.\\%\\ Os t ao ‘f’ ANDERSON’ & COMPANY COFFEE TEA SPICES TWO simprEnsam swum?. AUSTIN, TEXAS 7W731 512 453-1533 Send me your list. Name Street City Zip was the year of women’s rights, giving us Patty Hearst, Squeaky Fromme, and Sara Jane Moore.’ ” Again: “Our samPAN award \(for the worst city councilmember Frank Mancuso. On behalf of the city, Mancuso accepted a bronze statue of Confucius from representatives of the Republic of China. Fine. Except that the inscription on the base of the statue reads, ‘When the Great Principle prevails, the world is a commonwealth. . . . men have their respective occupations, women their homes.’ ” Houston Breakthrough fought to save the scrubbed UT System School of Nursing; in 1976 was the only Houston news medium to report on the killing of Karen Silkwood \(who was a native of Neder, casting of women in hiring; in 1977 broke open sexual harassment on the job in Houston; with 100 volunteers put out daily issues on the IWY conference in Houston that year; in 1978 turned fullface to Texas politics, featuring for instance a hard-hitting interview with Billie Can by Chandler Davidson; and last year let Breakthrough tell it: of Houston City magazine under publisher Francois de Menil when de Menil pulled a story on the South Texas Nuclear Plant. . . . Crossley co-authored the SEND THE OBSERVER TO name address city state zip this subscription is for myself gift subscription send card in my name sample copy only you may use my name $18 enclosed for a one-year subscription bill me for $18 MY NAME & ADDRESS THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 W. 7th, Austin, Texas 78701 piece with Andrew Sansom. De Menil told KPRC-TV that he didn’t want a magazine that terrorizes people and Makes them want to leave the community. . . . In June 1979 we published the story in full in Breakthrough. Soon after these events, Crossley was fired.” Last summer, Janice’s former husband, the remarkable film maker James Blue of Houston, died of cancer, and her appreciation of him in Breakthrough raised, through him, the deeper question about Hollywood’s movies. “His philosophy was quite simple,” she wrote. “He wanted to see film become ‘a democratic art.’. . . James felt film should be ‘as accessible as canvas and a paint brush.’ . . . He could never quite accept the elitism of films and the notion that only those with money and big budgets should shoot them.” He was excited about Breakthrough and -had written her, “You’ve got something that stirs things up. Texas is ready for it. And the quality of journalism is way beyond all the alternative sixties hype. You’re creating an alternative that is a force. . . . You did it on your own with the help of a lot of friends, but you organized it.” She did. Houston Breakthrough happened at Janice Blue’s two-story home at 1708 Rosewood. She just turned it over to the cause, saving a bedroom upstairs for herself and giving over another one to whoever among the volunteers might be needing it. In the happy purple kitchen dOwnstairs, as she wrote in the last issue, “our extended family enjoyed chicken soup and many home-cooked meals.” One house, a two-person staff, all this inspiration and devotion, passion and courage: over. It is hard, and it is painful, to believe. But these people have earned permanent homeplace in the extended family of humankind. “The Miracle of the KILLER BEES” by Robert Heard. Honey Hill Publishing Co., 1022 Bonham Terrace, Austin, Texas 78704, $7.95 plus $1.03 tax and shipping. McCarthyism Speaking to a rally against U.S. aid to El Salvador in Austin April 18, I said in part: How can we shed tears for the poor among us here, but not for the poor of Vietnam, or South Africa, or Brazil, or Nicaragua, or El Salvador? They run dry of milk for their babies, too, their children’s teeth rot, too, their bellies and brains are malnourished, too, they are victims, too, and we are of them, and they are of us. How can we fail to love them and help them? How can we send guns and trainers to kill, from among them, the angry ones who have courage? McCarthyism is the issue here in two ways. President Reagan says the U.S. movement against support for the junta is “Soviet-inspired.” This is supposed to scare people away from demonstrations. Reagan also says that the anti-nuclear power movement in the U.S. is communist-inspired. A McCarthyite as ruthless as Joe himself is President of the United States. But the more serious thing is that this same McCarthyism underlies ReaganHaig foreign policy in El Salvador and everywhere. We are told that since there are some communists in movements on the left in other countries, we must support the right-wing terrorists. Reagan, Haig, and company are trying to frighten our bodies away from demonstrations and our brains away from foreign policy. This is, after all,’ a great sadness. It is a great sadness we have to demonstrate again. It is a great sadness we have not learned. In Vietnam millions dead 55,000 Americans dead have not taught us. Our country paralyzed by Iranian rage still boiling 27 years after we overthrew their government that has not taught us. More accurately, it, has not taught Reagan and Haig. The people have learned, as the polls show. Ronald Reagan wants a confrontation. Peacefully, without fear, let’s give it to him. R.D. 18 MAY 1, 1981
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