Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this installment of the Subversive Children's Book Club spotlights books about Hispanic characters for older kids and teens.  Enjoy!

Upper Elementary and YA:

  • Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
  • The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
  • Taking Sides by Gary Soto
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Ask My Mood Ring by Diana Lopez
  • Trino's Choice by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
  • Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

International Day of The Girl

Happy International Day of the Girl!  This year's theme is about giving all girls a K-12 education.  Our whole planet needs what educated girls can do!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club; Honoring Hispanic Heritage

To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, this edition of the Subversive Children's Book Club features books about people and events in Latino history and culture.  Enjoy!

  • Harvest of Hope:  The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  • Dolores Huerta:  A Hero To Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren
  • Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown
  • Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. by Diana Cohn 
  • Separate is Never Equal:  Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Tomas and The Library Lady by Pat Mora
  • Frida by Jonah Winter
  • Diego by Jonah Winter
  • Sonia Sotomayor:  A Judge Grows in The Bronx by Jonah Winter.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Action Alert: Keep Calling: Defeat The Graham Cassidy Health Care Bill

We have to keep calling every day, Mamas, until after September 30th when the bill will be finished without a vote.

We have to defeat it before it takes the lives of people with life threatening illnesses and disabilities.

Please call your Senators today and demand that they vote no.

Please call Senators Murkowski, McCain and Collins today and ask them to please vote no.  Keep them strong on this.

Every day.

Call, call, call.

National Voter Registration Day

Are you registered to vote?

If not, get registered and never neglect to vote.

If so, get deputized and register other voters.

Voting matters.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Protect Texans with Disabilities

Tell Senators Cornyn and Cruz to be as brave as Senator McCain and to vote no on the Graham Cassidy Health Care Bill!

Banned Books Week

Read subversively.

Defeat The Graham Cassidy Health Care Bill

The Graham Cassidy Health Care Bill would allow states to remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions in a number of allowing them to be priced out of insurance or out of insurance renewal, by allowing states to decide that the health care they need to survive (prescription drugs, chemotherapy) does not have to be covered by health plans, and by allowing health plans to re-instate annual and lifetime caps on coverage.

The bill is opposed by every major medical organization in America, by every major disability rights organization and even by insurers and a bipartisan coalition of the nation's governors.

For people with life threatening illnesses and disabilities, this means death.  It is once again playing politics through genocide.  It must be stopped.

The bill's sponsors are trying to make it more appealing to swing vote Senators by stuffing it with extra funding for their states but that does not help the people with pre-existing conditions at all.

Please call your Senators today, Mamas, and demand that they vote no.

Please call Senators Murkowski, McCain and Collins today and ask them to please vote no.  

Please email the Senate Finance Committee at before 1pm today and tell them you oppose the bill.  Please call the Senate Finance Committee at 202-224-4515 before 1pm today and express your opposition to the bill.


Thank you.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


The Fall Equinox is the brink of darkness in a way, the last day that everything is balanced between light and dark before the days are more dark than light going into winter.

What with the storms and the earthquakes and health issues and threats of nuclear war and threats of another dismantling of our health system, I really do not like to think of more dark than this.

I will strive to remember the Light.  Will try to be the Light.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Power On

We left Corpus early on Thursday morning to move the Girl back into college because it looked like the then-predicted "Tropical Storm" Harvey would make travel difficult on Saturday when we had planned to move her in.  She had also been ill for a couple of days and we were concerned about her being stuck here with possibly minimal access to emergency health care in a tropical storm and with possibly no refrigeration for her medications if we lost power.We meant to drop her and her stuff off and drive back that night and get back in time to board up and ride out the storm. I was worried to leave her there when she had been sick, but it seemed like the best of several less than ideal choices when we decided to do it on Thursday morning.

Well.  Once we arrived in the RGV late morning, the forecast had changed from "strong tropical storm to minimum Category 1" to, um Category 3. So we stayed in the Valley.  We were pretty sure we would be homeless by the time it was said and done.

By Saturday, we were realizing that Corpus had mostly dodged it and it might not be so bad.  My dad (I tried to get him to leave - really) had stayed and he went and looked at our house and said it looked good.  We came back on Sunday and the water boil was lifted (hallelujah!) before we even got home.  There were downed trees and fences and flimsier structures all over town, few streetlights and little power, but our home was mostly just fine besides some torn up siding and such very minor things.

We were so lucky. 

Rockport was not so lucky.  Port Aransas was not so lucky.  They are about gone.

Houston has been a continuing horror story this week.

Our prayers are with all who have suffered.

Our lights just came back on.  

Corpus is recovering fine but it will be a long time before some of the affected communities recover.  Donate, if you can,  to the Red Cross.  To Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  To the Texas Diaper Bank.  There are so many doing God's work and they need our help.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Action Alert: Email Today & Council Meeting Tuesday: Tell City Council To Save The Juvenile Assessment Center

The Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District has voted to adopt a budget that completely eliminates funding for the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Please contact the Mayor and your Council Members and tell them to vote no on the Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District's budget until it restores funding for the Juvenile Assessment Center. The Board should either use its reserve fund for the JAC or make across the board cuts that do not eliminate the program.

Please attend Tuesday's Council meeting if you can and speak during public comment telling Council to vote no on the Crime Control and Prevention District budget unless it restores funding for the JAC.  It is item 14 on the regular agenda, which could occur at any time,  Generally public comment can also be made during the public comment period at noon but not then and when the the item comes up.

The sales tax the District levies has not produced enough funding to continue funding all of the District's projects at current levels, so the District decided to cut all projects except for the 60+ police officer positions it funds instead of making cuts across the Board, to police positions and youth prevention funding, and instead of dipping into its reserve funds as all other city programs must do when things are tight.

The Crime Control and Prevention District was primarily created to fund the Juvenile Assessment Center, which a wide coalition of social service agencies across Corpus Christi supported.  The program was wildly successful, decreasing juvenile delinquency rates in the city, assessing youth in trouble and connecting them to all of the services they needed, providing case management to make sure that services became a national model of prevention that was used in creating countless programs in other communities.

Its effectiveness has been hampered over recent years by continued cuts to its funding so that the courts and police could have more funding. Now the District plans to eliminate it altogether so they can protect all of the police positions for a few more years.

I think the citizens would rather have 50 police positions funded (as was the original plan - the JAC plus 50 officers)  and keep youth prevention services.  There will never be enough police officers to bring down the crime rate if the city does not prioritize its youth.  We know that prevention works.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Gregor the Overlander

This edition of Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club features the Gregor The Overlander series by Suzanne Collins of The Hunger Games fame.  In these books, eleven-year-old Gregor falls down a ventilation shaft after his baby sister and finds himself in the Underland, where humans live altered by life underground in a maze of alliances and enmities with giant bats, rats, cockroaches and other creatures.

Gregor is embraced as the prophesied Warrior of the Underlanders but as the story unfolds, Gregor learns a lot about the horrors of war and the importance of peace.

These sweet books contain a lot of bloodshed and fighting but ultimately teach a lesson of peace and respect instead.  Enjoy!