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  Friday

 

February 20, 1998




  Volume 50A

Celebrating CSUS' 50th Anniversary

Number 33


FEATURES
[Jesse Jackson - Priest Speaks - Poet's Corner - CD Reviews - Events ]

Jesse Jackson urges CSUS students to 'Save the Dream'

Civil rights political activist encourages citizens to actively participate in fighting injustice and ignorance

By LAURIE SPENCER
HORNET COPY EDITOR

The Rev. Jesse Jackson registered 22 new voters during his stop at CSUS while on his national campaign to "Save the Dream."

"If you do not do your best to make society better, then you lose the moral authority to criticize," said Jackson during his speech Wednesday in the South Gym.

"Save The Dream" is a national campaign organized for social and political change in the United States. Jackson focuses on four different propositions in his effort to "Save The Dream."

Proposition 187 limits social services provided for illegal immigrants; Proposition 209 ended Affirmative Action; Proposition 226 requires employers and labor organizations to get permission from employees before withholding pay or using dues and fees for political contributions; and Proposition 227 would require all public school instruction to be conducted in English.

While Jackson supports Proposition 226, he urges resistance to the other propositions because they divide, exclude and weaken the people.

"Inclusion leads to healing, growth and expansion of opportunity," he said.

According to Jackson, "only 35 percent of the work force is filled with white men, the rest is composed of women and other cultural groups considered to be minorities. That makes this a majority issue, not a minority issue."

Jackson made a comparison between society and the Super Bowl. He said, "The difference is that in the Super Bowl, the playing field is even and the rules are public."

Jackson says that he hopes the "Save the Dream" campaign will help to even the playing field.

"It was pure luck that we were able to get Rev. Jackson during African American History Month," said Kecia Aldridge-Hall. Aldridge-Hall, who is the Program Coordinator of Cooper Woodson College, was the woman responsible for organizing Jackson's visit to CSUS.

"African American History Month is necessary because it is a chapter, (like that of many other minorities) which was left out of the history of the Western Civilization," said Jackson.

He also noted that it is not the job qualifications that have changed throughout history, but the laws governing who can perform those duties. Although the 1964 accommodations bill allowed for equal services, it still left a large trade gap, he said. Included in his discussion of the trade gap, Jackson talked about the "Great American Giveaway" known as the Homestead Act where land was given away in a lottery.

"The problem," he contends, "was that the land was given to white male citizens only, and this excluded a tremendous amount of people from the great tent of equality."

Jackson described the ideal of this great tent as "many faces, many races, and many ideas from many places." This ideal tent would also include equal protection under laws, equal opportunity, equal access, and fare shares for everyone and can be achieved with the right support.

Jackson had the support of the crowd, receiving three standing ovations during the course of his presentation. Cooper Woodson College sponsored the event, and "only received confirmation of Jackson's appearance on the previous Friday" according to David Coven, Director of the Pan-African Studies Program.

"Although we only got 1,100 of the 2,000 anticipated audience members, this was a nice turn-out considering that fact," said one CWC staff member.

Jackson urged the crowd to join him for "Save the Dream III" in Los Angeles to help ensure job security and educational opportunity. This is the third march in a series that includes one to be held in Washington, D.C.

"Save the Dream III" will begin on the morning of Feb. 23 at the L.A. Coliseum and end at the Ronald Regan building in downtown Los Angeles.


Catholic priest speaks out and informs

By LAURIE SPENCER
HORNET COPY EDITOR

Loren Riebe, a Catholic priest and civil rights activist, spoke to increase awareness about the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, who he says are struggling against all odds toward a more democratic society.

Riebe, who spoke on Wednesday afternoon in Mendocino Hall, was expelled from Mexico for having what he calls "political agendas not covered under my visa."

Riebe, who denies any involvement in the Chiapas uprising, claims he did nothing more than share "liberation theology."

Riebe said his expulsion occurred because "the church, acting as a mediator of peace, got in the way of certain political agendas.

"The biggest problem is Chiapas is not a religious war, as is depicted by government-filtered media, but a political and military tactic to divide and conquer," he said.

Riebe claims the government and military are "basically controlled by 18 wealthy landowners." He said this "futile government" takes advantage of the indigenous people because it concentrates wealth and education among a very limited group.

According to Reibe, major injustices against the country's people include men being paid less than $2 per day's work, and that only 20 percent of the indigenous people will be educated past the fourth grade. He added that, although there was a measles epidemic, vaccinations intended for the people of Chiapas were sold to the highest bidders, resulting in the death of at least 75 babies over a two-week period.

According to Riebe, it was disregard for the indigenous people that lead to the Chiapas uprising on Jan. 1, 1994.

The revolt was lead by a militant group of people known as "Zapatistas," who chose the first of January because it was the date scheduled for the implementation of the .North American Free Trade Agreement. The Zapatistas saw this agreement as detrimental to the poor and indigenous people of the area.

Riebe has filed a civil suit against the country of Mexico for invading his rights, although his action could prevent him from returning to Chiapas to work with the people he has grown to love.

He hopes the suit will help focus attention on the Chiapans' plight, forcing the government to make peace.

A hearing regarding the case is scheduled to take place on Feb. 24 in Washington. On the local level, Riebe urges students to take action by praying and helping to inform people about the real situation in Chiapas.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Zapatista Solidarity Coalition by e-mail (zsc@midtown.net) or telephone at (916) 457-5018.


Poet's Corner

A Picture

I silently gaze at a
Photograph
a photograph I hold with importance
So young
So unsuspecting

Brown hair and a smile that's yours
Alone
So innocent
So carefree

A part of me has surfaced
Put through a straining trial
I put myself through it
I look at you now so
Worried
I have one question:
WHY?
WHY YOU?
WHY ANYONE?
So vibrant
So joyful

If I could, I'd keep
That Picture
And absorb your
Sunshine

-- Eric Marks 4/17/94


Does the thought of having your poetry published excite you?
If so, drop by the State Hornet and leave a piece of poetry in Josh Diehl's mail box.


CD SHOWCASE

Daddy of Them All

Space Monkeys

By ERIN WATT
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR

The Space Monkeys have comeback from another orbital journey to the great beyond, bringing their lastest CD," Daddy of Them All."

" Let it Shine," along with the Space Monkey's claim to fame, " Sugar Cane," give " Daddy" a cosmic boost. After listening to "Sugar Cane," I seriously doubt the group is singing about C&H sugar cane.

A personal favorite off this album is " Inside my Soul." Although the first impression of this song was reminiscent of the sounds of Oasis, it was deep nonetheless.

Lead vocalist Richard McNevin-Duff gives the albumthe groovy, psychedelic appeal of the '70s, yet updates the album with his temperamental lyrics.

The overall mood of " Daddy," is that of pure hostility towards humanity and the tripped-out rambllings of a questioned substance.

Out of a possible five stars, " Daddy of Them All," recieves a three.

Shaken and Stirred ...

Various Artists

By JOSH DIEHL
FEATURES EDITOR

"Shaken and Stirred ..." is neither very creative nor especially compelling. A collection of re-mixed remakes of classic James Bond opening themes, this album should not disappoint fans of mere background music. But anyone looking for a hook or a musical idea to latch onto should steer clear of this mushy mess.

While Pretenders vocalist Chrissie Hynde injects some soul and emotion into her rendition of "Live and Let Die," the vast majority of the album tracks sound as if they were engineered in a pristine lab, created by some nameless, faceless DJ.

The Propellerheads' take on "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is the one unexpected surprise on the album. It appears that the Propellerheads are the only group of musicians on this album to understand the importance of dynamics.

Out of a possible five stars, "Shaken and Stirred ..." receives one.


EVENTS

Feb. 20

"African Americans in Business: The Path to Empowerment,"
10 a.m.,
UU-Redwood Room

Feb. 21

"The Soulful Sounds of the '50s, '60s and '70s,"
8 p.m.,
South Gym

Feb. 22

National Engineers Week -- Feb 22-28

Chicano/Latino Graduation Committee: General Body Meeting,
7 p.m.,
Science Building
Room 452

"Local Licks," featuring the brodys,
9:30 p.m.,
KRXQ FM

Feb. 23

"Illusions of Civil Rights Remedies Today,"
noon, UU-Board Chambers

"The Best Kept Secret in America: The Genius of the African American Inventor,"
11 a.m.,
UU-Redwood Room

"Pan African Student Alliance,"
social/ organizational town hall meeting,
noon,
Lassen Hall room 1102

Feb. 25

"The Moe Better Man" show, featuring the brodys,
7 p.m.,
Old Ironsides

Traditional & Contemporary Japanese Music,
8 p.m.
Music Recital Hall

"Gossip: Everyone Does It!... But Why?"
1 p.m.,
UU-Board Chambers

"Blues Spin"
Dale Scholl Dance/Art,
8 p.m.,
Solano Hall room 1010

"Race Relations at Sac State: Beyond Affirmative Action,"
2-4 p.m.,
SLN 2002

"Addict Merchants" Hip Hop/Jazz,
noon,
UU-Redwood ROOM

Feb. 26

"The Fourth Annual California Journalism Awards Conference,"
Christopher Hitchens,
2 p.m. - 9 p.m.,
Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn

Gospel Artists Harold Pauley and the Unlimited Praise Choir,
11:45 a.m.,
UU-Redwood Room

Feb. 27

CD RELEASE SHOW AT THE CREST THEATER, featuring the brodys
7 p.m.,
Crest Theater

"The Disappearance of the Black Race in the U.S."
noon,
UU-Board Chambers


Submit materials for Events to Josh Diehl in Temporary Building GG by noon Tuesday for the Friday edition and noon Friday for the Tuesday edition.