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. \\Al and Associates E 1117 West 5th Street Austin, Texas 78703 Representing all types of properties in Austin and Central Texas Interesting & unusual property a specialty. 477-3651 REALTOR Tonto: “Next thing, you’ll say people are darling and the world is so nice and round that Union Carbide will never blow it up.” Faith: “I have never said anything as hopeful as that.” “Friends,” Later the Same Day What did you wish, Ruthy? she asked. Well, a wish, some wish, Ruth said Well, I wished that this world wouldn’t end. This world, this world, Ruth said softly. Me too, I wished exactly the same. Taking action, Ann hoisted herself up onto a kitchen chair, saying, ugh my back, ouch my knee. Then: Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world. “Ruthy and Edie,” Later the Same Day Information for Historians, Researchers, Nostalgia Buffs, & Observer Fans Bound Volumes: The 1984 bound issues of The Texas Observer are now ready. In maroon, washable binding, the price is $30. Also available at $30 each are volumes for the years 1963 through 1983. Cumulative Index: The clothbound cumulative edition of The Texas Observer Index covering the years 1954-1970 may be obtained for $20. The 1971-1981 cumulative edition is Back Issues: Issues dated January 10, 1963, to the present are available at $2 each. Earlier issues are out of stock, but photocopies of articles from issues dated December 13, 1954 through December 27, 1962 will be provided at $2 per article. Microfilm: The complete backfile dividual years may be ordered separately. To order, or to obtain additional information regarding the 35mm microfilm editions, please write to Univ. Microfilms Intl., 300 N. Zeeb Road. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106. to the Observer Business Office. Prices include sales tax and postage. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 W. 7th ST. AUSTIN 78701 are always played against feeble adversaries or weaker adversaries. That’s really what we talk about when we talk about militarism and racism and violence against women, anywhere in the world, in the streets, at home: It’s the need of the powerful male to maintain that power, and it’s reflected in every aspect of life. That analysis really has to keep informing our work. People sort of know it, but they forget. An interesting thing happened in Nicaragua. One of our young women didn’t go with us on one of the trips. When we got back, we found that she had stayed in her room all afternoon because a guy right there at the hotel was harassing her, wouldn’t let her alone. We all said, Oh, that’s terrible, but what we didn’t expect was that one of our hostesses, this woman from MADRE’s sister organization in Nicaragua, AMLA, just blew up. I mean, she just got so mad, and she found the guy and she said, Listen to me, she said. This revolution wasn’t made just for you, it was made for us women, too. She made the hotel apologize, too, called, said again, This revolution was made for us. So there you have it. How do you deal with all you take in on trips like these? Well, it’s hard. I try to talk about it whenever I can, and I’ve done that, and yet at the same time I’ve been traveling so much that I don’t want to go anywhere. And I should be writing more complete personal and business insurance ALICE ANDERSON AGENCY 808-A East 46th P.O. Box 4666, Austin 78765 than I am. I need to be writing a lot. That’s the only way to deal with it you’ve got to communicate it. You see, they really depend on us a lot. They depend on what they call the internacionalistas, which means all the countries, to save them from this insanity. So we have a lot of responsibility. What seems most important in your political work now? The most important thing really is to get young people involved. My friends and I don’t matter so much any more. I mean we matter, naturally, I’m not putting us down, but if young people don’t begin to take a strong active interest, nothing’s gonna happen. I mean everything will happen. But it’s up to them. All your work now the writing, your political involvements seem to have a much greater sense of urgency, an urgency about the world’s ability to survive. In all you do, the struggles you’re involved in, how do you keep hope? I’m not so hopeful. [Laughs.] I have a little hope but I’m not optimistic. I don’t feel good and yet in some ways I do. I think really that the American people don’t want to go to war, or we’d have been there already. So I have the feeling that they must be communicating with Congress in some way. So that’s a reason to hope. I mean, hope isn’t just a thing in itself; hope is based on something. So that’s hope. M.B. 16 OCTOBER 11, 1985