Fire and Brimstone Heat Up Campaign Trail
By Ed Martinez
Jesse Jackson brought his campaign for the Democratic
nomination for president to Texas last month in a whirlwind, five-day tour of the state. Speaking to students
and religious groups, the controversial candidate provoked strong emotions wherever he spoke or preached,
Jackson wound up his sweep with appearances in
Austin the Monday before Thanksgiving with a talk on
the University of Texas campus in the afternoon and a
final rally at the Ebenezer Baptist Church that night.
His talk at UT was packed, and only last minute intervention by the candidate permitted hundreds of students kept out of the auditorium to hear Jackson's talk.
The talk at Ebenezer Baptist Church was attended by
hundreds of mainly black fans of Jackson. After waiting
for two hours, listening to the superb choir nearly
exhaust themselves filling in the wait for the speaker,
the audience was treated to Jackson's arrival as he
strode down the aisle of the packed building surrounded
by Secret Service agents. The candidate seemed relaxed,
hugely enjoying the crowd's adulation. The Secret Service, on the other hand, seemed determined to keep the
crowd at a safe distance.
Jackson took the lectern, after the usual local introductions, and began to woo the crowd and weave a spell
over them. His was not the usual campaign oratory.
Gone were the dry statistics voters have come to expect
from candidates of both parties. Totally absent were the
usual pious justifications for the status quo, the whin-
ning admonitions to continue to wait for a promised
future that has proved, repeatedly, illusory.
Jackson was speaking to his people. The whites present at this service were there at their own risk, ideologically speaking. Jackson used Biblical references, and
the crowd grasped every shade, every smallest nuance of
meaning. Jackson used repetition, hyperbole and metaphor. He spoke ofthe margins of victory by which President Reagan and won in a number of states, and then
contrasted this with the number of unregistered black
voters in each of those states. In every single instance,
black unregistered voters voting against Reagan would
have defeated him.
Jackson issued a call to women, Hispanics and blacks,
calling it a Rainbow Coalition. He emphasized the absolute necessity of voter registration to his candidacy. He
appealed for money, without which his campaign would
soon grind to a premature halt. But mostly, he offered
hope, hope that he could lead all those who have no
leader with a voice loud enough to be heard in the Democratic party. He wheedled, begged, cajoled his audience,
and, finally, ended with the slogan, "The time has
come." The T-shirts covering the backs of young blacks
repeated the same message—"The time has come."
The people in the Ebenezer Baptist Church that night
in Austin seemed absolutely convinced that their time
has indeed come. They demonstrated their conviction
with money, thousands of dollars worth. Jackson's crusade, his Freedom Trail, as he called it, is getting up a
head of steam that may just roll him right into the
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Dec. 9, 1983 a Issue .3 n Published Every Other Friday
Alamo HRC to Elect Officers
The Alamo Human Rights Committee, San Antonio's lesbian
gay political action committee, will elect new officers at its
December meeting to be held Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at El
Jardin, 106 Navarro.
The current chair, Ed Buckmaster, has appointed a nomina
tions committee consisting of five AHRC members who will pres-
posttions. Election will be by place and by majority votes of
AHRC members present.
Cartoon Book for Christmas
Alternate Publishing, the people who bring you Carlucci's works have appeared in Drummer and
Drummer, the magazine for the S&M crowd, have The Advocate, and include, among other things, a look
announced they're publishing a book of cartoons by at the social differences in gay lifestyles, or as he titled
Carlo Carlucci, titled He Ain't Heavy, He's My Lover, it, "The War Between the Machos and and the Sissies."
The collection is being released for the Christmas
Following are two of the cartoons which they
allowed us to reprint.
- "No, we don't have a pet.
' om just likes the smell of dog food on my breath."
"How dare you question our journalistic integrity and professional objectivity,
you disgusting little perverted commie pinko fag?"