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Anti-Immigrant Measure Targeted For 2012 Houston Ballot—Going After Immigrants And The Sharing Of Food With The Homeless Instead Of A Hopeful Agenda For Houston

Here are some folks who were using the forum provided by the Iraq veterans parade in Houston this past Sunday to promote two anti-immigrant ballot initiatives for the City of Houston 2012 ballot.

These folks are free to use public space to promote their cause.

(Though under the new Houston-anti food sharing law, using public space to feed the homeless will in many cases now be a criminal offense. Here is a link to a form that will allow you to volunteer to help repeal the anti-food sharing law.) 

Here is website of the group pushing the anti-immigrant measure. 

I’m not concerned with linking to this group. If this is what people want, then they can decide this is what they want.

Here is a recent report in which the Houston-area was found to be the most ethnically diverse region in the nation.

We can either move forward in an open and welcoming way that makes Houston a hopeful place, or we can choose another course.

It is many ways less a matter of public policy, than it is a decision as to what kind of people we are going to be, and how we are going to present ourselves and the world to young people.

It would be far more productive if our city was discussing progress, rather than going after immigrants and going after the sharing of food with the homeless.

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments

City Of Houston Sobering Center To Offer Options For Those Down On Their Luck—Why Doesn’t Mayor Parker Include This In The Ongoing Debate On How We Treat Those Down-And-Out In Houston?

I remain strongly opposed to the  mean-spirited Houston anti-food sharing ordinance, and will continue to criticize Mayor Parker when she merits criticism.

It turns out to be fairly often that I feel Mayor Parker merits criticism.

On the other hand, the City of Houston Sobering Center announced a few weeks ago will keep people out of jail, and will help provide options to those most down on their luck.

It is also true that some of the folks on the right opposing the food-sharing law are a pack of hyenas that would not leave Annise Parker alone if she cured cancer, and who are in no respect champions of the poor.

It’s a failure of the Mayor’s political team that a larger narrative has not been put out there that includes this sobering center, as the Mayor’s support among Democrats and progressives takes a justified hit with the anti-sharing ordinance.

Here is a form to volunteer to help repeal that anti-food sharing ordinance.

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Our Second World Nation

Welfare reform from the 1990’s is leaving families with no place to turn in this recession.

At the same time, job training funds are drying up just as many employers are looking for qualified new hires.

No jobs. No job training. No public relief. No birth control. No sex education. No general education. No health insurance.

More police. More jails. More wars. More military. More super rich. More anger. More ignorance.

Welcome to second world America.

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 5 Comments