The principal of Hempstead’s middle school is on paid administrative leave while the district investigates whether she tried to ban students from speaking Spanish in the classroom.
A school district spokeswoman tells Local 2 Investigates the district does not have such a policy but confirmed some type of announcement was made over the school’s public address system in mid-November.
A Houston-area school principal bans Spanish from being spoken via announcement - although the ISD denies any formal policy banning students from speaking Spanish, they have put the principal on paid leave.
Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey is shown in the above picture along with Alderwoman Patricia Chernosky, Alderwoman Emma Washington and Mayor Michael Wolfe. Photo is from yourhoustonnews.com and the adults are listed in said order.
Friends have been telling me about my photos circulating around Tumblr (sometimes w/ the watermark cropped out) so I figured I should be the one to put them there. Feel free to follow along at “TheChicanoSoul”. Thanks!
Static-X - Bien Venidos/Get to the Gone
Loved this shit back in the day. Bass guitarist Tony Campos and lead singer Wayne Static rocked the fuck outta the first two Static-X albums Wisconsin Death Trip and Machine respectively. While Wisconsin Death Trip was a better album overall, this intro to Machine is my shit.
all I see
in my infancy
red and yellow then came to be
reaching out to me
lets me see…
Maynard James Keenan opens up to Rolling Stone about a new Tool album, “You want to push the boundaries. You want to figure out how can you challenge yourself to discover something new, discover something different about yourself. What are your limitations? What avenues can you push and expand? That is life. I don’t have any interest in coasting yet.”
beauty is a natural fact so I say, “Fuck a perm!”
No Bird Sing is Joe Horton, Graham O’Brien, and Robert Mulrennan.
The first single, “DON’T THINK”, is a brooding track where Horton shares vocal duties with SFR label head SAGE FRANCIS.
Other guests on the album include FIX cohorts Crescent Moon (Kill the Vultures) and Kristoff Krane, as well as Sadistik, Chastity Brown, James Diers (Halloween, Alaska), Aby Wolf, Adam Svec, and Molly Dean.
NBS released their eponymous debut to critical acclaim in 2009. Their 2011 follow-up, “Theft of the Commons”, along with the US tour dates that followed, served to expand their loyal, burgeoning fanbase across the Midwest and beyond.
Their SFR debut, “Definition Sickness”, offers a meditative commentary on modern life, owing much to leftist political theorists like Howard Zinn as well as Eastern-leaning philosophers like Alan Watts and Lao Tzu. Musically the dark, transcendent instrumentation of the record creates a rich and varied soundscape that will immediately entice fans of multiple genres. Repeat listeners will be rewarded by both the layered lyrical themes and the ear candy that’s provided by the nuanced sonic compositions.
Illogic & Blockhead are back for their final installment of the Capture the Sun series which you can pre-order on Bandcamp (with a free download of one song now). Hope they hook-up again for another wonderful set of music.
You can buy the Capture the Sun LP from Man Bites Dog Records (Deluxe or CD) or on iTunes.
As many of you know, Blockhead and i recorded a lot of songs while working on our Full-Length album “Capture the Sun”. It was always a plan to make this a Four-Part project. The first two Ep’s Preparing for Capture and Preparing for Capture 2 are both available for download. Here is the final installment, “After Capture”. I hope you enjoy.
Pool just released an album completely in Mayan.
From Straight Edge World Wide
Pool: Xma’ k’aaba’il
Deep in the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan province, the capital city Merida was built on the ruins of the Mayan city of Tho. Today, local band Pool are paying tribute to their lost culture, recording their latest album Xma’ k’aaba’il in the Mayan language.
We spoke to Alfredo Bojórquez, drummer for Pool, about the release:
Although some of us are straight edge and vegan, we are pleased to note that, as a band, we are sober, we do not think that makes us better or something. We feel comfortable with that, its our way of life.
We have three albums so far. The newest one, Xma’ k’aaba’il, has a more solid sound, in this album we experimented with the mayan language, [which] is very alive in our culture but [doesn’t] get the attention and importance it deserves.
Xma’ k’aaba’il is out now on New Direction Records.
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Nov. 7 2013In the post civil rights era, the colorline is beset by many paradoxes.The United States finally elected its first black president. There is a multicultural elite class. In this same moment, African Americans are harassed and racially profiled by “stop and frisk laws” and the experience known as “shopping while black”.
Black people are subjected to extrajudicial murder and violence by gun mad vigilantes, operating under onerous stand your ground laws, who shoot and murder young black people for the “crime” of walking down the street, in a neighborhood “where they don’t belong”, not being duly submissive, and carrying a bag of Skittles and iced-tea.Full citizenship involves the presumption that one belongs to a political community. By virtue of that fact, citizenship also means that a person is entitled to safety and security in their person without qualification, exception, or justification. Full citizenship is not contingent or precarious.African-Americans are not allowed such protections by the White Gaze. They are viewed as guilty until proven innocent, a criminal Other who is a priori categorized as “suspicious” and “dangerous”. While formal racism and Jim and Jane Crow were shattered and defeated by the Black Freedom Struggle, this ugly cloud continues to hover over the United States, some 400 years after the first black slaves were brought to the country.Consequently, black Americans are not really allowed to seek help from white people; the Parable of the Good Samaritan does not apply to people of color as viewed through the twin lenses of Whiteness and the White Gaze. The black and brown Other is not allowed the luxury and privilege of knowing that if they seek help when in distress—either from the police, or white folks, more generally—that such pleadings and requests will be met with a “How can I help you? Are you in trouble?”Of course, black Americans do not live under the threat of mass violence and racial pogroms that characterized the “Red Summer” of the post World One era when whole towns and communities were blown up, burned down, and the bodies of black people were hung from trees and signposts in the dozens and hundreds by rampaging white mobs.There is a sense of dread and worry that remains. It impacts our peace of mind, and gives a tragic patina to the types of life skills which we have to teach young black boys and girls to avoid being killed by the police, racially harassed while conducting their daily business, and how to navigate a society where white racism and white privilege still impacts their life chances and upward mobility.Such a burden can be mentally exhausting.
In the 1800s, Anglos migrated illegally into Texas, which was then part of Mexico, in greater and greater numbers and gradually drove the tejanos (native Texans of Mexican descent) from their lands, committing all manner of atrocities against them. Their illegal invasion forced Mexico to fight a war to keep its Texas territory. The Battle of the Alamo, in which the Mexican forces vanquished the whites, became, for the whites, the symbol for the cowardly and villainous character of the Mexicans. It became (and still is) a symbol that legitimized the white imperialist takeover. With the capture of Santa Anna in 1836, Texas became a republic. Tejanos lost their land and, overnight, became the foreigners.
Gloria Anzaldúa | Borderlands/La Frontera
Today, Slug from the hip-hop group Atmosphere took to Twitter to voice support for changing the name of the NFL team from Washington D.C. Head over to Atmosphere’s Twitter page to see the whole conversation.