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We Belong: An Interview with Miriam Hakim of Giant Kitty

We Belong: An Interview with Miriam Hakim of Giant Kitty

On January 20, Donald Trump will take his oath of office and officially be recognized as the 45th President of the United States. That same night, four bands with members who are Muslim or come from Muslim families — including Giant Kitty, Turnaways, Ruiners and Revels — will take part in a protest concert at Walter's Downtown called We Belong: Houstonians of Muslim Descent Dissent. …

What Embarrassing Things Have Our Texas Representatives Done Lately?

What Embarrassing Things Have Our Texas Representatives Done Lately?

Sen. John Cornyn. Photo: Gage Skidmore   Caveat – by the time…

A Look at Three Unexpected Presidential Winners

A Look at Three Unexpected Presidential Winners

Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore   The resiliency of American democracy and…

Moving from Labels to No Labels in 2017

Moving from Labels to No Labels in 2017

Pedestrian Pete is excited about the New Year. Pete clearly understands that this is a strange time of uncertainty and troubles around the world. We will no longer have the steady hand of President Obama to guide our ship of state, and the evolving Trump administration at this point promises more uncertainty. …

Dear Santa: A Political Christmas List

Dear Santa: A Political Christmas List

Dear Nick (Saint),It’s been a while since my last letter on my own behalf, though I do write one regularly on behalf of my daughter through that creepy elf delivery system you and Hallmark started back in 2005. An addendum to this year’s letter, by the way. Please don’t bring her a FitBit. It’s hard enough keeping her glasses on her face.…

Pedestrian Pete’s Message to FPH’s Millennial Readers

Pedestrian Pete’s Message to FPH’s Millennial Readers

Holy smokes! The guy actually won! Even for many of his supporters, this may be the “unthinkable” actually happening to our country. Given the thoughtful and measured character of President Obama,…

Fucking White People…

Fucking White People…

The headline of this piece is a sentiment I’ve expressed a lot over these last two years, but following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, it’s also one that’s gotten me banned from social media on two occasions.…

I Sit and Wait for My Trans Friends to Die in Trump’s America

I Sit and Wait for My Trans Friends to Die in Trump’s America

It’s election night, and our honorable and venerable founder Omar has asked me if I will live tweet the election on behalf of Free Press Houston. I took the job, assuming that Florida would be called for Clinton around 8 p.m. Houston-time and we’d all be in bed dreaming of a world with taco trucks on every corner by midnight. That did not happen.…

America Has Spoken: Lie to Me

America Has Spoken: Lie to Me

Donald Trump did not win the presidency last night; falsehood did. The awkward lurch across two years to see who would succeed Barack Obama as the 45th President of these Disjointed States ended late in the night with a string of statistically-improbable losses for Hillary Clinton. …

An Open Letter to Millennials: Get Out and Vote

An Open Letter to Millennials: Get Out and Vote

Baby Boomers, ages 51 to 75, in part because of their wealth,…

Your Harris County U.S. Representatives Election Rundown

Your Harris County U.S. Representatives Election Rundown

Early voting is open in Texas and that means that this election cycle is nearly over. To quote Buffy Summers, these endless days are finally ending in a blaze. Lord. Have. Mercy. I honestly don’t know what I’ll do with all this extra time not spent worrying about the fall of America.…

Changing the System: An Interview with Kim Ogg

Changing the System: An Interview with Kim Ogg

Illustration by Shelby Hohl   With the election day on November 8…

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