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Houston Houses Of Worship Struggle To Stay Welcoming, With An Eye On Security

Posted on · Since the Sutherland Springs tragedy, people have been questioning if more could be done to protect churches. But, some places of worship already have security measures in place, which evolved from a history of being targeted.

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What’s Causing the Upsurge in Anti-Semitism in Houston and Across the Nation?

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving a bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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Anti-Semitism in Houston, and the Future of Nuclear Power in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 16, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving another bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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Should We Destroy Symbols of Hate or Preserve Them as History?

Posted on · A federal jury recently (Jan. 10, 2017) determined Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for killing nine African Americans in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. After the shooting, political leaders in South Carolina and Alabama responded by removing the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol buildings. Of course, there’s long […]

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Freedmen’s Town Bricks, and East End Development: Tuesday’s Show (January 24, 2017)

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks. So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already […]

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Responding to Hate on the Web

Posted on · Reading about a shadowy group harassing someone online seems very removed from the real world – until it happens to you or someone you love. A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) offers new, clearer insight into what “cyberhate” actually is — from seeds in terrorism, to hacking, to anti-semetic targeting to online bullying. They aimed […]

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Pedestrian Safety, and Finding Healthy Food When Eating Out: Wednesday’s Show (January 4, 2017)

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians  who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent,  HPD admits thats higher than the total for all […]

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The History of Hate Groups in Greater Houston

Posted on · There’s much of any community’s history worth celebrating – famous events, positive developments, landmarks established, people to champion. But history is also filled with unsavory characters and moments. And it’s just as important – some would say more important – to remind ourselves of those negative aspects of our community’s history. Among them are, of […]