be exploited from afar, without ever disturbing the sleep of a maximumor minimumsecurity prisoner. The dollar value placed on the oilfield was $4,000 per day, all profit for the TDC. That, according to Larry Dale, of Dale Operating Co. in Dallas, amounts to $1.475 million per year, as long as the two wells that the property can support are producing at their 835-barrel-per-day maximum capacities. Ahd the symbolic value of the proposal, of course, is evident. Edna Ferber only documented the movement of our economy from cattle to oil. And Larry McMurtry, as horsemen moved on, only documented the state’s passage from a rural to an urban culture. Here in Dilley, they are ready to make it happen. In trading oil for jails they are making the transition from the oil-and gas economy to the new penal-service economy. They are using what remains of a traditional economy to build the economy of the future. In the end, as air-horns blew and banners unfurled from the gallery rails, Dilley got its prison. Minimum security. As did Jefferson County and Beeville. Maximum Security. But while a Beeville County woman, wearing facepaint and dressed in a bee suit, danced and buzzed, and two grown men from Jefferson County shook hands and cheered, the green jacketed delegation from Pampa sat dejected. And a woman from Bell County dropped her placard and walked away from the vestibule on the west side of the Senate. Yet despite the disappointment, one could sense that for them, it’s really not over. Kent Hance is proposing an additional 25,000 prison beds and has advanced some interesting schemes by which counties can build jails and lease them to the state. And Clayton Williams has ridden from relative obscurity to the top spot in the Republican gubernatorial race on a media campaign whose central preoccupation is penal. So it’s not over. This was Pampa’s third try and sooner or later they will get lucky, though a new prison in nearby Childress doesn’t improve their chances. Wichita Falls might have suffered because they were one of three sites that faced local opposition And Bell County was a newcomer to the prison application game. With a new consultant and a better concept, it just could be that jail doors will someday slam in Belton, too. 0 SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR ENDING HOMELESSNESS The Austin Campaign to End Homelessness will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, at the Austin Salvation Army Building. ACEH, which meets on the third Tuesday of each month, believes that all are entitled to safe, decent, affordable, accessible housing, and to social services provided in such a way as to preserve the individual’s dignity and selfdetermination. For information, call 4742394. SEASON OF PEACE A Season of Peace Celebration at will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 W. Anderson, Austin. The gourmet banquet will benefit Austin SANE/FREEZE: Campaign for Global Security. The dinner will be followed by music, storytelling, and dance. $15 adults, $5 children, $12.50 six or more tickets. Call 469-0431. A “HOW TO” LOBBYING VIDEOTAPE Advocacy Institute has produced two vid eotapes that are based on seminars held for public interest advocates. The “Art of Giantkilling” is a one-hour, 17-minute tape that covers the basics of public inter est lobbying. It features, among others, mon Cause President Fred Wertheimer. “Getting through to the Editorial Page” is an examination of strategies to get views expressed on the editoral page. It is 27 minutes in length and features lobbyists and representatives from Capitol Hill. The videotapes, in VHS format, are $45 each, OBSERVANCES November 26, 1883 Former slave and abolitionist leader Sojourner Truth dies. November 28, 1978 Gay activist Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone killed in San Francisco. November 29, 1864 One hundred thirty-three Cheyenne and Arapahoe mostly women and children killed by Colorado cavalry volunteers at Sand Creek. November 30, 1624 Richard Cornish executed for violation of Virginia’s antisodomy law. December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white, catalyzing the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. December 2, 1980 Four United States Catholic missionary women killed by death squads in El Salvador. December 4, 1969 Chicago police murder Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. December 5, 1955 American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to form AFL-CIO. December 7, 1941 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. from the Advocacy Institute, 1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 600, Washington D.C. 20036-3118. Call Frieda King at PUEBLO TO PEOPLE Pueblo to People, an organization that sells the crafts of indigenous people in Latin America to people in the United States, in order to benefit the Latin Americans, will sponsor several Holiday Craft Sales across the state. One is scheduled for November 18 at the Dickenson Presbyterian Church, 215 Pine Drive, Dickenson. In Austin on Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 3, from 12 to 5 p.m. Pueblo to People and American Friends Service Committee will co-sponsor a sale at the Friends Service Committee, 227 Congress Avenue. The final sale will be in Houston on Sunday, December 3 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 5321 West 1197. REFUGEE ASSISTANCE BOOK DRIVE Poet/Novelist Sandra Cisneros has organized a book drive to provide reading material for detainees held in the Immigration and Naturalization Service Detention Center in Laredo. Cisneros recently visited the center to conduct interviews for a work in progress and was disturbed to find few books or reading material. Books and magazines in English or Spanish for adults or children are requested. Some detainees are held for up to two years. For information call Leander L. Bethel, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, to. Laredo Refugee Assistance Council, P.O. Box 3338, Laredo, Texas 780443338. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 23
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