Archive for February, 2008

NPR at the Obama Rally – My 25.5 Seconds of Fame

February 29, 2008

Today, I had a few people mention that they heard me on NPR (National Public Radio) this morning.

I was at the Obama rally and they grabbed me for a quick Q & A. Here’s the web page and audio clip that features me for about 25.5 seconds lol (link).

Advertisements

Mike D. and Shawn Williams on Obama’s Press Row

February 27, 2008

We were doing our thing at the Obama campaign rally today in Duncanville. I’ve heard things about other campaigns fronting on the bloggers. The Obama staff was a pleasure to work with.

I’ll post pics later. It was an unforgettable experience. Thanks to the national staffers that put us on the “list.”

Barack Obama in Duncanville on Wednesday

February 26, 2008

Thanks to my buddy Zai that hit me off with the info.

Here’s the link to register. (link)

Free preferred viewing tix will be available as stated in the e-mail.

Get there EARLY. This ain’t no Hillary rally with 100-200 people. It will be PACKED!

Obama has more Experience than Clinton, and how to Texas Two-Step

February 26, 2008

For a long time, Hillary Clinton has been running on the false premise of experience.

Think about it. Barack started in the Illinois state legislature in 1997; Hillary started in ELECTED office in 2001. But that’s isn’t what election should be about. It should be about accomplishment. Barack has been responsible for multiple bills in Illinois and in Congress where positive laws were passed. Check out this link that compares the two candidates’ legislative records.

link to Obama legislative record vs. Clinton

Clinton, who has served only one full term and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law 20 bills. In Obama’s first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427.

I don’t really care about who is committed to whom in terms of endorsements because of what was done for someone way back when. There are people like Rev. Joseph Lowery that have known the Clintons for over 30 years, but are still supporting Barack Obama.

The “favor for a favor” mentality is one that has our inner-city communities in the state in which they are in now. No one is indebted to anyone forever, the well-being of our communities and this country should outweigh any favors that someone did for any person or elected official on a personal basis.

To younger voters, like myself, these personal ties are insignificant. We are the ones coming out in droves to vote for Barack. We as a group have finally heeded the call and are voting for Obama. Will you allow yourselves to be misled once again? I didn’t think so.

Also, don’t be fooled by those that won’t tell you that you need to show up for your caucus. This is how you make sure that Hillary’s people don’t steal all of the delegates at the caucus. 67 of the 228 Texas delegates are up for grabs at the caucus so this is super-important.

* On Tuesday March 4th, be at your Democrat voting precinct AT 7PM to participate in the caucus. Go to the Democratic Party polling place listed. To find your voting precinct, use one of the two following links:

*Check on your registration by name (link)

*Check your registration by address (link)

Here’s a flyer that explains the Texas Two-Step (link to flyer).
Then, check out this video by Barack himself explaining the process (link to video).

While you’re at Barack’s website, check out his views and his plan for a better America.

Dr. Sheron’s Breast Cancer Builds

February 25, 2008

On Dallas Progress, I have highlighted various Dallas efforts to heighten awareness about breast cancer.

As many of you know, Highland Hills United Methodist Church’s senior pastor Dr. Sheron Patterson suffered from breast cancer. For any family, such a diagnosis could be devastating. Over the past year, Dr. Sheron took her pain and turned it into power as she chronicled her road to recovery through Dallas Morning News articles, a preaching series, and other media.

As I searched through various articles, this one moved me the most. It’s titled “My husband and I are fighting breast cancer side by side (link).”

You may have heard that Dr. Sheron has started a community effort called “Breast Cancer Builds.” Starting March 1st (this Saturday!) and continuing each Saturday through the end of April, Dr. Sheron will lead the charge to build a Habitat for Humanity Home in South Oak Cliff. The home will be located at Bonnie View and Loop 12, and will be a vessel to raise awareness and money to provide mammograms for low-income women in North Texas and for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

Dr. Sheron simply needs 200 breast cancer survivors (25 per day to do one of the eight Saturdays) to complete the project. To sign up, go here. In addition to building the house, she is also raising money to provide low income women in Dallas County with 1,000 mammogram and breast health seminars.

Links:

  • The full press release regarding this effort (link).
  • Dr. Sheron’s website (link).
  • Dr. Sheron’s Dallas Morning News article archive (link).
  • The Patterson Pledge (link). Dr. Sheron needs 8,000 women by May 8th (the one-year anniversary of her surgery) to take the pledge for healthy living. Women who join will receive a welcome kit that includes a health record booklet, a lapel pin, a refrigerator magnet for a daily reminder of the pledge and a letter from Ms. Patterson. Podcasts with encouragements in the areas of eating, exercise and mammograms will be available.

Officer Identified

February 22, 2008


The DPD officer that died this morning has been identified as Senior Corporal Victor Lozada Tirado. Sr. Cpl. Lozada was a 20-year veteran of the force.

Our prayers go out to his family.

DPD Officer Died this Morning in Motorcade

February 22, 2008

I just found out that a Dallas Police Officer died this morning while on his motorcycle. The officer was escorting the Clinton motorcade for her rally in Dallas.

As is customary, I will not be doing any more posts today other than those surrounding this most unfortunate accident.

Dallas County Voting Information

February 22, 2008

Now that voting season is in full swing, here’s all the info you need to vote in Dallas:

*Check on your registration – You can view your ballot ahead of time (link)

*Check your registration by address – You can view your ballot ahead of time (link)

*List of all Elections (link)

*When and where to early vote (link)

*Demonstration of Touch Screen Voting Machine (Flash player required) (link)

*Services Available to Voters with Special Needs in Texas (link)

*League of Women Voters’ Presidential Primaries Online Voters Guide (link)

Barack Obama Rally in Dallas!!! It’s On!

February 18, 2008

Barack will be in the building! Here are the details:

Link to register here: (link). You should be registered at the Barack website first, then sign up for the rally.

Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama

Reunion Arena
777 Sports Street
Dallas, TX

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Doors Open: 10:30 a.m.
Program Begins: 12:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, however an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is on a first come, first-served basis.

For security reasons, do not bring bags. No signs or banners permitted. Please limit personal items.

Drug Houses going down in Oak Cliff, and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor never wait for backup!

February 17, 2008

On Friday, there was a press conference that signaled the last straw for a Dallas homeowner that knowingly operated a drug house in South Oak Cliff. The house is in the 2600 Block of South Ewing (map). He was sued a couple of months ago by the city, which is the legal process that is great at stopping these types of places.

The Mayor was there, along with Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and other city officials.

Thank you to Jennifer Richie, Janet Spugnardi, Tom Perkins, and the others in the Dallas City Attorneys office. Thanks to Deputy Chief Sherryl Scott and Chief Kunkle for staying on top of the situation.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are like Butch and Sundance. I’ll explain why. Before the press conference, Dwaine got a call that there was a house where an old man was selling candy but also said to be selling beer and possibly drugs. It was in South Oak Cliff, so after the cameras left Dwaine talks to the Mayor and along with some of his staff follows us in a car to the other house. Thankfully, someone told Chief Scott so several police cars followed as well.

Before I can get my seat belt off and the DPD could park, Dwaine and the Mayor hopped out of their cars and go up to the house and start banging on the door and the burglar bars. Fortunately, the homeowner was a slow mover and no danger lurked on the other side. A broken toilet, beer cans, and various debris littered the yard. Interestingly enough, the “nephew” walks down the block to see what’s going on with his “uncle” and the DPD were there to intervene. This “nephew” had a bunch of pit bulls in his backyard and some issues which will be looked into.

We got to talk to some of the neighbors, which were glad the we showed up to address this street. When we said that we would work ‘one block at a time,’ this is what we meant.

When you tour with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, know that they never wait for backup. This isn’t the first time this has happened. We’re laughing now but I wasn’t on Friday, believe me.

There’s a lot that the cameras don’t see. So when you listen to people that never had the guts to step out on a drug house or anything significant but want to hate on what we do, know that we’re in the streets. The Mayor is in the streets too. A lot of people that blog and hate on us do it from the comfort of their comfy homes while we’re on the block.

We are reinforced by the people of our district and city that have our backs, not a small band of losers hanging on to their last grips on power and influence.

It’s been like that since day one. Check out some of the pics from the press conference.