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

La Porte: LyondellBasell’s Negligence at Chemical Plant Kills Two Workers

Photo: The LyondellBasell plant in La Porte By Blaine Hopkins On July 27, two workers died and 30 more were sent to the hospital after a chemical leak at LyondellBasell’s La Porte plant, just outside of Houston, Texas. The incident comes weeks after another chemical accident at a LyondellBasell facility, revealing a pattern of the company’s murderous negligence that puts workers’ lives at risk for … Continue reading La Porte: LyondellBasell’s Negligence at Chemical Plant Kills Two Workers

Austin: Family of Alex Gonzales Jr. Celebrates His Birthday, Calls to Convict Police Who Killed Him

By Josefina Morales Undeterred by scattered thunderstorms, the family of Alex Gonzales Jr., as well as their supporters and activists, gathered on Monday evening to commemorate what would have been Gonzales’s 28th birthday, celebrating his memory and calling for the arrest and conviction of the police who murdered him. On January 5, Austin Police Department (APD) officers Gabriel Gutierrez and Luis Serrato shot and killed Gonzales as … Continue reading Austin: Family of Alex Gonzales Jr. Celebrates His Birthday, Calls to Convict Police Who Killed Him

Austin: Energy Monopolies Responsible for Winter Storm Failures Flood Politicians with Cash

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore By Sandra Harris After the Texas Legislature failed to deliver any major reforms to the industry at fault for the collapse of Texas’s power grid during the winter storm earlier this year, top politicians received significant increases in donations to their campaigns from energy monopolies and their executives. Monopoly media outlets revealed this week that in some instances, the energy industry … Continue reading Austin: Energy Monopolies Responsible for Winter Storm Failures Flood Politicians with Cash

Houston: Tenants Speak Out and Organize Against Uninhabitable Conditions

By Helen Milne Tenants at Sungregor Apartments, a residential complex in southeast Houston, are facing rent hikes while living in dangerous and uninhabitable conditions, spurring them to action in recent weeks in order to force property owners to answer their grievances. Units at the complex are infested with rats and cockroaches, multiple units have been flooded with sewage, mold permeates the ceilings and walls, and … Continue reading Houston: Tenants Speak Out and Organize Against Uninhabitable Conditions

Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

By Blaine Hopkins For nearly 90 days, ExxonMobil has locked out over 650 union workers fighting for a better contract at their Beaumont, Texas refinery. The workers’ lockout has the refinery operating at only 60% capacity as workers hold out against the company’s attempts to remove seniority bidding, lead safety operator positions, and pay raises. Since January, Exxon has refused to budge on its original … Continue reading Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

One Year Later, Garrett Foster Lives Forever in the Struggle

By the Editorial Board One year ago on July 25, 2020, Garrett Foster, a servant of the people and defender of Black lives, was murdered in the streets of Austin for standing up to a reactionary during a protest in the wake of the May Uprisings, defending the people and the movement that he believed in. His absence is an immense loss, but what cannot … Continue reading One Year Later, Garrett Foster Lives Forever in the Struggle