This week's blog-a-thon contains quite a few intriguing-looking links, IMHO. That's not to say that I'll click through all of them, and I seldom do, but there's plenty of stuff below that looks as if it will hit home.
I have already taken a peak at Durrel Douglas's piece regarding "racism in the progressive movement," on his Houston Justice blog. It was not what I expected, but it's an important read. Activist organizations—particularly those addressing issues of racial justice—seriously need to put more POC in the top decision-making roles, he reminds us. It isn't just a matter of crusty old white folks being racially insensitive (or just plain clueless) at meetings, as unfortunate and sadly pervasive as that might be.
To no one's great surprise, the big story in Texas remains a mix of cleanup efforts and ruminations on how public policy must focus on flood-proofing counties near the Gulf coast. We've just completed three weeks since that ungodly wet weekend, but it's just over a week that residents near the Addicks Reservoir can even get to their homes to assess the damage. I find myself both nauseated by the constant Harvey focus in local news outlets and addicted to it.
Yesterday I spent some time helping with a small cleanup operation in northeast Houston, orchestrated by a new (or reawakened) Burners without Borders chapter. We helped muck out a house in East Houston, about 10 miles northeast of Downtown. It's a part of town I had never visited, and there aren't many of those; it's home to the original Lakewood Church complex, from back before the Osteens moved into The Summit/Compaq Center. Almost every house, for blocks in each direction, had furnishings and sheetrock piled up in front. The scene reminded me of Lower Ninth Ward, post-Katrina. I just hope that the residents near Tidwell and Mesa Roads don't have to endure what those poor New Orleanians did, waiting years to get back into their homes or watching them get bulldozed to make room for more lucrative housing.
The Texas Progressive Alliance encourages continued support for Harvey (and Irma) relief efforts as it brings you this week's roundup.
Off the Kuff reminds us that we have elections this November and they still need our attention.
As part of job hunting, Socratic Gadfly pays careful attention to some of the fluffery and hyperbolic language in employment ads and job descriptions and translates some for you, likely as part of an ongoing series.
The question "what happened" was not answered by PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, but rephrased as: 'WTF are Democrats going to do going forward?' (Hopefully not more infighting.) He also had a good word to say about Houston mayor Sylvester Turner's efforts in managing the city's responses to Hurricane Harvey.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders: what's worse? Denying food stamps to Harvey victims or refusing to register students to vote?
Turning 50 this week, Neil at All People Have Value offered a list of his favorite politicians in life. It is not a long list. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
jobsanger serves some pie charts that reveal the US still has way too many racists.
Grits for Breakfast helps Just Liberty kick off their podcast, "Reliably Suspicious," with a launch party in Austin on Wednesday. Details are here.
Doyin Oyeniyi at Texas Monthly's Energy Department followed up on the the largest Harvey-related oil spill, which occurred in Galena Park and went undiscovered for a couple of weeks.
Leah Binkovitz at Rice University's Urban Edge blog sees a nascent transformative moment for Houston's auto/carbon-centric culture: bicycles can keep the Bayou City rolling.
Houston Justice is shocked!—I say shocked!—to find racism in the so-called progressive movement.
DBC Green Blog posts about Medicare For All, the enthusiasm it's generating among progressives irrespective of party affiliation...and one careful warning.
And Dos Centavos wonders if Trump's deal on DACA with Democratic Party leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi is just another tease. (If it is, Trump's base has swallowed the bait.)
More lefty blog posts and news from across our beloved Deep-In-The-Hearta!
CPPP's Better Texas blog breaks down some of the US Census's latest poverty and income numbers relevant to the Lone Star State.
NBA and Spurs star Tim Duncan is in his native US Virgin Islands assisting with Hurricane Irma relief, reports the San Antonio Current.
Daniel Williams at Equality Texas highlights the continued need for local non-discrimination ordinances in Texas.
Melissa Law at Houstonia denounces the idea that Harvey was anything but a catastrophe that is still ongoing.
It's Not Hou It's Me shares her mucking experience.
Juanita Jean rounds up some of the lesser 9/11 memorials.
Therese Odell at Foolish Watcher rounds up the late-night reactions to the Ted Cruz Twitter porn-liking saga.
Michael Li explains what happens next in the redistricting case.
Mean Green Cougar Red examines Harvey-related survivor's guilt.
Dan Wallach at Freedom to Tinker goes into detail about the security properties that a voting system needs to have.
Space City Weather looks back at all of the Harvey-spawned tornadoes.
And Harry Hamid shares some forbidden text.
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