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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Denver Harbor Holiday Toastada and Toy Drive

Join Palmer's Ice House on Thursday, Dec. 16th from 6 - 9(ish) pm for a Holiday Toast and Toy Drive!

The Facebook event page says-

We'll have door prizes like sweet gift certificates, great drink specials from Palmer's , live DJ, and a chance to see good friends again.
No cover. 
Bring an unwrapped gift to donate, and we'll make sure Denver Harbor area families who may be in need have a brighter Christmas!!

For more information or to donate a door prize, contact Daniel - dphinojosa@hotmail.com
Presented by your friends at Palmer's Ice House - Kathy Talamantez and the Texas Cyclone Cookers

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Picket for Oscar Grant this Weekend in Houston- 2202 St. Emmanuel

Join All Communites Against Brutality (ACAB)  this Saturday, November 6, 2010 @ 1pm as they Demonstrate in support of Oscar Grant, his family, and friends:
 ACAB invites the community to take part in this National call for Oscar. We are interested in keeping a peaceful demonstration and creating a space for our gente to come together to talk about Oscar's case, about their own thoughts on the true role of police in our neighborhoods, call for an end to police violence, and most importantly, to build connections with each other around the issue of police brutality- that we can all be affect by- just like Oscar-  at any moment.

For more info about Oscar's case- See Below:

Sentencing nears for ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle-

On Friday morning, one of the final chapters of a tragic high-profile Bay Area story will be written.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge is set to sentence former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle on Friday for the shooting death of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station platform on January 1, 2009.
The incident was captured on numerous video recorders and disseminated throughout the world. The video sparked widespread protests and rioting throughout Oakland in the days following the shooting. Later, protests broke out in response to the jury’s decision to convict Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter with a weapons enhancement — and acquit him of murder — in June.
Mehserle is white, while Grant was black. The controversy over the killing took on racial overtones and unleashed long-held animosity between city residents and law enforcement.
The former officer, now 28, has been jailed at a Downtown Los Angeles jail since the day the verdict, awaiting sentencing for the crime.
Judge Robert Perry, who presided over the trial, will sentence Mehserle, who could be sentenced to anything from probation to a maximum of 14 years in state prison.
The involuntary manslaughter verdict angered members of Grant’s family and prosecutors, who argued that Mehserle murdered Grant when he drew his firearm and shot the unarmed 23 year-old father once in the back, killing him. Mehserle’s defense contended the action was a mistake and that the former officer meant to Tase Grant when he drew his service weapon instead of the Taser.
The jury agreed, in part, with the defense argument that the shooting was accidental when it came to a verdict of involuntary manslaughter. Legal experts said that the weapons enhancement charge was a compromise solution for the jury.

Dueling public relations campaigns

 The families of Grant and Mehserle have undertaken very public and bold steps at soliciting public support before Friday’s scheduled sentencing.

Grant’s family has urged Perry to seek the maximum sentence for Mehserle, a 14-year stint behind bars.
The family has drawn support from the International Longshoreman’s Worker’s Union, whose members shut down operations at the Ports of San Francisco and Oakland for one day in September in a public display in favor of the maximum sentence.
“We want justice,” said Christopher McKay, an International Longshore and Warehouse Union worker. ”We want [Mehserle] to serve his time just like anybody else would serve their time — to the fullest extent of the law.”
The union’s organized community events put together to draw attention to the shooting have the blessing of the Grant family, who said they would be in the courtroom Friday for the sentencing.
Meanwhile, the family of Mehserle is waging its own campaign to urge Perry to go in another direction: being lenient towards the former police officer.
After nearly 18 months of silence from Mehserle and his supporters, friends and family members have initiated an aggressive and highly visible outreach campaign to get “his side of the story” in the public domain.
This yacht has made regular appearances at McCovey Cove outside AT&T Park drawing attention to the Johannes Mehserle sentencing date.
During the San Francisco Giants’ playoff run, Mehserle’s father, Todd, who sells sailing equipment for yachts, has paraded a large ship with “Free Mehserle” banners during home games in McCovey Cove. The move drew attention — including from the Fox Sports baseball telecasts — to the high profile case and the upcoming sentencing date.
Last week, Mehserle gave his first interview to KTVU Television from the Los Angeles County Jail, telling the television station that he expects to walk out of the court “a free man” on Friday.
”The decision I made was to Tase Mr. Grant, it wasn’t to shoot him, and I know that,” he told Channel 2 reporter Rita Williams.

Sentencing Day

Sentencing is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Superior Court says that the few seats available to the public will be distributed via a lottery held at 8 a.m. outside the courthouse.
In court filings, the former officer’s defense attorney has asked Perry for a new trial, citing a Kentucky case where a police officer whose Taser was configured for a dominant hand cross-draw — just like Mehserle’s, and unlike other gun-Taser confusion cases presented at trial — mistook his gun for his Taser. Perry will rule on that motion before Friday’s sentencing.
The Beat will provide updates on the sentencing from Los Angeles on www.californiabeat.org and on its Twitter page.
The Beat News Service contributed reporting. Contact Steven Luo, Jennifer Courtney and Tashina Manyak at news@californiabeat.org.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Houston’s 5th Ward AAPDEP Community Garden- October 30 African Festival Announced

Feliz Friday Mi Gente! Check out what our neighbors in 5th Ward are doing this weekend! 

From Uhuru News:

Houston’s 5th Ward AAPDEP Community Garden gains support as fall crop is planted – October 30 African festival announced

On Saturday, October 9, community residents and All African People's Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) members came together at the 5th Ward Community Garden and Food Co-op, in the heart of Fifth Ward at 3703 Brill Street to break dirt and plant seeds in an all-day work project to plant its fall crop.
Below is a pictorial of the work that is sure to bring in a bumper fall crop of collard and mustard greens, turnips, rutabaga, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, winter squash, cucumber, a host of herbs, and other vegetables that are guaranteed to fill the 30 odd rows to their maximum capacity.
The people came for the whole day, as they worked, ate fruit and learned more about producing our own food.
The twenty or so odd people who came out to work the Garden were also getting the area ready for a community African Festival and a Halloween get-together for the children, scheduled for October 30, which will feature live music for the adults, and special entertainment for the children.

Booth Space is available for the Festival and all are welcome. Please contact Nykeba Griffin (832-788-4332, econdev.tx@apspuhuru.org)  or Omowale Kefing (281-974-2012).

Oh Yes & Be Safe taking the kiddos out on Halloween !!!! ~ OurDHStreets Staff

Friday, October 22, 2010

All Communities Against Brutality (A.C.A.B.) hosting FREE Community BBQ This Weekend

Today, October 22, 2010 is National Day of Police Brutality Awareness. There are several events going on around the Houston area, including tonight @ 6pm @ Emancipation Park. Come out to march, eat, and share stories of how you or your community has been affected by police and police brutality. 
From Oscar Grant's murder by Oakland cops to the severe beating of 16-year old Chad Holley by 8 Houston police officers, there is something to be said about how police work and don't work in our communities.
So, after you get your fill of demonstrating today, come over to Eastwood Park off Harrisburg Blvd (5020 Harrisburg) tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 23, 2010, to eat and discuss solutions and alternatives with A.C.A.B. (All Communities Against Brutality).

Friday, October 15, 2010

3rd Annual East End Cultural Arts Fest 2010

A free cultural arts festival designed to expose quality artistic culture and to showcase the East End to Houston and beyond. This year the festival has teamed up with non-profit SER and the Greater East End Management District to celebrate “Going Green” by highlighting SER’s Green Job Training Program as well as other local green initiatives including recycled art, products and services.

The festival will feature performance zones including a visual arts zone showcasing over forty
local artists; a cultural arts zone showcasing spoken word, indie films, dance, and a variety of eclectic music; as well as the world beat zone, focusing on music performances by artists representing various regions of the world. Over 50 booth spaces will also be made available to local artists and green businesses to show case their products and services.

Featured performances include Gitanerias Flamenco with Lucia y Valdemar, Grammy award nominee SisterSister, the conjunto soul of the East End Pistoleros de Tejas and many more TBA. A special blessing by Danza Aztec Teokali is scheduled. The celebration will also involve a silent auction with several Houston visual artists, including Julie Zarate, Lizbeth Ortiz, Christian Navaratte and many more TBA.

Please join us for this special event!
For more information and update on schedule performances, please visit:

What: 3rd Annual East End Cultural Arts Fest 2010
Where: Tlaquepaque Market, 700 Telephone Rd., Houston TX 77023
When: Oct. 17th, 2010 (Sunday) Noon till 8pm
Admission: FREE

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

31st Annual Festival Chicano @ Miller Outdoor Theater

The 31st Annual Festival Chicano is a cultural celebration of 31 years of Chicano music from Tejano & Conjunto to Mariachi & Orchestra. It is one of the oldest ongoing events of its type in the world starting tomorrow and into the weekend at the Miller Outdoor Theatre for FREE! Bring the kiddos, blankets, comida, and good vibes- they'll provide the musica of our cultura!
Little Joe & Mazz...need I say more? Nos miramos DH!

Here is the line up running from 7pm- 10pm each night:

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz
Ram Herrera

Friday, October 8, 2010
Little Joe
Shelly Lares
Stefani Montiel

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Latin Breed
Los Palominos

Friday, September 10, 2010

Public Forum on Chemical Security

Texas has more “high-risk” chemical facilities than any other state in the nation.  In fact, the greater Houston area alone has 17 of the top 101 most dangerous facilities in the nation.  These plants are putting millions at risk of a toxic nightmare.  The U.S. Army Surgeon General estimates that an attack on just one of these facilities could kill or injure 900,000 to 2.4 million people.
Come learn about this vital issue and what you can do to help protect our community from a toxic nightmare.
The good news:
Just four poison gasses are responsible for the majority of these chemical threats.  For each of these gases, safer alternatives are available today.  Nationwide, more than 500 plants have switched to safer chemical processes since 1999, thereby eliminating risks for 40 million Americans.
The very highest risk facilities, however, have yet to adopt safer chemical processes. We need chemical security standards that put all high-risk facilities on an even playing field. The current law actually bars the government from requiring safer chemical processes and exempts thousands of water treatment plants and hundreds of port facilities. The chemical lobby wants to make that law permanent and that is unacceptable. 
Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey recently introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate which would go would require the highest risk plants to convert to safer processes where commercially feasible. This bill is now under consideration by the Senate.
Saturday, September 11th, 2010 
3pm- 4pm
Houston, Texas
Rice University--Sewall Hall Room 309.   (Building is near visitor parking).  

Friday, August 27, 2010

Books on the Bayou 2010

For the record, we at OurDHStreets, LOVE Persepolis. A must see!! And this event is free!!!
From chron.com- Ultimate East End-

The Houston Public Library invites the community to join Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson for the Opening Celebration of the 9th Annual Books on the Bayou: Houston Reads Together program. This year’s selection is “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi. Mayor Parker’s welcome address is only one of several events which are scheduled to begin at 11 AM thru 5 PM at the Central Library on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

The opening celebration includes a day of Persian cuisine, musical and dance performances, speakers, book discussions, and a film screening of the award-winning film adaptation of “Persepolis” (a French film with English subtitles). In addition, at 1:15 PM there will be a screening of archival footage of Satrapi’s visit to Houston. The Central Library is located at 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313. The program is free and open to the public.

About Books on the Bayou

The Houston Public Library invites all Houstonians to join together to read “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by author Marjane Satrapi for the 9th Annual Books on the Bayou: Houston Reads Together program. Books on the Bayou brings Houstonians together to read the same book at the same time, provoking discussion among co-workers, friends, families, and classrooms. This program cultivates a culture of reading in Houston by encouraging people to visit libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, churches, and schools to discuss the featured book.

Now through September 30, 2010 everyone is invited to attend the many diverse activities that are planned at all neighborhood library locations. There will be book and film discussions, displays, storytelling, and other events. For a detailed list of events visit www.houstonlibrary.org/booksonthebayou or pick up a Resource Guide at any of the Houston Public Library’s 35 neighborhood locations.

Opening Celebration

Book Discussion | 11 AM
Connie Lewis from Houston Great Books Society will lead a book discussion of “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.” Whether you’ve read the book or are just thinking about reading it, you are invited to join the discussion.

Welcome Addresses | 12 NOON
The official opening of the 9th Annual Books on the Bayou: Houston Reads Together reading and programming series, featuring Persian cuisine, special musical and dance performances, and guest speakers Mayor Annise D. Parker and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, director of Houston Public Library.

Archival Footage Screening | 1:15 PM
A special screening of archival footage from Marjane Satrapi’s visit to Houston, introduced and provided by Inprint. Graphic memoirist Marjane Satrapi, author of “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood,” was featured in the in the 2007/2008 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series as a special event presentation on Saturday, April 12, 2008, Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Film Screening | 3:15 PM
A special presentation of the award-winning film adaptation of “Persepolis.” French, with English subtitles; MPAA Rating: PG-13.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org/booksonthebayou or call 832-393-1313.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's A Tejano Weekend in DH

From UT:Austin- The Roots of Tejano & Conjunto Music-

The roots of Tejano and Conjunto music are as widespread and diverse, and run as deep, as the traditions, cultures
and people which gave them life. The main root is the music of Mexico with all its regional and class variations, its extraordinary range of songs and dances, and its social and religious lyrics ranging from the solo voice to the powerful sound of the bandas from Sinaloa to the highly stylized format of today's mariachis. The genteel polished urban orchestras as well as the often untrained rural string bands, the romantic bolero singers, the smooth as well as the gutsy, male and female rural ranchera stars, the vocal trios, the Jarocho harp music of Veracruz, the Huastecan fiddlers and falsetto singers, the danzon and mambo orchestras, and above all the norteño sound of the accordion accompanying the duet vocals from the North, have all contributed to the sound of present day Tejano and Conjunto music.

The musical traditions of the Tejanos of South Texas and Norteños of Northern Mexico have been influenced not only by the mother country Mexico, but also by their Anglo, African, and immigrant neighbors like the Czechs, Bohemians, and Moravians as well as the Germans and Italians.

These various incorporations and collaborations led to Tejano music, native to Tejas. Names like Little Joe y La Familia, La Mafia, Sunny Ozuna, our reina, Selena, and Mazz brought to life the spirit of being Tejan@.

And in recognition of our Tejan@ roots, this Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Palmers Ice House, DJ tomcruz and DJ Steve Audio will go head to head for

The 1st EVER


The show starts at 8pm and will also include special guests The Saints & Sinners.
Organizer Mike Marron had this to say about Saturdays big show!:

"The Saints & Sinners" have a 5 piece horn section with congas and that the band consists of 11 members which is a rare special treat for music and dancing lovers.The band performs a variety of music from Tejano/Cumbia/Latin/ and Old School R&B Funk music. You hardly ever see big groups like this performing these days!
Every dollar you pay is well worth it and actually you are getting way more than you pay for.
We will be making history in the Tejano World (actually all over the world) and having the "1st ever DJ Tejano/Cumbia Battle." DJ tomcruz hailing from Denver Harbor/East Houston vs DJ Steve Audio hailing from North Side/Houston will be battling it out!
And Special Referee for the battle will be East Sides Own PEPE(Nick Marron)"

Palmers will be showing the Texans Game and having Free Pizza that night.
$7 pre sale tickets can be purchased at Palmers Ice house.
$10 at the door, $8 before 10pm
Palmers Ice House
7315 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020-5454
(713) 670-7756
Brought to you by SNS Ent.
For more info: facebook.com/mikemarron1
or call 832-668-0067
To Reserve your table call:713-670-7756

Tejano Viva!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Feliz Dia de Resistencia! Cuauhtemoc Celebration This Weekend

Versed from WE WILL RISE by Kurly Tlapoyawa
Section 11- The Plague:

On April 21,1521, Hernan Cortez returned to Tenochtitlan, after previously invading and leaving behind a terrible smallpox epidemic, and began to lay siege of the great city- today known as Mexico City. He came with dozens of boats, each one equipped with a cannon. As they entered the surrounding areas of the city, The Mexica- today called Aztec- warriors met the Spaniards in full force. The battles were bloody, fast, and furious; Causing each side massive losses. But the superior fire power of the Spaniards, along with the weakened condition of the Mexica, gave the Europeans the upper hand. Bit by bit, battle after battle, sections of Tenochtitlan were isolated and overrun by Spanish forces.

Then, after mapping the clearest route through the canals surrounding Tenochtitlan, the Spaniards launched their boats from along the side of Texkoko. The heavily armed craft, blasted their way through the Mexica canoes sent to confront them. The slaughter was incredible. The white invaders used war horses, lances, guns, catapults, flesh-eating dogs, armor, cross bows, and their hunger for blood, and thus ensued an 8o day fight that left thousands of Mexica dead.

On August 13, 1521, Tenochtitlan finally fell to the Spaniards.

On our final day as a free people, the young Cuauhtemoc, the last heroic tlatoani of Tenochtitlan, made a declaration to the people and the day has since been declared a Dia de Resistencia or Day of Resistance, for Cuauhtemoc's words promised that a new day would rise for the Mexica people, our ancestors....for us.

This Saturday at Eastwood Park- 5000 Harrisburg, Houston TX, 77023- starting at 6pm- Come honor the resistance of one of our greatest leaders, Cuauhtemoc. We will be reading Cuauhtemoc's last mandate to the people of Mexiko, given originally 500 years ago today in remembrance that through our struggle as a Brown people, we have endured, and we will rise to our ancient knowledge and glory again.

Come for the palabra, stay for the danza!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cooking Carne: The 1st Annual DH Cook Off in Retrospect

The author, Jose Limon, in his article entitled 'Carne, Carnales, and the Carnivalesque' paints a picture of the Chicano bbq scene by observing:

'I am most interested in the way the consumption of food is a kind of interactional parallel to the charged language which paradoxically generated friendship. Everyone brings his meat- and contributes it to a central collective pile; everyone at some point or another takes a turn at shooing flies away, broiling and cutting the meat, and making the sauce.'

It's true! Few things bring people together the way that sharing food can. It's a part of our cultura and it comes back like 2nd nature in moments when the gente get together to make something happen- in this case, the mission to create a BBQ CookOff in Denver Harbor, organized by Denver Harbians, and participated in by them and their friends.

The Sun was shining and the smell in the air was o-so-good at Palmers Ice House on June 26, 2010. The DH Crew didn't get to taste all the winning food,but we did stay around long enough to test a few of the delicious eats and talk to some of the cooking teams about what they were most looking forward to and what being a part of this event meant to them personally.

Every tent had an inviting & busy feeling to it. The Try This Cookers were beating the heat with mini-raspas they shared with everyone who visited their tent. Other tents had their winning trophies out in prominent display- adding a bit of healthy competition to the whole thing. Fajita seemed to be the Wild Card entry most people were looking forward to and every camp had tables and tents where family and friends were sitting to give company, cheer, taste, and help out where they were needed.

My favorite was the Le Flame Kookers which consisted of all females. They said that while they haven't won in a category yet, they have a great time competing. They most definitely balanced out a bit of the testosterone flying around the place! Trisha, Lisa, and Eva spoke a bit to OurDHStreets Crew member, Dee, about how participating in this cook-off allowed them to reconnect with the community, since some of them had moved away from the 'hood when they got older. The Texas Cyclone Cookers hooked us up with cups of Chili while they recanted about how they are all family and they love to grill and get together, so the Cook-Off (that they initiated) was just a way to fuse that and share with other DH residents and friends that love to do the same.

The palate-ready judges sat snuggly inside of Palmers avoiding the heat and the pressure of the competing teams while BBQ lovers hung out inside with a few cold beverages taking in the aromas and the World Cup on the big screens.

OurDHStreets would like to thank Daniel Hinojosa, The Wild Style Kookers, the Smoked and Chopped Cookers, the Le Flame ladies, and the rest for a great time and yummy food!!!

PS. Palmers Ice House will be hosting another worth-while BBQ event this Saturday, July 17, 2010. Come out anytime from 11:00am - 5:00pm, and support Lena (Ybarra) Lara who is battling cancer. Plates will be $7.00 and include Brisket, Sausage, Potato Salad, and Rice. DJ Locura is sponsoring and there will be a moonwalk for kids. All proceeds will help with medical expenses. For more information, call (713)393-9485.
Please come by and support, enjoy the day, the BBQ, Palmers, and the amazing gente that make it all happen in Denver Harbor!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Can You Smell What Denver Harbor is Cooking?

MMmm.. there is nothing like the comida that comes off of the open flame of a barbecue pit. We, at OurDHStreets, can already smell the rich aromas rising and spreading through the area as the first pieces of carne and chile hit the grill this weekend at the 1st Annual Denver Harbor Cook-Off! We had a chance to exchange a few quick words with participant and organizer Daniel Hinojosa about what inspired the event and how it will be going down this Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 8am - 5pm at the famous Palmers Ice House!! It will be so good to see the Raza out in full force with friends and familia! Who will take come the Golden Chancla?!

DHStreets- The flier says 8am to 5pm - can you give us a bit more of a breakdown to know what time things will be going on?
DHinojosa- The event is from 8am - 5pm. Teams will begin to set-up as early as 7am, This
is serious BBQ business here people, the challenge to win the GOLDEN CHANCLA is on! I am encouraging everyone to carpool as much as possible, ride Metro, or even walk to Palmer's. Parking will be very limited and we want to be good neighbors to everyone out there and not congest the streets. We are anticipating a near capacity crowd. The teams have been briiefed, and category turn-ins are as follows Homemade Salsa - 11am, 12pm - Chili, 1pm - Chicken, 2pm - Pork, 3pm - WildCard (anything goes!). Awards will begin at 4pm. We will be asking for random judges, so if you have a talent for tasting, come by the cook-off and sign up to be a judge! Don't forget World Cup action, USA vs Ghana 1:30pm!

DHStreets- If you can, the names of a few of the teams that are

DHinojosa- The teams that have signed-up are The Tejano Renegade Kookers!, Smoked n' Chopped!, Smokin's a Habit, Smoke 'em up! Cookers, Dammit Boy Cookers, Try This Cookers, Roy Meza Cookers, Goodfellas Cookers, David Rodriguez (he's so cool, he uses his own name!), Stone Cold Cookers, Luv Ya' Q! Palmer's Ice House, and your host cooking team, Texas Cyclone Cookers!

DHStreets- What if there is rain?

DHinojosa- I've participated in cook-offs in ankle deep water before. If there's rain, we will be cooking in the rain, the show must go on! (Safety First always!)

DHStreets- What inspired the Texas Cyclone Cookers to create this event?

DHinojosa- I love bringing people together, I love BBQ, and I am very proud to be from Denver Harbor. There are so many other cook-off teams that originate from Denver Harbor that compete elsewhere in the city, it just made sense to have our own "home field" event for the teams that call Denver Harbor home. I also wanted a signature event in the Denver Harbor area that is a good, positive community event. Often, the negative things that occur in our area (that also happen in every community in America) are highlighted and the positive stories are ignored. There are highly intelligent,educated, resourceful, and good citizens that reside or have their roots in Denver Harbor. This event is a celebration of our neighborhood and culture!

DHStreets- Right on, Daniel! Anything else you'd like to say about the event?:

DHinojosa- Fans can keep up with the cook-off by becoming a friend of www.facebook.com/denverharbor. I want to thank everyone who has supported this event, Kathy Talamantez at Palmer's Ice House, Anna Gonzalez with the Denver Harbor Civic Club, Pearl Pecina with Epic Hair Productions, all the teams for participating, and the fans and sponsors who support our cook-off teams.

This wil the INAUGURAL DENVER HAROR COOK-OFF. We will be making this an annual event, so be prepared to see who wins the GOLDEN CHANCLA at the "2011 Denver Harbor Cook-off"!

We can't wait, Daniel! See you all on Saturday, mi gente!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Que Padre

My dad was very loving and involved when I was a kid. When we did wrong, instead of hitting us, he preferred the 'lecture approach'. He made sure that I understood why I was being forced to sit through his speech. He would explain the situation, tell me why it was wrong, and then ask me why I had done the wrong I had. Having to explain why I had misbehaved as a child to my grown father in front of me intently listening, was sometimes the hardest part of the 'lecture approach'. But, in retrospect, I appreciate it because it proved to me that my dad 1) was invested in helping me understand how things worked in the world based on my actions and 2) even though I was only a child, I knew that I could critically think and gave me the space to express myself every time we interacted. These memories and lessons have proved to be priceless in my adulthood & I am extremely thankful for it. Although he never hit us (maybe my lil sis once, because she was a terror) we still knew not to disrespect him and to be fearful when mom said "just wait till your dad get's home". Still, everything he did and said was in love & he is still the same dad we can approach to help smooth out the hard edges.

I know that not everyone has had the same lucky experience as me and my sisters- that some kids had to grow up without the male energy helping mold them - so I must use this Fathers Day as a chance to say a few different thank you's too:
Thank you to the fathers that have passed on, but have left behind great memories for those that knew them.
Thank you to the mom's & other extended family that played dad when a real dad was not around.
Thank you to the soon to be dads- Children are an extension of you. - you will soon have a fresh start to build up your kids, and thus, your self.
& last, Our DH Streets would like to send a big abrazo and smile to all the dads celebrating with their families today! Have a great one!!
Another great Fathers Day blog ---> here.

Friday, June 18, 2010

El Gato Media Network Carwash

El Gato is a student organization at the University of Houston Their mission is to pioneering a unique, multidisciplinary student news organization to recruit more Latinos to journalism and improve coverage of Hispanics. If you have time this weekend, please come by and support their endeavors by getting your car washed! - Beats doing it yourself in this heat!

Details Below:

Saturday, June 19, 2010
11:00am - 4:00pm
Locati on: Barry's Pizza

On behalf of El Gato Media Network, we invite you to our first ever Car Wash!!!
This event will be taking place on June 19, 2010 @ Barry's Pizza on 6003 Richmond Avenue at Foutainview, Houston from 11 to 4.
This is a DONATION BASED Car Wash!!
RSVP on Facebook here!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Eye Can See Clearly Now

We've all had bad experiences when going to the doctor. Whether it be the ER, the dentist, or the optometrist, you can usually bet on someone on staff - or even the doctor- being impersonal, rushing, or being straight up rude.
That's why it's refreshing to hear about places that treat their clients respectfully by taking their time, sharing their knowledge, and making sure the client leaves with a smile...especially when that place is in your own neighborhood!
So, when DH Streets staff received an email about a great eye doctor experience, we felt compelled to share:

TEXAS STATE OPTICAL - DENVER HARBOR - right across from Fiesta y Fallas Paredes 711 SHOTWELL STREET 77020 HOUSTON , TX Phone:(713) 673-6355

On May 31st, 2010 I visited TSO on Shotwell for my annual eye check up and it was such a nice experience. This was the 3rd time I had been there, the last time being 2005. This time I had the opportunity to meet the elder Mr. Gold who explained everything to me, put me at ease with his conversation and warm manner. His assistant Lori helped me in selecting the best eye wear for me- using my vision benefits. Usually neighbors will go outside our area for this type of service but we got it right here in DH! - M.G. Coronado

So, if you have been wondering where you can go for your next eye exam, look no further than down the street!! Happy Seeing!

--Thank you for this M.G. -and if YOU have had a great experience at any business in or near DH, let us know! We love to spotlight places that are invested in good customer service & care.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Published by Daniel Bvon May 14, 2010 in Energy
- From the Houston Museum of Natural Science's blog- BEYONDbones-

On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven people were lost and over 5,000 barrels of oil a day have been pumped into the gulf. It is a tragedy and one of the worst environmental disasters of all time.
This blog will help to explain why there is oil offshore, what an offshore oil rig is, what cementing and containment domes are and how we can help.
Crude oil is made form the desiccated remains of microscopic organisms that plied the water ways millions of years ago. They died (the very theme of nature), fell to the bottom of the ocean and were covered by layers of rock, sand and other debris. Through compression and temperature they were converted into hydrocarbons (crude oil and natural gas). Thanks to plate tectonics, many of these hydrocarbon reservoirs have ended up on land, but there are also many that are still under the ocean floor.
Colorful Old Oil Barrels
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The Mineral Management Service has estimated that there are 17.8 billion barrels of oil off the cost of America (for comparison the Ghawar field is Saudi Arabia has 60 billion barrels). So why do we drill for oil offshore?  Here are a few numbers that will help explain.  America uses 21 million barrels of crude oil each day (most have been refined into gasoline), but we only produce 9 million barrels a day.
The two countries that we import most of our oil from, Canada and Mexico, also have large offshore oil projects. Canada produces around 368 thousand barrels a day and Mexico produces 2.2 million barrels form their offshore wells. Other counties such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia also have offshore production.
So what are offshore platforms? An offshore oil rig is like an extreme onshore rig. Not only does the rig have to drill thousands of feet through the earth, there is also have hundreds of feet of water on top of the drilling site. The rigs must also survive whatever the sea can toss at them, whether it be waves, hurricanes or tsunamis. There are many different types of offshore oil rigs. Deepwater Horizon was a semi-submersible rig, meaning that there were large tanks that would fill with water to submerse some of the oil rig, so that it would not move off the site it was drilling at. It can be put in water depth from 200 to 10,000 feet. A fixed platform is fixed in place by cement or steel legs and can go up to 1700 ft. A jacked up platform can use their legs to jack the platform up till it is above the water level, and then jack back down to move to a new location. They usually operate in up to 400 ft of water. A drillship is not a platform at all but a ship that can be used to drill wells. Its uses a series of thrusters to maintain position and it can operate in up to 13,000 feet of water.
Semi-submersible rig
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So which one is the best one? Because all the different offshore options can operate in varying depths and environments, it really is dependent on the location.
Cementing has come up a lot in the news recently. Most people may not know what that means. After a well is drilled and the casing is laid in, a special mixture of cement can be poured down to help support the well. It can help to keep the pressure constant, to reinforce the well walls or to plug up a well that is no longer producing. The cement used for the wells very from well to well. The mixture is based on the rock in the well and other variables such as the pressure at different depths.
If the pressure becomes too much an uncontrolled release can occur called a blowout. It can be oil, natural gas, water or a combination of two or three of those. One the most iconic examples of a blowout is Spindletop. No one wants a blow out. Not only does can it cause environmental damage but it can threaten the very lives of the people who work on rigs. To stop this there are automated measures and human control methods. For example, an operator could notice a change in pressure in the drilling mud. He would then try to relieve the pressure in a controlled method. If all else fails a blow out preventer can be used. A blow out preventer is a device that physically plugs the well so nothing can escape.
So if a blowout happens, then what? What happens when an offshore oil rig can’t stop producing such as Piper Alpha or Deepwater Horizon? Remote operated vehicles (ROVs) can be sent down to assess the situation and try to stanch the flow. A remotely operated vehicle is just that, a vehicle that is operated remotely by a person. If the ROVs can not stop the well a containment dome can be lowered down to cover the leak. A containment dome works by covering the area and then channeling the pressure off, and in this case to collect the crude oil. The first containment dome lowered down on the Deepwater Horizon was unsuccessful due to a build up of methane hydrates (or fire ice) on the dome. There are plans to drop a smaller dome, which would be easier to heat up if methane hydrates forms.
There are also efforts to contain and remove the oil that has come up. One of the choices is to burn off the crude oil. This can only be done under certain conditions, such as low winds, calm seas, and can not work on every spill. Another way is to put a boom around the spill to contain it and reclaim it. If the oil is on the surface, a skimmer can be used to gather and separate the oil. Chemicals can be sprayed on the oil spill to make the oil disperse or to clump together. Two types of dispersants have been spread on the Deepwater Horizon spill to help disperse it.
Another way to try and stop the oil that is coming out of the well is to drill a relief well. This would take the pressure off the well hole (it is like opening another hole in a shaken coke bottle to take the pressure off the main hole).
So what can we do? The national wildlife federation has created a page to help with that. Check with your barber or hair stylist to see if you can donate hair to make a boom. The best thing you can do is become energy aware. To understand where we get our energy from and how much of it you use. That is the first step to true energy independence.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Channeling Malcolm X

Before he was El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, he was Malcolm X. And before he was Malcolm X, he was known on the streets of Harlem, as Detroit Red. I discuss him this day with respect and with relevance to you and I today.
When I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X four years ago, I didn't expect to read what I read and found in those pages, but I found it touched & shaped me as a woman - as a Brown woman - as a Brown woman who was becoming aware of her Self and her place in the world.
I read the story of a boy who was so caught up with the 'dog eat dog' that he was lost in the world wind of it. He sold drugs, he pimped, he robbed, and he went to jail - only to find hisSelf in jail.
Malcolm was more than a preacher for the Nation of Islam, he was a teacher to us all. What I loved about Malcolm's story is that he didn't shy away from the truth of who he was and as he changed, he was not afraid to say he'd been changed. He was not afraid to call out the evils of the world after he'd seen himself though those evils. He was not afraid to say what needed to be said although he was well aware that it might cost him family, friends, and his life. He looked back at his hustle on the streets of Harlem, not with embarrassment or apologies, but with purpose and understandings & helped me see my self in my hood and then took me on an international journey of discovery.
The changes that are happening in ourSelves and in our communities of color are again at odds with the status quo- just like they were when Malcolm hit the streets and started talking to the people about it. He never made excuses, he found reason.
Today, as our skin tone & our very existence as gente of color- Black & Brown- has come under attack by laws like Arizona's SB 1070 & Houston's 287G, it's that much more important to take responsibility for our past, learn from that and our present, and make moves with pride in our Selves for the future.
....And if you haven't read The Autobiography of Malcolm X or don't know too much about who he is, do yourself the favor---> you can start here.
Many people are trying to figure out how to make real change happen - I learned through Malcolm that it starts by arming yourself with knowledge- through books and the street- and then taking what you learn & discussing it with those you love- that's how you build community. That's how you reach the youth.
Malcolm did & said everything he did & said because he loved his people & who he was because of who he had been. Channel that...by any means necessary.