Msg # 356 Date: 21 Sep 91 15:40:53 To: All Subj: CRD TO FORM THIRD PARTY _ N.O.W. COMMISSI

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Msg # 356 Date: 21 Sep 91 15:40:53 From: Annie Lamb To: All Subj: CRD TO FORM THIRD PARTY ____________________________________________________________________________ N.O.W. COMMISSION VOTES TO RECOMMEND FORMATION OF NEW PARTY Commission for Responsive Democracy, a project of the National Organization for Women Foundation, Inc. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1991 WASHINGTON, D.C.--The N.O.W. Commission for Responsive Democracy overwhelmingly voted today by a 26 to 4 margin (with 1 abstention) to recommend that the National Organization for Women provide leadership with other vital constituencies to launch a new political party in 1992. The commission's decision follows a year-long series of public hearings at which the commissioners heard testimony from more than 500 people on the noncompetitive nature of and corruption in U.S. politics. The meetings were held in New York City, Atlanta, Houston, Tampa, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The testimony at the hearings came from a broad base of constituency groups and individuals. Well represented in every city were activists in the areas of the environment, human rights, civil rights, lesbian and gay rights, criminal justice, peace, health service providers, consumer advocates, elected officials and academics, as well as feminists both inside and outside of N.O.W. These individuals and organizations were unanimous in their belief that major, drastic changes had to be made in the electoral process immediately. During the hearings, many suggestions regarding electoral reform were offered, but it became clear that only limited and inadequate electoral laws would pass without a declaration of political independence. In addition, the majority of those attending the hearings were clearly in favor of the formation of a new political party. The Commission for Responsive Democracy was charged by the 1989 N.O.W. national conference to investigate the formation of a new party dedicated to equality for women and an expanded Bill of Rights for the 21st Century. The Bill of Rights for the 21st Century includes, but is not limited to: 1. The right to freedom from sex discrimination. 2. The right to freedom from race discrimination. 3. The right of all women to freedom from government interference in abortion, birth control and pregnancy, and the right of indigent women to public funds for abortion, birth control and pregnancy services. 4. The right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 5. The right to freedom from discrimination based on religion, age, ongoing health condition or a differently abled situation. 6. The right to a decent standard of living, including adequate food, housing, health care and education. 7. The right to clean air, clean water, safe toxic waste disposal and environmental protection. 8. The right to be free from violence, including freedom from the threat of nuclear war. The recommendations of the Commission for Responsive Democracy will be sent for discussion and approval to the N.O.W. National Conference in June 1992 in Chicago. The decision of the N.O.W. Conference, the supreme governing body of N.O.W., will be binding on the organization. -+----------------------------------------------------------------- TEXT OF RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING FORMATION OF NEW POLITICAL PARTY Commission for Responsive Democracy, a project of the National Organization for Women Foundation, Inc., Sept. 15, 1991 "The Commission for Responsive Democracy finds that there is a need for a new force in United States politics to ignite in the United States the revolution for democracy that is sweeping the world in order to politically and economically empower all people of the United States. "Fueled by the public disgust with the massive unprecedented corruption, greed and hypocrisy in the Republican and Democratic parties, the Commission for Responsive Democracy calls for a new party and recommends to the National Organization for Women that it provide leadership with other constituencies, grassroots activists and those fundamentally alienated from the current system in the establishment of a new independent political party dedicated to equality, social and economic justice, demilitarization and a healthy environment. "This new party will include as part of its basic tenets internal democracy, candidate adherence to the party's platform and accountability to membership." --- XRS 4.50+ * Origin: Mutants for Nuclear Power (RAX 1:202/703.4) SEEN-BY: 13/13 135/41 137/12 151/1000 1003 363/320 369/35 373/2 374/1 SEEN-BY: 374/14 PATH: 30027/4 202/703 701 1 209/209 103/200 100 501 13/13 151/1003 PATH: 374/1 14

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