Categories & Tags: texas

The new nullifiers: Southern politicians vow to fight the Supreme Court on marriage equality   |   July 3, 2015
Nullification is the controversial legal theory that a state has the right to reject a federal law that the state has determined to be unconstitutional. After the Supreme Court...

 

As nation mourns racist murders, flag of hate still flies over South Carolina   |   June 19, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams This isn't the story about a flag, but there's a flag in this story. On the same day the nation was reeling from the mass murder of nine...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Organizing against anti-transgender violence in the South   |   June 11, 2015
Portion of transgender people who are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives: 1 in 2 Percent of transgender youth who report being sexually assaulted in K-12...

 

High stakes for the South in Obamacare subsidy case   |   June 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of health insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Relief for undocumented immigrants delayed again   |   May 29, 2015
Date on which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied the Obama administration's request to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive action...

 

Texas company behind California oil spill a repeat offender   |   May 22, 2015
California declared a state of emergency this week following Tuesday's spill from an onshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County. Responding to reports of...

 

Pressure mounts to shut down immigrant family detention centers   |   May 22, 2015
In recent weeks immigrant rights advocates have increased pressure on the Obama administration to end its punitive policy of holding in prison-like conditions mothers and children...

 

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption   |   May 21, 2015
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, upholding a Florida law that bans judges and judicial candidates from personally...

 

Our futures are intertwined   |   May 21, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

Fracking-induced earthquakes highlighted in new USGS map   |   April 24, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday released a landmark new study and map highlighting the location and frequency of earthquakes thought to be...

 

'Profiting From Misery': Private prison corporations driving harsh immigration policies   |   April 17, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams   Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn...

 

Immigrant mothers held in private detention facility in Texas threaten to renew hunger strike   |   April 10, 2015
Mothers held at an immigrant family detention center in Karnes City, Texas who went on a hunger strike last week are threatening to renew their protest next week unless they and...

 

Concerns grow over voting rights for the South's language minorities   |   March 20, 2015
Amid concerns over the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and introduction of voter ID laws, election watchdogs worry about another critical voting rights issue: language barriers...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: From immigrant deportation relief to enforcement crackdown   |   March 13, 2015
Months that Congressional Republicans tried to repeal President Obama's executive action to provide deportation relief to millions of unauthorized immigrants by tying the...

 

When will Southern states become majority-minority?   |   March 6, 2015
Texas was the first state in the South with a majority-minority population, and for a decade now it has been the only one. But in 2025, another Southern state is expected to hit...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: High stakes for Southerners in Obamacare subsidy challenge   |   March 4, 2015
Number of Americans who could lose their health insurance if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

Oil workers dig in for historic fight against industry giants over crucial safety rules   |   February 26, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Four weeks into the largest nationwide strike by oil plant workers in 36 years, the fight over critical safety standards in a deadly industry has...

 

Meet the Southern tycoons helping fund the Koch brothers' political war chest   |   February 25, 2015
Conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch have created one of the most powerful political forces in the United States. The two brothers made their combined $86 billion at...

 

Conditions at for-profit immigrant detention facilities in Texas draw legal action   |   February 19, 2015
Although President Obama's policy to extend deportation relief to millions of young immigrants and immigrant parents was temporarily derailed this week by a federal judge in...

 

Safety is life-or-death, say refinery strikers   |   February 13, 2015
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities...

 

South's unique immigration trends shape region's response to deportation relief   |   February 6, 2015
Debate over President Obama's executive action on immigration, which could bring up to 5.2 million immigrants out of the shadows, raged on this week in the courts and the...

 

Green groups back oil worker strike   |   February 4, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, environmental groups are throwing their full support behind oil industry workers who on Sunday...

 

Supreme Court's latest race case: housing discrimination   |   January 22, 2015
By Nicole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica This week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up one of the most important civil rights cases of the last decade. If you've never heard of Texas...