderly
and convalescing who otherwise
might not get a hot meal. In charge of
requests is Mrs. Nessie Valerio.
The other self-help project is a halfway
house designed to aid women
parolees or ex-convicts readjust to
life outside prison walls. Located at
the corner of 10th Street and Dawson
Avenue, the house will open its doors
to women with no place to go after
prison.
It is the brainchild of a group of
church women, with various organizations
sponsoring the final project
known as Hoffman House. Executive
director is Teri Pall.
She explained some women will
have jobs waiting for them when they
arrive at the house, others will receive
counseling toward job placement
or study under a vocational rehabilitation
program. Group counseling
sessions also are planned.
Whether it’s a battle for a clean environment,
a fight for self-dignity or
a drive against sex discrimination,
women are sure to find a cause to
champion in 1971. Who knows, “there
may be some changes made . . .”

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