At that moment, in light of my soccer game being canceled due to last night's heavy rain, I was ready to fill the void with a nap. I set my alarm for 4:30 pm, drifted off for a bit, woke up at 4:27, put on shirt-slacks-necktie, and then cycled over to the Ensemble.
I'd like to introduce my friends in H-Town to Durrel. He is a candidate for At-Large Position 5, which means he must campaign across the entire city. He has worked with the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) in Dallas and Houston, doing the vital work of community organizing for which candidate Barack Obama took so much heat from right-wingers who can't fear the prospect of communities of poor and dark-skinned folks getting organized.
Among Durrel's positions: fundamental reform of law enforcement practices, ending the school-to-prison pipeline. He proclaims, loudly and proudly, that Black and Brown Lives Matter, and that Houston must afford all its citizens equal rights and dignity.
Position 5 is currently occupied by West Houston chiropractor Jack Christie, who defeated previous incumbent Jolanda "Jo" Jones in a runoff in 2011. About 6% of eligible voters showed up for the runoff. Here's the Chronicle's half-hearted endorsement of his re-election bid in 2013.
UPDATE: Here's a laudatory mention of Durrel's campaign launch, as well as a tribute to new Federal District Judge Al Bennett, from PDiddie on Brains and Eggs. PD has some harsher words for incumbent Councilmember Jack Christie than I used.