At National Council Meeting (NC)
Eileen Klehr, Chicago
At the December NC, SDS, a well known male chauvinist organization, passed a
proposal dealing directly with the question of Women's Liberation. The original
proposal was written by a man, Noel Ignatin. At a woman's caucus, called soon
after the NC had begun, the majority of women felt that, while Noel's proposal
had many good points, it was still incomplete and needed re-writing. From that
point on, women devoted their time to ideological arguments around how the new
proposal was to be written.
To understand the basis of the women's arguments, it is important to have some
knowledge of the current SDS situation. The action at the NC greatly consisted
of debate between two factions engaged in a power struggle. One of these factions
is the Progressive Labor Party and friends; the other is known as the National
Collective or "Klonskyites".
The main argument centered around what were called "primary" and "secondary" contradiction.
The ''primary" contradiction in capitalist society is between the social
nature of production and the private ownership of the means
of production. (cont. p. 7)
Marlene Dixon, assistant professor at the University of Chicago
has not been offered a 3 year appointment to the university faculty,
the polite term universities use when firing people. Following
standard university policy, reasons for the decision have not been disclosed.
students and faculty are speculating that Marlene was fired because
she is a woman, a political activist, a Marxist, and a devoted
holds a unique joint appointment from the Department of Sociology (DoS) and
the Committee on Human Development (HD). Recommendation
for reappointment first came from HD but was denied by the DoS,
a more powerful department. Although HD pays Marlene's full salary, the word
of DoS was
final. HD chairman William Henry stated, "I think it was certainly a
clear straight forward recommendation. HD regrets very much that
this was the outcome. This was not our recommendation. We have
always looked upon
her teaching with considerable enthusiasm.
(cont. p. 2)