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PAGE TWO COPS Educates House Speaker Pro Tern Hugo tonio Mayor Henry Cisneros got a few surprises when they joined San Antonio school and public officals and nearly 2,000 members of COPS on February 3 for a rally in support of COPS’ education equalization package \(see TO, Representatives of school boards and administrations, teachers’ associations, and labor councils were in attendance to lend support. City council members, county commissioners, and state representatives were in abundance. A letter was read from San Antonio’s Archbishop Patricio Flores: “In my pastoral letter . . . I ask for preferential treatment for the poor. .. . Some day Texas will be a place where there is peace because there is justice.” Even a representative of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce appeared at the meeting to communicate the group’s unanimous endorsement of the COPS package. A COPS official labeled this a “historic event” the first time a Chamber representative had appeared at a COPS meeting. Commenting on the state budget re Y’ALL COME The Observer is pleased to host an informal reception for Studs Terkel, famed oral historian and civil liberties defender; Joe Glazer, labor movement balladeer; John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, former ambassador, and advisor to presidents; and John Henry Faulk, folklorist, humorist, and defender of civil liberties. Their presence at the Observer coincides with their participation in the New Deal Conference at the LBJ Library, March 2-4. We invite all our readers to attend the reception, which will be held Wednesday, March 2, from 5-7 p.m. in the Observer office, 600 W. 7th St., 2nd Floor, Austin. You will have an opportunity to chat with our honored guests, meet Observer friends, and hear some short remarks and a few songs. quests being made by competing interests, COPS President Sonia Hernandez told the meeting, “Let Houston be known for its crass materialism, for making highways a priority over children. But let San Antonio be known for its humanity, for making children and their education the number one priority of Texas.” State Representative Walter Martinez then spoke, saying that the Mexican American legislative caucus would stress the importance of the education package in its breakfast meeting with Governor Mark White the following Tuesday. “My only regret,” Martinez said, “is that the state capital is not in San Antonio.” “Don’t worry. COPS goes to Austin, too,” Hernandez replied. Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Henry Cisneros had led a parade of city council members into the hall to seats near the front. It was announced that they had just come from a council meeting in which COPS had successfully delayed for at least two weeks the implementation of a capital improvements bill it opposed. Cisneros was asked by COPS Vice President Victoria Luna to address the gathering on behalf of the council. As he walked to the front of the auditorium, a few people stood to applaud and Cisneros smiled. In the middle of the 1983 mayoral campaign, Cisneros seemed to think he had found himself, for once, on COPS’ side of an issue. Cisneros made a little speech: “The city of San Antonio is a government that believes in and stands behind COPS in TETx0BSERvER The Progressive Biweekly Incorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the Austin Forum-Advocate. Vol. 75, No. 4 7ctZ1-“If February 25, 1983 The Progressive Biweekly Publisher and Editor at Large: Ronnie Dugger Editor: Joe Holley Associate Editor: Geoffrey Rips Washington Correspondents: Amy Cunningham, Al Watkins Southern Correspondent: Bob Sherrill Staff Reporter: Kay Gunderson EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Frances Barton, Austin; Elroy Bode, Bandera; Chandler Davidson, Houston; Bob Eckhardt, Washington, D.C.; Sissy Farenthold, Houston; Ruperto Garcia. 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