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Don Cook Makes His Case For Houston Council At-Large #1

Longtime progressive activist Don Cook is running for Houston At-large Council seat #1. The incumbent in this race is Stephen Costello.

(Above–Mr. Cook.)

Don has always cared about Houston and about the individual citizens who live in our city.

Here is Don’s take on the At-large #1 race—

The Houston City Council At-large position 1 incumbent is seriously conflicted between personal gain and the benefit of the people in his relationship with a small group of cronies involved in the 20 year, $8 billion drainage project he has promoted, and the contract with the city his company has for this project. The drainage fee associated with this project is really a regressive tax, harming the middle class and poor more than the wealthy, while he has bragged that his drainage fee is 1/3 the putatively alleged (and possibly further rising) average fee. The austerity budget passed by the city council, laying off hundreds of city workers and cutting services, will suppress the local economic recovery and destroy more jobs. Since the banks are metaphorically stuffing the mattress with their bailout money by purchasing government bonds rather than investing it in the economy to promote jobs and recovery, it falls to government at all levels to sell those bonds to them and invest in the economy, causing prosperity to ripple out. The bond market, incidentally is leading the investment markets, and municipal bonds led in the second quarter this year. Finally, HPD must be held accountable for civil rights violations. Since the leaking last February of the video of the Chad Holley beating by several HPD officers, I have been working with the Black Justice Coalition. I have been participating in their weekly rallies and I have been helping to collect signatures on their petition for a civilian review board for HPD. No agency or organization is capable of, or should be trusted to, review itself, and if the police are not part of the community, they will be apart from the community.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Don-Cook-Houston-City-Council-At-Large-1/296029187080446

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Occupy Houston Now One Month Old—A Solar Oven To Bake Bread

At the center of the picture above is a solar oven. I took this picture a few hours ago at the nightly General Assembly of Occupy Houston.

The solar oven will allow Occupy Houston to bake bread.

Occupy Houston is about individuals working together for a more fair and equitable society. Hope and change will not come from above in a political system rotten with big money, and with legalized bribery of politicians of both major parties.

Occupy Houston is now one month old.

Here is the Occupy Houston website.

Here is the Occupy Galveston website.

Here is the Occupy Wall Street website.

You can also follow these and other Occupy efforts on Facebook.

I support Occupy Wall Street because I’m a hard-working, taxpaying citizen of our nation who votes in every election. I want a nation where the willingness to work means you can get a good job, where the most wealthy pay a fair share of taxes, and where we care for each other when times are difficult.

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Houston School Board Member Manuel Rodriguez Distributes Anti-Gay Campaign Materials—It Would Be Great To See Houston GLBT Caucus Backing The Progressives Who So Often Support Them

Houston Independent School Board Member Manuel Rodriguez has distributed campaign materials that by any reading appear anti-gay.

The Houston Chronicle has rescinded their endorsement of Mr. Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez up for election on November 8. He holds position 3 on the board.

From The Chronicle—

A last-minute campaign flier for Rodriguez displays appalling homophobia. The flier urges recipients not just to vote for Rodriguez, but to vote against his opponent,Ramiro Fonseca, because he has been endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus, “the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.” The flier further states that Fonseca has “spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids,” and winds up with a pair of bullet points noting that he’s 54 years old with no children and has a male partner. That’s obvious gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD’s board.

Mr. Rodriquez’s opponent is Ramiro Fonseca. Here is Mr. Fonseca’s website.

‎Perry Dorrell at Brains & Eggs has blogged on thisissue. Art Pronin from the Meyerland Dems is on the case as well as reported in Perry’s post.

I’ve been involved in these issues since opposing anti-gay Cincinnati Issue 3 as a City Council staffer in 1993, and as a Stonewall Cincinnati endorsed candidate for the Cincinnati Board of Education in 1997.

It would be great to see our Houston GLBT Political Caucus come to an Occupy Houston event, and to see them ask more of Mayor Parker as she writes a $40K check to the Texas Conservative Review for a campaign ad.

It seems so often a wide range of progressives and liberals advocate strongly for the cause of gay rights and equal rights for all, but that GLBT political organizations are always not to be found on issues of social and economic justice that impact all people.

The rights of all people are connected.

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