It may seem as if I have abandoned this blog, despite my promises to post entries more regularly. I have been concentrating on survival issues, family obligations, and some other writing; I am not yet ready to make public the nature or substance of the writing, but I've been rather obsessed with it.
Today, not only do I have the time to put together this post, but also the motivation. I am profoundly moved by recent events that are superficially unrelated but, in my estimation, are connected at a very deep level.
This weekend bleeding into the work-week, the big story in Houston has been the Astroworld disaster. In Glasgow, the big story (although you'd never know it from the lack of mainstream coverage) has been the massive youth-led demonstrations outside the Blah-Blah-Blah Convention, aka COP 26.
My big-picture assessment is that both these stories represent the responses of teens and young adults to the undeniable fact that they will inherit a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to life-as-we-know-it.
Despite what you've heard, not everything is big in Texas. We have a fiercely persistent progressive activist community in this state, including in its largest city. But for all its vim and vigor, it's tiny. That's why it's such a gas to see people other than the usual crew showing up at protest events.
San Francisco had about 30,000 people from literally all over the world show up for the Peoples Climate Movement's Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice rally Saturday.
Houston had about 60, from all over Metro Houston, but few or none from Third Ward where the rally took place.
We came together by the stage in the back of the Emancipation Park Community Center. I got some props from the organizers for riding my bike there; fortunately the weather was suitable for cycling, if a bit hot. We took turns making speeches and didn't march anywhere. Climate change or something has apparently made it too hot to march, even after Labor Day.
It pleases me to note that my entry from Sunday received a mention in Texas Progressive Alliance's latest weekly link-fest. There is also a link to fellow KTRU alumnus Scott Hochberg's repeat of last fall's call to vote Yes on Houston ISD's Proposition 1. Before the November election, local sources of conventional wisdom were urging a No vote, but they weren't listening to former State Rep. Hochberg, whose public school finance wonkery has few (if any) equals. Early voting for HISD residents ends today; actual election day is Saturday 6 May.
Off the Kuff takes a very early look at potential Congressional races for 2018.
SocraticGadfly offers his reflections on the career and trial of "Our Man Downtown," John Wiley Price.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that Republican hatred of democracy and people marches on in Texas.
Democrats keep looking for excuses to kick people out from under their tent, and the evidence was everywhere PDiddie at Brains and Eggs looked over the past couple of weeks. There aren't enough Marches, Resistances, and Revolutions to overcome so much squabbling, backbiting, and infighting. In similar vein, Captain Kroc at McBlogger wants to see the two factions battle it out.
jobsanger cites the Economic Policy Institute in detailing the damage Trump has already done to workers in his first 100 days.
MOMocrats writes about Trump's hundred days in terms of the end of Obama Nation. (This is NOT a play on words.)
The Lewisville Texan Journal posts an op-ed from The Mom of No about the low bar she set—and barely cleared—for Easter.
And Txsharon at Bluedaze tells a true fracking story in eight lines of poetry.
The publisher of the Austin Monitor, Michael Kanin, has been named the new publisher of the Texas Observer. Congratulations!
Jonathan Tilove at First Reading wraps up his coverage of Alex Jones' child custody suit by noting the post-trial press conference where Jones berated the media, Trump-style.
DBC Green Blog was a little disappointed in the Climate March but has greater expectations for today's May Day rallies.
Scott Braddock reports on the school voucher astroturfing story.
Robert Rivard makes a case for changing the timing and frequency of San Antonio's elections.
Michael Li rounds up and summarizes the remaining disputes over the Texas Congressional map.
Therese Odell recoils in horror from the transcript of the AP interview with Trump.
Sandra Thompson follows the money that is opposed to bail reform.
Former Rep. Scott Hochberg explains why he is voting Yes on the HISD recapture referendum.
Somervell County Salon has a good laugh with Stephen Colbert about the red button on Trump's desk that summons a butler bringing a Coke.
Ty Clevenger at Lawflog sees the Booger (Robertson) County Mafia growing nervous again.
And Right Wing Watch documented US Rep. Randy Weber's tearful apology to God (sic) for the American sins of pregnancy termination, prayer in public schools, and marriage equality...but not slavery, or the atrocities inflicted on First People, or even the excesses of corporate greed or war. What a f'n guy.
Oh look, dbc has posted another blog entry with a provocative and somewhat misleading header! Was Saturday's big climate march really all that bad? Certainly not. But it could have been a lot better.
Friday I expressed some concerns about the People's Climate March, deliberately set some low expectations, and looked forward to having those expectations exceeded. In that respect, for me anyway, the march succeeded. It also had a lot more progressive/radical bite to it than the March for Science. But in terms of opportunities missed, in terms of its effect on Greater Houston, in terms of the call to resist the regime, this one left a strong taste of nothingness in my mouth.
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