.”The Pesticide Project has been indispensable to our efforts to ad dress the toxic chemical problems confronting this state. The Center deserves all of our support to expand its impressive work. ” SEN. LLOYD DOGGETT, Senate sponsor of the chemical “right to know” bill “The toxic chemical crisis facing Texas is only beginning to surface. The Center’s work will be crucial to the success of battles fought in every workplace and community in Texas.” SAM DAWSON, United Steelworkers, District 37 “Farmers and environmentalists have more in common than they let on. We’re looking to the Center to help forge a common front to bring the Texas chemical crisis under control.” MONICA WALDEN, Vice Chairperson Lone Star Sierra Club “By keeping the Texas Pesticide Project working, we’ll have a coalition of farmers, farm workers, trade unionists and environmentalists capable of resolving some of Texas’ most serious public health problems.” ROMAN MARTINEZ, House sponsor of Pesticide Victim Recovery Bill TEXAS CENTER FOR RURAL STUDIES Box 2618 Austin, Texas 78768 Texans deserve a better life! Here’s my taxdeductible gift of Li $10 Li S25 Li S50 L3 5100 LI 5500 or more Li In exchange, send me a free subscription to the Texas Pesticide Watch. \(Subscription only: S6 inName Address Phone \( Bright Spots in the House 1 4 4 N A SESSION like this,” a representative told the Observer, “it may not make sense to judge effectiveness by the number of bills passed. The most important people may have been the ones who didn’t let anything get by without a fight so that we can start from that point next session.” Among the veterans who carried the good fight were: Ed Watson who passed more labor legislation than any other rep. Al Price who had eight proconsumer bills reported favorably from committees \(including bills on creditcard protection, the use of libraries by the blind, energy and housing assistance for the poor, education fees, and an inin the Calendars Committee while four other bills were scheduled for floor action but never called; repeatedly challenged anti-consumer, antienvironmental, and discriminatory bills on the floor and was attuned to the nuances of bills that placed additional burdens on the poor. Gonzalo Barrientos and Ron Wilson As chairmen of the Mexican American and Black caucuses, they provided the most consistent opposition to the regressive tendencies of the House leadership. Lee Jackson Honest as the day is long. Republican legislator from Dallas who lived out of a box, pushed ethics reform, and helped round up votes for farmworker compensation bill. Ed Watson Wilhelmina Delco Wilhelmina Delco Passed a bill opening a portion of the Permanent University Fund, formerly reserved for the University of Texas and Texas A&M, to other state-supported colleges and universities, thereby providing the means for reducing the disparity in educational funding and facilities among those institutions. Dedicated and forthright leader in a campaign that began long before the session began and ended not long before the session was over. TEXAS LIVING WITH CHEMICALS v Texas produces almost one-half of all the chemicals manufactured in the United States. v Texas’ chemical industry accounts for 400,000 jobs and up to 4 million to 635 pounds for every person in the state. v 150 to 450 million pounds of pesticides alone are used in Texas annuallyequivalent to 10-30 pounds per person. 60%-80% of the pesticides on the U.S. market have not been adequately tested to determine their potential to cause cancer and birth defects; 90% lack sufficient genetic mutation tests. WHAT DO THESE NUMBERS MEAN FOR TEXANS? Pesticide poisonings in the Valley, Abilene and East Texas forests; cancers in Houston and the Golden Triangle; lead poisonings in Dallas and El Paso; West Texas ground water contamination; toxic spills in San Antonio; skin rashes in Deer Park; computer industry spills in Austin. TEXANS DESERVE A BETTER LIFE! Its time for Texans to join forces to solve the critical problems caused by production and use of toxic chemicals. The TEXAS CENTER FOR RURAL was founded to help the growing coalition of workers, consumers, farm workers, farmers and environmentalists to confront the health, environmental and economic issues affecting their lives. Pesticides and toxic chemicals are our first priority. Our Texas Pesticide Project has focused public attention on Texas’ pesticide dilemma. TCRS is working with people all over Texas to solve local problems with pesticides and other toxicsthrough public education, research, and community organizing. Please join us in this effort. Contributions are tax-deductible and your participation is invaluable. Contributors receive a free annual subscription to TCRS’s quarterly Texas Pesticide Watch. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 9
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