Texas Senator John Cornyn's first act as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights was to strike the words "Civil Rights and Human Rights" from the title of the committee. We can hardly believe it ourselves.
More than four decades after the 1973 Supreme Court landmark decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion throughout the country, women's access to safe and legal abortion remains under political attack at both the federal and state level. Though efforts to restrict access continue, so does the fight to restore reproductive freedom.
Last night, during his State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to create opportunity for Americans by raising the federal minimum wage and ensuring that women get equal pay for equal work. President Obama focused on our responsibility to revive the fading prospect of the American Dream. This session, Texas lawmakers have filed many bills aimed at addressing these critical income inequality issues and correcting this injustice.Continue reading this post »
Right-wing conservatives in Texas are continuing their assault on local laws that protect LGBTQ Texans from discrimination, cloaking their harmful and unjust attacks under the guise of religious freedom.Continue reading this post »
It seems like Rick Perry has more lawyers than OJ Simpson, and his high-priced legal defense team has already cost his campaign more than $1 million. This is in addition to $80,000 that taxpayers have already spent on his defense.
Though he claims to be in favor of small government, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has announced the creation of six advisory boards to aid his decision making process. In what he explained as an effort to help ease his transition into the role of Lieutenant Governor, he describes these as “citizen advisory boards” when in reality the names of those appointed to are Republican donors and big business interests.
Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. with two infamous moments: his "I Have a Dream" speech and his letter from the Birmingham jail.
The rights Dr. King fought for are rights we still fight for today. Ferguson reminds us that racial injustice still exists in America. Voter ID laws remind us that every American is still not guaranteed his or her right to vote. Underfunding education, health care, and public transit disproportionately impacts Black and Hispanic communities. Lenient regulation of payday lenders, refusal to increase the minimum wage, and the enforcement of discriminatory drug laws undercut essential economic opportunities for thousands of families across the country, especially right here in Texas.
Despite the struggles, we continue to fight. We fight for policies and progress for all Texans, and we know our celebrations will not come when we change the leaders who are in charge, but when we can successfully change the nature of what we charge our leaders to do.
Dr. King once said, "The time is always right to do what is right." We could not agree more.
Thank you, Dr. King, for continuing to inspire us today.