Disabled people are systemically abused, denied access, and misrepresented across the United States, and laws related to us are often ignored or are not enforced. While such problems of access and equity are often far worse in other countries, such is not an acceptable excuse. Case in point: While visiting Austin, Texas, on February 7-10,Continue reading “No Room For Disabled People – Chick-fil-A at North Mopac and Parmer Lane”
Conversation today in my Introduction to Women’s Studies class ended up going to the topic of Houston being one of the number one places in the United States for sex trafficking, which I knew about. What I did not know was the extent of the problem and how it touches their everyday life. I hadContinue reading “Notes on: Students, Houston, and Sex Trafficking”
On the way for lunch with a friend in Clear Lake, Texas, I saw a truly horrifying and upsetting scene this morning. Take a look at what the white pickup truck is dragging on the road in the pictures below. This is such a clear display of racism and violence–violence of all sorts. Some peopleContinue reading “No Words Remain: Racism and Remembering James Byrd, Jr.”
As a graduate of Brazosport College and as a citizen who pays taxes to the Brazosport College Taxing District, I enjoy keeping up with some of its activities when/where possible. In 2007, voters approved a $70,000,000 bond. This bond included a number of items but two new buildings and various remodels accounted for the bulkContinue reading “Increasing Budgets, Empty Rooms, and Missing Representatives”
A collection of photographs I took last year with my professional camera but never got around to sharing with my readers and followers.
I have been meaning to write this blog for a few weeks but continue to be overwhelmed! As I wrote in January, I am teaching my Texas History class backward this semester. Instead of starting the semester with pre-contact and Columbus and ending the semester with much more recent cultural and political events, we started withContinue reading “Inquiry and Investigation, Teaching Texas History Backward – Update #2”
At first I was excited when I saw word that Senator Ted Cruz (and thinking, “wow, we agree on something!?!”) and then Governor Greg Abbott were calling for Congressional term limits. At first. Until I remembered that Cruz and Abbott do not care about the people who elect them or anyone else but only careContinue reading “Why would Cruz and Abbott call for term limits?”
As a result of the Civil Rights Revolution for Black United Statesians during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, the Democratic and Republican parties essentially switched positions on major ideological issues, correct? Or put another way, the “Solid South” abandoned the Democratic Party for the Republican Party almost over night, correct? Such narratives, while common place, areContinue reading “Rethinking the History of Political Parties during the 20th Century in the United States (A Few Thoughts)”