Protests and Demonstrations

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    Reminder: Houston Grand Juries (Almost) Never Indict Cops For Shooting Civilians

    Hundreds of Houstonians joined protestors across the country Tuesday night, voicing anger after a Missouri grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown this summer. Signs and placards carried familiar names that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    SPM Supporters Plan "Day of Unity" Protest

    There has never been a figure as polarizing in the Houston hip-hop community as Carlos Coy, the man better known as South Park Mexican. In his heyday circa 2000, the local rapper's independent Dope House Records label sold millions of units, and "SPM" gave a voice to a generation of Southern and Sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Federal Case Against Cop Who Shot Robbie Tolan Headed Back to Court

    A federal appeals court has sent a civil rights claim against a white Bellaire police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his parents' driveway back to trial court. Issued today by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the ruling revives a claim filed by Robbi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Jerry Patterson's Old West Jamboree: Land Commish Wants to "Normalize the Sight of an Armed Citizen"

    Current Texas Land Commissioner and Lt. Governor hopeful Jerry Patterson has been a stanch supporter of conservative causes. He recently told reporters he thought liberal states like New York and California should be kicked out of the Union. He is also is a proud concealed gun carrier, allegedly pac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Abortion Returns to the Supreme Court: A Preview

    Abortion. Just to read the word provokes strong mental images, emotions and opinions. Since the tea party mid-term elections in 2010 swept in some very conservative legislators in states across the country, abortion, after taking a back seat to economic issues, has become a hot button issue again. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Trying to Explain to the 14-Year-Old Abortion Protester Why Commenters Online Called Her a Whore

    Tuesday Cain, a 14-year-old Austinite, her father and a friend, also 14, attended the protest rallies in Austin during the contentious debate over a now-signed-into-law house bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. Cain and her friend took turns holding a sign that read, "JESUS ISN'T A DICK SO KEEP HI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Planned Parenthood's Sandra Fluke Event Forced Out of Midtown Bar Proof

    Planned Parenthood's quarterly "Cocktails For A Cause" get-together last Tuesday had some extra star power -- Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student famously called a slut by Rush Limbaugh for daring to speak her mind. What the event didn't have was a venue, after the bar that had agree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    (Updated) GetEQUAL TX: Gay Group's Protest Shutting Down Austin's 11th & Congress Intersection

    A gay-rights group is trying to draw attention by shutting down a key Austin intersection this rush hour. GetEQUAL TX is sitting in the intersection, protesting the lack of legislative movement on an antidiscrimination bill. "We've already called these senators, petitioned them and had conversatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Five Ways How Not To Cover The Tiresome Westboro Church As It Protests Outside The West Blast Services

    The Westboro Baptist Church, that nutty band of protestors that has been besmirching the fine name of Westboro for decades now, is coming to Waco to protest outside the memorial service for victims of the West blast. Why? That's one question you need never ask about the activities of Westboro and i ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012

    Your Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Convention

    From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.

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    June 7, 2012
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    October 13, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Cover Story: Glenbrook Valley's Historic Preservation Fight

    ​Robert Searcy and Joe Ablaza have something in common: They each think they're doing good things for their neighborhood. And that's about it. Real estate agent Searcy and working professional Ablaza live in Glenbrook Valley, the southeast Houston subdivision that's striving to become Texas' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    School Bans Christian Group in Order to Keep Out Gay Group

    We let you in, we have to let EVERYBODY in​A Corpus Christi-area school district is so determined to keep a gay student group from forming that they're kicking the Fellowship of Christian Athletes off campus. The Flour Bluff ISD is making the move so it can say no groups not directly tied to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Juan Quintero: Sale of Cop Killer's T-Shirts Being Reconsidered

    Part of Juan Quintero's T-shirt design​Last week we told you about fund-raising T-shirts being sold by GRACE, the Gulf Region Advocacy Center. They featured a design by Juan Quintero, who is on Death Row for killing a police officer, and someone had started anonymously faxing copies of the fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    George W. Bush's River Oaks Book Signing: In The Belly Of The Beast

    Photos by Brittanie SheyGeorge W. Bush signs copies of his memoir, Decision Points, at River Oaks' Barnes & Noble. See more photos of the booksigning and small protest in our slideshow.​By 5 a.m., more than 100 people were already camped outside the Barnes & Noble in River Oaks for a chance to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    UH Agenda Items May Be Too Cryptic for the Public Good?

    ​Questions continued today about the pending sale of Rice University's student-run radio station to the University of Houston as Texas Watchdog asked whether open meeting notification  requirements were met in the official meetings. According to the Texas Watchdog, attorney Joe Larsen, who i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Nude Protest Over Oil: PR Spin Worse Than BP, Dammit

    Who doesn't love a nude protest?​We don't know much about public relations, but if we sent out a press release titled, "Naked Protesters Bare All Against Dirty Oil," we'd at least deliver the naked protesters. But maybe that's not why we're in public relations, because this afternoon, inside the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Mushroom Burger Protest

    Photo by Robyn Lee ​It started with a simple Tweet. Aimee Woodall, owner of Black Sheep marketing/publicity firm, was a fan of the mushroom burger at Little Bigs, a slider stop in the Montrose area (2703 Montrose, 713-521-2447). She was disappointed when she stopped in at the eatery one day only t ... More >>

  • News

    November 12, 2009

    Sub-Prime Beef

    Readers give props for calling Obama to task.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Planned Parenthood Director Becomes an Anti-Abortionist Protester

    ​This just in from Bryan, TX: Abby Johnson, the very recently former director of Planned Parenthood in that city, is now a protester outside the facility. In an interview filmed by KBTX - TV, Channel 3, Johnson said she'd had a change of heart after viewing an ultrasound and can no longer sup ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Domy Movie Nights: The Bible Tells Me So

    News flash: God doesn't hate gays and lesbians

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    The Notorious Sheriff Of Phoenix Drops In On Houston

    ​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in town this Saturday pimping his new book, Joe's Law. Usually, where Sheriff Arpaio goes, protest and controversy follow, and this event was no exception.Even before the Sheriff made it to Houston, problems ensued. Texans For Immigration Reform (T.F.I.R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Rally Tomorrow At Mason Park For The DREAM Act

    Photo courtesy of Marina Castillo-KnutiKeep the DREAM alive. That's what community activists in Houston are trying to do tomorrow at Mason Park when they hold a rally in support of the DREAM Act, a piece of federal legislation that would allow certain undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Amnesty International Begins 200-Minute Vigil Against The Death Penalty

    Amnesty International has just begun a 200-minute vigil outside the Harris County Criminal Courthouse to protest the upcoming 200th execution under Governor Rick Perry.The original rally title, "Help Rick Perry Win The GOP Primary," was apparently discarded.But holding an anti-death-penalty vigil in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    The Rodeo Vs. Hispanics: A Scorecard

    Having trouble keeping score on the latest Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo flap? Let Hair Balls help you out. We talked to both Ben Mendez, a self-described community leader and member of the non-group group protesting HLSR practices (we'll get back to that), and HLSR's Chief Operating Officer Lero ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head in Klein Independent School District?

    Jewish parents at Klein High School want to know what Terri Hall, the academic adviser to the student newspaper, was thinking when she allowed what some of them consider an anti-Semitic news article and editorial to be published in the January 30 edition of the Klein Bearchat.The banner story in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Port Arthur Environmental Group Says, "Bring On The Sarin Gas!!"

    It's tough enough being an environmental group in Port Arthur. It's kind of being anti-gay in Key West: You're not going to eradicate it all.But it's also not every day when you announced that you're fine with the feds bringing in chemical-warfare waste to your town.That's what Hilton Kelley, direct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    No W. Screenings For Houston Critics

    Oliver Stone's W. opens Friday, but critics around the country have already attended screenings so they can have their reviews ready for that day. Except in Houston. Apparently, according to one local film critic, W.'s studio has decided not to have any critics' screenings in Houston.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: El DeBarge Arrested? Somebody Notify Steve Guttenberg

    In this country of ours, we have a thing called justice. We have a God-given right of freedom. This was what our forefathers fought for. And I will be damned if one of His own most beautiful creations sits in jail, being denied these inalienable rights. Languishing like a common street thief. Away f ... More >>

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    August 8, 2007
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    May 31, 2007

    A Dispatch from the Streets of Houston

    We got a call yesterday from a homeless fellow named Satch who asked us for advice on how to stage a protest against the City of Houston. Satch figures his First Amendment rights are being violated every time a cop tells him to move along when he’s trying to get along. So we placed a call on his b ... More >>

  • News

    April 12, 2007

    Woodwind Lakes: County Gofers

    With a lot of prompting, HCAD files a lawsuit the neighbors never did

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    Un-Happy Hour

    Before you head off to get an early start on your three-day Good Friday weekend, you have the opportunity to stick it to The Man. Residents of the Hyde Park area of Montrose are staging a rally at the corner of Waugh and Welch this afternoon at 5 pm . They're pissed because, they say, the city is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2006

    We're Not Buying It "Patchouli on aisle four!" The term "Black Friday" actually refers to many Fridays. There was the financial panic of 1869. The day in 1881 when 189 Scottish fishermen lost their lives. The 1919 riot in Glasgow. The fires that devastated Victoria in 1939. The 1978 massacre of ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    What Happened?

    We were promised killer hurricanes!

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006
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    May 4, 2006
  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Love It, Fear It

    A Brit flourishes by studying Houston

  • Film

    September 2, 2004

    Party Train

    Janis, the Dead, the Band and others take the happiest trip of their lives

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2004

    A Spirited Defense

    Dragon boat races breathe fire into Buffalo Bayou

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    Off to the Front

    Plus: Peacemakers, Crying for Space

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    She Doth Protest Too Much?

    A veteran activist says police targeted her for jail

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Hanging with Mr. X

    Quanell comes on strong at Graham's execution, then vanishes

  • News

    August 26, 1999
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    June 24, 1999
  • News

    October 29, 1998
  • News

    October 22, 1998

    Judicial Arts Endowment

    Devine converts plaintiffs' lawyers' cash into a courtroom gallery

  • News

    May 29, 1997

    Lost in the Cause

    In the early 1960s, Eldrewey Stearns was a powerful force for integration in a segregated society. Then he forgot his way, and history forgot him. Until, that is, he met writer Thomas R. Cole.

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