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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily- Monday, January 12, 1987
Feminists wary of ERA battle IN BRIEF

National Organization for Women
is determined to prod the Equal
Rights Amendment through Con -
gress again, but other feminists
aren't so sure they're ready for an
emotional repeat of the 1970s ERA
The ERA was one of the first
pieces of legislation introduced to
the new Congress last week, and its
host of sponsors drew encour -
agement from the new Democratic
majorities in the Senate and the
House. NOW, the nation's most
visible women's rights group, has
made the amendment its top pri -
But the last ERA attempt
sputtered to an ignominious end
less than five years ago after a
decade's struggle, and some wo -
men's activists wonder if it is too
soon to begin a new, draining fight.
"I don't agree that it will happen
now," said Irene Natividad, chair -
woman of the National Women's
Political Caucus. "Everybody gets
tired," she said.
Columnist Ellen Goodman asked

whether the ERA, through its
perennial introduction, would be -
come the "Harold Stassen" of
amendments," referring to the
Minnesota politician whose re -
peated bids for the presidency never
got him close to the White House.
Goodman wrote, "Is it a year to
mount another full-fledged battle for
its passage? Not by my reckoning."
The ERA would prohibit dis -
crimination based on sex.
"This has been a 63-year strug -
gle already so we don't shy away
from it," said Judy Goldsmith, who
chaired NOW in 1983 when sup -
porters could not muster the ne -
cessary two-thirds majority and the
ERA was defeated on the House
floor. "But it also seems foolhardy
to beat our heads against a situation
that is not likely to meet with
success this time around."
ELEANOR Smeal, who de -
feated Goldsmith for the NOW
presidency with a vow to take the
fight for women's rights "back to
the streets," had ready answers for
those who would prefer to wait a
few years for a more hospitable

political climate for the ERA.
"Obviously I would prefer a pro-
president, a far bigger margin in
both houses (of Congress), and a
better atmosphere politically," she
said. "circumstances are not ideal on
any issue dealing with women's
rights. But have they ever been?"
she said.
Goldsmith, Natividad and others
talk of smaller battlegrounds that
they believe can be more easily
fought and won for women - pay
equality, better child care, national
maternity leave rules, and re -
storation of the Civil Rights Act.

Smeal, however, is impatient
with the argument that other fights
should be fought first.
"We're never going to see equal-
ity for women in the basic eco -
nomic thing if we have to go law
by law, program by program,.
statute by statute. As soon as we
fix one up, another one's undone,"
she said.
Like any constitutional amend -
ment, the ERA faces formidable
obstacles: it needs approval by two-
thirds of Congress, then must be
ratified by three-quarters of the

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criticized a discussion draft of the
emergency procedures that the
council released last spring. "We
still don't see a need for the
University to use academic sanc-
tions to control our behavior out of
the classroom," said Ken Weine,
member of the Student Rights
Committee and past member of the
Sociology Prof. Howard Brab-
son, a member of the council, said,
"All the proposals and drafts that
the students are presenting now are
just delaying tactics."
The council was designed as a
democratic body to gather equal

input from the students, faculty,
and administration, but partici-
pation has not been equal on all
sides. Frequent absences and
vacancies of the faculty and admini-
strative representatives have hin-
dered the council's progress.
"Out of the three administrators
that we are supposed to have, we
have only had one since
September," said Diller.
David Newblatt, another student
member, agrees. "It's kind of
strange that on one hand we are
feeling pressure for not producing
fast enough, but on the other the
administration is not holding up
their end of the deal."

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Iran arms sales continued at
Reagan's behest, says senator
WASHINGTON - A Senate Intelligence Committee member said
yesterday the panel's investigation shows that President Reagan was the
driving force behind the decision to continue selling arms to Iran after
the first such shipments failed to free all the American hostages held in
"It was kept going primarily because the president wanted to
continue the program," said Sen. William Cohen (R-Maine).
Cohen praised Reagan for trying to win the release of Americans
held by Pro-Iranian forces in Lebanon and to find a diplomatic opening
to Iran. But he criticized the president for overriding misgivings among
senior Cabinet members and the intelligence community about selling
arms to Tehran.
Despite those warnings, Cohen said, "the president turned to
amateurs for his advice on a major foreign policy initiative, rather than
listening to the sound and seasoned voices of the experts, and that is
where I think the president has made his mistake."
Arms deal slows attempts to
repay U.S.-held Iranian funds
WASHINGTON - Administration officials seeking to return $500
million the United States owes Iran say they face minor technical
roadblocks and one major political task - convincing the public the
money isn't an attempt to ransom hostages.
The Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, ruled last
year that the U.S. must return roughly $500 million left over from a
$3.7 billion fund that Iran deposited in the New York Federal Reserve
Bank to pay off syndicated loans made during the rule of U.S.-backed
Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
"There is a realization that some people in the United States will
misinterpret.. . that this was a payment for the release of hostages,
which clearly it is not," said one official who demanded anonymity. "It
is not a valid jump, but some might make it and it has to be
Negotiators are trying to settle conflicting claims to one month's
bank interest and decide on the precise wording of a final overall pact.
Aquino constitution opposed
MANILA, Philippines - Supporters of Ferdinand Marcos burned
copies of the draft constitution yesterday. At another rally, thousands of
leftists denounced the charter after police blocked their march on the
presidential palace.
President Corazon Aquino urged enthusiastic crowds in three cities of
central and southern Luzon to approve the draft constitution in a Feb. 2
Back in the capital city of Manila, about 700 riot police and troops
backed by water cannon and firetrucks kept about 5,000 torch-bearing
leftists from marching on Aquino's offices at Malacanag Palace to
protest the charter.
The march was organized by a federation of leftist groups including
the militant May 1st Movement, the country's largest labor
organization with a claimed membrship of more than 500,000. Earlier,
marchers distributed a resolution condemning the charter as "anti-
people" and "pro-imperialist."
Familial ties baffle player
Basketball player Leon Wood not only stole a leaf from the collected
sayings of Yogi Berra, he may have topped them all. Wood was traded
to the New Jersey Nets by the Washington Bullets, and after joining his
new club he was introduced to sportscaster Steve Albert. Innocently or
otherwise he said to Steve: "Are you any relation to your brother
Parishoners fast from media
Fresno, California parishoners of a con servative Protestant church took
a week off from watching television and reading new spapers for a week
in order to spend more time on their spiritual and family lives. "The
purpose... is to change my focus from all that's going on in the world
to God," said parishoner Larry Ecklund. Ecklund, a professor at Pacific
College, said concentration on current events doesn't allow the
individual to give God "his proper place. We're putting information,
ball scores, before him." Ecklund said his "fast" allowed him to sleep
better and read the Bible more. The fast ends Sunday.
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