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OBSERVANCES June 2, 1924 Native Americans declared citizens by act of Congress. June 3, 1900 international Ladies Garment Workers Union founded. June 4, 1966 – Civil rights worker James Meredith shot in Mississippi. June 7, 1965 Supreme Court holds “right of privacy’s covers use of contraceptives. June 9, 1894 First major oil discovery in Texas at Corsicana. June 10, 1975 – Blue -ribbon reveals the CIA holds 300,000 d*, on individual Americans and org tions. June 12, 1982 800,000 rally for nuclear disarmament during U.N. Special Session. June 13, 1691 Domingo Teran de los Rios, Father Domian Massanet, and soldiers found San Antonio. June 13, 1967 Thurgood Marshall appointed as first black Supreme Court Justice. June 13, 1971 begins publishing “Pentagon Papers. June 14, 1855 -born. The New York Times excerpts from the Robert M. LaFollette for a story as he is of using that thin connection to try to save someone’s life. This reflexive digging for an edge seems at times almost pathological; in one moment Boyle is egging on a group of thugs who intend to beat and torture him to death, , and in the next, having received a momentary reprieve, he is happily drinking to their health and flaunting his , escape from disaster. The prevailing image of Boyle throughout the film is of a kind of bounty-hunter of the Apocalypse, whose only loyalty is to the Big Story. When finally, having been stunned by the murder of the nuns and having paid a visit to the camps of the rebels, he makes an impassioned speech in defense of “human rights” to unmoved bureaucrats, he sounds both sincere and hollow, like a man who knows what he must say but can’t really bring himself to believe it. Boyle’s uneasiness, like that of the filmmakers’ themselves, is both frustrating and exemplary. It is now part of the grain of American public discussion about events in Central America, and one of the major reasons that the press would simply rather not talk about it. How much easier to lay the blame for everything at the feet of Soviets, of Libyans, of Cubans, of Nicaraguans; how much easier to pretend ‘that it is only a civil war involving those hotblooded Latinos; how much easier to pretend that if we pay for it in bloody dollars, we can forget about it and wash our hands. Saturation bombing, on our behalf, is now taking place in a tiny country which has never done any of us any harm; more than a quarter of the population has been displaced by a war planned and supported in Washington; 74 percent of all current U.S. aid to El Salvador is used for war or war-related purposes; the U.S. supplies all the materiel for the air war, and, overall, U.S. military aid to El Salvador has increased 100-fold in the past five years \(from $5 million in 1979 to almost $500 These are the grim realities which have followed upon the already terrible times chronicled in Salvador; amidst the war-mongering fantasies which are now a staple product of our film industry, this is a film which tries very hard to see war clearly, and to show a bit of what it does both to victims and to perpetrators. One hopes it finds a finally ready audience; more importantly, one hopes it helps provoke the kind of political debate necessary to give the lie to reigning public myths about our wars in Central America. SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR SUMMER ARTS The Art School of Laguna Gloria Art Museum is offering over 76 classes, excursions, lectures and weekend workshops for children and adults this summer but the time to sign up is now. Registration is June 3-4 in the Art School Office on the Museum grounds, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin. Art scholarships funded by the City of Austin are available for all classes based on financial 8191. ART AMONG US/ ARTE ENTRE NOSOTROS A landmark exhibition of Mexican American folk art from San Antonio, “Art Among Us/Arte Entre Nosotros,” will continue at the San Antonio Museum of Art through June 15. The Sesquicentennial exhibition focuses on the rich range of traditionally made objects such as carved furniture, handforged iron gates and tile work that are part of everyday life in San Antonio’s Mexican American community. The Museum of Art is located at 200 W. Jones Avenue, San Antonio. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for senior citizens, military and students: $1 for children 6-12 and free for children under BACK TO THE PRAIRIE The Native Prairies Association of Texas will host the Tenth North American Prairie Conference at the Texas Women’s University campus in Denton June 22 -26. This is the first of the biennial conferences to be held in Texas and will be focused on the state’s diminished prairies and the attempts being made to restore and preserve them. The theme of the conference is “The Prairie: Roots of Our Culture, Foundation of Our Economy” and will include speakers, symposia, workshops and field trips. And, of course, a Texas-style barbecue. Invited speakers include Garrison Keillor of the “Prairie Home Companion” radio show, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Jim Hightower and Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro. For more information contact Arnold frey Stanford, Greenhills Environmental 0660; Fred Smeins, Texas A&M Range THREEPENNY OPERA Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s famous musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera, will run from July 3 through August 2 in the Mainroom of the Austin Fifth Street Theatre. 1986 marks the 30th anniversary of Bertolt Brecht’s death and this production directed by Bruce G. Shapiro, along with many others throughout the world, joins in an international recognition of Brecht’s contribution to the theatre. The Threepenny Opera is not only entertaining but socially relevant, dealing with questions of poverty and hunger. In keeping with that theme, the stage for this production will be a collection post for food donations to the Capital Area Food Bank. Audiences are urged to bring a can of food as part of the price of admission. In addition, on Wednesday, July 16, The Threepenny Opera will be performed as a special fundraising benefit for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. Admission for this special performance is by tax deductible donation of $25. Regular admission prices are: Thursday-Sunday $7.50 and $7 for senior citizens and students; Friday and Saturday $8. For reservations and informa20 MAY 30. 1986