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Cesar Chavez Blvd. Is Closed And Detoured To The Right—Let’s Get It Back Open And Move Forward

I was driving around Houston a few days ago and I came upon this road repair area.

It seemed unfortunately symbolic of where we are politically —for the moment at least—-in both Texas and in our nation.

In this picture you see that Cesar Chavez Boulevard is closed and has been detoured to the right.

The path forward towards greater freedom and opportunity has been blocked by the scapegoating of the poor, union busting, and attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

The good news is that every individual has the ability to make the decision to work with others for a better Texas and a better nation. We can reopen the road forward.

You always have the option 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 you value, and even run for public office.

Here are facts about the life of Cesar Chavez. 

Use the example of Mr. Chavez’s life and your own beliefs and talents to convey the clear message that this closure is just temporary, and that the newly repaired road will be smooth and wide enough for all to travel.

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 6 Comments

Manuel Acosta’s Portrait Of Cesar Chavez—The Need For A More Politically Active Hispanic Community In Houston

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Above is a portrait of the labor leader Cesar Chavez that was completed by the artist Manuel Acosta.

The painting is from 1969. Mr. Acosta lived 1921-1989.

Here are some facts about Mr. Acosta and a number of his paintings. This information comes from the El Paso Museum of Art.

Here is a biography of Mr. Chavez from the Cesar Chavez foundation.

From that biography–

“For more than three decades Cesar led the first successful farm workers union in American history, achieving dignity, respect, fair wages, medical coverage, pension benefits, and humane living conditions, as well as countless other rights and protections for hundreds of thousands of farm workers. Against previously insurmountable odds, he led successful strikes and boycotts that resulted in the first industry-wide labor contracts in the history of American agriculture. His union’s efforts brought about the passage of the groundbreaking 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act to protect farm workers. Today, it remains the only law in the nation that protects the farm workers’ right to unionize.”

Here in Houston, I very much wish that our Hispanic population was more active in fighting for a better Houston, and for a greater role for Hispanics in Houston politics.

Here is an article from the excellent magazine Next American City that discusses the longstanding political inaction of Houston’s Hispanic community.

(Blogger’s Note–I subscribe to the print edition of Next American City. Content costs money to produce.)

From this article—

“Yet another factor in Houston, says Cano, is the lack of community organizations. There are far more community organizations in Los Angeles and Chicago than in Houston, and the groups in other cities engage in political campaigns more often. This is not to say that community organizations in Houston don’t exist. “If you look carefully, there is a whole ecosystem in the desert . . . under the sand,” says Cano. “In Houston, an organization can have a meeting once every two years, they can get together and solve a problem.”

Our new mayor-elect in Houston, Annise Parker, has a history as a community activist fighting for the rights of gay citizens on Houston.

Sharing some of her knowledge of community activism with groups still in need political and social advancement, would be a very cost efficient way for Mayor Parker to help accomplish the needed goal of a Houston that is a good place to live for all it’s people.

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ghost Of Cesar Chavez Demands Proper Train Crossing Signal At Ave. B & Cesar Chavez—Flowers Framed By Passing Train

This afternoon I stopped at Munoz’s Flowers at the intersection of Avenue B and Cesar Chavez here in Houston.

I bought some flowers for my wife.

After I bought the flowers and as I was getting in my car, I heard a loud train whistle.

Above you see the train that came and the flowers I bought.

As they train passed by, kids in a school bus stopped for the train yelled out the window of the bus asking who was getting the flowers.

I told them they were for my wife.

That seemed to meet the approval of the kids.

There is no gate and flashing lights to warn people about oncoming trains at the intersection of Avenue B and Cesar Chavez.

If this railroad crossing was in a more wealthy area—Which I understand it would not likely be—there would have been a gate and flashing lights.

One man driving a pick-up truck cut it very close driving across the tracks as the train approached.

If the ghost of Cesar Chavez had been at that intersection, he would have pleaded with the man in the pick-up to wait for the train. Also, I’m certain that the ghost of Cesar Chavez would be working hard to get a proper signal at that location.

Some lives have more value than others. At least in the eyes of some.

Here is information on the life of Cesar Chavez.

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Texas Liberal Prediction—Obama Will Win It All

Thomas Paine

Andrew Jackson

Abe Lincoln

Susan B. Anthony

Sitting Bull

Franklin Roosevelt

Lyndon Johnson & Martin Luther King

Cesar Chavez

Barack Obama

I believe—or at least I very much hope—that Senator Obama can offer new hope for people and a better way of doing things.

I remain a committed liberal who believes in partisan differences between the parties as essential to democracy.

I hope Senator Obama will find the courage that he has not yet fully found, for honest discussions about the meaning of the new global economy for America and the tough solutions required to address climate change.

I’m not certain how many chances we have left for the American people to believe in something hopeful.

(Texas Liberal is leading the way in political history blogging in 2008)

January 5, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, History, Political History | , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments