POLITICS/LITERATURE LECTURES IN SAN ANTONIO New York Governor Mario Cuomo will speak on March 1 at 8 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus in San Antonio. Writer Joyce Carol Oates will present a reading and discussion of her work on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University campus. Admission to both events is free. For more information, TOUR NICARAGUA AND EL SALVADOR The Central America Peace Initiative summer trip to Nicaragua and El Salvador from June 20 to July 2. The traveling group will be small, approximately 12 people from across the Southwest, and will visit government officials, church activists, refugees, labor officials, human rights workers, opposition group members, farmers, and others in rural areas. The final itinerary will be partially chosen by those going on the trip. The cost is $1,015, which includes round-trip airfare from Houston, food, lodging, administrative expenses, guides, translators, and information packet. A $150 deposit will be due by May 1. For more information, please write or call CAPI at 1022 West 6th Street, Austin, TX DO SOMETHING ABOUT HUNGER IN TEXAS In 1986 at least four million Texans were in need of emergency food. At least 800,000 Texans were spending part of each month hungry. Texas doctors report seeing cases of kwashiorkor and marasmus in children nutritional diseases we usually only associate with the Third World. There is a hunger crisis in Texas and existing public assistance programs are inadequate to address the need. Private OBSERVANCES February 28, 1877 U.S. government seizes Black Hills from Lakota Sioux in violation of treaty. Feburary 28, 1906 Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle published. March 1, 1954 Bikini Island H-bomb test irradiates 7,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean and contaminates Japanese fishermen. March 3, 1919 Supreme Court holds freedom of speech does not apply to resisting the draft. March 5, 1927 U.S. Marines on break from Nicaraguan occupation land in China. March 5, 1946 Winston Churchill gives “Iron Curtain” speech at Fulton, Missouri. March 6, 1857 Supreme Court upholds slavery in Dred Scott decision. March 10, 1951 President Eisenhower states willingness to launch first-strike nuclear attack. March 11, 1833 U.S. troops intervene in Nicaragua. March 11, 1973 Formation of independent Oglala Sioux Nation proclaimed at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. organizations are taking up some of the slack but their resources too have been exhausted by the magnitude of the problem. In 1986 the state’s 18 largest food banks distributed over 60 million pounds of food, but they also reported that the demand was at least twice what they could serve. In some areas, particularly rural South Texas, demand exceeded supply by six to 12 times. Observer readers can do something volunteer time, money, food. Here is a list of some of the largest food banks in the state: Food Bank of Abilene Abilene 915-695-6311 High Plains Food Bank Amarillo 806-374-8562 Capital Area Food Bank Austin 512-448-2111 Brownsville Food Bank Brownsville 512-542-5642 Food Bank of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi 512-887-6291 North Texas Food Bank Dallas 214-330-1396 Paso del Norte Food Bank El Paso 915-544-5592 Food Bank of Greater Tarrant County Fort Worth 817-625-1673 Houston Food Bank Houston 713-635-3700 Laredo Regional Food Bank Laredo 512-723-3725 South Plains Food Bank Lubbock 806-763-3003 Permian Basin Food Bank Odessa 915-368-0232 Concho Valley Food Bank San Angelo 915-655-3231 San Antonio Food Bank San Antonio 512-226-6334 San Marcos Area Food Bank San Marcos 512-245-2430 Food for People Waco 817-754-4339 Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Wichita Falls 817-766-2322 E A 5 er Don’t Miss An Issue. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR SOCIAL CAUSES Send news of important events three weeks in advance to: Kate Fitzgerald The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th. St. Austin, TX 78701 22 FEBRUARY 26, 1988
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