Gather round the Yule log and the figgy pudding, get out a paper and pen, and jot down some of these items from our Annual Holiday Wish List 2000, Part 2. Local organizations need you!
We had great hopes for the 00s: The promise of not just a new year, new decade, and new century, but an entire new millennium.
Remember last year at this time? It seemed like 2001 was so far off; visions of even the near future seemed so fuzzy, so hard to predict. Having learned (thanks to TV and Madison Avenue) to characterize our decades and assign certain traits, we could shut our eyes and envision the Seventies (VW Bugs! Hippies! Smiley Faces!), the Eighties (Big Hair! Synthesizers! John Hughes!), even the recent Nineties (Act Up! Internet Romance! VW Bugs!). The impending 00s, however are difficult to conjure.
Yup, we remember last year. A decent decade was wrapping up, and better days seemed just around the corner. How could we possibly tank after a decade that brought us the end of Apartheid, the beginning of the Teletubbies, and www-dot-everything?
We'll give you one guess. You want a hint? (Do you really need one?) Okay, one letter:
We won't lie to you. The embarrassing danse macabre of the U.S. Supreme Court had us wincing at remarks made by overseas pals about the state of mental competency of U.S. voters.
W. ... Whoa. What were y'all thinking?
Then it hit us: The last time we felt this gurgling pit of boiling bile so deep in our bellies -- mental stress manifesting physically for our sad national state of affairs -- was early December, 1980. After choking down a Reagan victory (and quickly realizing that our 20s were doooo-oo-oo-oomed ... ), the news of John Lennon's murder just sealed it. Most of 1980 had been cool: New Wave was breaking big time in South Florida and going away to college was looming on the horizon. Then it happened: The election.
But let's not cry in our figgy pudding too soon. After all, we've the present to ponder, and there's no need for doom and gloom. Yet. But it's all so déjô vu. It took the entire Nineties to recover from the psychic wear of the Reagan Eighties. That cannot happen again. We are going to pretend and try to see the impending 00s in a positive light. Here's a Web page that helps: www.workingforchange.com/activism/index.cfm
Another helpful therapy? Get involved with your community. Give, if for no other reason than the totally selfish one that it makes you feel good inside. Now, on to the second half of the 2000 Holiday Wish Lists list.
In addition to the following items, all groups desperately need cash, volunteers, and computers or computer upgrades. Call to determine their specific needs.
Wish Lists 2000 Part 2
Women's Advocacy ProjectPO Box 833, 78767, 481-8776
General Legal Hotline: 800/777-FAIR
Family Violence Legal Line: 800/374-HOPE
DiverseArts Production Group1705 Guadalupe, #234, 477-9438
SafePlacePO Box 19454, 385-5181
Capitol Area Homeless Alliance701 W. Fifth, 476-4377
Dougherty Arts School1110 Barton Springs Rd., 397-1456
Family Eldercare2210 Hancock, 450-0844
Martin Junior High School1601 Haskell, 478-6770
CASA of Travis County6330 Hwy290 E., #350, 459-2272
House the HomelessPO Box 2312, 78768, 796-4366
Connections Resource Center825 E. 53rd 1é2, E-101, 478-5725
Community Women's Wellness Center UT School of Nursing1700 Red River, 471-9089, 471-6299
East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team
East Austin's First Police Explorer Post 88478-6770 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Eagles' Choir1601 Haskell, 288-8368
Mary House Catholic WorkerPO Box 684185, 78768, 472-6254
Martin Eagles' Soccer Team1601 Haskell, 291-5947
Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of TexasPO Box 2579, 78701, 474-5475
Happy New Year from your pals at "Public Notice"!