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A statement from the Texas Democracy Foundation board regarding staffing changes at the Texas Observer:
“As shown by our review of Harris County’s history and modern practices, #racism continues to impact the criminal legal system in general—and the administration of the death penalty in particular—in Harris County. This is unacceptable.”
Staff Writer Michelle Pitcher looks at this important new report: https://www.texasobserver.org/harris-county-death-row-black-men?utm_campaign=mastodon
“I have encountered firsthand the painful realities of #racism, sexism, and discrimination within the landscape of academia.”
Black female scholar Damian Brown reflects on her experience in higher #education post-anti-DEI law SB 17. https://www.texasobserver.org/their-knees-are-still-on-our-necks-black-women-in-higher-ed?utm_campaign=mastodon
Greg Abbott’s new “Forward Operating Base”—which will cost $14 million a month to run—is a clear sign that his #border operation isn’t going away any time soon.
A new report from Senior #Politics Writer Justin Miller: https://www.texasobserver.org/abbott-border-military-base-millions?utm_campaign=mastodon
House Representative Harold Dutton Jr. stands behind the state takeover of the #Houston school district. Can #Texas Democrats like Dutton win their primaries after aligning with right-wing #Republicans on education, book bans, and anti-LGBTQ legislation? From McHam Investigative Reporting Fellow @josephinelee: https://www.texasobserver.org/hisd-dutton-primary-challenge?utm_campaign=mastodon
What happened to Harris County’s plans for criminal justice reforms? The Democratic district attorney in #Texas’ biggest county has made enemies—even among her former friends.
From the March/April 2023 issue of our magazine: https://www.texasobserver.org/kim-ogg-harris-county-democratic-revolt?utm_campaign=mastodon
From last week: White supremacist Active Clubs “are increasingly organized and resourced and could pose even greater threats to public safety and community wellbeing in the immediate future.”
Working with @Bellingcat, we exposed the leader of a group that's spread racist propaganda in Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Eagle Pass. https://www.texasobserver.org/rhett-murry-loftis-white-nationalist-active-club?utm_campaign=mastodon
In November, we broke the story of Timothy Murray, the 11-year-old from #Brownsville that spent days in #solitary confinement. On Wednesday, as community supporters chanted outside, a judge dismissed all charges against him. https://www.texasobserver.org/judge-dismisses-charges-against-brownsville-isd-honor-student?utm_campaign=mastodon
This week's top story: Senate Bill 4 would “turn us from the United States of America to a confederation of states,” said a federal judge. Senior Staff Writer @gusbova brings us the debate over this massive #immigration power-grab. https://www.texasobserver.org/sb-4-immigration-deportations-david-ezra?utm_campaign=mastodon
Earlier this week: In the wake of a hate crime that occurred after a pro-#Palestine rally, activists continue to pressure the #Austin City Council to pass a #ceasefire resolution. So far, many officials remain wary of getting involved reports Staff Writer Michelle Pitcher. https://www.texasobserver.org/palestine-ceasefire-resolution-austin-kirk-watson?utm_campaign=mastodon
We sit by the window of the nursing home
where her face can feel the sun.
Her eyes are cloudy with cataracts,
pale blue wells that caught
a lifetime of tears
and never let them go ...
Poetry by Thomas Mason, in the Texas Observer magazine:
From yesterday: “Active Clubs can best be understood as modern-day skinheads, as they often engage in the same networks, activities, and ideologies.”
Exposing the 'white supremacist fight club' of North #Texas ... https://www.texasobserver.org/rhett-murry-loftis-white-nationalist-active-club?utm_campaign=mastodon
At yesterday's hearing, District Court Judge David Ezra, a Reagan appointee, seemed highly skeptical of SB 4, #Texas' massive #immigration powergrab, commenting that this law would “turn us from the United States of America to a confederation of states.” https://www.texasobserver.org/sb-4-immigration-deportations-david-ezra?utm_campaign=mastodon
NEW: The Texas Observer and @Bellingcat identified the leader of "white nationalist fight club" in Parker County who distributed antisemitic and racist flyers in Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Eagle Pass. He blurred his face but forgot to scrub his socials. From Special Investigative Correspondent @stevanzetti. https://www.texasobserver.org/rhett-murry-loftis-white-nationalist-active-club?utm_campaign=mastodon
Latest: Bellingcat and Steven Monacelli for the @TexasObserver identify the leader of a white nationalist movement in Texas using image analysis and his old band music. https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2024/02/15/texas-active-club-leader-blurred-his-face-but-forgot-to-scrub-his-socials/?utm_source=mastodon
Community members chanted “Classrooms, not courtrooms!,” “Homework, not handcuffs!” “Education, not incarceration!,” and “Free, free Timothy!” as a young #Brownsville resident emerged from Cameron County juvenile court.
All charges were dropped against 11-year-old Timothy Murray, the boy who, we previously reported, had been placed in #solitary confinement. @josephinelee brings us this update: https://www.texasobserver.org/judge-dismisses-charges-against-brownsville-isd-honor-student?utm_campaign=mastodon
Previously: A civil rights complaint filed last week alleges years of bullying and racially-motivated attacks on two BIPOC students, by teachers, city officials and classmates. From Investigative Reporting Fellow @josephinelee. https://www.texasobserver.org/bonham-isd-racism-confederacy-civil-rights?utm_campaign=mastodon
Featured story: The new curriculum—years in development—would finally acknowledge the #indigenous people of #Texas as living, breathing cultures. Then the State Board of Education blocked a crucial vote. https://www.texasobserver.org/abbott-appointee-slams-brakes-on-k-12-native-studies-course?utm_campaign=mastodon
“We should all be calling for an immediate return of the hostages, for Palestinians and Israelis on both sides of the border to be protected, and a swift end to the conflict.”
A man was stabbed after attending a pro-#Palestine Rally in #Austin. The city’s elected leaders have condemned the attack but many are still hesitant to address the international conflict. From staff writer Michelle Pitcher: https://www.texasobserver.org/palestine-ceasefire-resolution-austin-kirk-watson?utm_campaign=mastodon
"This blunt instrument of policy reflects fears of antidiversity legislators who are not only protecting their incumbencies but also doing so as part of a well-funded national assault on #DEI programs throughout the country—a hostile, gale force campaign rooted in the fear of a browning America."
“Today, virtually every state in the nation has a statute, policy or program associated with environmental justice.”
But, decades later, the place where that movement began is still waiting for healing. https://www.texasobserver.org/port-arthur-beaumont-enviromental-justice?utm_campaign=mastodon via @insideclimatenews
Congrats to Kaisa Larkas, who won the annual Shrove Tuesday race in Olney, Buckinghamshire, UK. Racers run with a skillet and flip a pancake at the start and finish.
A storm that was predicted to dump a bunch of snow in Boston failed to materialize.
Officials say Israel and Hamas are making progress in ceasefire talks.
The closure of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs at the University of #Texas at Austin have been an unmitigated catastrophe for students and faculty, according to this new OpEd from two college professors: