Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stand Up Together

We are all here together, holding hands in the dark.  We will hold tight and stay standing.  I am here.  I am thinking of you.

XO,
Lone Star Ma

Friday, January 13, 2017

Action Alert: #SaveThe ACA

The Senate sucks.  Call the House today, Mamas.  Call your Congressperson and ask them Not to vote to repeal the ACA, budget-wise or any other way, without a good plan in place to replace it - one that protects the chronically ill and disabled and those with pre-existing conditions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Action Alert: In The Mornings, We Make Phone Calls

Cruz, Cornyn.

Call them about not repealing the ACA without a plan to make sure the chronically ill and disabled can still get health insurance.  Today, as soon as their offices open, before you get busy at work.  

Call about Jefferson Sessions, who should not be in charge of justice in our nation because he does not believe minorities should get to vote without suppression and his only problem with the KKK is that he heard some of them smoke weed.

Call about not appointing Trump's horrible cabinet picks like Betsy DeVos, who should not be Secretary of Education because she does not believe in public education. 

Keep calling, Mamas.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

I wish everyone a happy, beautiful year full of love and peace and health and safety.

I hope you enjoy wonderful time with your families.

Remember, though, that we have lots of work to do.

Fail the obedience tests that fascism sets us, every time.  Do not be silent, about anything.  The small things do not stay small.

Rise up.

In Solidarity,
Lone Star Ma

Friday, December 30, 2016

Action Alert: Tell The Governor To Protect Corpus Water

Today we message the Governor, Mamas.  Please go the contact page on his website. Click the button that says you need assistance to encourage them to give you a response.  Fill out the form and let the Governor know what happened to us here in Corpus.  Let him know about the lines and the people who could not get to water distribution sites. Let him know Stripes was able to jack up the prices of water because he did not declare a State of Emergency.  Let him know we have had four water crises, including the recent disaster, in the past 18 months.  Ask him what he is going to do to protect us from unsafe water in Corpus Christi.

Please message him today, Mamas!  Thank you!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Action Alert: Water Disaster Letters to The Editor

Yesterday, you emailed your Council Members, Mamas, but people's memories can be short and it is important to keep the pressure on until we know that this cannot endanger our children again.  A steady stream of Letters to The Editor printed in the local paper keeps people from forgetting the need to hold our public officials accountable.   An added benefit, is that a Letter to the Editor that contains a public official's name is certain to be read by that public official's office.

Please write Letters to The Editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times about the need for further investigation into the causes of the disaster, preventative measures that need to be taken, and the need for a study of the city's response.  Keep your letters very short and write one letter for each topic. Get your friends to write as well. They will not generally print more than one letter by a person in a month, so keep trying and keep recruiting more concerned citizens to write.

We are not going to let this disaster be forgotten until it can never happen again.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Winter Holidays

In honor of Hanukah, Christmas and other winter festivities, this edition of Wednesdays with the Subversive Children's Book Club features books with  Winter Holiday themes.  Happy Holidays!

  • Three Wise Women by Mary Hoffman
 
  • Lone Star by Barbara Barrie 

  • A Dozen Silk Diapers by Melissa Kajpust

  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

  • The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson

  • A Full House by Madeleine L’Engle

  • The Gifts of Kwanzaa by Synthia St. James

  • What Child Is This? by Caroline B. Cooney

  • The Winter Gift by Deborah Turney Zagwyn

  • Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle

Action Alert: Email Your Council Member, The Mayor and The At-Large Council Members About The Water Disaster

This is a week (plus; a week, plus) of Action Alerts about the Corpus Christi water disaster, Mamas.  For today, what we need is for Corpus Mamas to email their Council Members.  We need to email them about investigating the causes of the disaster, about preventative measures and about the City's response to the disaster.  Please email your own district's Council Member, as well as the Mayor and the three At-Large Council Members.  Email addresses are:

Mayor Dan McQueen:   DanM@cctexas.com
Paulette Guajardo, At-Large:  paulette.guajardo@cctexas.com
Michael Hunter, At-Large: michael.hunter@cctexas.com
Joe McComb, At-Large: joe.mccomb@cctexas.com
Carolyn Vaughn, District 1:  carolyn.vaughn@cctexas.com
Ben Molina, District 2: ben.molina@cctexas.com
Lucy Rubio, District 3: Lucy.Rubio@cctexas.com
Greg Smith, District 4:  greg.smith@cctexas.com
Rudy Garza, Jr., District 5: rudy.garza@cctexas.com

Please email today, Mamas! Get your Mom Squad to email as well! We cannot let this go until we know it cannot happen again.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Action Alert: Ask Valero if They Are Going To Keep Renting to Ergon

At this point, it is hard to say how much responsibility Valero has in the recent water disaster that contaminated the Corpus Christi water supply in December.  What we do know is that chemicals being used by their lessee, Ergon, contaminated our water supply, so we can be relatively certain that Ergon was, as the City calls such things, a "bad actor".

Why are they still in the industrial zone?

I called Valero today and spoke to their public affairs person and asked her if they were planning to continue renting to Ergon after what Ergon did to us.  She said she did not know until after the investigation.  

I say we know enough on this particular point.  

Please call Valero at 361-289-6000, ask for public affairs and then ask if they are going to keep renting to Ergon after what Ergon did to us.  If enough mamas call, maybe they will get the picture.  And if they don't get rid of the bad actor because we asked, there is always the power of the boycott.

Please call today!

Mama Reminder: Email The Chemical Safety Board

Hello, Mamas!  Have you sent your email to the Chemical Safety Board at public@cbs.gov, asking them to investigate the Corpus water disaster yet?  Here is the one I sent:


Dear Chemical Safety Board-

I live in Corpus Christi. Texas and on the night of December 14th, we were informed (sort of) in our City that there was an unknown contaminant in our water and it should not be used for anything, even if boiled, not even bathing. As time went on, we were told the chemical came from an asphalt company, Ergon, that was operating as a lessee of Valero Refining. The chemical seemed to be Indulin AA-86, along with some hydrochloric acid.

We did not have water for four days and there was a lot of talk about proprietary ingredients and non-disclosure agreements.  The City says the water is now safe and that they and the AG's office are investigating the disaster.  I am not entirely sure they are qualified to do that alone.

Please open an investigation into the causes and effects of the water disaster we experienced.  We need to be sure that our children are safe.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mariah Boone

Monday, December 26, 2016

The New King

So are all of you so-called Christians who are supporting the President-Elect-who-has-already-slammed-all-of-what-Jesus-said-in-the-Sermon-on-The-Mount really okay with the Republican Party comparing him to Jesus on Christmas and hailing him as our new king?

Really?

Me, I'm going to stick with the Beatitudes.  You guys can define Christianity in what ever delusional way you choose, I guess.

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day!

I have decided that the Christmastide is properly a three-day holiday. In addition to the joy and wonder and holiness of the days, Christmas Eve involves so much preparation and Christmas Day the cooking and hosting, that they, while wonderful, can be a little exhausting, too.

Boxing Day is the recovery day.  A day with no expectations.  Eat fancy cheese and leftovers and watch Netflix. Chill amidst the mess.  It is a good holiday.

Happy Boxing Day!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

"and in true love and brotherhood each other now embrace....this holy tide of Christmas, of beauty and of grace, oh tidings of comfort and joy...."

Friday, December 23, 2016

Action Alert: Email The Chemical Safety Board

Neither the Attorney General's Office nor the City are qualified to be the only entities investigating the recent water disaster in Corpus Christi and we all know how easy it is for industry to get the TCEQ Commissioners to over-rule their staff.

One thing we need quickly is an investigation by the Chemical Safety Board, the independent federal agency charged with investigating the causes of accidents due to hazardous materials in industry - and, you know, we need it done while they still exist.  Please email them tonight, Texas Mamas, and let them know that Corpus Christi needs them to investigate our water disaster, apparently caused by Ergon's chemicals, on Valero's watch, and we need it done quickly. 

Please email them at public@csb.gov and ask them to open an investigation into the water disaster in Corpus Christi.

Please hurry.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Ravages of Repeated Water Crises

Counting the recent water ban, Corpus Christi has had four water crises in the last 18 months.  There were more in the years leading up to this period as well.

Far too often, our public officials have pish-poshed the boil water alerts, publicly saying that they have continued drinking the water.  Even during this most recent, most serious ban, Representative Hunter, in his television briefing, seemed to imply that perhaps the way these bans were required should be changed.

My neighborhood has a Face Book page on which neighbors communicate and many of them admitted on it to continuing to use the water, even though we are straight up Zone Three.

This is unacceptable.  

People need to understand that water contamination is serious.  People need to understand that they must follow water bans to be safe

We cannot afford to have people decide that the answer is not calling bans as precautionary matters but waiting until people are irreparably sick and then calling them.  We have infants and elderly and people who are immunocompromised who would not survive that, even in the short term.

We do not need less regulation. We need more regulation.

We need safer water.