Archive for December 3rd, 2020

Maria Jimenez

Longtime immigration reform activist Maria Jimenez is no longer with us.  She was a pioneer in our community.  A tireless leader. A true legend.  One of a kind.  The real deal.

Here is from the Chron story on Maria’s passing:

Longtime Houston civil rights activist Maria Jimenez has died after a long cancer battle, her family announced Wednesday. She was 70 years old.

And this:

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said she was devastated by news of her passing.

“She was a compassionate and tireless leader, fighting for the most vulnerable, especially immigrants,” Hidalgo said. “She was a mentor to me and one of the first people to support me in running for County Judge. Rest in power.”

I first encountered Maria over 46 years ago when she, in her early 20s, ran as a candidate for state representative in 1974 for the old District 87 seat under the La Raza Unida Party.  Ben Reyes was the incumbent and won.

She then grew into the exceptional leader she was over the past few decades.

It is my hope that our leadership will look into honoring her legacy and accomplishments by naming a park, a school or a public building after her.  Very deserving. A remarkable individual for sure.

This infuriates me.  This headline from the Chron’s website:

White House COVID task force issues strong warnings for Texans over 65

Here is from the story:

The latest White House report says new hospital admissions in Texas are “beginning to peak” and warns that those over 65 or with significant health conditions should not enter any indoor spaces where people may not be wearing masks. They should also have groceries and medications delivered, the report says.

Those under 40, the report says, “need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period if you gathered beyond your immediate household.”

Here is the story: White House COVID task force issues strong warnings for Texans over 65 – HoustonChronicle.com.

Pitiful federal and state leadership on fighting COVID-19.

The Mayor of Austin certainly let his city down.  Selfish.  Selfish. Selfish.

You also know who took a beating in 2020?  StubHub.  Not very many events once the pandemic arrived.  They’ve made kazillions off of our arses over the years.  I am very sure they were able to weather it out.

Rafer Johnson, the 1960 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Winner, left us yesterday.  He was 86.  He was born in Texas.  A civil rights activist.  Involved in the Special Olympics.  A world class athlete and great guy.  He carried and lit the flame at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

He was also campaigning with Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when RFK was assassinated after RFK won the California Democratic Primary in June of 1968.  He helped subdue the assassin Sirhan Sirhan.  There is an audio of the assassination where the announcer mentions Rafer Johnson.  Now you know.

Th Rockets introduced some new uniforms that are Columbia blue like the Oilers.  I’m ok with that.

I still have a Columbia blue Oilers lid and a black sweatshirt with the Columbia blue derrick logo.

I wonder if the Astros are considering Columbia blue.

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