Worker Correspondents: Construction Safety Rules Protect Contractors, Not Workers

By a Texas Pipefitter Contractors go out of their way to promote workplace safety practices, and while we want to work safely and without injury, these rules are ultimately used to put the responsibility for safety on workers and protect the interests of the contractors. They use heavy-handed methods to enforce the safety rules when it benefits them, while looking the other way when the … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Construction Safety Rules Protect Contractors, Not Workers

Austin: Via 313 Restaurant Workers Protest Management Retaliation, Demand Paid Sick Leave, Better Pandemic Health Measures

By Josefina Morales On Saturday, workers at pizza chain Via 313 staged a protest at the Guadalupe St. location during midday, drawing strong community support. The workers were protesting management retaliation and demanding better safety and health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers also demanded the reinstatement of four workers who were suspended after submitting a petition to management on January 5. On … Continue reading Austin: Via 313 Restaurant Workers Protest Management Retaliation, Demand Paid Sick Leave, Better Pandemic Health Measures

Fort Worth: Trial for Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Delayed Again, Residents of Her Neighborhood Share Thoughts

By Nélida Tello Texas judge David Hagerman has once again delayed the trial against Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean who shot and killed a Black woman, Atatiana Jefferson, while she was inside her home on October 12, 2019. The murder trial was set for January 10; however, due the unavailability of expert witnesses, Judge Hagerman approved the defense’s motion to delay the trial. The … Continue reading Fort Worth: Trial for Officer Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Delayed Again, Residents of Her Neighborhood Share Thoughts

Austin: Activists Honor Alex Gonzales One Year After He Was Murdered by Police

By Michael Nolan On the one-year anniversary of the murder of Alex Gonzales by Austin Police Department (APD) officers Gabriel Gutierrez and Luis Serrato, supporters of the Gonzales family demonstrated in front of APD headquarters. Gonzales was murdered on January 5, 2021 when plainclothes officer Gutierrez chased Gonzales down in a fit of road rage, shooting Gonzales and his partner while their two-month-old infant was … Continue reading Austin: Activists Honor Alex Gonzales One Year After He Was Murdered by Police

Texas: Williamson County Pays $5 Million for Wrongful Death of Javier Ambler

By Michael Nolan A wrongful death suit brought by the family of Javier Ambler against Williamson County concluded on Tuesday with the county agreeing to pay the family $5 million. Ambler, an unarmed Black man, was murdered by officers J.J. Johnson and Zach Camden as they subjected him to four rounds of tasering after being pulled over for allegedly failing to dim his headlights for … Continue reading Texas: Williamson County Pays $5 Million for Wrongful Death of Javier Ambler

Texas: Little Elm Police Attack High School Students During Protest

By Josefina Morales Last Friday, in Little Elm, a small city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, multiple high schoolers were pepper sprayed and attacked by city police officers during a protest against sexist violence at Little Elm High School (LEHS). Students courageously resisted the attack, and four teens were arrested for confrontations with police and could potentially face charges. Officers tased one student, a Black … Continue reading Texas: Little Elm Police Attack High School Students During Protest

Austin: Police Ignored Oversight Board, Use-of-Force Complaints from May Uprisings

By Michael Nolan On Monday, it was revealed that 202 unique external use-of-force complaints against Austin Police Department (APD) during the May Uprisings last year were largely dismissed without investigation. During the massive, combative protests that occurred on May 30-31, APD beat, teargassed, and shot rubber bullets indiscriminately at protesters. APD’s brutality sent at least 19 protesters to Dell Medical Center, and in the most … Continue reading Austin: Police Ignored Oversight Board, Use-of-Force Complaints from May Uprisings

15,000 Haitian Migrants Arrive at Border, CBP Rounds Up Migrants Using Whips

Photo: Texas National Guard Soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in the Rio Grande River as part of Operation Lone Star (Source: @GregAbbott_TX/Twitter) By Nélida Tello This weekend, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents on horseback charged at 15,000 Haitian migrants camped under the Del Rio International Bridge along the US-Mexico borer in an effort to detain them, using reins as whips against … Continue reading 15,000 Haitian Migrants Arrive at Border, CBP Rounds Up Migrants Using Whips

Opinion: Abortion Virtually Outlawed in Texas as Six-Week Ban Goes into Effect

By Sandra Harris Texas Senate Bill 8 took effect on September 1, banning abortion in the state at just six weeks, before the overwhelming majority of women typically know they are pregnant. Studies by abortion rights advocates have estimated that between 85 to 90 percent of abortions occur after six weeks. The law leaves someone less than two weeks to obtain an abortion. Last week, … Continue reading Opinion: Abortion Virtually Outlawed in Texas as Six-Week Ban Goes into Effect

Austin: Officer Christopher Taylor, Killer of Mike Ramos, Indicted For Second Murder

By Brian Martel Christopher Taylor, the Austin police officer charged with murdering Mike Ramos in April 2020, was also charged this past week for his July 2019 killing of Dr. Mauris DeSilva. The other officer involved in the shooting, Karl Krycia, also faces murder charges. DeSilva was a neuroscientist and doctor of biomedical engineering, who for unknown reasons began experiencing chronic, severe mental breakdowns. In … Continue reading Austin: Officer Christopher Taylor, Killer of Mike Ramos, Indicted For Second Murder