The nation has its eyes upon Texas as the debate over some of the most restrictive anti-abortion measures rages on in the Legislature and on Twitter. Here are five Tweets that exemplify the #WarOnWomen.
A map published by the Workers Defense Project, a collective of organizers and laborers advocating for low-wage workers, shows the meteoric growth of Austin. Dimpled across downtown are dozens of construction sites and half-finished high rises. The city’s population grew 37% in 2010 and shows no sign of stopping. As of March 2013, Austin was still the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country. A crowded future is on the horizon— brimming with new jobs and fresh faces.
All too often, we read about new and disappointing ways the Republican controlled Texas Legislature is attempting to grease the slippery slope towards educational inferiority. That’s why it can be a real breath of fresh air when something like this comes along. If State Representative Mary González (D-Clint) has her way, Texas college and university students will be paying less at the campus bookstore in the near future, making it more possible for young Texans to seek the degrees increasingly demanded by the modern job market.
A lot of column space in The Daily Texan has lately been devoted to the National Association of Scholars and their report denouncing UT’s (and A&M’s) U.S. history courses for focusing too much on gender, race, and class. Thankfully most of it has been challenging the report, but the way the paper (and even some professors) have gone about refuting the report is troubling. UT’s defenders have pointed out that the NAS’ study used only information from class syllabi, rather than attending lectures or talking to students and professors. This is a good point, and it’s an obvious flaw in their methodology (if you want to dignify the study by implying they had one). But there are more serious problems with this study than just how the NAS went about it. Continue reading
The best ideas for comprehensive immigration reform come from the immigrants themselves. Unfortunately, few are listening. How else do we explain the recent proposals announced by President Obama and the Senate?
Both the White House and a coalition of key Senators prioritize doubling down on enforcement, and advocate increased surveillance and militarization of the US-Mexico border. This heavy handedness towards detecting, detaining, and deporting immigrants may seem like a necessary concession for a bipartisan overhaul but it further obscures the violence that undocumented immigrants deal with on a daily basis.
As an immigrant activist, I must say that our goal is not only to legalize the millions that live in the shadows but to expose the brutal enforcement policies that have devastated communities across the country. An example that hits close to home is the federal Secure Communities (S-Comm) program, a primary means of identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants in Travis County and Austin, TX. Continue reading