Hello Columbus as the National Conference Heads to Ohio

by Beth Corbin

Those of us affectionately referred to by the Young Feminist Committee as "seasoned" or "spicy" feminists may remember the 1969 movie "Goodbye Columbus" starring Ali McGraw. Well, the '90s version is "Hello Columbus" as legions of NOW activists prepare to descend on the Ohio city for NOW's annual conference in July.

Columbus NOW and Ohio NOW activists are gearing up for what is sure to be another dynamic National NOW Conference, July 21 to 23, at the Hyatt Regency. The conference is sure to spark interest from NOW activists nationwide, as we focus on language and strategy for a new Equal Rights Amendment. (See ERA Summit)

In addition to the ERA discussion, 40 workshops will address a variety of NOW's issues, including ending violence against women, welfare rights, diversity, women and affirmative action, health care and lesbian rights. Workshops on organizing, chapter development, electoral strategies and media will be held alongside dozens more issue and skill- building sessions.

Issues hearings, resolutions, regional caucuses and special constituency caucuses will provide activists with an opportunity to share information and help define NOW's agenda for the coming year. Meeting space is available for special constituency caucuses on a first-come-first-served basis by contacting the conference manager at the NOW Action Center, 202-331-0066. Conference resolutions will be considered during the plenary sessions.

Saturday night is traditionally the time to let your hair down and party. The concert and dance are always events not to be missed.

Conference registration forms are included in this issue. For hotel reservations and to receive special discount rates, call 1-800-233-1234 and tell them you are attending the National NOW Conference.

We urge you to make your travel arrangements through International Travel Associates by calling 1-800-741-4384. You will get a five percent off of the lowest coach fare and will help NOW accumulate free tickets for conference speakers and entertainers.

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