Continuing the Peace Dialogue
Women to attend seminar in USSR By PAULINE HALAJIAN Sentinel correspondent SANTA CRUZ Thirteen local women are on their way to the Soviet Soviet Union for a sister-to-sister sister-to-sister sister-to-sister sister-to-sister sister-to-sister peace seminar. From assemblyman's aide to students students to the chairwoman of the local local National Organization of Women, Women, the women will meet with Soviet women, tour clinics and schools, and discuss issues facing women worldwide. The seminar will be at Santa Cruz's sister city, Alushta. "I wanted to be a part of the first 'grassroots' initiated conference put on by Soviet women," said Linda Linda Cornell of Felton, who is going on the trip. "I hope to learn what women are doing over there. I want to meet these women face-to face-to face-to face and share information with them." Cornell has been active in the women's movement for nearly 20 years and is chairwoman of the local local NOW organization. The Santa Cruz area women will spend three days in Moscow exchanging exchanging information at schools, hospitals and women's clinics before before traveling to Alushta, a southern southern town on the Crimean Peninsula. Peninsula. There they will join 16 other American women and 100 women from Finland, France, Italy, and different republics throughout the Soviet Union to discuss issues of peace, ecology, education, health and the status of women worldwide. worldwide. "I will be speaking on what NOW has done and is doing for women's rights, education and discrimination discrimination here in the U.S." said Cornell. The women, who will be gone two weeks, will represent the Car-mel-based Car-mel-based Car-mel-based Car-mel-based Car-mel-based organization, Continuing Continuing The Peace Dialogue, directed by Patricia Schroeder of Santa Cruz and Rosemary Matson, both of whom were instrumental in establishing establishing Alushta and Santa Cruz as sister cities. "Sister City relations between Alushta and Santa Cruz were the catalyst in the development of this peace seminar." said Schroeder. Two Alushta women were invited invited to join a women's peace conference conference in Santa Cruz in 1988. "They liked it so much, they decided decided to someday hold a conference conference in their own town, and this is it." said Schroeder. The sister-to-sister sister-to-sister sister-to-sister sister-to-sister sister-to-sister seminar is a combination of women's movements movements worldwide which are coming coming together, said Matson. "Grassroots "Grassroots means, they're just ordinary people who care, unofficial people who will then lobby to politicians to change the world's priorities." Women are needed in the world right now, said Matson. "Everything revolves around militarized priorities, run by men who have their own set of standards," standards," she said. "They've got military, military, oil and big business on top of their priorities, and we want to change them. There are so many more important concerns such as the environment and poverty." said Matson. Local women attending the seminar seminar will be Maura Baird, Cornell, Sylvia Caras, Jacquelyn Marie, Rose Hain Cathy Hall, Bernie Hutchinson, Tara Kronnberg, Kathleen Leifels, Kim Palchikoff, Lucy Keen Van Elgort, Celia Scott Von der Muhll, Kelly Schmidt and Schroeder.