Miami Beach Site of 2000 National Conference


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Miami Beach will be the site of the 2000 National NOW Conference to be held June 30th through July 2nd at the opulent (though reasonably priced) Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel. The Fontainebleau has three great swimming pools and is located directly on a historic stretch of the Atlantic Ocean beach where Christina Columbus would have landed in 1492, had NOW been in existence then. Miami Beach is rated as one of the best beaches in the world and will be the site of a rematch of the NOW Regional Volleyball Tournament held on this very spot sixteen years ago. The entertainment will be tropical, featuring the hot Latin rhythms of Cuban jazz singers as well as the beat of Caribbean steel drum bands. Fabulous gifts are being donated for a festive auction to benefit the NOW Political Action Committee, whose sole purpose is to help elect more feminists to  public office.

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Miami Beach is home to the largest Art Deco district anywhere. This district was saved from destruction almost single-handedly by Barbara Baer Capitman.  Her foresight and dedication have made this charming and unique environment a favorite of visitors to south Florida. This colorful and architecturally interesting part of history is located only a few miles from the hotel.  Moderately priced ($10/person) guided pre-conference tours of South Beach and the Art Deco District are being offered Thursday, June 29th, and Sunday, July 2nd. Be sure to make your travel arrangements to arrive early and stay late.

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South Florida boasts some of the best coral reefs in the world. The Florida Keys provide swimming, snorkeling and diving opportunities for skill levels from novice to expert. John Pennycamp, the country's first underwater park and marine life preserve, will be the site of our Monday, July 3rd post-conference tour. This park is home to over 500 species of tropical fish, live coral, sea anemones and more. The post-conference tour will cost $50/person and include round trip bus transportation to the Keys, a two-stop snorkeling trip with all equipment provided and a seafood buffet. We know you and your family will not want to miss this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience.You must hurry to pre-register as space is limited to an absolute maximum of 90 (37 places are already reserved).

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The conference itself will be stimulating, educational and inspiring. Of course there will be national and international speakers and terrific workshops to bring us all up to speed on the latest feminist news and activist fronts.There will be a Political Institute in which each of us will learn the secrets of electing feminist candidates; discussions of women and power; intergenerational dialogue; and new and exciting organizing strategies and methodologies. Important by-laws amendments on NOW's statement of purpose and undelegated conferences will be vigorously debated and voted upon.

The 2000 conference is going to be fabulous. You won't want to miss it.  Bring your family, come early and stay late.  Fourth of July fireworks on the beach are spectacular. You might just want to arrange a pre- or post-conference vacation to Disney World, Key West, the Bahamas or a Caribbean cruise. The conference travel agent or local chapter would be happy to help with plans.

Watch the conference site for conference up-dates!


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