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Civil Rights LGBTQ+

Don’t Tell Your Conservative Parents, But LGBTQIA+ People Can Get Pregnant Too

By Shelby Frye 2021 saw more attacks on reproductive health than any year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, most notably in the restrictive abortion bills from Texas and Ohio. Protests are sweeping across the country, and activists are organizing to protect reproductive rights. However, in a world dominated by binaries, LGBTQIA+ people […]

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Civil Rights LGBTQ+

My Blood is Worth Less Than Your Blood

By Noah Jones When I began to accept my sexuality, I reached a point where I was comfortable with myself but not with how the world would treat me. I come from a background in the Southern Baptist Church. As a child, I was taught that there were people who did things the “proper” way […]

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Civil Rights LGBTQ+

Protecting Who? The Human Toll of Anti-Transgender Legislation

By Geoffrey Carlisle (he/him) In the first two weeks of this year, 26 states introduced 75 pieces of legislation targeting transgender individuals. This legislation ranges from bans on transgender students participating in sports, to prohibitions, and even criminalization of seeking gender-affirming healthcare. Such bills represent an all-out assault on the rights and dignity of an […]

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Civil Rights Global

Singapore’s Treatment of Migrant Workers Makes “Racial Harmony” Impossible

By Bella Steinhauer Singapore, one of the world’s only city-states, prides itself on being a multiracial and multicultural society. The island nation – located on the southern tip of Malaysia – has a citizen population that comprises four main ethnic groups: Chinese (74.3%), Malays (13.5%), Indians (9%), and Eurasians (3.2%), commonly classified as “Other.” A […]

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Civil Rights Politics and Governance

Greater Federal Intervention Needed to Protect Voting Rights in Texas

Perhaps spooked by how record voter turnout in the 2020 election allowed Democrats to narrow or close the gap with Republicans in some of Texas’s most competitive counties, Republicans have touted baseless claims of election fraud to promote a slew of bills that would make it much harder for Texans to vote in future elections. […]

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Civil Rights

Austin City Council Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Following last week’s public outcry at the Austin City Council’s virtual hearing, councilmembers unanimously backed new police reform and divestment resolutions.   On June 11, council took comments on five agenda items responding to police brutality against Black Austinites and Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Despite four councilmembers voicing lost confidence in Police Chief Brian Manley, these […]

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Civil Rights Politics and Governance

Austin City Council Approves Police Grant Despite Calls for Disinvestment

Over the past weeks, the nation experienced an outpouring of indignation, anguish and unity in response to the murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd after video of a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck ignited a long-culminating powder keg of anger towards police forces. This powder keg of anger grew significantly during recent months following the murders […]

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Civil Rights Op-Ed

The Legacy of Black Land Ownership: A Conversation with June and Angie Provost

“If you take care of the land, the land takes care of you,” said Wenceslaus “June” Provost Jr., a fourth-generation sugarcane farmer from Louisiana. “For me, farming is everything. It’s my life. It was never a job.” Provost spoke to a packed room on Feb. 19 with his wife, Angie, as part of the LBJ […]

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Civil Rights Politics and Governance

Why APD Should Embrace City Council’s Resolution to Prevent Cannabis Testing and Prosecution

Texas opened the door to a host of problems around prosecuting possession of marijuana after legislation passed in the summer of 2019. Austin has its own response to how it think police should handle possession going forward, but not everyone agrees with the City Council’s progressive stance.

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Civil Rights Global Policy Studies & International Security Politics and Governance

A Lesson on Religious Violence from South Asia

Photo: persecutionbd This past week, a proponent of religious and ethnic tolerance came to University of Texas Law School to discuss religiously motivated violence in Bangladesh. The Law School’s Rapoport Center hosted the talk by Khushi Kabir (pictured above), activist and public face of Nijera Kori, a Bangladeshi NGO that educates and mobilizes the rural poor […]