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Conscience or profits?
by Jay Brow n
The Am erican voter is facing an extrem ely d ifficu lt challenge in the elections o f 1984. Does
one cast a ballot in favor o f conscience o r greed?
If you believe you are better o ff than you were fou r years ago — that is, if you have a larger
disposable incom e now than before, you w ill probably be inclined to vote fo r Reagan in the
hope that you may have even m ore.
However, if you are a m em ber o f a m inority, if you are Black, gay o r lesbian, oriental or
anything other than WASP, you are in fo r trouble. You will not be protected if you do not toe the
by D u ff Bishop
Thirteen candidates have filed so far fo r the
C ity C ouncil seat to be vacated by Charles
Jordan. A lthough several able candidates are
in the race, one candidate em erges above the
rest as the clear choice fo r the position. Herb
Cawthorne, S chool B oard m em ber, c o m
m unity activist and educator, is the m ost
progressive candidate in the race.
He supports issues dear to o u r hearts. He
fully supports the rights o f gays and lesbians
to have protection against d iscrim in a tio n in
housing, em ploym ent and public a cco m m o -
Just Out. September 28-October 26
Herb has a long record o f co m m u n ity
service including five years on the S chool
Board. He is an historian and perform er w ho
has developed one-m an shows portraying
figures from Black history. F or tw o years he
delivered social com m entaries on KEX radio
which were thought-provoking and in fo rm a
tive. Cawthorne is currently the D irector o f
the O ffice o f Special Services at Portland State.
Let m e share som e o f his th in kin g on to p
ics o f concern to us:
“ Historically, racism and sexism have
served as the tw o sides o f a vicious vise w hic h
has been designed to lock otherw ise capable
individuals out of power, position and pres
tige in Am erican society. B oth are deeply in
grained, and both m ust be elim inated if o u r
nation is to build on its m any strengths."
“ G overnm ent has no right to legislate what
The party line is obsessed with funneling your hard-earned incom es in to the w ar m achine
and is using you, the nonconform ist, as a scapegoat to that end. If Reagan w ins in N ovem ber,
you w ill be stripped o f the rig h t to personal choice because he w ill say th a t the "m a n d a te ”
given him by the “ m ajority” w ill allow his party to deny m inority rights.
The Suprem e Court, w hich Reagan w ill pack w ith conservatives, w ill no longer pro te ct
m inority views on questions o f morality. Your personal conscience w ill fall victim to the tyranny
o f the moralists.
The use o f m orality to nefarious ends is, o f course, nothing new. Anyone over the age o f forty
m ust surely rem em ber what happened in Nazi Germany. Do we want that to happen here?
Reagan says that m orality and politics are inseparable. He is using m o rality fo r m aterial
p rofit and we will all pay the price.
A vote for Reagan is an act o f treason.
individuals do in the privacy o f th e ir own
homes. And, it follow s that governm ent
should protect the rig h t o f people to m ake
their own choices about those w ith w hom
they would like to be intim ate."
“Attitudes do not change w ith o u t struggle.
It takes courage to speak fo rth rig h tly on is
sues, to take stands that m ig h t disturb the
com fort o f those who benefit fro m the lack o f
com petition which results fro m autom atically
elim inating large groups o f people fro m the
process o f achievem ent in o u r society."
Cawthom e's vision and courage speaks
fo r itself. The addition o f Herb C aw thorne to
our City C ouncil w ould be another step to
wards m aking Portland a great city fo r a ll its
Cawthrone w ould be an accessible, atten
tive and energetic m em ber o f the C ity
C ouncil. His ideas on co m m u n ity eco nom ic
developm ent w ould lead to m ore affordable
housing, thriving sm all businesses and m ore
energetic neighborhood associations fo r a
healthy m ixture o f diverse people and incom e
If you have not m et Herb C aw thorne
through one o f his m any speaking engage
m ents throug ho ut the city these past few
years, do take this chance to get to know this
rem arkable man. Call his cam paign office at
284-1715 to contribute m oney, o ffe r to host a
gathering in your hom e, o r to volunteer your
tim e. This cam paign offers you the chance to
tru ly bring the concept o f unity in diversity
into action. D o all you can to support Herb