My first post for 2012 is the weekly round-up from the citizen-bloggers of the Texas Progressive Alliance. This is good because 2012 is going to be about individual citizens working together to take command of their political and democratic fates.
You are already aware of the facts in our nation and in Texas. You are aware that wealth inequality is growing, that corporations own our politicians, and that millions of Americans are in poverty or near poverty. Reposting links about these facts on blogs or on Facebook is not going to change very much. While it is important that people be informed, what is really at issue is the work you are ready and willing to do to help bring about a better reality.
(Above–In Texas and everyplace else, there is much to accomplish. Map from Wikimedia Commons. )
Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and to run for public office.
Along with the round-up this week, please allow me to offer two additional blog links.
Jobsanger is a great Texas blog written by Ted McLaughlin in Amarillo that offers a daily perspective on the news both in Texas and around the world.
Larry Beck in Denton, Texas writes Woodgate’s View. Woodgate’s View started in 2011 and has been a great addition to the already strong list of Texas political blogs.
Also, there are Occupy Wall Street efforts taking place across Texas and across the nation. Look around the web and Facebook to find one near you. If there is not one near you—Then start one yourself.
There is a lot to accomplish in 2012. Don’t sit around and let other folks rip off your future, and don’t let other folks do the work that you should be helping to get done.
Best of luck to all in 2012. Please keep in touch and thanks for reading Texas Liberal.
Here is the round-up—
Last week’s House Republican cave-in on the payroll tax cut extension is intertwined with the Keystone XL pipeline: both have to be decided upon again in 60 days. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has some discussion about the implications.
Bay Area Houston thinks maybe Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg should resign.
Neil at Texas Liberal posted the Occupy Houston response to felony charges for some Occupy protestors who took part in civil disobedience at the port of Houston. This is a matter that should be of concern to all progressives, political advocacy groups, and civil libertarians.