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Racial Opportunity Divide, Political Roundtable, and Houston Dynamo: Houston Matters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]

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Exhibit Highlights the Contributions of African-Americans to Culture and History

Posted on · The Houston Museum of African American Culture is displaying an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act called African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection. It’s on loan from the Kinsey family through October. Los Angeles natives Bernard, Shirley, and Khalil Kinsey put this collection together over the course of 35 years. It contains artifacts, documents and artwork […]

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Waller County Landfill, NIMBY, and Juries: Houston Matters for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Posted on · An ongoing battle over a proposed landfill in Waller County underscores how “NIMBYism” plays into so many important issues and ideas. From landfills to power plants, prisons to shopping malls, airports to seaports, there are all manner of developments that some communities may find valuable, provided they’re located someplace else. Toxic waste dump? Sure! Just “not […]