Thursday, June 18, 2020

HEADLINES: DACA ruling, 5015 was arson, Texas COVID-19 numbers JUMP!

A few big headlines today...


  • DACA gets to stay in place for now after today's Supreme Court ruling.
  • HISD wants to know what you think of their back to regular school year schedule? ... During a pandemic. Take this survey for parents.
  • Texas COVID-19 cases jump a record 3,516 to almost 100,000 total statewide. 
  • HFD says arson played a role in the 5015 Bar explosion from June 12th. PHOTOS
  • I'll be trying the new tangy pickle flavored Doritos. Look'em up!
If you're in the Heights and want to support neighborhood restaurants that are making a difference, here's one opportunity...

Mastrantos Team Humbled To Serve Thousands of Meals to Houston Heights Seniors through World Central Kitchen #ChefsForAmerica Initiative

HOUSTON - June 10, 2020 - By the end of this week, Mastrantos restaurant in the Heights will have prepared, packaged and delivered over 2,000 nutritious meals to neighbors residing at Heights House Apartments, a senior low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal government’s Housing and Urban Development Division; Mastrantos will have executed this endeavor by serving as a partner restaurant for the #ChefsForAmerica campaign by World Central Kitchen (WCK), the global food relief-focused nonprofit founded by celebrity chef José Andrés. The #ChefsForAmerica initiative aims to help feed marginalized and vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, such as seniors who are isolated for their safety and unable to access meal services..

Mastrantos owner Xavier Godoy says, “We were born to serve and spoil people and we always have the desire to use our time in a meaningful way—due to local regulations, we were limited to do what we love the most; we’ve been limited to serve only a small fraction of the customers we used to serve before the pandemic.” Godoy expands, “we’d been following the incredible work of World Central Kitchen for years, and thought it would be really amazing to channel our energy during this time into serving as a partner restaurant. So, we jumped for it—we applied to work with the organization and waited to hear back.”

Two weeks later, Godoy heard from World Central Kitchen that they desired to have Mastrantos on board as a restaurant partner. In order to participate, the organization asked that Mastrantos create a set number of meals, employ current staff for the project, and follow safety and menu creation protocols. Xavier committed to producing at least 160 meals per day for two weeks. To execute the production, he brought back a previously-furloughed team-member. The Mastrantos team has been working from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays to make, package and deliver the dishes. As part of WCK’s promise to help restaurants during these difficult times, the organization pays the restaurant a nominal amount for each meal. 

“We are humbled to have the opportunity to serve our neighbors,” says Mastrantos executive chef Tony Castillo. “We are trying to go above and beyond in the creation of dishes for them. True to the restaurant’s nature, we’ve been incorporating fresh, delicious flavors from around the world into the required protein, starch or grain and vegetable format.”

The restaurant team agreed to continue helping indefinitely, and hopes to have the chance to keep making meals for vulnerable populations for a long time to come.

#MaskUp Y'all! 
HEIGHTSTONIAN


Monday, June 15, 2020

World Clique Come Together

What is acceptable and unacceptable today? 

Being black is ___.
Being from another country is ____.
Being gay is ____.
Being a migrant is ____.
Having tattoos is ______.
Having blue hair is _____.
Being an officer is _____.
Being stuck in a bad marriage is ______.
Being killed by an officer is _____,
Wearing a mask is _____.
Not wearing a mask is ___.
Being political is ______.
Being sick is _____.

Who said you get to decide? After all I've seen - I've also seen more support for Black Owned Businesses than I have in some time. More support for officers too. Support for victims of domestic violence. That spiked during the stay-at-home order.

8:46 Seconds. We can't forget George Floyd. His brother spoke on Capital Hill all day Friday. That night, Rayshard Brooks died at the hands of police in Atlanta. He was shot in the back. This social unrest has existed for centuries and we still can't make it right?! I believe Dave Chapelle said it best:


Evictions are still coming. Unemployment is the new epidemic. Then there's the COVID-19 pandemic. I have questions: Why does it make sense to not wear a mask at the store, but the employees have to? I always wear one. Why do many still think COVID-19 is a hoax?  Numbers are still increasing in Texas and in Harris County. Did Texas reopen too soon? 

How do we heal a nation or tortured souls? HOW?!

I believe it's love...but