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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.
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 >>
We let you in, we have to let EVERYBODY inA 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 >>
Part of Juan Quintero's T-shirt designLast 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Readers give props for calling Obama to task.
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 >>
News flash: God doesn't hate gays and lesbians
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
With a lot of prompting, HCAD files a lawsuit the neighbors never did
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 >>
Adbusters.org "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 >>
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