Gamechanger: Anonymous, Misogynic & Homemade Flyer

With just a week to go until early voting, here is a last minute appeal to get you to vote against Texas Democratic women that was mailed anonymously to offices at the Capitol. It is a gem full of misogyny and grammatical errors.

She wants to give marijuana to your children and grandchildren!

Anonymous Flyer

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Responding to FAQ and Concerns About Our Civil Disobedience

Many people have expressed some questions and concerns to me about Wednesday’s sit-in and arrests on the UT campus. I hope to address those here. Please note that these answers reflect my personal views and not necessarily the views of the other 17 students who were arrested. All photos are by Anayeli Marcos.

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You are breaking the law and disrespecting authority.

How would Martin, Rosa, Cesar and Nelson have responded to that statement? Obviously our cause is not as great or profound as theirs, but there are still strong parallels in standing up for one’s beliefs. There is a difference between breaking the law for a malicious or negligent purpose and breaking the law as a means of expression and free speech.

I grew up my entire life learning to respect police officers and to obey the law. None of that has gone away. This was an act of civil disobedience. We were very respectful to the arresting authorities (and we had the hushed support of many officers who dealt with us that evening). Continue reading

Sit-In at UT Tower against Shared Services

UTsitin18 students from the Save Our UT Coalition have begun a sit-in in the foyer outside President Bill Powers’ office in the UT Tower. Their ask is for President Powers to withdraw support of the Shared Services.

Follow a live-stream of the sit-in here.

Tweet support using the hashtags #SaveOurUT and #DearBillPowers.

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This “Democrat” Loves Republicans

Why is David Alameel trying to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator here in Texas? Alameel ran for Congress in 2012, spent an average of $1,276.78 per vote, and came in fourth place. As it turns out, Alameel has a history of wasting his money on some pretty foolish causes. Check out how this money could have been spent otherwise…

7. $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee

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$2,500 in 2005. $2,500 in 2006.

Reality check: That is more money than most Texans take home a month… and in two months for many lower income Texans.

6. $8,000 to John Cornyn*

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Reality check: That money could easily buy a nice vacation for him and his wife in some exotic corner of the world. At least the money would go to local economies, rather than actively working against the interests of everyday Texans.

*David Alameel requested a refund. John Cornyn refused and thanked him for his “enthusiastic and generous support of” these conservative causes. I would hate to see Alameel face Cornyn in a public debate as our nominee.

5. $10,000 to the Utah Republican Party

TXMon - AlameelUTGOP Reality check: Utah? Really?!? If he wanted to send his money out of Texas, Alameel could have empowered women in developing countries to raise livestock and support their communities via Heifer International.

4. $36,300 to the Dallas County Republican Party

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Reality check: This amount of money would have covered the estimated costs of the Women’s Health Program for about 150 Texas women.

3. $165,000 to Greg Abbott

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$15,000 in 2002. $25,000 in 2004. $25,000 in 2005. $50,000 in 2006. $50,000 in 2007.

Reality check: The estimated cost of tuition and fees for a standard liberal arts degree, plus a law degree, after 7 years at The University of Texas? $133,726.

2. $450,000 to Carole Keeton Strayhorn

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$50,000 in 2004. $100,000 in 2005. $300,000 in 2006.

Reality check: Alameel could reserve a seat into outer space and release a bag filled with $200,000 into the abyss.

1. $525,000 to David Dewhurst

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$25,000 in 2001. $50,000 in 2004. $300,000 in 2006. $75,000 in 2007. $100,000 in 2008.

Reality check: Alameel could have purchased an island chain in Maine for only $499,000! He thinks having the Republican Lt. Governor as his friend is a better deal. We must have different tastes.

But wait, Huey! Hasn’t he given to Democrats, too?

Barely, in comparison. He gave more to Dewhurst and Strayhorn combined than he has to Democrats in both state and federal reports. His paid clean up team, the Lone Star Project, sent out an email shamelessly trying to paint him as a good Democrat. It is sad to see progressive organizations sell their souls. Don’t be fooled, y’all!

He has also given money to Mitch McConnell, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Pete Sessions, Mike Pence and others.

SOURCES

  • State Donations – Texas Ethics Commission
  • Federal Donations – Federal Ethics Commission
  • Women’s Health Program: http://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=20940
  • Private Island in Maine: http://www.privateislandsonline.com/islands/scabby-island-chain
  • UT Law Degree Costs: https://www.utexas.edu/law/finaid/costs/
  • UT Liberal Arts Degree Costs: https://www.utexas.edu/tuition/costs.html

Student Election Candidates: Progressive or not?

TXMon - SG2014Do student elections matter? The Forty Acres is a microcosm of Texas. A diverse assembly of over 50,000 students and 24,000 faculty and staff members call this campus “home.”  The issues debated here reflect the public policy matters contested in the Capitol. The leaders we follow today are likely to be the public officeholders, or their influencers, of tomorrow. It is important to ensure that their values reflect the progressiveness of the student body — not just their concerns for toilet paper. Continue reading