The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 23, 1978-Page 3
SOUTHERN STA TES HIT HARDEST:
NOW boycott encourages ERA
By PAULINE TOOLE
At least 200 national organizations
have followed the policy initiated by the
National Organization for Women
(NOW) in cancelling conventions held
in states which have not passed the
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
The ERA has not yet been ratified in
most of the southern states and Illinois.
These states are the homes of some of
the nation's largest "convention cities"
and these cities are feeling the impact
of lost dollars.
TO DATE, Chicago has lost $19
million. New Orleans has lost between
$12-14 million while Kansas City, St.
Louis and Miami report losses ranging
from $1-$12 million. A spokesman for
the Atlanta Convention Bureau claimed
the city wasn't affected, although other
Bureau representatives referred
specifically to problems Atlanta had
The proposed 27th Amendment to the
United States Constitution states in
part, "Equality of rights under the law
shall not be denied or abridged by the
United States or by any State on ac-
count of sex."
Feminists have giverrpassage of the
ERA high priority on their political
Ratification of the ERA requires the
approval of three-fourths of the states
and needs to be completed by March 22,
1979. So far, 35 of the necessary 38
states have approved it.
"THE ECONOMIC boycott has been
the most potent weapon we have," said
Betty Friedan in a speech last week at
Michigan State University.
"We are going to have to get an ex-
tension of the Equal Rights Amen-
dment beyond 'March 1979. We have
real hope for passage in Illinois. We
have a shot for Arizona, North
Carolina, and maybe Missouri," said
the founder of NOW.
As the seven-year deadline period
looms ever closer, feminists are ap-
plying pressure via the boycott. The
tactic, designed td hit the states in the
anti-ERA pocket, requires an
organization's refusal to spend money
or schedule conventions in states that
haven't ratified the ERA.
THE BOYCOTT has been supported
by a number of national organizations
including the United Auto Workers
(UAW), the Democratic National
Committee and the city governments of
Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati.
Allen Goldhamen, spokesman for the
Chicago Convention Bureau described
the impact of the boycott on Chicago
business. "To date, we've had in two
categories - future cancellations and
prohibited business - a $19 million
Claiming that Chicago residents and
legislators have supported the passage
of the ERA, Goldhamen said the con-
vention bureau asked NOW to boycott
other areas of the state.
"WE'VE URGED the NOW people to
pull out of areas like Peoria or Spring-
field - the areas that vote against the
ERA. Pulling out of the regions would
make a more specific impact, apply a
more direct pressure," he said.
Bill Peeper of the New Orleans Con-
vention Bureau speculated on the ob-
jections to passage of the ERA in
Louisiana. "Our new (Louisiana) Con-
stitution is one of the most pro-equal
rights things going. The legislators feel
there isn't any need for federal inter-
vention," he said.
SUZANNE SAKOLSKY of the
Democratic National ' Committee's
Women's Division reviewed her group's
stand on the boycott. "We have a policy
that is understood. There will not be
any meetings held in not-ratified states.
The only thing down on paper dealt with
hoping that by March, 1979 the amen-
dment will either be passed or the
ratification period will be over.
NOW and other organizations are
pressing for an extension of the
deadline. If that happens, the boycott
could continue for some time and could
effectively spur ratification, the hope of:
In Louisiana, the New Orleans Con-
vention Bureau was advised against
pro-ERA lobbying efforts. "Our legal
'The economic boycott has been the
most potent weapon we have. We are
going to have to get an extension of the
Equal Rights Amendment beyond March
Daily Photo by WAYNE CABLE
Raise the roof...
The roof literally caved in on student Cheryl Dobson Tuesday night
when a large crack in her apartment's ceiling reached its full poten-
tial in a thunderous crash of plaster. Dobson said the crack had been
growing steadily since Thanksgiving, but the situation became critical
Tuesday when the ceiling dropped approximately four nches. Dobson
said she was on the phone with the bulding's owners, McKinley
Associates, when "A big piece of plaster went crashing across the
room and placed itself on the couch." Maintenance crews arrived
yesterday to patch the ceiling but the beleaguered tenant describes
her living conditions as "a real mess." Fortunately for Cheryl, she
lives on the top floor and was not annoyed by upstairs neighbors drop-
February 23, 1968: Results of a campus wide poll released today by
the College Young Republicans shows that New York Gov. Nelson
Rockefeller polled 86 per cent of the vote against President Johnson.
The poll also shows Johnson losing to four of five Republican presiden-
tial hopefuls on the ballot.
That's entertainment:. ..
Theatre owner Martin Shafer has added a novel twist to tge concession
stands at'his theaters in Dearborn and Westland, Michigan. In ad-
dition to popcorn, Milk Duds and licorice; filmgoers can also enjoy
their favorite cocktails or a foamy glass of beer. According to Shafer,
liquor sales run highest during thrillers like Coma or adventure flicks
like The Gauntlet, although one would expect a sharp drop in sales
during the Saturday -kiddie matinee. Shafer says he hasn't had any
trouble with intoxicated audiences and he finds clean up is no added
problem, "scotch and soda doesn't make the mess that cherry pop
Happenings .. .
... since you probably pulled an all-nighter last night in honor of
approaching mid-terms, catch a few minutes sleep this morning but
get up in time for the American Medical Student Association's film
"Mind Over Body" in South Lecture Hall, Med. Sci. II at noon. . . als
at noon catch a demonstration of bobbin lace making, a rare folk craft
sponsored by the Open Hearth series in the Pendleton Room of the
Union ... then, at 12:10 the Pendleton Center presents "Historical
Buildings of Ann Arbor" in the Pendleton Room ... The Environmen-
tal Protection Agency Air Pollution Lab tour originally scheduled for
Feb. 9 has been rescheduled for today at 3 p.m. The group will meet at
the agency parking lot off Plymouth Road ... the Yeats symposium
continues today with Marshall Levijoki and Mary Pettit discussing
"The Cuchulaim Saga" at 4 p.m. in the ever-popular Pendleton
Room. . University of Illinois German Prof. Harry Haile will speak
on "Algorithm and Epikeia: Martin Luther's Experience" at 4:10 in
Room 138, Hutchins Hall .'. . after dinner, the Friends of Greenpeace
will present the film "Greenpeace: Save the Seals" at 7:30 in the
Multi-Purpose Room on the third floor of the UGLI. . . but, if youre
really into Fortran you'd probably rather attend the Computer Club's
meeting at 7:30 in room 4108 of the Union ... also at 7:30 the
"changes in Chile: from Allende to Pinochet" lecture series will
present a discussion of "The University before and after the coup" in
the Michigan Union Ballroom ... Guild House will present a poetry
reading at 7:30 p... . . at 8 p.m. The Center for Western European
Studies will present a lecture by Journalism Prof. Charles Eisenrath
on "The Press, Radio and Television in Europe" in Lecture Room 1,
MLB. . . The Residential College Players will present three one-act
plays in the East Quad Aud. at 8 p.m. . . . Carlos Montoya, guitarist,
will appear at Hill Aud. at 8:30 p.m. . . . at 9 p.m. Gemini will take the
stage at the Ark Coffeehouse. . . and at 9 p.m. free disco dancing
lessons for spasmodic people and others will be given in the Anderson
Room in the Union.
the 1976 Conventin. The policy will hold
true in 1980 if there were an extension,'
The committee is in the process of
setting up an organization to work for
ratification of the ERA, the Democratic
ERA Action Committee.
UAW spokesperson Jerry Dale sum-
med up that union's actions. "We have
a number of conferences scheduled in
New Orleans and elsewhere that have
been cancelled and moved. It adds up to
a substantial amount of money."
THE UNION threw its weight behind
the boycott at a board meeting late in
1977. Dale speculated that the con-
siderable clout of the UAW has influen-
ced other groups. "I'm i sure other
organizations, including unions, are
being influenced to follow our example.
I'm sure that pressure is there," he
The convention cities, meanwhile,
are trying to wait out the boycott,
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council says don't get into it," said
Peeper. "Just sit back and let ourselves
get eaten up"
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Volume LXXXVIII, No. 12o
Thursday. February 23, 1978
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City councils act on
By BEVERLY GOLD
Local pressure to support the Eqtal
Rights Amendment (ERA) has taken
the form of two bills introduced to city
Last month, the Ypsilanti City Coun-
cil voted unanimously not to reimburse
city employes for travel expenses in
any state which has not ratified the
ERA. The resolution was introduced by
council member Eric Jackson and co-
sponsored by Mayor George Goodman.
A SIMILAR BILL was introduced
recently in Ann Arbor by Jamie Ken-
worthy (D-Fourth Ward) but met
defeat. Unlike the Ypsilanti resolution,
the Ann Arbor bill would not have
allowed visits to federal offices in
This inflexibility has been cited as
one reason for the bill's failure. Par-
tisan politics is also blamed for the
rejection of the Ann Arbor bill.
"The Democrats brought it up, so
automatically the Republicans voted it
down," said Karen Rice, a local ERA
A THIRD strike against the Ann Ar-
bor bill was the manner in which it was
raised, according to Rice.
"It was brought about too quickly
without giving anyone time to study the
issues," Rice said. She said that
knowledge would have produced the
power to pass the bill.
However, there still may be hope for
the boycott proposal in Ann Arbor.
Mayor Albert Wheeler predicts another
vote on the issue is likely to come up in
the next few weeks.
MANY GROUPS that support the
ERA are using a similar tactic to put
pressure on the unratified states. The
groups refuse to hold their conventions
in those states, thus cutting off a major
source of income.
The states which have not yet ratified
the ERA are Alabama, Arizona, Arkan-
sas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri,
Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.
Rice charges that legislators may be
out of touch with their constituents in
many of these states. In Florida, North
Carolina and Nevada legislators who
claimed to be pro-ERA voted against
the amendment, she said. Polls and
rallies indicated overwhelming support
for the ERA in these states, according
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On the outside.. .
Most of the country is having sunny skies today. That should tell you
that we will have overcast skies and snow today. Accumulation will be
under one inch though. Our temperature will reach a tropical 29 with a
low of 16 for tonight. For tomorrow the temperature will stay up there
with the sun even making an occasional appearance,
Daily Official Bulletin
Thursday, February 23, 1978
Medieval, Renaissance: Harry Haile, U-11., "Al-
gorithm and Epikeia: Martin Luther's Experience."
138 Hutchins Hall, 4:10 p.m.
Guild House: Poetry reading, Dianna Sabbath,
Gabe Kaimowitz, Charles Stallman, Susan Sneider,
802 Monroe, 7,:30 p.m.
Ctr. Western European Studies: Charles Eisen-
drath, "Press, Radio and Television in Europe: The
Perimeters of Freedom," Lee. rm 1, MLB, 8p.m.
Music School: Contemporary Directions, Rack-
ham Aud., 8 p.m.
COVER GIRL (at 700)
GENE KELLEY and RITA HAYWORTH'S
dancing and a Jerome Kern score
make this one of the musicals. (1944)
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Our elaborate new salad bar now includes nine ingredients
not found in most restaurant salads. Beets, for instance. And
onions. Carrot sticks. Garbanzo beans. Cucumbers. Coleslaw. Mixed
green salad. And four savory dressings. It's all part of our exciting
There are a lot of ordinary dinner salads out there. And then
there's ours. Since we didn't join 'em. We beat 'em.
Being a missile launch officer in the Air Force is an awesome respon-
sibility. But it's an exciting job with leadership opportunity from the
Air Force ROTC can help you prepare for this excitihg field by grant-
ing two, three or four-year scholarships. These will pay for tuition,
books, and lab fees, and give you $100 a month for some of your other
Then, if you can qualify for the missile field, you can work on an ad-
vanced degree through special graduate education programs, and the
Air Force will help with the expenses.