Articles & Essays

Houston, City of Death

by Gus Breslauer “In a lot of ways, Houston epitomizes America’s last gasp as it plunges deeper into a dystopic decline. This city is as plastic as a vase of fake flowers, from a distance they look real and elegant, but the closer you get, the more artificial everything is.”

Pandemic Teaching Reflections, Not All Rainbows

by Andrew Joseph Pegoda “Factors of pedagogy fully considered, I have certainly had some exceptional online students and many other students producing quality, thoughtful work, but for me, virtual teaching has not been as fulfilling. There is little contact with others. Students struggle. They really struggle online. “

Fresher Fields Than Houston: Wilfred Owen, Z-Ro and the Apocalypse of Imperialism

by M.C. Zendejas “One must wonder, however, whether this complicity characterizes imperialism as unchangeable, or merely recognizes that immediate change is impossible, that change is not a single event but a historical process. After all, if we are to dare to invent tomorrow’s utopia we must first start by acknowledging today’s dystopia, beginning with our…

Last Days of Fiesta

by Gerardo Velasquez “I wonder what they’ll do with the property, now that Fiesta is gone. I wonder what will happen to our community.”

Houston’s Wave of Resistance

by Anonymous “As we marched, protestors chanted the names of the six people murdered by the HPD since late April. These chants were a reminder that behind the publicity stunt engineered by Acevedo lie a viciously brutal police force. “

Obstruction of Peace

by anonymous “During the waiting period, we are completely in the dark about what they are going to do. We tell them they are entrapping us without pressing a charge and they do not even look in our eyes or say anything. Some officers are smirking, talking amongst themselves as we freak out over this…

An Encounter with Police Brutality

by Usama Abbas “It brought me to tears which I held back because my younger brother was there looking up to me. The cause of my tears was that the injustice and brutality that a Black man, woman, and child face became so vivid.”

June 2020

by Patrick Higgins “For his part, Acevedo reveals himself as several things at once: a skilled operator, a talented performer, and a major city police chief with a department to protect. For educational purposes, two sets of records should be kept: one of HPD’s crimes against the working class and poor, and another of Acevedo’s…

Flood and Fire

by E.M. Conrad “I left West Virginia because I couldn’t imagine moving on from my grief when it had become a part of the surrounding landscape. I would have found it impossible to do so if every street corner, every hill and patch of road and piece of sidewalk bore witness to death and injustice…

Rebels in Eden

By Adam Lupiani “It is the political violence of police murdering innocent and unarmed black people. A political violence that hangs all of that over a people’s heads as a threat for what happens when the status quo is not followed.”


By 3 Black Women Rice Students “until that original system of oppression upon which the police force is built is completely dismantled, it’s fuck 12”

Alain Badiou’s Hypothesis and the Arab Left as Contemporaries of May 68

by Dabya “What united them was not the vocabulary of classes or proletarian leadership, but the vocabulary of revolution and change in the broadest sense. For those who incorporated their bodies, thoughts, affects, and potentialities into a certain political truth procedure, and who became ‘militant[s] of this truth,’ the change had to look a certain…