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Finding aid of the Edward Westrick Collection on Veterans Council for American Rights and Equality
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Minutes, correspondence, newsletters, clippings, manuscripts, notes, financial records, flyers, photographs, audiocassettes, textiles, memorabilia and other material relating to the gay and lesbian veterans' organization, Veterans Council for American Rights and Equality (Veterans CARE), founded in Los Angeles in 1984 by James Highland. The bulk of the materials was collected and donated by Edward Westrick, who served as the organization's Commander, and relates to the activities of the Los Angeles chapter of Veterans CARE, as well as other Veterans CARE chapters and the national organization, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).
In early 1984, following California Governor Deukmejian's veto of AB1 (a California state gay rights measure), writer and health administrator Jim Highland began meeting regularly with fellow veterans to discuss issues relevant to the gay and lesbian community. By May of that year, the group, which had grown to approximately 30 people, began developing a charter, bylaws and incorporation papers. The incorporation papers for the Veterans Council for American Rights and Equality, Inc. (Veterans CARE) were signed by Jim Highland, First Officer, on June 20, 1984, and endorsed by the California Secretary of State's office two days later.
10.5 linear feet + 0.1 linear foot (unprocessed, awaiting preservation). (8 archive boxes + 2 flat archive boxes + 1 archive carton [unprocessed]).
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