Category Archives: time for action

Confederate Heroes: On the Agenda, Off the Schools

Tonight’s Houston ISD board meeting will address a resolution to re-name eight schools that currently bear the names of Confederate heroes: Henry Grady Middle School, Richard Dowling Middle School, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson Middle School, Albert Sidney Johnston Middle School, Sidney Lanier Middle … Continue reading

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Whose Land Am I On? And Am I Really a Princess?

In an essay published several years ago on Crunk Feminist Collective, Eesha Pandit reflected on our country’s official and stubborn celebration Columbus Day, in light of the fact that the explorer’s “discovery” of the Americas caused the genocide of Native … Continue reading

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But If We Change The Schools Named for Confederates …

… then where do we stop? I’ve heard that, and variations, raised as both an objection intended to derail a conversation, and as an honest question. Here’s my answer. True, schools are not the only places that bear Confederate names. … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Battleground Texas

As expected, everybody’s going after Battleground Texas. Republicans, for sure, trying to make us give up. The media, too, who walk the line between wanting to be impartial and objective, but also wanting to sound like experts with the inside track … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Help Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte Win Even if You Don’t Vote in Texas

If you don’t live in Texas, and aren’t alive in Texas, you can’t vote in Texas, despite what you may have assumed from the ballot box 13 incident back in ’48. To those Texans living outside the state, our Texpatriates … Continue reading

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Starbucks & Paying It Forward

My dear friend, gadfly extraordinaire Steve Dew, posted the following status update on Facebook just now: These “pay it forward” stories get my goat as much as they get his. I find the act of buying a coffee for someone … Continue reading

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Where Are The Young Women, 2nd Edition *Now with more men!*

If you don’t use Twitter, don’t understand it, don’t care about it, fine. But if that’s how you feel, you don’t get to stand around demanding to know where the young women are, because a whole bunch of them are … Continue reading

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