SCOTT LIND THE TEXAS OBSERVER T-SHIRT NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP To order, complete this form and send it with your payment to: TEXAS OBSERVER T-SHIRTS 307 W. 7th, Austin, Texas 78701 Wear your allegiance on your chest! For only $8.50 you get a quality 100% cotton shirt with the Observer logo on the front. In gray with blue logo or blue with white logo. Sizes run large and shirts are pre-shrunk. SIZES S M L X4 GRAY ROYAL BLUE right to extreme-left. The coalition is divided among the parties that comprise UNO, giving each party about five seats. And UNO’s position is not improved by early signals that the generous campaign promises of U.S. money might not materialize neither quickly nor completely. Within hours of the vote count, Vice-President-elect Godoy, displaying a hasty willingness to squander resources, indicated that all of the international-project workers an estimated 3,000 must be out of the country before April 26, when the new government is scheduled to take office. Shortly after Godoy’s announcement some foreigners reported receiving late-night, anonymous calls warning them to leave Nicaragua. On Wednesday, February 28, President Ortega called a meeting for all officials still in the country, the international corps, and solidarity workers. The turnout was a measure of the grass-roots diplomacy and talent made available to Nicaraguans during the past decade. Despite advance notice of less than three hours, an assembly hall seating 2,000 quickly filled, and about 500 more jammed aisles and hallways. For more than an hour, people came to the microphones to pose questions for the president, each giving their name, nationality, project on which they had worked, and the number of years they had spent in Nicaragua. The roster included participants from around the globe, with workers from Western Europe, Ireland, England, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, the United States, Mexico, South Africa, and others. Among those speaking, the shortest tenure in Nicaragua had been three years; the majority had been there from eight to 10 years. The group included electrical engineers, road-construction specialists, ministers, teachers, computer technicians, and some who had worked with the mentally ill and physically disabled. They asked to be allowed to remain and continue to work in Nicaragua. It is clear that the nation will need a great deal of assistance, regardless of who is in East Dallas Printing Company Full Service Union Printing 211 S. Peak Dallas, Tx 75226 Children in Nicaragua charge. What is estimated to be $10 billion worth of damage to the economy cannot be repaired overnight. And by a great many Nicaraguan workers, the incoming government is not perceived as benevolent. “This disaster will not affect you much,” Armando Gonzales, 55, said of the election. Gonzales, owner of a dilapidated wooden news stand, was talking to one of his steady, middle-class customers. “But think what it means to us. We depend on free access for our children to the schools. And most of us have no transportation without the subsidized buses.” As Nicaraguans face the next six years, economic equity will be a major issue. Under the former dictator, many of those who will soon hold power were so disinterested in the nation’s poor that they actually helped inspire a revolution. Now, a great many Nicaraguans wait to see exactly how much ground they have lost. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 1 1
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