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Nuestra Palabra Bookstore Focuses on Latino Writers and Artists

Posted on · A new bookstore has opened just east of downtown focusing on Latino books and artwork. It’s called Nuestra Palabra, and it’s the brainchild of activist and educator Tony Diaz and colleague Richard Reyes. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visits the bookstore to learn more. MORE: There’s a New Place to Buy Latino Literature in Houston (News […]

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Educators and Activists Discuss Banned Books Week

Posted on · This week (Sept. 25 — Oct. 1, 2016) is Banned Books Week, celebrating intellectual freedom and the freedom to read in the United States. In her web series Writing the City, Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay is highlighting the event all this week with interviews with educators and activists. That included a conversation with James […]

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Energy, Environmental, and Health Policy Challenges in Court: Wednesday’s Show (September 28, 2016)

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Loosening Voter ID Restrictions and An Early Endorsement: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel debates: the State […]

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Inside the Controversy Around Texas’ New Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Posted on · Recently Texas made national headlines for the state’s new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was highly anticipated by some after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn’t exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for. Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told the Houston Chronicle: “Instead […]

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Mexican-American Textbook Controversy and Property Tax Reform: Friday’s Show (June 3, 2016)

Posted on · Recently Texas made national headlines for the states’ new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was much anticipated by some — after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn’t exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for. Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told the Houston Chronicle: “Instead […]

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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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Why Were Ethnic Studies Textbooks Delayed a Year?

Posted on · The Texas Board of Education is delaying the order for Ethnic Studies textbooks by one year. The board voted recently to push back the purchase of state-approved African, Asian, Native and Mexican American studies for Texas high schools to 2017. Board member Thomas Ratliff says the delay was a financial decision. But Tony Diaz, an activist with Librotraficante – which last year […]

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Abortion Lawsuit, Ethnic Studies Delay and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, August 4, 2014

Posted on · A federal trial is underway in Austin challenging the Constitutionality of abortion legislation which has effectively cut in half the number of abortion providers in the state of Texas. Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about the reductions and the lawsuit. Also this hour: The Texas Board […]