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The Maternal Mortality Epidemic: The Policy Created Health Emergency Happening Under Our Noses

The Maternal Mortality Epidemic: The Policy Created Health Emergency Happening Under Our Noses

In Texas, four times as many women are dying from childbirth than only 20 years ago and the number is increasing! Women's lives and livelihoods are being jeopardized for short term political gain. This is a man-made disaster playing out around us with no political will to address it in an honest way.…

I Need You to Put Your Foot Down

I Need You to Put Your Foot Down

It’s time to shake things up around here. So on election day, take a friend to the voting booth. Or convince an apathetic stranger who prefers to sit the election out to take a stand. …

Back to Brio: A Review of Friendswood

Back to Brio: A Review of Friendswood

What fascinated me about the story as a novelist was being able to imagine all the textures and complexities of how the event might play out in the lives of individuals.…

The First Sammy Awards Recap and Winners

The First Sammy Awards Recap and Winners

UPDATE: Check out your pics from the Sammy Award’s Smilebooth   Last night…was it as…

Can Astroturf Campaigns Reverse Climate Change?

Can Astroturf Campaigns Reverse Climate Change?

Although filled with people from the grassroots, this was not a grassroots-led event. And that matters, because it determines what possibilities are open to the movement going forward.…

I Think I’ll Just Stay in Texas (But Bring Me Back a Bagel)

I Think I’ll Just Stay in Texas (But Bring Me Back a Bagel)

I want direct action and grassroots, ground-up solutions that ask nothing of institutional Power but instead use our collective energy to build resilience and capacity.…

Childism: Changing perspective on society’s discrimination against struggling children

Childism:  Changing perspective on society’s discrimination against struggling children

Shame and the use of threats still plague our classrooms as a way of keeping children in compliance.…

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ANGEL OLSEN: YOU ARE NOW ABOUT TO WITNESS

ANGEL OLSEN: YOU ARE NOW ABOUT TO WITNESS

She’s played it 112 times this year, what is that like?…

Storyman at the Duck

Storyman at the Duck

The Irish folk-pop duo Storyman was in Houston last week for the second time, hopefully not the last. Storyman, aka Kevin…

New Life: Moji Brings a Diverse Sound To Houston

New Life: Moji Brings a Diverse Sound To Houston

Photo: Anna Veselova The most beautiful thing about Houston, is that our city is a melting pot of people from different…

Mischief Night: Houston’s Best Halloween Bash

Mischief Night: Houston’s Best Halloween Bash

Photo: Aubrey McCoy     Holiday shows are almost always a gamble for everyone involved.  Those in charge of putting on…

Lion Among Men at Mango’s in Montrose

Just one of those Saturdays where you’re recuperating from a long Friday night of RPG games, a morning spent covering a…

10.7.14: The Last VJ’s Top 5 Music Videos of the Week

10.7.14: The Last VJ’s Top 5 Music Videos of the Week

Welcome to The Last VJ, music fans! I apologize in advance because some of these are going to be hella depressing.…

Local Love: Young Mammals

Local Love: Young Mammals

Photo: Odd Hours     If you truly love a band, an artist, or anyone who’s creative; then you should champion their growth.  We all turn a blind eye to…

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Monet and the Seine

Monet and the Seine

What: Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Currently on exhibit until February 1, 2015. Why: A…

Proof Zines will survive: Zinefest Houston

Rising Fog Becomes Cloud

BUILDING A SOCIAL MOVEMENT THROUGH ARTS ORGANIZING

2nd Ward – A Bicycle Opera

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Culturally Imposed Power in the National Security State

Culturally Imposed Power in the National Security State

There is clearly discrimination against a host of groups in this country, but at the same time if you get together and find something in common, it is the exclusion from power. There is a very small group of people who have power.…

Baker Hughes Wants to Fracking Drill Your Pink Bits

Explorers Seeking Direct Route From Buffalo Bayou To Mecom Fountain Of Youth Discover Grassy Wooded Wilderness With Statue Of A Fallen God In Shackles

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Loco Ono: The Best of The Week

Loco Ono: The Best of The Week

Photo: Mark C. Austin   I think we all learned last week that if possible, Houston…

Failure By Design: The Best of The Week

Unconditional Love: The Best of The Week

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Letters to Wendy’s

Letters to Wendy’s

What strikes me as noteworthy is the way in which this ad makes light of and commercializes the concepts of privilege, authenticity, appropriation, and a globalized monoculture even as it boasts of spreading that taste-free, high-fat, high-sodium, large-carbon-footprint monoculture.…

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Journey to the West

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BADVICE: SEVEN SECONDS IN KEVIN

BADVICE: SEVEN SECONDS IN KEVIN

Fuck sober, thoughtful, level-headed advice. Here’s the truth: BADVICE…

BADVICE: LULU EDITION

BADVICE: SIX DICKS NONE THE RICHER

Badvice: Hiiiiigh Five Edition

BADVICE: FOURNICATION EDITION