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    Portland Observer July 18, 1984 Page 3
CONVENTION'84
DELI FEATURES
BALL PARK FRANKS
Survey yeilds profile of convention delegate
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by Chuck Goodmacher
U n lik e most A m eric an s, the
typical delegate to the D em ocratic
N a tio n al C onvention is w hite, u p ­
p e r-m id d le class, well ed u cated ,
middle aged and married, according
to an AB C News survey.
The survey offered evidence sup­
porting Jesse Jackson's contention
that convention rules are grossly un­
fa ir and " lo c k o u t " m illio n s o f
voters.
Fully 21 percent o f the delegates
put their incomes at $75,000 a year
or more; another 21 percent had in­
comes between $50,000 - $75,000;
31 percent had incomes o f between
$30, (X» $50,000; and only 11 per­
cent put th eir income at less than
$20, (XX) a year.
Only five percent of the delegates
are blue collar workers and a mere
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one percent are farmers. The largest
occupational groups represented in­
clude: lawyers, at 13 percent; public
o ffic ia ls , w ho account fo r m ore
than 15 percent; and, other w hite
collar w orkers, m aking up 19 per­
cent o f the delegates.
By race, h ow ever, delegate
representation is roughly equal to
the national breakdow n. Seventy-
fiv e percent o f the delegates are
white, seventeen percent Blacks and
six percent Hispanic.
T h e re are m ore senior citizens
than youths. Thirteen percent o f the
delegates are older than 60, w hile
only 6 percent are less than 29 years
old. Thirty-one percent are between
40 and 49 years old; 29 percent are
between 30 and 39; and 21 percent
between 50 and 59
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1,951
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646
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Native American
Asian Pacific
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251
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3,944
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by Catherine Siegner
Among all the other caucuses and
events occurring Tuesday morning,
d u rin g the D e m o cratic N a tio n a l
C o n v e n tio n , was a Congressional
hearing on the issue o f pay equity,
which means equal pay for work o f
comparable value.
Pay eq u ity has become a c o n ­
troversial issue in the Pacific N o rth ­
west since last year's lawsuit filed by
tail m atrons at the State P en iten ­
tiary alleging male employees, doing
similar jobs, were paid more.
Since the jail m atron’s court case,
the State o f W ashington has been
sued by fem ale w orkers alleg in g
sim ilar in e q u itie s, and a study o f
state w orkers* jo b cla ssifica tio n s
and pay levels is now underway in
Oregon.
M a ry Rose O a k a r, D e m o cratic
(ongressw om an from O h io , chairs
the House Subcommittee on C o m ­
pensation and Em ployee Benefits
and is a staunch supporter o f pay
equity. It was O akar who shepher­
ded a proposal through the House,
this year, for a study o f federal em­
ployees’ jobs and pay levels similar
to the Oregon study.
O a k a r was jo in e d by C o n ­
gressman W illia m F o rd ( D - M I ) ,
w ho is also an advocate o f pay
equity. Ford said he would use what
he termed "R epu b lican tactics" to
get the pay equity proposal through
this session o f Congress.
" W e may have to attach it to the
m erit pay b ill w hich President
Reagan is s u p p o rtin g ," Ford said.
" M e r i t pay, you k n o w , is where
everybody has to w ork harder for
less.”
Those te s tify in g , T u e sd ay , in ­
cluded C ongressw om an B arb ara
Boxer ( D - C A ) ; Judy G o ld s m ith ,
president
of
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Organization for W omen; and L in ­
dy Boggs, Congressw om an fro m
L o u is ia n a , w ho was in s tru m e n ­
tal in passing the Equal Credit Act
through Congress in 1982. That law
allows women equal access to credit
w ithout taking a husband's (fin a n ­
ces) into consideration.
Boggs said the pay eq u ity
proposal passed the House earlier
this year and that it has a good
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" W e 're simply asking for a study
to be performed at the highest level
and discover whether indeed there
are inequities in the work o f people
in the governm ent. It passed over­
whelmingly in the House, and I feel
th a t the huge vote m eant both
Republicans and Dem ixrals support
it, and that it's a very popular issue
that should be addressed.”
Congressman Ford added that the
study w ou ld a ffe c t an estim ated
three m illion federal employees, of
w hom "les s th an seven percent
work in W ashington; many people
who criticize the size o f the w o rk ­
force don’t realize th a t."
Rally protests
involvement in
Central America
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governm ent o f N ica ra g u a. T h a t's
not right; that must end. We cut aid
to American education and increase
aid to the m ilita ry o f El Salvador.
T hat's not right; that must end.”
Jackson mentioned his recent trip
to C u b a and said the o n ly way to
achieve peace in the hemisphere is to
talk w ith our neighbors, including
Fidel Castro.
" W e believe that people should
ta lk — w ith each o ther and not a'
each other or about each other,” he
said.
" W e used a m o ra l o ffe n s iv e in
C u b a , and since we cam e hack,
several concrete things have h a p ­
pened Just this past weekend. State
Department officials and Cuban o f­
ficials met in New Y o rk . W e must
talk and act and change things.”
Jackson said the function o f this
convention is to "argue and discuss,
agree to disagree, and to debate the
great issues o f our d a y ."
" M y faith is renewed; my mind is
made up; my experience is that dry
bones in the valley have come to life
now. W e've come back together one
m ore tim e — R ed, Y e llo w , B row n ,
Black and W hite— we’ re all precious
in G o d ’s sight. The Rainbow '84 has
come alive!”
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