The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 24, 1992, Page 6, Image 6

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    Quincentennial chance to heal, activist says
By Andy Raun
Steff Reporter _
Thequincentennial anniversary of
Christopher Columbus’ landing in the
New World should be made an op
portunity for oppressed groups to heal,
a union official and liberal activist
said Thursday evening.
Dolores Huerta, a founding mem
ber and first vice president of the
United Farm Workers of America,
spoke in the Nebraska Union as part
of the University of Nebraska-Lin
coln ’s observance of Chicano Aware
ness Week.
Huerta, active in the labor move
ment since 1962, spoke of both her
Huerta: Landing marks 500 years of suffering
experiences and her hopes to a crowd
of about 80 people.
Huerta said that Oct. 10, the date
set aside to observe Columbus’ land
ing on Hispaniola in 1492, should be
marked at UNL by discussing the
plight of Hispanics, Native Ameri
cans, African-Americans, Asian
Americans and others who have suf
fered under the influence of Euro
pean culture brought to the Americas.
In addition, she said, people need
to know about the atrocities Colum
bus and others inflicted on the indige
nous groups they encountered.
“The reason (to discuss the atroci
ties) isn’t that we want to dwell or
reflect on these things; it’s that people
don’t know about it,” she said.
Huerta said that because European
culture historically relegated women
to be men’s personal property, women
had suffered along with minority ethnic
and racial groups.
Women and minorities need to
reach out and work to gain a larger
voice in politics and society, she said.
Pointing to comparative levels of
defense and social program spend
ing, as well as treatment of farm
workers in California and other slates,
Huerta said many decisions made by
state and national government were
Government will continue making
wrong decisions, Huerta said, until
women and minorities arc represented
in Congress in proportion to their
percentage of the general population.
Huerta, whose union has led a
boycott of California table grapes
sprayed with toxic pesticides, said
that in addition to abiding by the
boycott, Americans must not tolerate
racist or sexist jokes in their presence.
Huerta said she was involved with
a group called Feminist Majority,
which is working to get women on the
ballot for political office in Califor
nia, Washington, Arizona and possi
bly Colorado.
She decried the fact that only two
percent of the scats in the U.S. Senate
and about five percent in the U.S.
House of Representatives were filled
by women.
Huerta also is promoting a new
political party to be made up of women,
minorities and environmentalists.
America needs a new political party,
she said, since both Republicans and
Democrats arc to blame for the woes
and injustice now being suffered in
the nation.
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Oxley said the parking committee
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about the enforcement in the Daily
Nebraskan to give students more notice.
“Sometimes (parking officials) just
assume that if one student knows, the
whole student body knows,” she said.
Ray Coffey, UNL’s business
manager, said the increase in ticket
ing was an effort to be fair to students
who had bought night permits. Stu
dents with permits were being pushed
out of their spots by those without
such permits, he said.
Money generated from the per
mits and parking violations is used
toward maintenance arid improvements
needed in the lots, Coffey said.
Students who do not help pay for
such improvements should not bene
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