The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 20, 1987- Page 5
Honduran labor leader
calls for land reform
By SHEALA DURANT
Elvia Alvarado Galo, a major force in the Honduran
Peasant movement for 18 years, spoke last night of the
need to redistribute Honduran land to the country's
peasants or "campesinos."
Alvarado is the leader of the 25,000-member
National Congress of Rural Workers (CNTC), one of
the largest and most active unions of peasant farmers in
Honduras. Alvarado said that because of her work, she
has been detained numerous times and was recently
tortured by the Honduran intelligence police. She spoke y
in the Kuenzel Room of the Michigan Union as part of
a 17-city tour, sponsored locally by the World Hunger
Speaking in Spanish, Alvarado said that many
Honduran peasants are illiterate, and lack medical care,
food, and housing. "There's so much injustice among
peasants here in Honduras," she said, noting that 62
percent of Honduran labor is in agriculture, yet the T
peasants own little of the land.
Companies from other countries are making all the
money, she said, from the work of the peasants who
can barely earn enough to survive. The average peasant
works from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and earns about the .. . .N "" :Ntmc
equivalent of $1.50 a day, she said.
Much of Honduran land is owned by a few wealthy
people, and occupied by U.S. troops at the Palmerola .
military base, the largest U.S. base in Central
America, Alvarado said. Daily Photo by DANA MENDELSSOHN
She asserted that a fifteen-year-old Honduran land Elvia Alarado Galo, leader of the peasant farmers'
reform law, which requires the distribution of unused union in Honduras, urges land reform for Honduran
land to peasant farmers, is not being carried out. workers in a speech at the Michigan Union last night.
For example, Alvarado said that her organization
petitioned the government to reclaim land about three Alvarado urged peasants to press the Honduran
or four years ago, but the applications have been government to enforce its own law. Last spring, over
"lost." 20,000 Honduran peasants participated in non-violent
"The government does not give speedy replies to the land "recoveries" or "take-overs," she said.
poor," she said.
Daily Photo by DANA MENDELSSOHN
Employees at The Halloween Shop at Fourth and Washington model some of this season's popular masks.
Tony Chaudtturi (left) appears in "Goat to Hell," and Gretchen Hudyma is dressed as "Desira."
Wol urges hazardous waste reduction
LANSING (AP) - The United
States produces more than 600
million tons of hazardous waste each
year, but that could be cut at least in
half through manufacturing changes,
Representative Howard Wolpe (D-
Lansing), said yesterday.
Wolpe said about $70 billion is
spent each year to handle such toxic
waste and that figure could be slashed
and the environment protected better
if the watse was reduced or eliminated
Changes in raw materials, equip-
ment modifications, and improved
handling can cut down on the waste
and save money for businesses, he
said at a news conference.
In June, Wolpe introduced a bil in
Congress that would create a waste-
reduction office in the Environment
Protection Agency and a computer
clearinghouse on reduction infor-
The $18 million bill also calls for
a $10 million grant program to help
states provide technical assistance to
businesses that want advice on re-
Wolpe said his bill already has
nearly 200 co-sponsors in Congress
as well as the support of business
and environment groups.
"Too often it is thought that
economic growth and environmental
protection are mutually exclusive. In
this case, we can address en-
vironmental concerns and make
industry more efficient and more
competitive at the same time," he
Wolpe's bill is similar to bills
pending in the Michigan Legislature
sponsored by Sen. Vern Ehlers (R-
Detroit crime rate drops
ETROIT (AP) - An increase in Crimes in Detroit fell to 65.029
icides and assaults was reported in the first six months of 1987,
etroit during the first half of down from the 68,625 reported 'to the
compared to a year earlier, but FBI during the same period in 1986.
overall crime dropped 5.2 percent, the
FBI's semiannual Uniform Crime
A 12 percent increase in
homicides was reported in Detroit,
U.S. bombs Iranian installations in Persian Gulf
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underwater pipeline running to Iran's
coastal Lavan Island, are among
many permanent drilling rigs in the
central gulf. Iran is known to have
used some for helicopter and armed
speedboat attacks on commercial
Before darkness fell, salvage tugs
and other craft reported columns of
smoke rising form the offshore rigs.
U.S. warships were warning other
craft away from the area, shipping
executives in the gulf said. At 1:30
p.m., the four destroyers moved to
within about 6,000 yards of the two
platforms, said Fred Hoffman, the
Pentagon's chief spokesperson.
Ten minutes later they broadcast a
"Reshadat, Reshadat. This is the
U.S. Navy. We will commence
firing on your position at 1400
hours. You have 20 minutes to
evacuate the platform."
Iranians on the plaforms were then
seen scrambling into a small boat
and sailing away from the area,
An 85-minute barrage of 1,000
rounds of 5-inch gunfire destroyed the
Gulf radio monitors said they
overheard an Iranian voice saying,
"U.S. warship, U.S. warship..Let me
evacuate the injured before you shoot
The attack caused Iranian per-
sonnel to abandon another platform
about five miles away from the site
of the first attack.
"After this platform was aban-
doned, U.S. Navy men went aboard,
looked around, destroyed some radar
and communications equiptment and
then left," Hoffman said.
In a later disclosure, Hoffman said
a small part of the second platform
was left after the shelling and "it was
then decided to finish that off," so a
demolition team was sent aboard.
"There are now only three pilings
left," he said.
Weinberger said the warships de-
stroyed the two platforms in retali-
ation for the attack on the Sea Isle
City, a U.S.-flagged tanker in
Kuwaiti territorial waters Friday. The
attack injured 17 crew members and
blinded the American captain. The
American-owned Sungari was hit in a
similar attack Thursday.
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Two Iranian offshore oil platforms in the central Persian Gulf were reported ablaze yesterday after an
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Homeless address council
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said the house will not be used for
unwed mothers, or women with
mental or substance abuse problems.
The purpose of the home is to
provide affordable housing for
women who are temporarily
displaced, she said. The reasons
include divorce, inability to pay for
housing, and domestic violence.
A plan diawn up by the Coalition
for Displaced Women states that the
six to eight women living in this
home will pay rent and must be
employed, attending school, or
participating in a vocational training
The Coalition for Displaced
Women will appoint a live-in
director and the house will be
maintained by $172.50 per month
rent payments from each resident.
In a related matter, John Michael
Jones, co-founder of the homeless
action committee, expressed the need
for a day shelter He said that
individuals need to start caring for
the homelss and stop hiding them
Jones said he wants to design a
program where hotel and restuarant
managers will train homeless people
to work, "so they have a meaningful
and halfway lucrative craft."
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A
man and woman who bought a
lottery ticket together claimed the
national record $46 million Super 7
jackpot yesterday, Pennsylvania
Lottery officials said.
The winners were Donald Woomer
and Linda Despot, both from Blair
County, said lottery official George
Shortly after 11 a.m., Woomer
and Despot were escorted from the
' lottery's headquarters to a stretch
Woomer held his thumb in the air
and displayed a small Super 7 logo.
He said the winning numbers had
been picked at random and according
Asked if he had any plans for the
money, Woomer said, "Vacations,
enjoy it, and help out our families."
It was not immediately clear if
Woomer and Despot are related.
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