Raul Salinas Honored in Dawson

Raul Salinas Mural
Raul Salinas Mural

Last night was the unveiling of a mural honoring Raul Salinas at a house on Euclid. Raul was raised in Austin and is regarded as one of the most important Chicano poets and human rights activists.. From 1981 until his death in 2004 he ran the Texas and Multicultural and Poiltical Resistencia Bookstore and community gathering space (used to be at 1810 South First). He also taught at St Edwards Univ and received many awards including the Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement, and the Martin Luther King Jr, Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professorship Award at Univ of Michigan.

Some of his family members live in the Dawson Neighborhood as well as people influenced by him through poetry and personal contact.

The event last night was also a benefit for La Resistencia Bookstore now at 4926 E. Cesar Chavez.

Resistencia Books

Raul Salinas’ Biography at Poetry Foundation

 

 

Austin #1 for Wildlife!

Gadwall Ducks on Alpine Pond
Gadwall Ducks on Alpine Pond (courtesy of Russell Allen)

From the City of Austin’s website announcement:

Austin Leads National Wildlife Federation’sList of America’s Top 10 Cities for Wildlife

March 9, 2015 – The National Wildlife Federation is honoring the Top 10 Cities for Wildlife whose citizens have the strongest commitment to wildlife as part of their celebration of National Wildlife Week 2015 – and Austin ranks number one!

The National Wildlife Federation ranked America’s largest cities based on three important criteria for wildlife – the percentage of parkland in each city, citizen action to create wildlife habitat, and school adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens. Continue reading Austin #1 for Wildlife!

IN MEMORIAM: Michael “Mike” Joseph Densley

Mike Densley

Today would have been Mike’s 46th birthday and nearly two years since he left this earth. We in the Dawson Neighborhood were honored to know him and still miss him, and, if one reads Honoring Mike Densley on Facebook, it’s obvious that many, many others still feel the hole left by his death. It’s also the annual Mikey D Day/Night at Crow Bar where Mike was co-owner, so stop by and lift a glass to remember Mike!

Below is a piece written by Steve Gee and Sheila Fox and printed in the Dawson Neighborhood News in 2013. Continue reading IN MEMORIAM: Michael “Mike” Joseph Densley